|Witch Hazel- Courtesy of Pixabay.com|
Whatever be the reason for the name, Witch Hazel is renown at least in the Western half of the world for its cleansing astringent properties. I have read about the benefits of Witch Hazel before and when I saw Dickinson's Astringent on sale at my local Walmart, I got it just to test it out.
What is an Astringent?
Astringent is usually applied after cleansing and before moisturizing, is supposed to help with cleansing & minimizing pores, especially if you are oily skinned. If you have dry skin, you may want to stay away from this.
About the product: Dickinson's Original Formula is around $6 CAD approx for 16 oz.
Check the product here
I used this for night time 3rd step cleansing. So how I clean is:
1st level: Using baby wipes to remove makeup [after reaching home]
2nd level: Using cleansing cream or oil [30mins before sleep]
3rd level: Using an astringent or toner
Now here is the deal - this is too gentle for me and I hate the smell. I think it is pretty nice for a sensitive skin and for people who don't mind a woodsy kinda scent. But no thank you!
It did a okay job on minimizing pores and I am all for as natural products as possible. But I couldn't really feel it you know... I know that gentle is good, but gentle for me is boring when it comes to an astringent. But I would have stuck to this if not for the scent.
If you feel that I am totally weird on this and the scent is usually great, may be I got an off bottle - do let me know in case.
Overall: This is more a case of expecting too much and getting something ordinary :( I may buy Thayer's to see what the whole Witch Hazel deal is but for now I am not planning to repurchase this.