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This is a handy little thing - a witch hazel based gel which allows you to form a soothing antibacterial antiseptic seal over burns, rashes, irritation, insect bites, and other skin problems.
I use this on a lot of skin irritations and abrasions I have, including cats scratches/bites as this is safe to use on cuts and grazes, and keeps everything nice and clean and infection free.
It also doesn't cause reactions on my skin - which should mean that most people's skin should be fine with it since my skin reacts to a lot of things. Pretty much everything to be honest. However, as with everything, if you do have any sign of a reaction, stop using it - wash it off.
It's a reasonable price - usually between £1.80 and £3 for a tube of the gel, which lasts for a pretty long time as a little bit goes a long way.
Do pay attention to the expiration date imprinted into the bottom of the box as you shouldn't really use it after that point.
There are a few negative points however. It does smell a bit weird - not the worst of all the skin products I've ever used, but an interesting odour all the same. It's most noticeable on your hands, which you have to use to smooth in the gel, but if you wash them it isn't too much of a problem.
The other thing is that the soothing effect itself wears off after a little while - though it's such a relief when you first put it on that you really don't care, and you can always apply more.
I swear by this stuff, it's fantastic. And with me and my sensitive skin around, I always keep a tube of it lying around something.
This gel which uses Witch hazel is great for soothing irritated skin. It immediately offers relief from pain, and helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. It also stops itching and has antiseptic qualities to protect against infection.
I have used witch hazel to treat itching, bites, stings, sunburn, burns, grazes and rashs and it has always been effective. My only criticism is that it does tend to sting if you put it on an open wound/broken skin so for that purpose I tend to go instead for something like Savlon.
The gel is easy to use as it is thick but not overly sticky, and although it does have a bit of a smell to it, it is not unpleasant and fades quickly to being unnoticeable. My personal favourite if it is available is using a cream that combines witch hazel with calamine, but witch hazel on its own is still definitely great, and witch hazel in my opinion beats calamine if you are looking for an antiseptic quality.
Witch hazel is a great way to get immediate relief from skin irritations and it is also brilliant that it is a natural product. One tube lasts a long time and it is a really versatile cream so it is definitely worth having in your cupboard.
I love the brand that is Witch Doctor and so when I spotted this skin treatment gel and read on the back of it that it is suitable for a whole host of ailments I decided to treat myself to a tube and to pop it in my medicine cabinet.
Light blue and dark blue oblong box and on the front of it there is a picture of a green leaf and I am told that it is Witch Doctor Skin Treatment Gel 'A soothing, healing treatment for irritated skin' and that it is an Antiseptic-Astringent product and that it is 81.5% Gel and that it contains extract of witch hazel. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients and the size of the tube is given (in this case I purchased a 35g tube) and contact details for Lornamead UK are given (the manufacturer of the product). The tube is a dark blue and white coloured plastic squeezy one with a flip-top white lid to the bottom of it concealing a small hole and basically I'm told all the same information on it as is on the box. Easy to use, this looks a functional product rather than pretty but of course it is a medical type of product and informative as it needs to be.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On Both The Box And The tube:
Witch Doctor 81.5% w/w Gel combines natural witch hazel with skin treating conditioners in a clear gel. Acts immediately to relieve irritation and itching, reduce swelling and redness, and protect against infection.
For the treatment of itching, insect bites, stings, sunburn minor burns, grazes, personal irritation, chafing, minor rashes and skin irritations.
Well as we are told on the packaging this is a gel of course and it is a very light blue but transparent colour. This isn't an oily or thick gel but at the same time it does contain 'body' so it doesn't drip all over the place as you use it or anything like that. All you do with it, is use a small amount basically wherever you want to and on whatever you want to as it really is a very versatile gel indeed.......you can even use it on intimate areas and it really is fast absorbed and still slightly hydrating without stinging or feeling uncomfortable at all.
It has a slight smell of witch hazel to it when you first apply it but that smell is rather nice really as it is light and I find that once applied that smell vanishes within a couple of minutes anyway so you can use this and stink the house out!
I have used this on all sorts of ailments from a slight burn on my hand, a cut on my ankle I created through shaving, a rash on my face, the odd spot and all I can say is that I think this is rather brilliant. Just this morning I used this on a really itching arm and it is cooling, soothing, hydrating and just really gentle and effective all round really. I find a little of this goes a very long way indeed, I appreciate the way that this isn't highly fragranced and love the fact as well that it is so versatile and a tube will last ages and be used wherever you want without being stingy!
It does help to stop swelling, does clean cuts up thus making them less likely to get infected and to me, this is something you should always have in your home I even use it to zap spots (which it does with total ease!).
