One word that seems to have been on everyone's lips in recent years has been hydrosols. If you haven't heard of them, where on earth have you been? If you have heard of them, but aren't sure what they are, you are in the right place!
What are Hydrosols?
Hydrosols are known by a variety of names including hydrolats, flower waters and distillates. They are created by steam or hydro-distillation of certain plants and flowers during the process of essential oil extraction. As the steam used in the process condenses back to water, it creates the distillate which carries a small amount of essential oil. Owing to the nature of the process hydrosols are less concentrated than essential oils so can generally be used instantly on the skin without any further dilution.
Hydrosols have been around for a very long time, research shows that they were even in use by our Roman, Egyptian and Greek ancestors. Over time their popularity declined as they were increasingly replaced by their stronger product cousin: the essential oil. In recent years hydrosols have grown in popularity again.
How are Hydrosols used in the skincare industry?
Owing to their water soluble qualities, hydrosols are perfect for using as a water substitute in the production of beauty and skincare products such as lotions, fragrances, creams and toners.
Due to their gentle properties Hydrosols are ideal for use with babies and young children and their use is considered to be beneficial for skin, both young and old.
Our hydrosols are sold as 100% pure organic products and usage varies depending on the individual product. Many can be used as skin fresheners and toners or applied using a paper mask to the full face. A lot of hydrosols have skin calming effects and are suitable for sensitive skin.
What are the benefits of Hydrosols?
So now you know more about them, why exactly would you use a hydrosol? There are a number of reasons including:
Properties of essential oils, but much lighter to use
Perfect for those with sensitive skin as they aren't as concentrated as essential oils
Ideal for formulating sprays and spritzers due to their water volume
Each individual hydrosol has its own particular qualities and these can used alone or blended with others for greater effect.
What types of Hydrosols are there?
You can distill hydrosols from many plant and flower botanicals. Here's a round-up of some popular ones:
Lavender: Distilled from the flower of the wild lavender, its properties include powerful healing powers, soothing and smoothing. Lavender is also a great aid to a good night's sleep.
Tea Tree: Directly distilled from the Melaleuca plant, Tea Tree is a popular choice for skincare products. It is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial making it ideal for treating problem skin.
Roman Chamomile: Organically grown flowers from the Roman Chamomile plant provide the base for this soothing hydrosol. Providing relief from dry, chapped or irritated skin, it's particularly suitable for babies and children.
Where can I buy hydrosols?
Here at Artesana, we have our very own range of 100% organic hydrosols. You can shop the entire range by clicking on this link below.
We really hope you enjoy using our hydrosols, they are a great addition to the skincare routine of the whole family from the youngest to the oldest. Why not comment below and let us know which one is your favorite and why?!