Thumbs up for Witch Hazel!

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Thumbs up for Witch Hazel!

Post by Sensitive_Skin » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:17 pm

Just had my wife shave the back of my neck with a straight then applied the Witch Hazel. No irritation! I'm pretty pleased with this product, if only it didn't smell so industrial. Funny because it's supposed to be made of largely natural products...Must be all the alcohol!

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Post by Esoteric83 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:21 pm

Try Thayers in rose or lavender. Many health / natural food stores carry the line. They smell fantastic with all the soothing properties.

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Post by jww » Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:31 pm

Esoteric83 wrote:Try Thayers in rose or lavender. Many health / natural food stores carry the line. They smell fantastic with all the soothing properties.
+1 -- just about any Thayers scent works well. I have lemon/aloe and it's wonderful.
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Post by gsgo » Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:46 pm

Good stuff!
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Post by Nitrox » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:02 pm

The Thayer's rose is very nice.
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Post by Sensitive_Skin » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:47 pm

Yup, the one I got was "Original" which has alcohol in it. I think for a post-shave alcohol is good since it staves off any open cuts. It felt pretty mild to the skin. I wouldn't use a pre-shave or shaving soap/cream with any alcohol in it though.

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Post by woodsrider » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:53 pm

The Thayer's Original is one of my favorites....mild and pleasant fragrance; 10% alcohol content.
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Re: Thumbs up for Witch Hazel!

Post by Blue As A Jewel » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:09 pm

Sensitive_Skin wrote:Just had my wife shave the back of my neck with a straight then applied the Witch Hazel. No irritation! I'm pretty pleased with this product, if only it didn't smell so industrial. Funny because it's supposed to be made of largely natural products...Must be all the alcohol!
I'd be pretty pleased with the wife as well!
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Post by rsp1202 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:08 pm

I prefer Humphreys regular WH to any other. Inexpensive, unstinky, and effective as an aftershave and before-bed cleanser. Doesn't leave my face feeling tacky, either. Their Citrus facial toner has now caught my eye.
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Post by CMur12 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:40 pm

I really like the Thayer's Astringents (Original, Peach, and Lemon), which use 10% alcohol. This isn't enough alcohol to burn, however, and it feels very soothing to the skin. The Thayer's Toners have no alcohol, but they have propylene glycol (not all that bad) and methylparaben (under suspicion).

After my shaves, I leave a tiny, almost invisible residue of lather on my skin. Then I apply one of the Thayer's Astringents and rub it into the skin. It combines with the lather residue to form a cream whose effect is very soothing.

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Post by ateace » Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:02 am

Thayers Lemon with Aloe Vera.
Great stuff.

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Post by Thalay Sagar » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:49 am

Thayer's Lavender with aloe, twice a day.
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Post by hoffo » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:53 am

I use the Thayers alcohol-free toners and can't recommend it enough!

Even the generic CVS-brand stuff works for me - I don't see it as an industrial scent, more of a "burned wood" or "smoky" scent.
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Post by Sensitive_Skin » Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:22 pm

The only thing I don't like about Thayers is:

1) The bottle's opening is too wide...You can't pore any onto the palm of your hand. You could use a cotton ball but that's kind of annoying.

2) The bottle is too small. I want a bigger one.

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"Tried" to douse some onto my palm this morning, instead I made a huge mess and put like 1/8th of the bottle onto my face. Wow did that sting! Sealed off the minor cut very nicely! Love this product but poor packaging.

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Post by jww » Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:29 pm

Funny -- my Thayers bottle has a flip-top -- I always am able to get just the right amount for my ritual.
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Post by gil3591 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:09 pm

jww wrote:Funny -- my Thayers bottle has a flip-top -- I always am able to get just the right amount for my ritual.
so does mine but i got some small squirt bottles from sally beauty supply. works great
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Post by jww » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:49 pm

I was just thinking -- with all the variations of witch hazel, it begs the question -- which hazel??? :wink:

BTW - great idea Gil - I do need to get something small to fit into my kit bag, and I can't believe that I have never thought about your idea. Thanks. :D
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Post by gil3591 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:58 pm

jww wrote:I was just thinking -- with all the variations of witch hazel, it begs the question -- which hazel??? :wink:

BTW - great idea Gil - I do need to get something small to fit into my kit bag, and I can't believe that I have never thought about your idea. Thanks. :D
yes,, i'm talking about the ones with a spritz (atomizer) top. i was thinking of using them on my expensive aftershave too. great way to not waste any.
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Post by Greenhouse » Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:43 pm

Yes, there are a number of good scents. I agree that the original version has a bit of an industrial/chemical smell. I have several fragrances and try to match the witch hazel to the cream or soap I used (rose, lavender, etc.). However, even the original does a great job -- the smell fades quickly and is soon covered up by whatever after shave I apply.

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Post by DavidB » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:52 pm

jww wrote:
Esoteric83 wrote:Try Thayers in rose or lavender. Many health / natural food stores carry the line. They smell fantastic with all the soothing properties.
+1 -- just about any Thayers scent works well. I have lemon/aloe and it's wonderful.
Another vote for Thayers Lemon. To me it smells great, not witch hazel-y at all.

Dave

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