This is available in all good supermarkets and chemists etc. I bought mine is a small independent chemist and it cost me £2.89.
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The Witch Doctor gel is a staple in our house and we're rarely without a tube of it. Why are we so keen on it?
My Mum tends to have a tube on the go because she's been suffering from a red rash that seems to crop up on its own accord. Although it eventually disappears if left alone, she prefers to slather some witch hazel on as it cools the redness and irritation much quicker. She also puts it on cuts, grazes and the like.
While I also use it for those things, I mainly use it to put on spots. Tea tree is known to be good for the skin in general and I've been using the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Spot Treatment on my blemishes lately. If you saw my review on that, you'll know that it's not done much for the large and very red spots that have cropped up on my chin though. To cut a long story short, I lost the stick somewhere in my bedroom and because I couldn't find it, I decided to use the Witch Doctor gel on those spots in the meantime as I was due to meet a friend in town a couple of days later and wouldn't be happy if I had to go with big red spots across my chin!
Nothing else has done anything particularly positive for those particular spots and I'd come to the conclusion that they must be beyond hope. I've been applying this gel to them for two days now and am pleased to note that while the spots have by no means disappeared completely, the redness isn't so bad and I'd even go as far as to say that they've shrunk a bit.
I'd definitely recommend this gel for anything that needs the redness, irritation or itching taken out of it. I've used it in the past on insect bites which have itched like mad, but this has made them more bearable. I was also using it last week after an unfortunate incident with my henna-based conditioner dropping on my shoulder (don't ask!) left me with an irritated red patch (mostly because I didn't realise what had happened until the next day). Just one application of this made the skin look less sore and not as red.
I buy mine from Bodycare, where it costs something in the region of £3, but you can also buy it from the likes of Boots and Superdrug. As I write this review, there's an advert at the side that says it can be bought from Amazon for as little as £2.50 but I'm not sure if said advert will be visible when this review is officially uploaded.
To sum things up, I consider this to be a fantastic addition to any first aid kit and it even does positive things to my unsightly spots so I can't ask more for what is essentially a very affordable product given its many uses.
Let's put a disclaimer to begin this review, it may get a little "Too Much Information" for the first part, as the reason I needed to buy the gel is a teeny bit sensitive. If you're squeamish it might be better not to read on!
I suppose you couldn't really call me an earth mother. I'm one of the first to reach for painkillers when I need to, and I wouldn't usually think of looking for alternative remedies to ailments. However recently I had an ailment that really, really irritated the life out of me. I am diabetic and am prone to thrush, but after a miscarriage recently I unfortunately found myself with the worst infection I have ever had. It eventually took an antibiotic to sort it out but I still felt incredibly raw and tender afterwards. I know this is far too much information to begin a review with but there we go. I'm nothing if not honest!
It was while looking for something that would ease my itch and discomfort that I though I would try the Witch Doctor Gel. I've seen it loads of times before but never tried it. It seemed a little old-fashioned to me. I don't think Id ever lifted it off the shelf before. But it was sitting beside the rest of the products of that genre... cystitis tablets, canesten, you know, the products you never really want to have to buy. So I thought Id give it a go. Sudocrem gave a little relief, and I remember using Witch Hazel after the birth of my son to help heal a 3rd degree tear, so I put two and two together and reckoned that a gel that contained witch hazel might help. I can't really belive I am discussing my lady bits in a review.
That night I got ready for bed and took a shower. Afterwards I thought it was time to give the gel a try so I put a small blob on my hands and applied it where I was tender. Oh my god the burning. I leapt across the room in shock. Immediately I thought I had made a huge mistake! But a few seconds later I had instant relief. No itch, no pain. And it lasted right through to the morning. I wished I had tried it earlier in the week when I was suffering.
It took about 3 nights to clear all the tenderness but it was wonderful relief. And since then I have found myself applying it to any spots or grazes or rashes that myself and the children have had. It really is wonderful stuff. It can also be used on insect bits and stings, sunburn, minor burns, bruises and chaffing, but we haven't encountered any of those yet.
Now, the smell of witch hazel wouldn't be the most fragrant in the world, but you use so little that there is no need to worry about people finding you smelling offensive or anything like that. It dries in to the skin very quickly to leave a barrier between your skin and the elements. I suffer from acne at times and I have tried this recently on an outbreak and it was wonderful. It felt clean and my skin didn't feel greasy any more. It dried the oil up from the spots and I believe it made the skin clear again quite quickly. Remembering that this is an antiseptic gel it stands to reason that it would perform quite well on spots.
Having a tube of Witch Doctor in your first aid clinic would be a really useful recommendation for all families out there. It has so many uses and at only £2.99 it is very inexpensive. I have read that others use this as a facial toner as it tightens pores so I think I will have to try that, and others use it to soothe sunburn but there's no danger of that at the moment where I live.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Witch Doctor Gel to others.
