Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula Astringent [Lemon] Review

Korean beauty is all the rage but there are still good and affordable western skincare products that are definitely worth trying. Founded in 1847, Thayers is one of the staples of western skincare with dominating sales in drugstores. Let’s see what the rage is about today as we try out their famous toner in the lemon variant!


Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents claims to be:

  • Soothing, natural treatments that cleanse, heal and preserve skin
  • Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis Virginiana)
  • Fragrance, paraben-free
  • Hypoallergenic and naturally preserved

Now, you must be wondering what’s an astringent? And how is it different from a toner?

On the left is the Thayers Facial Toner and on the right is the Thayers Astringent; both with Witch Hazel. So, what’s the difference?

Toners and astringents are formulated differently and for that reason, serve different skin types. While both our Toners and Astringents contain our proprietary Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula, Toners are water-based products, and typically include antioxidants and cell-repairing ingredients. Astringents on the other hand, are alcohol-based products which contain natural alcohol from botanical sources.

According to Thayers Official Website

To sum it up, here’s a table for easy reading:


Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet of Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virgiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Fragrance (Natural Lemon), Citric Acid.

According to the COSDNA analysis here, ingredients in italic and bold are potential triggers. Other than that, the ingredient list overall seems good.


The product comes in a transparent plastic bottle of 355ml. On the back are directions and ingredients.

The product itself has a slight yellow tint to it.

I dispense a decent amount of the astringent onto a cotton pad. I use this after cleansing.

I gently wipe the soaked to cotton pad all over my face in swiping circular motions. It feels refreshing from the alcohol content and cools my skin in the hot, humid weather. After wiping it all over my face, I can see that my face is less oily and there’s dirt/impurities/grime on the cotton pad.

Overall, the astringent doesn’t feel drying to me and is a great refresher in the hot, humid weather. Perfect for the next step of my skincare routine!


  • Affordable at a big quantity of 355ml
  • Good ingredient list
  • Refreshing and cooling, great for hot, humid weather
  • Contains alcohol which has antibacterial properties, soothing
  • Gets rid of dirt/grime/impurities
  • Doesn’t sting


  • May be drying for some people
  • Alcohol may cause reverse-effect and dry up the skin
  • Alcohol may irritate sensitive/acne-prone skin


I do like the Thayers Astringent and find it a great toner for the hot, humid weather of Malaysia as it’s cooling and refreshing. It helps remove impurities on the skin as well plus its very affordable. However, the alcohol content may be a concern to some people and should be an ingredient to avoid if you find yourself having acne-prone or sensitive skin. Although I do have sensitive skin and combination skin, this worked fine on me and didn’t cause me any breakouts. Although, alcohol may dry out the skin as found in research.

All in all, I think it’s a pretty good astringent/toner and I recommend it to most people. For those with acne-prone, sensitive skin; you will have to practice caution with this product! Maybe get a trial size first before buying a full-sized to see if your skin will like it.

You can get the product here:

Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Astringent 355ml [7 Types to Choose]


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