Toner vs. Astringent: A Simplified Breakdown


Questions you have definitely already asked yourself: What’s a Toner? What’s an Astringent? Why use them?

We’re here to solve the mystery and reveal a Thayers simplified breakdown!
As seen in 1847 Magazine, Issue 5.

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Hi Thayers Peeps,

I have been a convert of witch hazel versus an astringent for about ten years now; only wish I’s seen the light decades earlier. I ESPECIALLY LOVE YOUR Witch Hazel toner, the Rose Petal one to be exact. I have very red, sensitive skin.
I discovered it at Whole Foods about three years ago. It’s one of the very few reasons I even go to Whole Foods.
However, when I last purchased some, I was dismayed to find they only had the 8 oz spray facial mist versus the 12 oz bottle. I prefer the larger size and to use it on a cotton pad for my face. I wish I could still get the larger size. The Rose Petal was the ONLY one that came in the mist version-at least at Whole Foods.
I prefer to use as many real (brick and mortar) stores as possible as opposed to ordering online. This, of course is not the end of the world. I just wanted you guys to know I wish you had not changed it.
that’s all, I love your products and will continue to use them always.
Jane Bock


Confused. What is the procedure between the astringent and toner? Meaning, do people use the astringent first on forehead and face, then wash it off, then add the toner for prep with serum/spf-moisturizer or do I have this wrong?

I’m interested in using the Lemon astringent and toner (if it comes in one) for acne control and cleansed feel or rosemary toner if not.

Can you just leave the toner on without any serum/spf-moisturizer as well, meaning for winter or to avoid any breakouts using too much stuff?

Thank you in advance for your guidance.


    People would typically choose either a toner or astringent based on their skin type. More info on which type would better suit you can be found on each of the product pages. Toners/Astringents are applied and left to dry after cleansing the skin before any other skincare steps including serums, moisturizer, spf, etc. Hope this helps!

Danika Terrado
October 5, 2018 5:15 am

Hello there! I just started using this product because I’ve heard so much about it but this is the only time I can actually try it. I currently bought the lemon astringent as I’m oily and acne prone type but I wanted to try the rose petal which is of course a toner, would it be okay to use both at the same time? Maybe one for AM and one for bedtime?

Lauren Taylor
October 11, 2018 7:14 am

Hello! I have combination skin. I get very oily in my t zone, but very dry everywhere else. Would you recommend an astringent or a toner? Is it possible to use both?


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