Witch hazel is well known for its skin soothing benefits. It is a staple for DIY beauty and skin care. It can be used for skin toning, acne, inflammation, postpartum healing, minor cuts, bruises and many more natural remedies. Create a simple witch hazel spray to easily enjoy what it has to offer.
Witch hazel extract (hamamelis virginiana) has natural astringent properties as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Perfect for tightening pores, soothing skin irritations and treating acne.
I have used witch hazel spray for a variety of reasons. In my beauty routine I have used it as a facial toner, for body sprays (with essential oils), to soothe a sunburn or razor burn, as a natural deodorant, to relieve itchy or dry skin, and more. I have even used for linen spray and as a natural bug spray by adding lemongrass essential oil to it.
It is best to avoid buying the store brand if you want to use for skin care. Store bought witch hazel usually contains alcohol. Alcohol is very drying to the skin and can be irritating especially to sensitive skins. Click here for my favorite brand, it is alcohol free! I like the unscented and rose petal scented (I use this one for my body sprays and hair perfumes).
Facial toners can help balance oil production and tighten pores. Offers gentle relief for oily, irritated, red, blemish, inflamed or dried out skin. To use as a facial toner, just add 10 drops of lavender essential oil for a skin healing toner or tea tree oil for an acne toner.
Click here for the brand of witch hazel I like to use on my face, it only has two ingredients: 99.85% Witch Hazel distillate (natural plant derived) and .15% Benzoic Acid (mild preservative) and does not irritate my face at all:
How to Make Witch Hazel Spray:
- 2 oz glass bottle with spray top
- 1/4 cup alcohol free witch hazel (unscented or scented)
- 10 drops of essential oils (optional)
1. Place witch hazel into a glass spray bottle, add essential oil if desired (shake well if adding oils). Add bottle label, see next section below on how to get the one pictured.
2. To use, spritz onto desired area and allow to air dry. Witch hazel spray can make you feel refreshed throughout the day. Use as a face spray, body spray or even hair spray.
Spritzing on hair eliminates flyaways and can improve shine. Can also use as hair perfume (rose petal scented one or use essential oils). Also soothes irritated and itchy scalps.
Witch Hazel Spray Bottle Labels:
We have free printable bottle labels for witch hazel spray as well as for some other common spray you may want to make. Click here or picture for download.
Uses For Witch Hazel:
- diaper rash
- skin sores
- redness and swelling
- ingrown hairs
- psoriasis or eczema
- dry skin
- oily skin
- excess sweating
- varicose veins
- cracked or blistered skin
- insect bites
- irritated scalp
- razor burn
- allergic reactions
- puffy eyes
- stretch marks
- reduces static
How to Make Witch Hazel Pads:
Using witch hazel with cotton pads makes application simple for some uses. These are a convenient alternative to the spray, perfect for hemorrhoids, postpartum healing, acne wipes, makeup remover and healing bug bites.
Add pads into jar and pour liquid over (can use cotton balls if you prefer). To use, gently squeeze out excess liquids and apply as desired.
Best Essential Oils To Use With Witch Hazel:
Create some all natural spray recipes using essential oils in your spray with witch hazel, here are some I have used.
- Lavender Oil (all purpose for face and skin)
- Ylang Ylang Oil (body sprays, hair sprays)
- Tea Tree Oil (acne, minor cuts, natural deodorant)
- Peppermint Oil (cooling, hot flashes, sunburn, razor burn)
- Lemongrass Oil (bug sprays, natural deodorant)
Here is a list of our Essential Oil Recipes that use Witch Hazel
- DIY Makeup Remover pads
- Lavender Facial Toner Spray
- DIY Antibacterial Hand Gel
- Peaceful Blend Body Mist
- Hand Sanitizer Spray
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