A Guide to Witch Hazel Toners

We’ve discussed at length why we’re toner’s biggest advocate, and now that we have two new toners in our line—both of which are powered by Witch Hazel—it’s time to update our primer.

But first things first: why Witch Hazel?

Witch Hazel (or Hamamelis virginiana, as it appears on the ingredients list of a product label) has long been used to treat a variety of ailments, and in skin care specifically, it’s beloved for its ability to cleanse, clarify, and help soothe the complexion. Natural astringent and antiseptic properties make it a favorite for normal to oily skin types; Witch Hazel removes excess oil and surface impurities without leaving skin feeling dry or tight. Used alone, it re-balances—and when combined with other skin-loving ingredients, Witch Hazel toners are able to infuse weightless botanical benefits into your skin.


Seaweed, Lavender, Rosewater Witch Hazel Toners


For years, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion was the first and only Witch Hazel-based toner in our line. Formulated to provide enhanced cleansing while replenishing skin, this fresh, marine botanical-infused astringent has been a universal favorite for all skin types.

Key ingredients:

  • Clarifying Witch Hazel
  • Skin-softening Bladderwrack (seaweed) Extract, rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Aloe Vera, to deliver a boost of light, soothing hydration

#MBSKINTIP: This is the toner our aestheticians recommend for pre-teens or teens who are experiencing their first bout of breakouts but aren’t quite ready for an aggressive, troubled-skin astringent like Special Cucumber Lotion. In fact, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion is the perfect introductory toner for most skin types: it’s clarifying without being harsh on young, temperamental skin.



This floral toner was formulated with all skin types in mind—and the Rose-obsessed, too. It’s cleansing, clarifying, and rejuvenating thanks to the trifecta of Rose ingredients, which makes it perfect for the person who wants a radiance-boosting refresher without the use of an exfoliating fruit enzyme or alpha hydroxy acid.

Key ingredients:

  • Clarifying Witch Hazel
  • Rejuvenating Black Rose Extract and Rose Oil
  • Aloe Vera and Rosewater, to deliver a boost of light, soothing hydration



Meet our latest toner, a Lavender-infused astringent created to help soothe and refresh stressed skin. Any remaining oil, makeup, or surface impurities are removed without stripping skin of its natural moisture—all while restoring calm and clarity to skin.

Key ingredients:

  • Clarifying Witch Hazel
  • Soothing and hydrating Lavender Essential Water
  • Lavender Oil, beloved for its ability to calm and comfort
  • Aloe Vera, to deliver a boost of light, soothing hydration

#MBSKINTIP: For ultra-sensitive or reactive skin, try Chamomile Cleansing Lotion instead. It’s the mildest toner in our line, formulated fragrance-free.


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