Andrew sums it up pretty well. Which one you use comes down to personal preference. For me, balms tend to be a bit greasy and there is much more variety available universally in Alcohol based AS than in Witch Hazel based AS, so that’s my choice. If your skin is often dry and not oily, balms might suit you better. There’s no “right” answer here; the only way to know is try some and see what you prefer.