A lot of products claim to be Witch Hazel. An easy way to tell if your product contains genuine Witch Hazel is to give it a sniff!
Genuine Witch Hazel has a distinct botanical scent that is its signature. Even in fragranced products, often you can smell its characteristic undertones.
Also, you can check the ingredients statement on the back label to see if Witch Hazel is at the top or bottom of the list. Cosmetic products are required to list ingredients in descending order of concentration. If water is listed as the first ingredient, it’s not powered by genuine Witch Hazel!