This review will focus on the Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner, which is a bit of a cult favorite among skincare enthusiasts. However, toners are not quite as mainstream as their more mainstream counterparts, cleansers and moisturizers. Moreover, the effects of toner are not very well-known and frankly, debated.
I was among the group of people who had no idea what toner was or did until my college years, when I first discovered its smoothing, brightening effects. Since then, I’ve never looked back—although I have looked elsewhere (at different toner products).
For years, I’ve used an organic rose toner from an Australian skin care line. The effects, honestly, have become a bit underwhelming, particularly from a 3.4 oz. bottle that costs $35. What once used to work for my face and skin tone seems not to work quite as well, anymore. That can only mean one thing: time for a new facial toner!
I swung by my local ULTA last week and picked up a bottle of this toner. Read on for my review of the Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner after trying it out for two weeks!
What is Thayers?
First, let’s take a closer look at the Thayers brand. The company name comes from Henry Thayer, son of a physician who opened Henry Thayer & Company in 1847 after the launch of his own pharmaceutical store. In developing new products and topical solutions, his primary focus was on the use of witch hazel as a powerful extract and hero ingredient.
Since that time, the Thayers name has become widespread as a popular skin care brand. The 170-year old company is dedicated to creating “pure, effective, cruelty-free products of the highest natural quality”. Their most prominent products include Thayers Witch Hazel astringents, premium facial mists, and toners.
Implementing Thayers Witch Hazel Toner in your skin care regimen
If you’ve never used toner before, you probably have some questions about when and how to use Thayers Witch Hazel Toner. Curious about the ingredient list? We’ll cover all of your questions about the product and proper usage in this section!
When to apply
Use toner twice per day—typically once in the morning and once in the evening, as part of your standard skincare routine. It’s normally advised that if you have dry skin, you should apply toner only once per day. However, Thayers Witch Hazel Toner is so nourishing that it really doesn’t dry skin out (I have combination skin, but my dry patches are dry).
A standard skin care routine using this toner might look like:
- Thayers Witch Hazel Toner;
- Moisturizer (preferably with SPF);
- Facial oil (if needed).
About Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Thayers Witch Hazel Toner—particularly their rose version—is a bestseller and an award-winning toner for the brand. This toner is made with clean ingredients and excludes parabens and phthalates.
The gentle formula cleanses, tones, and moisturizes skin. It also combines the properties of sweet rose water with naturally-disinfecting Aloe Vera, which make a powerful duo to ensure your skin is nourished, hydrated, and glowing.
There are two hero ingredients used in this toner’s formula, which work to boost product efficacy and target a range of common skin issues. The two hero ingredients used in Thayers Witch Hazel Toner are:
- Glycerin—a hydrating and replenishing ingredient that works to increase your skin’s water content and protect its moisture barrier;
- Citric Acid—an exfoliating ingredient that helps clear away dead skin cells, revealing healthy and glowing skin underneath.
Here’s a total breakdown of the ingredients in Thayers Witch Hazel Toner:
My experience with Thayers Witch Hazel Toner
What I liked
This product felt gentle and non-irritating, which has been a problem for me with other skin care products recently. In fact, my skin has been particularly prone to uncharacteristic breakouts and redness prior to trying this toner, and I’ve been wondering which of my products has been the culprit. With all of that said, I can’t emphasize enough how extremely pleased I was with this toner, which felt refreshing as I dabbed it on for the first time. The rose scent was also a nice touch without being overpowering.
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I’ve seen a noticeable improvement with breakouts, and even with some flakiness I’ve been experiencing, since I began using. I can honestly say that I don’t miss my previous toner at all, which required spray-on application and felt like little more than a perfumed mist on my face. While I only just made the switch to Thayers Witch Hazel toner, I don’t anticipate switching any time soon to another toner product. This seems to fit the bill perfectly for me!
What I disliked
I don’t have anything negative to say about this product. It’s budget-friendly, effective, and feels luxurious at the same time. What more could a girl ask for?
Conclusion: Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner Review
Overall, I can’t recommend Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Facial Toner enough.
My only disclaimer would be geared toward those with truly dry skin types. I struggle with dry patches, which is not quite the same as dry skin, so this product may be more conducive to my skin type than to yours. It may not be the ideal hydrating toner. See the best toners for dry skin (or any skin type!) on our rankings, determined by real users.
Either way, this product feels very mild and refreshing. I highly recommend trying to see whether it might work as well for you as it does for me!