A colourless to hint of orange hydrolat with a fresh, typically lavender aroma that is obtained by steam distillation of the flowering tops of the organic Lavandula Angustifolia 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.
Lavandula angustifolia Flower Water
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Lavender Water are:
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Refreshing and soothing on the skin. Use for all skin types, even sensitive skin. See notes below about not using it neat.
Use as part of a blend in facial cleansers and toners. It’s antibacterial and anti inflammatory qualities make it beneficial in acne prone skin products. It also helps to control excess sebum production.
It has a gentle astringency which is useful in anti aging products to firm the skin and smooth out fine lines. Use in creams, lotions, gels and serums.
Very calming to the mind and has a sedative effect to help with restful sleep.
Excellent to use in an oil burner to meditate with as it dispels negativity and enable deeper focus.
Lavender has a long reputation for healing burns and the flower water also helps to ease the pain of sunburn.
No direct hair care usage but will help to rebalance an oily scalp if used in an hair conditioner.
Use 1% to 10%. It is very potent so we do not recommend using at a strength of more than 10% blended with other ingredients. Do not use it neat.
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.
Blend with other flower waters at the recommended dilutions for refreshing and tonifying facial mists.
Can be used as a room spray to deter flying insects and as an air freshener.
Can be added to your steam iron to freshen clothes as you press them.
Rebalancing Facial Moisturiser
Great to unblock the pores and balance sebum production in oily skin.
Stage 1: (above 75°C)
14% Hazelnut Oil
6% Jojoba Oil
5% Camelina Oil
Stage 2: (above 75°C)
50% Boiling Spring Water
10% Boiling Lavender Water (Organic)
4% Comfrey Glycerol Extract
Stage 3: (below 40°C)
2% Vitamin E
2% Organic Rosehip Seed CO2 Extract
1% Preservative 12
1% Essential Oils of your choice
Weigh all Stage 1 (fat stage) ingredients into a small stainless steel bowl on a double boiler. Heat to above 75°C.
Add the glycerin into a large glass beaker. Only when Stage 1 is ready, weigh out the boiling spring water into the large beaker.
Pour the Stage 1 (fat stage) into the Stage 2 (water stage). Blend with a stick blender for a few seconds until you see emulsification has happened.
Then stand the glass beaker into a pan of cold water and stir with a spatula or spoon whilst cooling down to below 40°C.
Weigh the Stage 3 (heat sensitive) ingredients together. When the cream has cooled to under 40 ̊C, pour them into the cream and mix thoroughly. Fill jars and label.
Acne Prone Skin Toner
Stage 1: (room temperature)
73% Orange Blossom (Neroli) Water
10% Lavender Water
7% Aloe Vera Concentrate
Stage 2: (room temperature)
1.5% Organic Anti Acne Active Formula
1% Preservative 12
0.5% Manuka Essential Oil
Combine Stage 1 ingredients together.
Separately, combine the Stage 2 ingredients and mix until thoroughly solubilised.
Combine both stages and mix well. Bottle into spray bottles 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 an effective way to encourage rest and sleep. Also to reduce reddening of acne prone skin and reduce pimples.
Excellent to take the sting out of sunburn or irritated skin such as sweat rash.
The ancients used to wash linen at the river and throw the clothes over lavender bushes to keep them away from the mud whilst they were drying in the sun. As such, the lavender bush was synonymous with “lavare” to wash and clean.