Thayers Alcohol Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner Review (and a bit of toner related rambling)

You know that one sweater (or pair of shoes, item of makeup, you get the idea) you keep in your closet telling yourself you’ll get more use of it, and of course, months, maybe even years if you’re like me (..hoarder??), go by and it’s still in the same spot? Well, I’ve really been on a kick of going through all those types of  things and getting rid of what’s stuck around for way too long. As I was going through my beauty cabinet I re-discovered this lovely toner I bought this summer, and to my surprise can’t get enough of it now.


*Thayers Alcohol Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner (phew, what a name), now a staple in my face care routine, was formulated over 120 years ago and has only gotten better over time. Made with certified organic witch hazel, aloe vera and natural rose extract it cleanses and moisturizes beautifully! In case you aren’t already aware of the amazing benefits of the aforementioned I’ve provided a quick run down at the bottom of this post.

The full ingredient list in simple terms is as follows:

  • Purified Water
  •  Aloe Leaf Juice
  •  Vegetable Glycerin
  • Natural Rose Fragrance
  •  Un-distilled Witch Hazel Extract,
  • Rose Flower Water
  • Citric Acid
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract,
  • Vitamin E Acetate

It is also alcohol and paraben free :)

The Pros..

I stopped using toners long ago mainly because they were drying out my skin, but with this product I experience quite the opposite effect. After cleansing morning and night I just dab a little on a cotton pad and wipe it all over my face and neck to remove left over dirt, oil, and makeup up. Not only does it do its job in that department but it also moisturizers my skin quite well, which is definite perk during the Winter season. My face feels so refreshed and smooth after using this and my moisturizer sinks right in (especially my amazing Reviva Labs night cream that I will soon be reviewing). While I won’t accredit this one product to the improvement in my skin, I truly believe that with this in my routine my skin tone has become noticeably smoother. All of these great benefits and for only $10, can’t beat that if you ask me, not to mention a little goes a long way.

The Cons..

The only con I can really think of is the smell. I don’t mind it, though it did take some getting used to, but if you don’t like floral scents than this product probably isn’t for you. You are in luck though because Thayers has 5 or 6 different variations of this product but all are not alcohol free so make sure to double check before purchasing. I have my eye on the Cucumber Witch Hazel Toner for my next purchase.

The Verdict..

In short I would greatly recommend this product if you’re looking for something to soothe your dry, sensitive winter skin (though its great for all skin types), or just looking to reap the benefits of a toner without the drying effects of alcohol. I bought this product at my local health food store but you can also find it at big name places like Whole Foods and on Amazon.

Now on for a little 101 session on the following ingredients found in this toner..


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Organic Witch Hazel, alias to it’s original name Hamamelis virginiana which means “very gentle”, has been attributed to its anti-aging and anti-septic properties for ages. It’s widely known as a treatment for mild acne, minor cuts and bruises, itchy irritated skin, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and even varicose veins. As a toner, like it’s being used in this case, it’s said to remove left over dirt and oil after cleansing, tighten pores, balance the pH levels in your skin and keep acne at bay with its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. For sensitive and/or dry skin it would be best to dilute this with water or sometime of essential oil since it can be a bit drying on its own.


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Aloe Vera is known for its anti-aging, moisturizing and healing properties, which is why you can find it in so many skin care and after sun products. It contains 20 of the 22 essential amino acids our body needs to heal and function, it also contains vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, and E that aid in keeping our skin smooth, promoting cellular growth and protecting us from environmental damages. It’s usually found in gel form which is cooling  and moisturizing  to the skin ( which is why it’s often used for sunburn).

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Rose water is one of those ingredients that just gives the product a much prettier feel. It’s used in many fragrances, toners, creams, cleansers and toners for its ability to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and calm the skin. It’s also great for softening and adding moisture back into your skin which is especially awesome during harsh winters.






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