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Geranium, Bourbon Rose Water (Organic)

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A genuine hydrolat produced naturally as a by-product of essential oil distillation. It’s gentle astringency is suitable for all skin types.

What is it?
A clear liquid with a fresh fragrance with a rosy note that is produced by steam distillation of the flowering tops of the Pelargonium Graveolens plant.

There are so called flower waters available that are made by adding essential oils or an extract to water. These are not flower waters or hydrolats and are inferior to this genuine hydrolat which is produced by steam distillation.

This hydrolat has had no preservative added to its bottle so please take care to not contaminate it.

Inci:

Pelargonium graveolens Flower Water
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Geranium, Bourbon Rose Water are:

Astringent, Deodorant, Hair Conditioning, Masking

To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here.
Skin Care
A good humectant which hydrates the skin with a gentle astringency giving a fresher, lifted look to the skin.

Cooling, so is excellent to use in summer formulations or after waxing or shaving when the skin can be hot. Ideal to use in mens aftershave toners and gel formulations.

A good pick me up when used as a facial spray if you get hot flashes.

Hair Care
Conditioning to the hair shaft as well as the scalp. Use in tonifying sprays, hair packs and hair conditioners.

Other
Use 1% to 100%.

Water soluble so cannot be used in oil only products.

Heat stable so can be used in Stage 2 (water stage) when making creams and lotions.

Hydrosols are very prone to fungal contamination. Store them in the ‘fridge if you can and never leave the tops off the bottles whilst you are working.

Suggested Blends
Blend with other flower waters at the recommended dilutions for refreshing and tonifying facial mists.
Anti Acne / Problem Skin Gel
Stage 1: (room temperature)

4% Comfrey Glycerol Extract
0.5% Konjac Glucomannan Powder
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63% Boiling Spring Water
18% Geranium, Bourbon Rose Water

Stage 2: (below 40°C)
10% Aloe Vera Concentrate
2% Vitamin E
1.5% Organic Anti Acne Active Formula
1% Preservative 12
100% Total

Method:
Mix the glycerol extract and konjac together to make a paste.

Combine the boiling spring water with the flower water and add to the konjac and glycerin paste. Stick blend until smooth.

When cooled down to below 40°C, add the Stage 2 ingredients and blend thoroughly. Bottle and label.


Hydrating Toner
Stage 1: (room temperature)

59% Rose Water
22% Geranium, Bourbon Rose Water
13% Frankincense Water
3% Vitamin C Powder
2% Hyaluronic Acid Gel
1% Preservative 12
100% Total

Method:
Combine all materials and stir well to ensure power and gel dissolve thoroughly. Put into a spray bottle and label.


For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.

These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists as a facial tonic for acne prone skin and unbalanced skin types. It makes oily skin less oily and dry skin less dry. An excellent adaptogenic.

Early use included as a post partum sitz bath.

Historical Information
The bourbon geranium is native to South Africa and was named after the Greek word “cranos” referring to the seed pod looking like a crane's bill.  In the 19th Century, perfumers caused a world shortage of rose oil and so oils like rose geranium were cultivated to partially fill the gap. In 1880, the rose geranium was mass planted on Reunion Island where it grew very well and the plant took the name of the island and became known as Bourbon Geranium, identifying it as a superior plant for essential oil extraction and the resulting hydrosol.
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