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Seeking advice about Witch Hazel

I have read many posts on B&B where folks routinely mention using Witch Hazel after a shave. Earlier today I picked-up a bottle of this ($1.99 for 16oz.: cheap!) and I have a few questions regarding the most effective use of this product.

1. The bottle states that the concentration of its contents is 86% Witch Hazel. Does this sound like the appropriate concentration to apply to my face directly or does it need to be diluted with something first (e.g., distilled water)?

2. Is the best way to apply this simply by pouring into the palms and then rubbing on face? Is a cotton ball a better idea?

3. I have read here that many people use alum first then Witch Hazel. Does Witch Hazel then replace any ASB?

TIA for your thoughts and advice.



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When they say 86% witch hazel, what they mean is it's 14% alcohol. At that concentration, you shouldn't feel any sting from it at all. Is it Dickinson's?

Just splash it on, or better still, spray it on, as I do with Thayer's WH. Any a/s that follows will depend on the season and on your face.
There are a bunch of hydrosols available when you get tired of the witchhazel:biggrin:
A spitz bottle workes great!Try Here

This is what the website says;

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Thanks for the info and advice! Just what I was hoping for. :thumbup1:

Actually, I purchased this at Wegmans, a wonderful grocery store chain here in upstate NY. I picked this up in the pharmacy department.

Dr. D
A word of caution -If you bought Dickinson's don't base your opinion of Hydro's on it.

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