Monday, August 9, 2010

Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner Review

Happy Monday!!! I hope everyone had a good start to this new week. Let's enjoy the last few weeks of summer! :D

I just finished watching the new episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager - one of my all-time favorite TV shows! Do you watch that show? I love it! I really really want Ricky and Amy to finally be together, I've been waiting how many seasons for that! Haha. But I hope he finally becomes a one-woman man. Seriously. They look great together. Okay, I've gushed enough.

This morning, I realized that I am almost finished with my 16 fl. oz. bottle of Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner. I have to get another one! Yup, it's that good, I really have to get my hands on another one.

*image from Google*

This pore perfecting toner gives you a clean so pure, it leaves nothing behind. Its 100% Natural Witch Hazel Formula tightens and refines pores, gently removing excess oil, dirt, and makeup residue without overdrying - for evenly toned and beautifully smooth skin everyday.

  • non-drying, for all skin types, gently cleanses + conditions pores to maintain clear, smooth, and balanced skin

  • 100% all natural

Directions: Use daily after cleansing or before applying skin treatments. Moisten a cotton ball or pad and apply to face and neck. For best results, use in the AM to prepare & PM to repair.

Okay, with all that good stuff describing this toner, aren't you kinda wanting to try it (if you haven't already)?

All I can say is it's the best! I use it every morning and night, and anytime I wash my face in between. It does almost everything mentioned above. In addition to my face and neck, I also apply it to my nape and the back of my ears (both neglected areas, in my opinion). It is surprising how much more traces of makeup are left even after using makeup remover wipes and washing our face. I feel like my skin is totally cleansed after using this toner.

Another thing I've noticed is that I don't break out as much anymore. I get the occasional pimples every month - but, now I only get 1 (2 at the most) as opposed to my usual 3 or 4. And those monthly pimples now disappear faster! How cool! My skin is softer, smoother, and healthier-looking. :D

About the moisture part... it really is non-drying. Unless it's winter, of course. In the winter, I use a moisturizer after the toner. During hot weather, I don't really have to use a moisturizer because my skin isn't really that "thirsty". I just apply moisturizer to dry areas.

I got mine at Walgreens for $4.99. Super affordable! And it really lasts long. I've had mine for, give or take, 5 months, and now I have about 1/4 left.

One problem I can think of that some may find is the smell. It has this earthy, alcohol smell to it. My sister cannot stand it. At first, I had to hold my breath when I put this on. But it grows on you, well, at least it did for me, haha. Now, I love the smell. ;)

Another problem that I've heard others say about it is that it doesn't really make their pores smaller. I can't really say if it did or did not for me because, honestly, I haven't really paid that much attention to my pores. But, the way I see it is that all the good stuff it does really outweighs this little problem.

Hmm, I think I've said pretty much all I wanted to say. Haha. Oh, random fact: Witch hazel is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but here is a picture:

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Have you tried this toner before? What do you think of it? What is your favorite toner?


  1. omg omg omg. I love Secret Life! i'm so excited for next week's episode. gaaah, i can't wait;D

    And i've tried this toner. i really don't like the smell but it works pretty well. (heey, that rhymes. kinda.)


  2. Carrie-- me too!!! abcfamily, please please let them be together! haha. and yeah, the smell is one of the cons of this toner.

  3. Somehow I never heard of this toner before (guess it's not sold in CVS or Target)
    Definitely gonna make a trip to Walgreen's on the next weekend!
    Does it have a lot alcohol in it? Is it drying?
    I think I might like the smell - well, everybody seems to hate Tea-Tree oil smell - and I love it

  4. I'm not sure if you're a Filipina and if you're familiar with Steffano Mori, not being mean but Steffano kinda resembles the lead actress in the Secret life..

    anyways, we don't have Walgreens in Canada, I'll prolly check out Winners (which is like Target I believe) I use clean and clear right now, it also has that alcohol like smell but it's tolerable.

  5. I haven't tried it, because every single time I use any toner my skin breaks out!I might try it though since you say your breakouts went down!

  6. I've never tried the toner before but I'd like to now! haha I watch secret life of american teenager at the gym, it's always on around the time I go there. and yeah I really want a chanel too, but doesn't look like it now! I'm your newest follower too ;)

  7. Yes I use toner every night. I use Phytomer and love it! This one you featured looks great too :)

  8. I never tired a toner before, but this sounds good 8D

  9. I think I will have to try that toner out!

  10. I've used this toner and it is a miracle! And I watch Secret Life too and have always wanted Ricky and Amy together (:

  11. Interesting. Thanks for the review! I don't really use toner but now I am thinking I should.


  12. I never heard of this brand..hmmm is there any differance between this and the reg ole witch hazel they sell at target for $1?? That is what I use if I remember to use a wondering if there is a diff..thanks

  13. SOLD! getting me some of that ;) xx

  14. Renee-- hi! i think cvs and target should have it, but for sure walgreens does. and if i remember correctly, it has about 14% alcohol, and nope it doesn't dry my skin.

    Em-- i will definitely google that so i can see the resemblance, haha!

    Ria-- i hope this works well for you too!

    Pop Champagne-- it's a good show! and thanks for following!

    naina-- i will check out your toner! thanks for sharing!

    Dizzy-- :D

    Tasha-- let me know how it works for you!

    Reyna-- aaah, i agree with everything you said!!! :D

    Rachael-- you're welcome!

    icosmeticRN-- hmm, i don't really know, sorry. but i'm guessing they're pretty much the same since the main thing used is witch hazel?

    looms11-- haha, hope it works well for you too! let me know what you think!

  15. I have used witch hazel before as a tonner and really like it especially the fact that's all natural.

  16. Ansa-- yup, i love that it's all natural! :)

  17. ive heard of people using that toner but ive never gotten around to using it myself. it sounds like it would be good though!

  18. I haven't tried this before, but for $4.99, you can't really go wrong!

    I never knew witch hazel looked like that.

  19. Oooh I'm going to have to try this, great post!

  20. Wow! Never heard of this! Perhaps, we will try this toner! :) Thanks for the post!

    Cheers, B & Liv

  21. hey...I just wanted to let you know that I tagged you!! I am really looking forward to reading your ans!!

  22. My sister has this toner, I think - she loves it. I, on the other hand, have never used a toner before. :/

  23. Never tried it but I should! The plant is so crazy looking!!

  24. Great post!

  25. ahh the yellow on your blog makes me so happy! thanks for visiting and following my blog mimi. happiest day to you!

  26. I don't use a toner now but I used to use a drugstore witch hazel toner earlier.

  27. Shelley Ann-- yup, it's great!

    Tayebug-- me either! it looks weird, doesn't it? and i agree, can't go wrong with $4.99.

    Evie-- thanks!

    blivbook-- you're welcome!

    icosmeticRN-- thanks for the tag!

    Erika-- it's a great product!

    Join the Gossip-- haha, i agree, it's so crazy!

    Becky-- thanks!

    Faiza-- thank you! and you're welcome! glad you love the yellow color!

    MarchMusings-- witch hazel is really like a miracle.

  28. I love Dickinson's! It is my favorite toner & I swear by it!

  29. Lesli-- it's may favorite too! :D

  30. good review! :D

    I should try this!

  31. Great review, Mimi!:D

    I use this toner too and for some reason, I kinda like the scent. Smells natural.:D

    I'm almost out, time to go to Walgreens!:D
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  32. Breee-- yup, you should! :)

    Marie-- thanks! and same here, i like the scent and it's time to go to walgreens! :)

  33. I just had to come back in this particular post coz I'm curious if you've googled Steffano Mori?! lol! if not here's a picture of Amy and Steffano



    they do resemble each other don't they?! :D

  34. Em-- i did actually google him the other day, haha, but i will check out these links. :)

  35. I'd love to try this but it's probably not available in Europe :-(

  36. Cafe Bellini-- aw, i'm not too sure, but hopefully they have it there.

  37. Thanks for stopping by, just became a new follower too!

    Great review. I've never seen this brand over here... you made me want to try it! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  38. Beauty Addict-- you're welcome and thanks for following me too! :D