An Introduction to Hydrolates

An Introduction to Hydrolates

 

Hydrolates or hydrosols, more commonly known as flower waters, refer to the condensate by-product of essential oil distillation. The water obtained is packed full of natural benefits. Hydrolates have been used for centuries for their various therapeutic properties.

In the middle ages, plants were distilled in water purely to obtain the hydrolate, and the essential oil that was produced would often just be discarded. Their popularity faded drastically over the years to a point where their use is now very rare compared to their synthetic counterparts. However, people are again starting to realise that hydrolates are very potent skin care ingredients, and their popularity is increasing.

 

True hydrolates such as Aromantic’s range are very effective, but be cautious of fake hydrolates available elsewhere that won’t contain nearly as many benefits!

 

Orange Blossom Water

RoseGeranium Water

Helps balance sensitive and oily skin due to its astringent effects. Also helps relieve stress and is very calming.
Spray directly on to the skin on its own or in a blend as a cooling and moisturising after-sun spray.
 

Chamomile Water

Lavender Water

Peppermint Water

Soothing and calming. Add some to baby’s bath water before bedtime or spray on to your pillow to help you relax.

Use in face masks for a relaxing and cleansing experience. Use in a spray around the home to freshen the air & textiles

Cooling and stimulating, it aids concentration. Use in a face spray when tired, hot, or in need of a mental boost.

Hydolates are incredibly popular in facial toners, as they contain many of the benefits of essential oils but they will mix in perfectly with other water-based products.

Milder hydrolates such as Rose Water and Neroli Water can be used neat on the skin, even on children. Neat Rose Water is a popular facial toner, especially for dry, sensitive, mature skin.

Other hydrolates, such as Witch Hazel, Peppermint, Chamomile and Lavender, are actually best used at around 10%-20% of a formula as they are so strong. For problem skin, try a blend of Witch Hazel Water, Chamomile Water & plain spring water applied as a toner.

Witch Hazel Water

Rose Water

A classic astringent, witch hazel is very commonly used as a toner to help with acne-prone skin. It can also help improve the appearance of large pores and is a strong anti-oxidant.

Undoubtedly the most popular hydrolate of all time, Rose Water can be used neat as a facial toner and is excellent in helping dry, mature and sensitive skin.


Using hydrolates in cream formulas (replacing part of the water in a recipe with a hydrolate) can leave room for even more active ingredients. Creams can become quite busy with ingredients, but hydrolates make balancing recipes easier. For example, replacing Chamomile Essential Oil with Chamomile Water leaves room for another essential oil or active ingredient, whilst maintaining all the therapeutic benefits. This allows a product to be as multi-functional as possible.

 

 

What's your favourite Hydrolate and how do you use it?

 


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