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(EX. VAT) 100 ml £3.77
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Witch Hazel Water

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A genuine hydrolat produced naturally as a by-product of distillation. Helps to control excess sebum production and a strong astringency makes it ideal to use in products for acne prone skin as well as anti ageing products.

A clear, colourless mobile liquid with a clean, slightly acidic smell, produced from steam distillation of the recently cut and partially dried dormant twigs of the Hamamelis Virginiana plant. The resulting distillation contains naturally occurring oils and ethanol.

There are so called flower waters available that are made by adding essential oils or an extract to water. These are not flower waters or hydrolats and are inferior to this genuine hydrolat which is produced by steam distillation.

This hydrolat has had no preservative added to its bottle so please take care to not contaminate it. The alcohol content is a naturally occurring situation when the water is produced and does have some preservative action but do not consider it to be a fully preserved product.


Hamamelis virginiana Water, Alcohol
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Witch Hazel Water are:

Astringent, Hair Conditioning, Skin Conditioning, Soothing

To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here.
Skin Care
It removes excess oil from the skin and tightens the pores due to its astringent qualities. Use in toners, serums, creams and lotions in products for acne prone skin for its antibacterial qualities.

Contains antioxidants and tannins, both of which are very beneficial in anti aging products. Use in toners, serums, gels, masks, creams and lotions.

Helps to reduce inflammation and swelling especially from mild sports injuries and muscular strains.

Calms and soothes hemorrhoids when blended with other ingredients.

Excellent to add to men’s shaving products and is very effective at reducing the incidence of ingrown hairs. Very soothing and cooling for razor burn.

Calming for insect bites and other minor skin irritations.

Can lighten the colour of stretch marks and reduce some of the puckering appearance.

A 10% witch hazel lotion can reduce the irritation from sunburn quite significantly.

Hair Care
Soothes and calms a sensitive scalp. Stops itching. No direct hair care usage.

Use 1% to 20%. It is very potent so we do not recommend using at a strength of more than 20% blended with other ingredients. Do not use it neat.

Water soluble so cannot be used in oil only products.

Heat stable so can be used in Stage 2 (water stage) when making creams and lotions.

Hydrosols are very prone to fungal contamination. Store them in the ‘fridge if you can and never leave the tops off the bottles whilst you are working.

Suggested Blends
Blend with other flower waters at the recommended dilutions for refreshing and tonifying facial mists.

Excellent to use in a gel blended with Anti Acne Active Toner and Vitamin B3.

Anti Acne Gel
Stage 1: (room temperature)

3% Squalane
2% Pomegranate Seed Oil
0.5% Konjac Glucomannan Powder

Stage 2: (room temperature)
33% Orange Blossom (Neroli) Water
20% Witch Hazel Water
10% Lavender Water
10% Chamomile Water
10% Aloe Vera Concentrate
5% Comfrey Glycerol Extract
3% Cosmetic Prebotic
1.5% Organic Anti Acne Active Formula
1% Preservative 12
0.5% Manuka Essential Oil
0.5% Myrtle Essential Oil
100% Total

Combine the Stage 1 ingredients together to make a slurry then add to the combined Stage 2 mixture. Stick blend until smooth. Jar and label.

Tonifying Facial Mist
Stage 1: (room temperature)

57% Orange Blossom (Neroli) Water
20% Witch Hazel Water
10% Lavender Water
4% Vitamin B3
3% Liftonin
3% Wu Zhu Extract
2% Vitamin C
1% Preservative 12
100% Total

Combine all ingredients and stir well to thoroughly dissolve and combine all components. Bottle into spray bottles 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.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists to tone varicose veins when blended with Horse Chestnut extract.

Frequently used in facial washes and toners for acne prone skin.

Historical Information
The World’s first mass produced skincare product was Pond’s Cold Cream. This was originally named “Golden Treasure” and used wild harvested with hazel which had been used by Native Americans for centuries. The natural alcohol content along with the fact the emulsion was a water in oil structure both help to act as a preservative.

The Mohegan tribe taught the English settlers how to use twigs from witch hazel saplings to dowse for water. When held correctly, the twigs bend downwards over a source of underground water. It is believed this is where it got its name from; “wicke” being the old English term for lively, and “wych” being the traditional Anglo-Saxon term for bend.
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