Due to Witch Hazel astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, Witch Hazel toners are very popular among users and especially those who have oily and acne prone skin because witch hazel is great at removing excess oil from the skin and therefore treating blemishes such as blackheads and preventing new ones from appearing.
Witch hazel toners are used to reduce acne breakouts as well as skin irritation, shrink pores and make skin more clear. It also has some other uses and because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used successfully in cases of sunburn or even post waxing and shaving irritation in order to stop bleeding and also prevent razor burn.
Thus, no wonder why witch hazel toner is such a popular skin product to be used in various ways and especially as an acne prone skin treatment.
So, here I have selected some of the best witch hazel toners available today with top user reviews.
Thayers Alcohol Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera
This ThayersRose Petal Witch Hazel is one of the most popular products I have seen people using and reviewing positively.
It comes in a 12 ounce bottle and has a delicate rose scent which is natural and comes from rose petals.
The Witch Hazel in this toner is organic and it also contains certified organic aloe vera, rose flower water, grapefruit seed extract, glycerine, purified water and citric acid as a preservative which is thought to be a safe additive also used in foods and even baby foods.
This product is free of alcohol which is very important if you don’t want to irritate sensitive skin as well as free of propylene glycol and parabens.
Ratings and reviews are extremely good. Users say that this toner deep cleanses their pores and clears up their acne in some cases in a matter of days. Another big advantage is that it doesn’t dry out their skin which stays hydrated all day long.
It also evens the skin tone and minimizes pores’ size. It reduces oiliness and has a light refreshing scent which people love. In addition, it cleanses the face nicely without irritating sensitive skin while some users have experienced minimized red blood vessels on cheeks and reduced face redness.
It has also been found to improve the absorption of other skin care products used.
T. N. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner
This T.N. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel toner contains only two ingredients, all natural witch hazel extract and 14% of natural grain alcohol. So, what is this type of alcohol and is it safe for use?
After some research, I found out that natural grain alcohol belongs to the so called good alcohols. It is naturally derived from corn as well as cane, wheat and other sources. It isn’t supposed to irritate skin but if you have hypersensitive skin and you notice any type of intense irritation, you had better stopped its use.
This toner comes is a 16 ounce bottle, it is oil free and, according to the company, non-drying. Also, it does have a strong scent when first applied, but the scent fades fairly quickly.
Product reviews are very positive with users finding that it deep cleanses their pores and helps to clear up acne. Their skin feels and looks softer and smoother, and their acne scars seem to fade.
It also helps to minimize the size of pores and reduce those shaving bumps while it has been proven useful for milia on the chin and mosquito bites.
Nevertheless, the only disadvantage that people have been talking about is the smell which most of them don´t bother about since they are very pleased with the product´s effectiveness.
Leven Rose 100% Organic Witch Hazel Toner
Leven Rose is a reputable company creating good quality natural skin care products and especially lovely natural oils, and their Witch Hazel Toner is another great natural product to use.
It contains great anti-inflammatory and skin soothing ingredients such as Witch Hazel, rosewater, chamomile, calendula and cucumber. Moreover, it is free of alcohol, glycerine, parabens and synthetically made fragrance.
It comes in a 4 ounce dark amber bottle to protect its contents from oxidation while it is also vegan friendly and suitable for both women and men.
According to the company, this is a natural botanical toner and astringent which balances acne prone, combination or oily skin but is also good for toning dry skin, face, neck and décolletage and even the eyes´ area.
Other benefits include cooling the skin, easing inflammation, reducing redness and helping with hand spots and dark marks. This product is made in the USA and is followed by a manufacturer money back guarantee.
Users review that it absorbs easily and are surprised with how much cleaner their skin looks and feels after using this toner. A lot of people mistakenly think that alcohol can deal with skin oiliness but alcohol just dries out skin, leading to the production of more oil.
So, people who have thought that alcohol is the key to dealing with oiliness find it surprising how this toner that does not contain alcohol reduces their oily skin while at the same time holding in the skin’s natural moisture.
They also like that the ingredients are pure and report that their skin feels smooth and soft.
GreatFull Skin Bio-Marine Toner
This GreatFull Skin Bio-Marine Toner contains the following natural and eco-friendly resourced ingredients: Neroli oil distillate as well as sea kelp, rose floral water and witch hazel extract. It is alcohol free and GMOs free.
