HISTORY

 

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.

 

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1828

HENRY THAYER BORN

Born in 1828, into one of Massachusetts’ founding families, he was trained in the medical arts of his day by his physician father. The company, named Henry Thayer & Company, prospered and broadened its line of products and has been described as the largest manufacturer of pharmaceuticals in America at the time of the Civil War.

1847

LABORATORY OPENED

In 1847, Henry Thayer M.D. opened a laboratory on Main Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts to produce his newly developed line of herbal extracts for sale to the medical profession.

1855

AWARD WINNING THAYERS

In 1855, the American Institute of New York awarded Thayers a silver medal for excellence in preparation of fluid extracts. In 1856, the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association awarded the company for the apparatus to produce these extracts.

1902

BIRTH OF A LEGACY

Henry passes away in 1902 and leaves the company to his niece.  Slippery elm lozenges are also released.

1989

ADDING ALCOHOL FREE WITCH HAZEL

In 1989, alcohol free versions of our Witch Hazel line offered as facial toners were introduced.

2012

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION

Thayers began using Certified Organic Witch Hazel and Certified Organic Aloe Vera in 2012.

2015

SLIPPERY ELM LIP BALM AND WITCH HAZEL ALOE VERA BODY BAR INTRODUCED

Two new members were added to the Thayers family of products in 2015 when a line of Certified Organic Slippery Elm Lip Balms were introduced, along with 83% Organic Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Body Bars.

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