A clear, yellow to brown extract from organic witch hazel using organic glycerin as the method of extraction. This means that there is no preservative in this ingredient although a suitable preservative should be used when it is combined into a product. It has the faint smell of witch hazel.
Glycerin, Hamamelis virginiana leaf extract, Aqua, Citric Acid
The individual materials that make up Witch Hazel Glycerol Extract (Organic) are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here.
Most commonly thought of as an astringent, it is excellent for oily and combination skin as the glycerin content helps to keep the skin moisturised. Use in products for acne prone skin and problem skin.
Its natural antibacterial properties make it a good choice to use in deodorants where it helps to slow down the development of the bacteria that make sweat smell.
Very refreshing to use in aftershave toners and spritzes for its bracing effect on the skin as well as helping to heal minor nicks and cuts.
Effective in cleansers for all skin types as it is cooling and soothing.
No specific hair care use but it will tone a greasy scalp with its astringency.
Use at 3% to 6%. It is safe to use at higher amounts but there is a possibility that the end product may feel a little sticky.
Water soluble so cannot be used in oil only blends.
Already contains glycerin so there is no need to add any more.
Once opened do not leave the cap off the bottle whilst you are working and after use, squeeze some of the air out of the bottle to reduce potential oxidation and seal tightly. Store in a cool, dry place. Protect from freezing and direct sunlight.
As it is often used in oily skin creams and lotions, combine with low freezing point oils like Hazelnut oil to help oily skin behave more like normal skin.
None although it may feel too tight on the skin if used in higher levels.
Toner for Problem Skin
Stage 1: (room temperature)
69% Orange Flower Water
10% Chamomile Water
10% Witch Hazel Glycerol Extract
5% Aloe Vera Concentrate
3% Vitamin B3
2% Cosmetic Prebiotic
1% Preservative Eco Plus
Dissolve the Vitamin B3 in the Orange Flower Water, then combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Bottle and label. Shake before use.
Facial Lotion for Oily Skin
Stage 1: (above 75°C)
74% Boiled Spring Water
2% EmulsiGel Eco
10% Witch Hazel Glycerol Extract (Organic)
Stage 2: (above 60°C)
7% Hazelnut Oil
3% Thistle Oil
Stage 3: (below 40°C)
2% Vitamin E
1% Preservative 12
0.75% Palmarosa Essential Oil
0.25% Geranium Essential Oil
Mix the EmulsiGel Eco with the Glycerol Extract and then add to the hot water. Stick blend until thickened.
Add the stage 2 oils to stage 1 and stick blend briefly to combine.
Cool down in a pan of cold water whilst stirring with a spatula - not the stick blender.
Add stage 3 ingredients and stir again. Jar and label.
For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.
These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
It is believed that the Native Americans were the first culture to extensively use witch hazel. As well as its medicinal use, witch hazel would be watched for its first blooms as that was a sure sign that there would be no more frosts and it was safe to plant the corn.
Read more about medicinal use for witch hazel here.
Traditionally, witch hazel has been used as a general household first aid kit to help stop itching and pain from insect bites, cuts and scratches and, most commonly, hemorrhoids.
There is interesting research going on with the tannins from witch hazel bark for medical use. Read more about it here.