By Mary N. DiZazzo

Witch Hazel ... 150 Years Old!

Ciao bella,

Some people can remember when the Witch Hazel distillery opened to the public. Like great grandparents, great aunts and great cousins!

Witch Hazel's principal producers for the past century, the E. E. Dickinson company and its offshoots located in Connecticut since Dickinsonís founding in the late 19th century for 150 years.

Now part of the American Distilling in East Hampton, Connecticut produces nearly all of the Witch Hazel used throughout the world ó millions of gallons accounting for annual revenues dollar amount.

Used today the clear, fragrant, naturally astringent liquid is used to treat dozens of conditions and is included as an ingredient in hundreds of cosmetics and over-the-counter medication including shaving lotion, deodorant, headache remedies, hair rinses, sunburn cream and salves for cuts and insect bites. Also found in toothpastes and mouth wash.

Witch Hazel can remove excess oil from skin. It can also help to tighten pores, de-puff under eyes, tighten pores and relieve irritation.

Witch Hazel is having a renaissance in skincare products. Its ability to cleanse and clarify the skin is a grateful promise. Begun in the 19th century, it continues into the 21st, quietly putting Connecticutís industrial savvy on proud display.

Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist. She may be contacted at