As per the title, I'm looking for a witch hazel based aftershave with Aloe Vera, natural ingredients and ideally a nice scent?
Yeah, that’s mostly nonsense. They use witch hazel extract rather that “raw” witch hazel. You might prefer spaghetti sauce made with fresh tomatoes, but it would be about the same to say sauce made with tomato paste “has no tomato”.It also seems to have been criticised a fair bit on here due to lack of Witch Hazel content?
I use the Dickenson's WH with the yellow label. It is labeled as a toner. Dickinson's also makes a WH product with a blue label, which they say is an astringent, for first aid use, etc.I have been using Thayers for years on the recommendation of a dermatologist.
...There is much confusion about witch hazel. WH with alcohol is an astringent used primarily for cleaning the skin and removing makeup. WH without alcohol is a toner: a water-based solution (generally alcohol-free) that uses humectants to keep the moisture in the upper layers of the skin to prevent skin dehydration...
It's hard to generalize, but there may be other ingredients in a splash such as Aloe Vera, glycerin, camphor, eucalyptus, etc. intended to soothe skin irritation. A toner is intended mainly to leave the skin clean. A person may want to put something else on their skin after using a toner.Thank you! So, is a toner the same liquid state as a splash, but alcohol free?
I use the Dickenson's WH with the yellow label. It is labeled as a toner. Dickinson's also makes a WH product with a blue label, which they say is an astringent, for first aid use, etc.
Dickinson's yellow label:
All Natural Witch Hazel, Containing Natural Grain Alcohol 14% and Witch Hazel Extract.
So the toner product is not alcohol-free. However, the alcohol content is low enough not to bother my skin.
It's the glycerin and aloe that make Thayers different. Plus, they make their WH through an extraction process rather than distilling it. The extraction process preserves the tannins.
I'm curious about the tea tree oil. I have some, but I've never tried it in aftershave. Does the odor linger long, or does it go away quickly?I mostly use generic WH mixed with some EO's with good results. Since I am running low, last night I prepped some WH (generic with 14% alcohol), Tea Tree, Lemongrass EO and aloe gel. Mixed it so it is a thick liquid (more runny) form. Gave it a try without shaving and it felt great. I lean mostly toward DIY cause I like to tinker it to my liking. This may be a route to consider.
I will try it in my afternoon shave.