EWG level: 1
Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water and Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Water are made from the plant Hamamelis virginiana. In cosmetics and personal care products, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water and Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Water are used in the formulation of bath products, cleansing products, deodorants, hair conditioners, shampoos, skin care products, eye makeup and aftershave lotions. Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water is an aqueous solution containing natural volatileoils obtained by the distillation of twigs, bark and leaves of Hamamelis virginiana. In the United States, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water may be used as an active ingredient in OTC drug products.When used as an active drug ingredient, the established name is Witch Hazel.Witch Hazel Water is produced by steam distillation. The condensate from steam distillation produces two distinct fractions that contain the volatile ingredients from the plant. The water insoluble fraction contains the “oil.” The water soluble fraction contains ingredients from the plant that are water soluble.
Its Functions: Drug Astringent – Skin Protectant Drugs; Skin-Conditioning Agent – Miscellaneous
Permits the use of Witch Hazel Extract (from bark, leaves, and twigs) as an astringent in Over-the-Counter (OTC) skin protectant and anorectal drug products. When used as an active ingredient in an OTC drug, the ingredient is named Witch Hazel. [The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)]