I have sensitive skin and suffer with skin irritation on a regular basis, sometimes because I've eaten something I shouldn't. There's one or two products that I swear by when it comes to soothing skin irritation (one being Sudocrem), but I find the skin can get used to them if used regularly and so I prefer to vary the product used every now and then.
When I spotted Witch Doctor Gel in my Nan's local pharmacy I thought I'd give it a go (despite finding that some witch hazel products have given me a burning feeling in the past). Witch Doctor Gel uses natural witch hazel extract (unsurprisingly) along with skin treating conditioners (with long names I can't say) to soothe and relieve skin irritation, including itching, swelling and redness. It is also antiseptic and so helps protect against infection.
The Witch Doctor Gel comes in a 35g tube (which comes in a box), which seems quite small compared to other products, but a little bit does seem to go a long way.
So, does it do the job it's supposed to? My answer is... Yes! My back was itching earlier and it was getting quite annoying, so I grabbed the Witch Doctor Gel and asked Mum to rub some on my back (as it's quite difficult to do my back myself!). To apply the gel, you gently smooth the gel onto the affected area and let it dry (which doesn't take long). I found it felt cool at first, but it quickly soothed the irritation and my back hasn't bothered me since.
As it's a clear gel (with the usual witch hazel greeny-blue hit to it), you can use it anywhere and not have to worry about it leaving a mark or white patches (like Sudocrem). It does smell of witch hazel, but this doesn't linger after use (so you don't have to worry about smelling of witch hazel while out and about).
While I use it to stop my skin itching, but packaging does state that it is also for the treatment of insect bites & stings, sunburn, minor burns, bruises, grazes, personal irritation, chafing, minor rashes and skin irritations.
Would I recommend it? Certainly! It was cool and soothed my skin, so it did it's job. It only cost me £2.85 from Rowlands Pharmacy, so not a bad price either.
I've been using Witch Doctor Gel for a few years now to treat minor skin irritations; I've always found it to be very effective and fast acting.
== A Bit About Witch Hazel==
Witch Hazel is a plant with quite unusual looking flowers with long, thin, yellow petals. The flowers and fruit of the plant both blossom at the same time. It is grown in America and has been used for many years for its medicinal properties. Originally used by the American Indians the whole plant was used from the bark and twigs to leaves and flowers, being used for such ailments as skin ulcers, sores and tumours, aching muscles, cuts, bruises and insect bites.
Available in a 35g tube Witch Doctor comes in a pale blue, clear gel. Made from a combination of witch hazel extract (81.5%), Ethanol, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Disodium Edetate, Menthol, Lauric Acid Diethanolamid, E142 Witch Hazel essence, this gel can be used in the treatment of itching, insect bits and stings, sunburn, minor burns, bruises, grazes, personal irritation, chaffing, minor rashes and skin irritations.
==How To Use Witch Hazel Gel==
Very easy to apply, just rub a small amount of the gel on to the affected area of the skin, covering evenly.
I use Witch Doctor regularly and always take it when we go abroad for our holidays. My daughter and I both suffer from heat rashes whilst abroad and Witch Doctor really helps to control the insufferable itch that goes along with a heat rash. When applied to the skin the Witch Doctor immediately cools the affected area with a soothing effect. Although in gel form it does not leave the skin sticky and is very quickly absorbed leaving a clear non-sticky film over the area of skin where the gel has been applied. Within minutes of applying the gel the itch on my skin was remarkably reduced and the raised, red area of my skin started to improve gradually overnight, having completely disappeared by the next evening, with me only applying the gel twice. I have also used this gel for insect bites, minor burns and grazes and have always found it to be very effective in helping with the healing process and it really does help to take away the itch. My daughter has pet allergies and often suffers from very itchy rashes, but again, once the Witch Doctor has been applied the itch dies down very quickly. The only thing I'm not too keen on is the smell, quite a bitter smell, but then if it works!
I would definitely recommend keeping a tube of this gel in your First Aid Box.
==Instructions on the Box==
We are told obviously not to use if we are allergic to any of the ingredients. The gel is for external use only and should be stored below 25C. This product is not tested on animals. Although side effects are very rare, if you should notice anything unusual then you should, of course, contact your doctor.
I bought my tube from Tesco at a cost £2.07.
Many thanks for reading.
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Natural witch hazel extract combined with skin treating conditioners in a clear gel helps relieve and soothe irritated skin. For the treatment of itching, insect bites & stings, sunburn, minor burns, bruises, grazes, personal irritation, chafing, minor rashes & skin irritations.