Rose Water VS Witch Hazel

Rose Water VS Witch Hazel - what is best for your skin! By #witchhazel #roswater #skincare


I love me a good toner! I think my face would rip apart and turn to sand dust after a shower without it. My toners are simple- Rose Water VS Witch Hazel – those are always my 2 choices. They both moisturize and restore pH levels instantly (meaning your face no longer feels like a dried-up, stretched scrunchy…)

But what’s the difference between these two plant extracts (rose water VS witch hazel?)

Considering I have dry skin in the winter and oily skin in the summer- what the heck should I be using for what and when?

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Witch hazel is an astringent. Astringents in a nutshell, suck toxins and dirt from your pores… So if you’re prone to dry skin, witch hazel might not be for you. On the flip side, if your skin is oily, this is the toner to reach for!

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Splashing this spray on the daily is a winner for acne sufferers (helps soothe stubborn pimples and loosens blackheads…) Witch hazel shrinks pores, gets rid of redness, and removes dirt/oil from your pretty mug.

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If you get a nasty sun burn, witch hazel mixed with aloe vera will be your best friend- when applied it instantly cools (you’ll be wanting lots of that)! It helps keep your skin from turning into a red lobster, shrinks healing time and puts a stop to itchy, gnarly peeling.

Witch hazel clearly is the toner for those with thick, oily or acne prone skin…


Rose water can magically cleanse skin somehow without drying it out. Consider it a toned-down version of witch hazel… So for peeps who suffer from combination, dry, fussy skin- rose water is your buddy. It’s pure and natural- enough so you can drink the stuff (people have been cooking with rose water for centuries)

Rose water settles skin, rids dryness and can be sprayed all over your birthday suit.

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Known to kick butt when it comes to wrinkles, rose water also tightens pores, tones, and calms skin. This liquid flower power is safe on cuts, dermatitis and eczema.

Rose water inserted into your skin care routine can literally replace loads of other products- becoming your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer!

You’ll also come out smelling like a rose- where as witch hazel doesn’t really have a scent. Add rose water to your bath, facial masks, and after shower routine your skin will soon be showing you some thanks for it!


The conclusion on “rose water VS witch hazel” is clear; both of these plant-based hydrosols grace your sweet cheeks in different ways.

Witch hazel is the champ for oily skin sufferers, while rose water is the winner for dry, sensitive skin. Both instantly restore pH levels and are great for treating sun burns and stubborn skin issues. When applied they soak-in instantly, lock-in moisture and leave your skin feeling clean, plump and fresh.

From stories of Cleopatra soaking in rose baths to witch hazel being used by Native Americans to treat skin ailments centuries ago, they both do your body good. They’re pure, organic, and sincerely there’s nothing better than splashing these natural sources on your skin. I hope I’ve made some sense of the confusion that is- rose water VS witch hazel!

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11 Responses

  1. Crystal says:

    Great info… I’m so scared of toner because it dries my face out. I’m going to give my rose water a second chance especially now for summer!

    • I always add in a bit of jojoba or pumpkin seed oil to mine in the winter too, when my face is extra dry- it definitely makes a difference
      Thanks for reading Crystal! Big fan of your blog too 🙂

  2. Nancy Newsom says:

    Witch hazel is one of my favorite hydrosols, but it is not without scent if you buy a pure plant distillate (preferably organic). In fact it has a really lively green and herbaceous sort of scent that I quite like. In addition to it being a powerful astringent as you mentioned, it also has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. This means that it’s great for acne or any “redness issues” and it also promotes good circulation (great for skin) and helps repair and regenerate skin tissues (super great for skin)! Because it has so many fabulous qualities, I don’t hesitate to use it when making facial mists for any skin type.

  3. Michelle Greenman says:

    Thanks for this. I was using both in a spray but remembered they are both hydrosols I will use rose water, I need the scent and my skin is dryer.

    So helpful.

  4. Dan says:

    I actually use both…this may be unorthodox but I combine them; I use chemical free, organic, 100% alcohol free hydrosols.

    My skin in both oily and sensitive and the combination of Witch Hazel and it’s earthy, herbaceous scent with Rose and it’s gorgeous, sweet and floral aroma…The two juxtaposed is wonderful and I love the effect they have on my skin!


    • When it comes to winter months, I mix em often too – you’re so right the smell of the rose water alone makes me always want to sneak it in lol. Thanks so much Dan, love comments like this! Blending is so much fun, I’m always trying new things when I can. I made a neroli hydrosol based toner recently too- adored it.

  5. Hayley says:

    My skin is both sensitive and acne prone, so I was wondering which would be best for me; could I use rose water during the day and witch hazel for an overnight toner? Thanks for the information!

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