Thayers Witch Hazel was one of those products that EVERYONE on the Internet seemed to be singing praises of, and I was really dying to try this out once my toner was running out.
Fortunately, my chance came when I saw this going off at a huge discount in Olive Young – I found out at the cashier that it was because it was expiring in February this year, but it was okay, it was still much cheaper than if I had bought it at original price.
I also found out afterwards that I had bought the wrong type. I wanted the alcohol-free toner, but ended up buying the exact opposite: an astringent with 10% alcohol!
Thayers Peach Witch Hazel Astringent with Aloe Vera Formula cools, refreshes and cleanses the skin. The famous tag line of the Thayers company says it all…”Not made by witches, but Magic for your skin!”
Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners have been soothing, softening, healing and stimulating skin since 1847.
Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis Virginiana) and a blend of other time-tested ingredients – THAYERS® Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners are soothing, natural treatments that cleanse, tone and soothe your skin. THAYERS® are the only Witch Hazel products made of non-distilled extract from the Witch Hazel shrub maintaining the highest levels of therapeutic tannins.
These natural elixirs have been a fixture in medicine cabinets for generations. Once you use them, you’ll know why.
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90
Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passionfruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Fragrance (Natural Peach), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
For many people, a lot of ingredients in this list ring alarming bells: Alcohol, citrus extracts, citric acid, ascorbic acid, etc.
It is said that witch hazel and aloe vera are supposed to counteract the harsh, stinging effects that these ingredients will cause – I’ll share more about this later.
I also wanted to talk a little more about the magical ingredient here: witch hazel. It’s a medicinal ingredient that’s revered by skincare enthusiasts, even for those with sensitive, acne-prone skin – it is said to do a brilliant job in cleansing, removing excess sebum, and preventing further infections (you know, those that come with acne).
Packaging: I bought this in Korea, hence the Korean packaging. It looks exactly like a traditional remedy, no frills or anything, which I like. I always prefer my skincare to be as fuss-free as possible with the packaging because it gives a sense of professionalism, that I can trust my skin with the brand.
Texture: You can see that the liquid inside looks a little yellow (no, it’s not the bottle), so it pours out as a faint yellow liquid that’s as viscous as water. Very easily absorbed by the skin, albeit with a faint stinging sensation.
Effectiveness: When I first tried this, I was really scared that my face would break out and I would have bright red spots all over by the next day. I have avoided alcohol in all my skincare products as much as possible, so I really freaked out quite a fair bit when I realized that I had bought the wrong Thayers product.
Luckily, the stinging sensation was actually a lot less intense than I had expected (I always have a very bad experience with The Body Shop tea tree toner, stings like mad). It was a dull sting, but nothing painful. You can also definitely smell the peach and passionfruit extracts inside, which is quite pleasant.
I restrict my use of this to about once every alternate evening, just to be on the safe side. This dosage is quite acceptable for my sensitive skin. I find that my pores have been looking smaller, and my skin a lot less oily than usual. I have also progressed to using it as a mist that I spray when I notice that my skin is getting way too oily in the day.
I know a lot of people have reservations about using astringents, especially one with 10% alcohol. It’s also a bit ironic that I quite enjoy using this even though I always warn about having alcohol in skincare products, but I genuinely find that this product, when used in moderation, can be really good for controlling excess oil and cleaning your pores thoroughly.
Of course, if you ask me whether I regret getting the astringent instead of the alcohol-free toner, I’m more inclined to tell you no. Why? Because I still prefer having a product that I can use everyday as compared to one that I can only use sparingly. HAHA! Jokes aside, I honestly think an alcohol-free product still beats anything else for me.
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