It comes in a 4 ½ ounce blue bottle and a 100% money refund is offered.
The vast majority of users have stated that their skin felt fresh and clean after using this product. They like that it doesn’t dry out or irritate their skin, but rather leaves it feeling soft and smooth.
Some people have mentioned that it has helped them with clearing up their pimples and acne quicker while also tightening their pores and decongesting them.
It does not sting and most people like its natural scent which dissipates quickly and does not linger.
T.N. Dickinson’s Astrigent 100% Natural Witch Hazel
This T.N. Dickinson’s Blue Label Witch Hazel looks very similar to the Dickinson’s Yellow Label Witch Hazel but according to the seller they are not formulated exactly the same. Actually, this is not a toner but it is rather a product to relieve irritated, inflamed and damaged skin.
According to the company´s explanatory information, the blue label is classified as an OTC (over-the-counter) medicine which was approved by the FDA as a medicine suitable to relieve minor irritations of the skin that are caused by scrapes, cuts and insect bites.
The yellow label is strictly a cosmetic product used for toning, reducing excessive oil, cleansing and evening skin tone, and it´s not recognized by the FDA as a medicine.
Also, the two ingredients that the blue version contains is Witch Hazel and 14% of alcohol but it is not mentioned what type of alcohol it is. This product comes in a large 16 ounce bottle.
Users report that this is not only good for keeping their face looking healthy, but it also minimizes hemorrhoids. It helps to reduce and prevent acne as well as cleans gently and well. It clears pores while leaving their skin moisturized.
Quinns Witch Hazel Rose Petal & Aloe Vera Natural Toner
This Quinns Toner is alcohol free and contains organic witch hazel as the fifth ingredient, with the exact list of the ingredients being: purified water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerin (vegetable), fragrance (natural rose), hamamelisvirginiana extract (made from certified organic witch hazel), rose flower water, citric acid, grapefruit seed extract.
It comes in a 16 ounce bottle with a 100% money back guarantee and is free of parabens and propylene glycol.
People like the way that this product cleanses and soothes their skin, keeping it hydrated and leaving it clean, fresh and soft.
Thayers Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera Formula-Unscented
The main difference between this Thayers Toner and the one we have as first option in this review is that this version is unscented. It doesn´t contain either natural rose fragrance or rose flower water but has tocopheryl acetate which is a form of vitamin E.
Other than that, this is an alcohol free product as well, it does not have parabens and is hypoallergenic.
People like that it has many uses including sunburn, diaper rash, bleeding, sore throats, insect bites and others. It tightens pores and has a soothing effect.
Few people have mentioned that it gives a bit of a sting on their blemishes.
Beauty by Earth Facial Toner with Witch Hazel and Rose Petal Water
This Witch Hazel Facial Toner also contains aloe vera leaf juice, glycerine, rose flower water, cucumber fruit extract and radish root ferment filtrate.
The company recommends using it as a makeup remover as well and say that it is good for shrinking pores, removing excess dirt, balancing the pH of your skin and leaving it freshly hydrated.
In addition, it prevents the appearance of pimples and other types of blemishes as well as reduces acne breakouts.
It does not contain alcohol, it is free of GMOs, gluten as well as soy and is cruelty free.
Users like that this product does not dry their skin or make it unpleasantly tight. The face feels smooth, fresh and clean after use and it also helps remove makeup.
Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera and Cucumber
Thayer´s creates a lot of slightly different versions of witch hazel toners and the difference of this Thayer´s Witch Hazel is that it contains cucumber and it does not contain rose flower extract.
Other than that, it has the same characteristics as the previous versions and is alcohol free.
Both men and women love using this product. Men use it as an aftershave to close their pores and prevent inflammation, irritation and razor burns while women use it to remove remaining makeup, calm their skin and leave it hydrated.
They also love its refreshing cucumber scent and say that this toner is good for their sensitive skin. It is gentle yet effective and few people have used it for under eye bags with positive results.
Thayer´s Toner with Lavender and Witch Hazel
This Thayer´s toner contains lavender apart from the other ingredients that stay the same in the rest of the versions of Thayer´s toners.
