As soon as you get a whiff of Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel, you know it’s different. It’s not just another fruity fad, like most toners are. This is an old herbal classic. The product boasts to have been around since 1866, so in beauty years, this is a skincare relic.
The toner contains witch hazel extract, the magical elixir which makes skin feel clear, refreshed and tightened.
So what exactly is witch hazel, and why does it have such a strange name?
Quite simply, witch hazel is a shrub found in North America, Japan and China (according to that trusty source, Wikipedia). According to WebMD, it’s leaves, bark and twigs are distilled to create the toner.
And as for the name, well according to the Online Etymology Dictionary (again found by way of Wikipedia), the term witch hazel dates back to the 1540’s from the Old English ‘wice’, meaning ‘to bend’. This name is due the flexibility of the plant’s branches.
This is a classic toner in the sense that it doesn’t have one of those kitschy promises on the front, like a lot of it’s recent contemporaries do. Phrases such as “won’t dry skin” or “gets deep into the pore” are no where to be found. And this is a nice change of pace, as the bottle is relatively bare with little to no promises of ANYTHING. On a quick Google Image search we did find that some bottles have the words ‘pore perfecting toner’ written on them, but that is not as hyperbolic as other companies claims.
Additionally the product is a clear colour, with a very simple bottle design. Again, this a step away from the strong alcohol content and artificial colours used in major brands, not so dissimilar from a cocktail you would find at your local upscale bar. All that’s missing is the little umbrella.
Even though Dickinson’s Witch Hazel it is an astringent (which according to Apple’s dictionary, causes the contraction of body tissues), it doesn’t leave that horrible parched feeling on the skin. Its effect is more of tingling invigoration than oil sucking vacuum that other anti-blemish products aim to achieve.
And now we come to the economic consideration. This product should be a staple in every budgeter’s beauty kit. It is affordable and lasts a long time. We bought a 473ml bottle for a relatively cheap price, $6 or so, and it has lasted for months. You get a $2 pack of 100 cotton pads to apply the toner with, and it equates to probably $10 for three months at the most, assuming you go through two whole packets.
The toner, and cotton pads can generally be found at either Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart.
And it doesn’t just have to be used as a facial toner. There are a range of other soothing and cooling uses the product can be applied for.
You won’t find much marketing surrounding it, and it’s not a brand name that you will hear people name drop often, and that is exactly why we like it.
Try it out and let us know your thoughts.