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What more can I say, No Alcohol. No Fragrances. No Parabens. No problems!
And to boot, this witch hazel has only two ingredients: 1) Witch hazel and 2) Benzoic Acid as a preservative.
The main (active) ingredients in sea breeze are camphor, clove oil and eucalyptus oils, in a base of sd-ALCOHOL and glycerin... You can make your own alcohol-free version using those same essential oils with a pure (alcohol-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free) Witch Hazel instead of alcohol, etc.. as a base... Your skin (and hair) will thank you for it.
Pros: 1. It's super gentle 2. It's 100% alcohol-free! This formula does not contain ANY alcohol unlike the cheaper drugstore versions which are preserved with 14% alcohol or/and parabens, etc... 3. No Added ingredients to dilute the purity of the mixture (no aloe, fragrances, essential oils, alcohol, etc...), only has a bit of benzoic acid as a preservative... 4. If you really want to add alcohol to any of your sanitizing or toning agents, it's safer if you control the amount of alcohol by starting with an alcohol-free base...
Cons: Only one: 1. Costs too much. At only 8ounces, it's about 3-5x more expensive than the 12-ounce drugstore brands that do contain alcohol, which can be a serious negative for those on a student/tight budget :( --NOTE: if you choose the drugstore brands, get the one preserved with 10-14% alcohol, it's safer than the ones with parabens as preservatives... ---
A stimulating Scalp Pre-Shampoo Spritz: 2oz of Witch hazel (alcohol-free) plus one drop each of -tea tree oil, rosemary oil and peppermint oil Apply to scalp for 5-15 minutes and shampoo out (aids in growth and controlling dandruff). For a stronger pre-treatment steep a bag of green tea or silver needle white tea in stove-top warmed witch hazel for 1 hour, then allow to cool slightly and strain and add essential oils and spritz scalp and hair before shampooing, and if desired, add a small amount of mixture to shampoo for even greater penetration.
Note: Now there is a place and use for everything, and in general, alcohol should only be used as a medical-grade "sanitizing" agent in pure strength where chronic/persistent conditions persist, misted/applied over stitches, cuts, infections, chronic fungus issues as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, chronic acne, etc., and then followed by a soothing layer of pure (alcohol-free) witch hazel. . . Finished with a layer of pure aloe-vera under your favorite moisturizer or coconut oil.
But for general toning needs, you don't have to add alcohol to your products for actual added toning strength --instead, use all-natural, alcohol-free essentials such as tea tree and clove oils and peppermint oils...
I have been on a mission to switch many things I use in my daily life to more natural products. I started using more natural products on my face about a year and a half ago and I have tried a variety of different Witch Hazels. This brand is far superior and is worth the extra shipping time (compared to Amazon Prime) and price tag. This 8 ounce bottle came packaged very well and did not leak which has been an issue for other reviewers when shipping this type of product.
I like The Homestead Company Witch Hazel because it is alcohol free. In addition, it is hypoallergenic and paraben free. The ingredient list is very short, which it should be! The first ingredient is steam distilled witch hazel and then .15% benzoic acid. I know the scent of witch hazel can sometimes be overpowering but I feel as though this particular brand has a light scent; definitely not overpowering to me. I have an extremely sensitive face and this does not sting or make my face red. I love it!
About 6 months ago, I broke out worse than I ever have in my entire life. I had all types of acne on my chin, forehead, nose, cheeks, chest, and back. I never had to deal with more than a few small pimples at a time in the past, so this literally steered me into depression. I didn't want to go anywhere, even with makeup, because I was so embarrassed. Finally, in the middle of December, I found natural products that I researched that would help cure my acne from the inside out. This product came later on because I had another brand of witch hazel (which I discovered later on was most likely contributing to my acne because of the ingredients). I have been using this witch hazel for a little over a month and it is definitely helping to clear up my acne, among the other things I have been doing (feel free to comment with questions about my routine!). I use it after washing my face in the morning and at night and besides helping to keep acne at bay, it also takes off makeup that was left behind on my face. I also started using this on my chest and back and know that it is what cleared it up in those spots.
I can without a doubt say that I will never be without this product again in my life. This is a very natural product that I feel good about using and recommending to others. It is also very cost effective. I have had this 8 oz bottle for about a month and a half and I'm not even halfway through it, using it twice a day. I would say a month ago that 70% of my face was covered in acne. About a month, month and a half later, I would say it's about 10-20% now (mostly because of scarring that is slowly fading). If you have sensitive skin that reacts to just about anything, I really suggest giving this brand a try. I used Thayer's before this brand (trying the cucumber, rose petal, and aloe varieties) and each one never helped to reduce my acne and actually, in some cases, made it worse!
The search for PURE witch hazel is like a treasure hunt, and if you are looking in a store it is just as disappointing. Thank goodness for Amazon, and this company, for giving people the accessibility to products like these . I have a adrenal gland disorder and any mainstream product turns my skin into a horror show. All natural products that others make just don't do it for me. I think it's because I am mixed, and usually those products are geared towards Caucasian skin - not hating just stating. I started making my own products; lotion, hair, soap, face- witch hazel ties into a lot of those. Adding the water/ aloe/oil/salicylic acid ratio to my skins needs means I am finally able to have some control over how I look and feel. There is one other company that makes pure witch hazel, MakingCosmetics, but they are more expensive probably because they have utterly no additives. I use that company for emulsifiers and other products only they provide. If you are like me and like to make your own products, Pointofinterest.com is a blog that gives great pointers and recipes. It's for serious makers or people just starting out , run by a cosmetic chemist, and she will respond to email questions. I haven't had the need for that though, I just search her site for anything and I always find an answer. ENJOY
I love this stuff! I used it after the birth of my second baby, and I was SOOO happy with it! This might be TMI for many people, but a great use for this is to pour some into a sanitary napkin, then place it in the freezer and let it freeze solid, then use it as long as you have pain or discomfort "down there" after handing a baby! 😉 It's amazing!