Where can you get witch hazel outside of the USA? I’m traveling overseas and I ran out. It’s my favorite toner.
Elsa G., Bedford, NH
I’m not sure where you can get witch hazel outside of the States. I imagine that a pharmacy is a good place to start, or you could order it online. Since it comes from a tree called Hamamelis virginiana that grows in North America it may be difficult to find overseas.
To produce witch hazel, manufacturers boil the leaves and bark of the tree. While you may find a simple water-based version, it’s more likely you’ll discover one made with alcohol to keep it fresh for longer. Plus, it’s also available in the form of moistened pads, which may be more travel-friendly than a bottle of liquid.
Here is an article that will tell you how to make witch hazel yourself: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/witch-hazel-uses/ This may come in handy if you can find the leaves and bark in an herb shop.
You mentioned that this natural product is your favorite toner. It’s an excellent choice because it is a natural astringent that shrinks pores. Generally speaking, witch hazel is safe for sensitive skin. For example, it’s soothing in that it calms redness and irritation, disinfects, and clears away excess oil. People with acne often find that it helps them avoid breakouts.
To wrap up, I hope you locate witch hazel wherever you need it. it’s a very useful natural remedy to have on hand.