People don´t feel the scent overpowering and like the fact that this lavender and witch hazel toner soothes inflamed skin and makes it soft without drying it out.
Users have also shared positive feedback relating to its effectiveness in improving skin tone, reducing breakouts as well as puffy eyes.
People use it for different purposes including on baby wipes and as a scalp soothing treatment.
TreeActiv Balancing Herbal Toner
This TreeActiv Herbal Toner contains natural ingredients that have astringent as well as anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties such as witch hazel, rose water, clary sage water and tea tree hydrosol.
This product does not contain alcohol, itis good for oiliness and acne, and is suitable for both women and men.
It comes in a 4 ounce bottle with a full refund guarantee.
User review that this soothing toner is good for reducing acne as well as oiliness and for decreasing pores’ size and keeping skin clean and clear without drying it out but rather smoothing it out.
It also does not tingle or sting and the smell is nice.
Ocean Mineral Toner
This Ocean Mineral Toner by Life Essentials Skin Care contains witch hazel as the third ingredient in the product’s list.
The whole list is as follows: Rose Distillate, Organic Aloe, Witch Hazel, MSM, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glucoside, Irish Moss, Kelp, Panthenol (Vitamin B5.)
Company claims about it includes evening skin tone, soothing and balancing skin, eliminating dry spots, minimizing pores, hydrating the complexion and more.
Users like that this product leaves their skin smooth and clean but not dry and tight.
It also removes makeup well. It smells like roses which not everybody enjoys.
Witch Hazel Distillate + Facial Cleansing Cotton Pads (100 pack)
This Alcohol Free Witch Hazel Distillate is both a toner and a multipurpose skin product. Conditions that you can use it for are eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, poison ivy rash and even hemmorhoids and varicose veins.
It can also be used for makeup removal and aftershave application. It contains Witch Hazel distillate and 15% Benzoic Acid.
It is made in the USA and you also get 100 cotton square textured cleansing pads for the face.
People like using this product as a skin toner. They say that it regulates oil production, minimizes pores and is good as an aftershave. Nevertheless, people find it a bit pricey.
Witch Hazel Face & Body Toner by Bretanna
This Witch Hazel Face and Body Toner contains witch hazel distillate as the first ingredient of the list mixed with aloe vera extract, geranium flower oil, rosehip seed oil and benzoic acid as a preservative.
It is free of artificial fragrance and alcohol and, according to the company, it is good for gently toning the skin, leaving it clean and moisturized, balancing the pH and reducing blemishes.
Users like its fresh and slightly floral scent. They say that it removes dead skin cells well while keeping acne breakouts at bay. It feels soothing and is moisturizing enough.
ArtNaturals Rosewater & Witch Hazel Facial Toner
This ArtNaturals Toner comes in an 8 ounce bottle and contains skin healing Aloe Vera among its ingredients.
Witch hazel is not one of the first ingredients in the list so you may not get the full benefits of this ingredient.
The list is as follows:Purified Water, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Natural Rose Fragrance, Witch Hazel, Rose Flower Water, Citric Acid, Grapefruit Seed Extract. As you can see, it is alcohol free.
Users say that this product has a fresh clean scent and it leaves their skin feeling clean and fresh.
It removes dirt without being harsh and soothes the skin leaving it smooth.
Timmy’s Toner by q.c. naturals with Apple Cider Vinegar and Witch Hazel
This Timmy´s Toner is completely free of preservatives. The full list of ingredients is as follows:Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic Tea Tree Oil.
This product is cruelty free and PETA & Leaping Bunny certified. Moreover, it comes with a 100% guarantee.
Users like that it really cleanses their skin and state that it works well for oiliness. People use it in combination with some other natural products that are good for acne such as coconut oil and they get good results at clearing up acne and lightening scars.
The only drawback is that it has a strong apple cider vinegar smell which not everybody can get used to but the positive thing is that it dissipates once the product dries.
To conclude, these are some of the best and most popular witch hazel toners that are available on the market today and all you have to do is to decide whether you need a product that its main ingredient is witch hazel or you can do with something that contains some other ingredients and without witch hazel being on top of the list.
Also, you can check the type of preservatives used or if you prefer a product that is free of preservatives. Finally, you can check the full ingredients’ list of the product you are most interested in buying.