Folks that would pay $30+ for a 3Ts shave cream, and then balk at paying $8 or $9 for quality face care in non-alcohol Thayers should step back and reassess. Now, if you just want the tingly, face tightening sensation of inexpensive WH water and alcohol, without regard for its true skin care qualities, go cheap or go home.
I like using Dickinson's its great
I went 'round the block on this one, too.
I was disappointed at the lack of variety when visiting drug stores/grocery stores, etc...then found Thayer's at Whole Foods. I had a choice of regular/aloe or Lemon w/alchohol (the others weren't stocked). and took the Lemon by default. I was pleasantly surprised. It's good stuff!
I use the Thayers unscented and I like the scent. ;)
I use Thayers Lemon with alcohol
Maybe I've had beginner's luck, but so far, the Thayer's with alcohol has not created a burning sensation on my face.
Rather, it's been a soothing feel (even though that sounds like a commercial).
~Bob - Member: TOFLAC-U, Order of Pinaud, Alliance of Merkur
"I was born in the back seat of a Yellow Cab in a hospital loading zone and with the meter still running. I emerged needing a shave and shouted 'Time Square, and step on it!'"--Tom Waits
After reading the posts on using Witch Hazel here, I tried some last Saturday for the first time. I have to say it made a world of difference for me! Reduced the stinging and burn and left my face with a nice cooling sensation. (I'm going to take the suggestions to put my bottle in the fridge next time). I just used an unscented, generic version I got at Wal-Mart, but I think I'll look for the Thayer's soon.
Funny thing though. The talk of Witch Hazel started me thinking about the old 'Sanford & Son" tv series. Fred Sanford wouldnt be caught dead without his 'Pluto Water'. I didnt know what pluto water was and wondered if it was an old timey product used in men's grooming. So I looked it up.
(Imagine my surprise when I found out what it was really for). Lol!!!!
If Dickinson's is in the store, I'll get it; otherwise generic WH is fine. Thayer's is just too expensive for WH.
In fact there are two different Dickinson's brands, Dickinson's and T.N. Dickinson's. Somewhere on either B&B or another shaving forum there's a link to a newspaper article on the history of w/h production and the Dickinson's company, including the family split that resulted in two different brands. T.N., if I recall correctly, is cheaper. I myself can't discern any significance between generic and Dickinson's; generic, moreover, costs much, much less in Target or WM than in CVS, Walgreen's, etc. If a person feels the need to justify the price of Thayer's, it can be said that it costs no more than any other good moisturizer/AS. I've decided to stick with the generic w/h, followed by a dab of my home-mixed oils.
I bought some TN dickson's witch hazel from Walmart, and personally, I find that it does nothing for me. And the smell of it isn't that pleasant. It's not bad smelling it just isn't good. Perhaps I should venture out of wally world and try some Thayers instead.
I have tried Thayers Aloe, Witch Hazel Distillate, and Dickinsons Witch Hazel. The Thayers didn't really impress me but did the job. I had better results with the distillate, but it was pretty expensive, comparatively. Dickinsons, the cheapest (bought at Walgreens), seemed to do the job just as well as the distillate. However, I did Frankenstein the container - I poor the Dickinsons into my Thayers bottle and used the metal cap from the distillate (perfect fit). It gives it that oldtime look.
Shav ed tonight and splashed on some witch hazel. Of course it stopped the bleeding of a coupke os tiny nicks, but my face still irritated from razor burn. So witch hazel alone doesnt cut it for me. I splashed on some Clubman, but I'll be glad when my bottle of Musgo Real comes in.
Pour my Dickinson into an atomizer, drop some EO, better than Thayer :p