Witch Hazel is an alcoholic extract from the leaves, flowers and bark of the Witch Hazel tree. One of natures best astringents and toners as it both cools and soothes the skin. Historically used for the treatment of bruises, swelling, sun-burns and insect bites. Witch Hazel is often used in shaving lotions where it helps to reduce razor burn and swelling through its cool soothing sensation. Witch Hazel is also used as a toner or in place of a cleanser when used for skin care because it is gentle on oily or problem skin.