Pros: Witch hazel - great for your skin and a multitude of other uses.
Cons: You can probably find it at Walmart for less money than I paid.
I purchased some of this T. N. Dickinson's Liquid Witch Hazel a few weeks ago. I'd been using a generic witch hazel from the drug store for my complexion for awhile, but wanted to get something I thought might be a little bit better quality. I was glad I did.
I'm wasn't sure if this T.N. Dickinson's Liquid Witch Hazel was really a better quality than the inexpensive drug store brand which comes in a rubbing alcohol type bottle. The Dickinson's Witch Hazel comes in a large plastic bottle, which is clear. So you can see the witch hazel inside and it is clear as water. The bottle is large, 16 fluid ounces with a white flip top lid.
Witch hazel is a natural product that is typically inexpensive, yet very good for your skin. It is actually good for all types of skin and is not drying or harsh. This product is witch hazel, but the bottle states that it also includes 14% alcohol.
Witch hazel is good for cleaning and closes the pores on your face; it tones the skin, so is helpful in the treatment of acne and oily skin. It is also helpful in healing mild cuts, because it prevents infection and tightens tissue. Also useful for treatment of hemorrhoids. What doesn't it do? This is great stuff! The benefits of witch hazel are many. Witch Hazel has long been used for the treatment of wounds, but it is also beneficial for itchy or dry skin. It is even helpful in the treatment of varicose veins and inflamed gums. I have used it as a mouth rinse, when my gums feel irritated. It makes my mouth feel extra clean. Witch hazel has often been used on bruises and sores. It is really gentle enough to help treat most simple ailments.
Witch Hazel contains high levels of tannin, which is an astringent, and this explains why it has been used so long as a skin treatment. The plant has beneficial astringent properties, and therefore, has seen an increase in the uses of skin-care products.
HISTORY OF USE:
Witch hazel has a history of being a popular item for medicinal use. Certain Native American tribes have made tea out of the leaves. They used the bark of the tree to make balms for wounds. They drank the tea to help with colds and cramps.
I finally learned that the Distilled Witch Hazel, the kind that is sold in drug stores, typically contains no tannin. Dicksinson's is not distilled and therefore does contain tannin. The main ingredient in witch hazel is tannin acid (specifically called "catechol tannin"). When Witch Hazel is applied to wounds and abrasions, the tannins in the witch hazel help to constrict the tiny capillaries just below your skin's surface.
The scent of this witch hazel toner is very mild, almost neutral, but maybe slightly earthy or musky. There are no artificial fragrances or dyes in this product. It is completely clear. I simply use a cotton ball and use it with the witch hazel on face and neck. It does not sting at all and dries as quickly as water does. It does not burn or leave my skin red or irritated at all, even though I have sensitive skin. Since it is also a cleanser, I noticed how fresh and clean my skin feels after using it. Even if I have just washed my face with soap and water, using a cotton ball with the Dickinson's Witch Hazel seems to soak up whatever leftover residue or dirt is still left on my skin. I even get occasional compliments on my complexion, which is nice.
I purchased my bottle of T. N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel for $6.29 at my local CVS Pharmacy. It's a large bottle and I know it'll last awhile, even with it's multitude of practical uses. It is dermatologist recommended and 100% natural. Best of all, there is NO animal testing.
T. N. Dickinson's
Dickinson Brands Inc.
East Hampton, CT 06424
For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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