Many of you are probably thinking "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Alcohol? No ma'am!", and you are right to be concerned, but I have extremely sensitive, breakout prone skin and I have never experienced adverse effects when using this toner. However, if you would like to read some articles on the pros and cons of witch hazel use, you can find them here and here. I support the school of thought that suggests the pros outweigh the cons (Truth in Aging), but Paula Begoun does present her points well. I just figure that with all of the highly regarded and fairly new products that contain alcohol out there, such as Caudalie's Beauty Elixir, an ingredient that has been used for centuries as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory should be the least of our concerns.
BUT, if you are interested in a witch hazel toner that is alcohol-free, I was recently introduced to the Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula. This impressive product not only contains witch hazel, but it also has aloe, glycerin, and vitamin E, and smells amazing to boot! It's ideal for those of you with drier skin types. Those of you with fragrance sensitivities may want to skip out on this one, but that's fine because Thayer's also has an unscented formula in their line of toners!
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