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Care Distilled Witch Hazel
Member Name: Torialou
Care Distilled Witch Hazel
Date: 13/06/13, updated on 14/06/13 (103 review reads)
Advantages: So many uses and very good value.
I have always suffered from problematic skin, as soon as I hit my teens the spots came out and have yet to stop bothering me. I was aware from a very early age that some of the best products for spots were Tea Tree and Witch Hazel, I used to spend a fortune on brand concoctions containing either, or both of these in an attempt to keep my spots at bay. That was until one day I came across a bottle of Distilled Witch Hazel in Superdrug, I think at the time it was less than a £1, I could not believe that I had been paying a fortune for products when a simple bottle of the product was so cheap, surely there was a catch? I honestly thought this product was to good to be true but thought for the cost I would give it a try, that was at least 15 years ago and I still buy the same product to this day!
THE PACKING ....
The packing is different to the above image. The Witch Hazel comes in a brown glass bottle that is not at all dissimilar to a glass bottle you would expect to contain a common cold linctus. The bottle is topped with a white screw cap, this is not a child safe lid which is not good if you have small children in the house. There is a tamper proof seal around the lid, this is currently a red colour, I am not sure why but it does stand out well. The label on the bottle has the "Care" logo in the top left corner in white lettering this is surrounded by blue and blends down into various green tones. There is an image of leaves on the right of the label, that I can only assume is a photo image of the Witch Hazel, however, having never seen the plant I can only make this assumption.
The back of the label informs us that the bottle contains an astringent skin cleaner containing Witch Hazel. This can be used to cleanse and tone the skin, whilst removing excess oils, impurities and make up from the skin.
The rest of the label contains the instructions for use, a warning to not store above the temperature of 25 degrees, to keep out of reach of children, the address of the manufacturer and the ingredients of the contents.
THE PRODUCT ....
The product inside the bottle is a completely clear liquid with the consistency of water, when you open the bottle you are hit by a mild smell of alcohol mixed with the Witch Hazel. It is really quite a pleasant scent, it reminds me of a clean smell. It is very mild and has adsorbed the moment you apply it to the skin.
TO USE AND USES ....
I use this product all the time for so many different reasons, it really is a versatile product. As fellow spot suffers will know, you can tell when a new spot is coming through, there is that telltale sore point under the skin, when this occurs I will grab my Witch Hazel and using a cotton pad sweep a generous amount over the skin.
I am also allergic to so many products, I am forever finding a rash on my skin, again I sweep this over the irritated skin and find that it usually calms any itching and redness.
Because my skin is combination I do find I suffer from a rather oily forehead, I often use a quick splash of this on a cotton pad and wipe it over my forehead to refresh the skin and remove the buildup of grease.
If I get a small cut, out comes the Witch Hazel, again a quick sweep of the area with a small amount of the product on a cotton pad and the area around the cut is sanitised and calmed.
Witch Hazel can be used to ease the pain of mild burns and bruises also.
The last thing I use this product for most often is for the times when the spot gets the better of me and I wake up to find I have grown a second head on my face that is throbbing so much it feels like it has its own pulse. Sadly for me, this is something that happens fairly frequently, however over the years I have found that a cotton pad soaked in the Witch Hazel and then applied for a few minutes over the throbbing spot really does help calm it again. I tend to repeat this every hour or so until the throbbing has subsided. The product does contain alcohol, however I have not found that the amount is bad enough to ever cause any dryness to the skin.
Now this is the first time I have actually bothered to read the actual ingredients section on the bottle, after my shock at the actual contents of the bottle of Tea Tree I was using I was actually dreading to look and see what was inside this product as I really do like it. However I was more puzzled when I read the ingredients than shocked for once! The bottle states that the ingredients are hamamelis virginia distillate and alcohol. Ok so where is the Witch Hazel my brain thought! This is where good old Google was required for a little assistance where I discovered that Hamamelis virginiana is a species of witch-hazel native to eastern North America! Ah there is my Witch Hazel!
So I was pleasantly surprised this time, the ingredients are basically distilled Witch Hazel and some Alcohol. Not anywhere near as bad as I was expecting.
The RRP for a 200ml bottle of this product is £2.30. I still purchase my bottle from Superdrug and they are currently charging £2.49 for a bottle, however this is still a very small charge for such a handy product.
I really would not dream of being without my Care Witch Hazel, I honestly have always had a bottle on the go since I was in my teens and swear by it. A bottle generally lasts me about 9-10 months which for under £2.50 is a complete bargain. Whilst is does not cure my spots I do find this really does help calm them and helps clean small wounds and stop them getting infected. My only concern when I went into reviewing this product was the ingredients, however I have been pleasantly surprised and as such I have no hesitation in awarding this 5 stars and I would happily suggest this to anyone. It really is so versatile and yet so cheap.
Summary: Wonderful simple product from Care.
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