Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water

A fragrant, astringent essential water obtained by steeping and distilling the twigs and leaves of the witch hazel plant. It leaves the skin feeling tight and refreshed after application and helps with the healing of small cuts on the skin.
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Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water

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Witch hazel water is a fragrant, astringent water that is obtained by steeping and distilling the twigs and leaves of the witch hazel plant (Hamamelis virginiana). It is classified as an essential water (meaning that it is a water containing essential oils).

It has been used in skincare for centuries for its astringent properties and for its pleasant, mildly spicy scent (which is due to the presence of eugenol and carvacrol). It leaves the skin feeling tight and refreshed after application, although some people may find it a bit too drying. It also helps with the healing of small cuts on the skin.

Witch hazel water is used in the formulation of aftershaves (and has been used ever since their invention) to prevent inflammation and ingrown hairs.

Find out more information about witch hazel extract here: Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract.