A legacy personal care brand with a 170 year history…and counting.
The son of a physician and one of Massachusetts’ founding families, Henry Thayer was trained in the medical arts, and drawing on his background and knowledge, launched Henry Thayer & Company in 1847, which has been described as the largest manufacturer of pharmaceuticals in America during the Civil War.
Initially, Dr. Thayer sold exclusively to medical professionals. He opened a laboratory on Main Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he produced his line of herbal extracts, which grew over time to include over 800 products in the form of infusions, poultices, syrups, tinctures, and wines. Prominent among the products was Witch Hazel Extract, listed as a “tonic, astringent and sedative.”
Witch Hazel, a flowering plant known for its medicinal properties, became the brand’s hero ingredient, incorporated into its highly sought after alcohol-free toners and astringents, as well as its new facial mists and body bars. Thayers Witch Hazel is Certified Organic and sourced from a family farm in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our products are made the old-fashioned way – and not distilled – so they contain 195% more tannins, which are naturally occurring substances found in the bark and skin of some plants, including Witch Hazel. Tannins have mild antioxidant properties and help to balance skin’s pH levels, reduce irritation and serve as one of the best natural acne remedies.
In addition to Witch Hazel, we harness the power of Slippery Elm that is extracted from the Ulmus Fulva Tree, and endorsed by the FDA for its soothing, protective, moisturizing and healing properties. A natural demulcent, Slippery Elm is the active ingredient in our Lozenges, to heal sore throats and overworked vocal cords. Incorporated into Thayers Lip Balms, it moisturizes and heals dry, chapped lips.
A legacy brand, Thayers natural elixirs have been a fixture in medicine cabinets for generations – for 170 years to be exact. Through a long-standing commitment to creating pure, effective, cruelty-free products of the highest natural quality, we have built a loyal consumer base. Once you use them, you’ll know why.