I’m Obsessed With This Witch Hazel—Here’s Why You Should Be, Too

I’m addicted to makeup. And though I try to be as all-natural with my products as possible, I still wear a good amount, and not all of it is organic.

That’s why taking it off at night (and using a good toner on my face to prevent acne) is important to my typical routine. Unfortunately, a toner, which is designed to reduce pores and even out skin tone, can run you quite a few bucks at Sephora or any other beauty vendor.

But I am recently baffled to have found one that makes my face feel amazing, takes my makeup off, and somehow also only costs $10. Not only that, Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner is completely natural—and also happens to be one of Amazon’s best-selling beauty products (it’s #3 overall), and #1 in facial toners and astringents. My only question is, where has this been all of my life?

How does it work?

Witch hazel is a natural astringent (meaning it helps to control acne and blemishes) that can cleanse skin, tighten pores, and lock in moisture. The plant’s leaves and bark are used to make a skin-healing extract that’s capable of naturally reducing acne, blisters, insect bites, poison ivy, and inflammation. You can even use an astringent witch hazel for cleaning. Thayers’ version is lighter because it’s alcohol-free, so it’s perfect for daily facial use. They use certified organic witch hazel extract and aloe vera leaf juice and rose flower water, a common ingredient in toners. They’re time-tested too—the company has quietly making no-fuss beauty products since 1847, when they opened a store in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

You can use Thayers to remove your makeup by mixing it with an organic olive oil, like Kirkland Signature Organic Olive Oil, or coconut oil, and applying the mix to cotton balls. I often cheat and use it at night to take off my makeup (and as a toner to give my face a fresh feeling) without mixing it with any oil. I just squirt some on a cotton ball and gently rub, and it works well for me to get rid of foundation, eyeliner, and even mascara.

If the long, long, long list of Amazon reviews don’t convince you, I’ll confirm: after using it for a month, my acne has all but disappeared, I’m more likely to make the effort to take all of my makeup off, and every time I use it at night, I feel like I’m pampering myself a little bit—but completely naturally.

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