Chamomile (Roman) Hydrosol Water
Best known for its ability to calm and ease the overly anxious, this chamomile hydrosol also has a true floral scent which imparts itself heavily when used as a general spray. A great hydrosol for facial and body applications.
1. The first way to use them is to follow in Cleopatra’s footsteps and use them as part of a skincare regime. Floral waters can be used as is as toners after cleansing, or can be added to face masks, hair masks or practically any recipe instead of regular water. The best cosmetic use for floral waters personally, is to use them as needed throughout the day to keep skin refreshed and hydrated, especially in a dry climate. With summer coming, hydrosols or floral waters with peppermint are an easy way to cool down and soothe skin.
2. The second way to use floral waters or hydrosols is to replace commercial air fresheners and deodorizers with them. They’re just as easy to use once made, simply spray whatever needs to be freshened up. Without toxic chemical compounds like phthalates, aerosols and more, plant compounds deodorize and disinfect naturally. Plus, breathing them in can mean a better mood, more concentration or alertness, anxiety or stress relief or relaxation.
3. The third way to use them is as an effective bug spray around the house and on you. Herbs like peppermint or citronella are used in commercial products to stop bugs like mosquitos and spiders because they are effective natural deterrents. Using floral waters or hydrosols instead of products containing DEET for example, makes it safer for children and pets, and you can use it around the house without worrying about overexposure.
Floral Waters: Hydrosols vs Essential Waters – What’s the Difference and Why Hydrosol is so expensive?
Floral Waters have two (2) types: one is Hydrosol and another is Essential Water. Yes, there is a huge difference between the two. Hydrosols are used in skin care and as a therapuetic treatment, whereas the main use of essential waters is “scenting”.
Hydrosols are the water left over from the steam distillation of a plant or flower. They contain many water-soluble constituents from the plant and therefore have a different make-up to the essential oil they come from. Hydrosols also have the beautiful scent of the plant, but at a more softer, rounder level. They contain minerals, cellulose and aromatic compounds. According to Wikipedia they “contain essential oil compounds as well as organic acids..…. and will include many of the water-soluble plant pigments and flavonoids.”. Hydrosols have similar properties to essential oils but are much less concentrated. Unlike their “essential oil added to water” counterparts, true steam-distilled hydrosols contain all the beneficial components that whole plant materials have to offer.
Hydrosols are usually a by-product of essential oil production, but the highest quality comes from devoted distillers who, with artist-like precision, steam small batches of fresh floral and plant material strictly to produce hydrosol. Most of our hydrosols are distilled in copper stills, (a few in stainless steel stills) and processed through certified organic methods. Hydrosols contain all of the essence of the plant in every drop, just like essential oils but in a milder form; making them suitable for all manner of applications where essential oils would be too strong. In most hydrosols there is less than 5% actual oil. Please note that their aromas are mostly mild and subtle, sometimes bright and fragrant, and most hydrosols have an herby or grassy note indicative of their authentic and therapeutic properties.
Hydrosols will be harder to find in a retail environment, mostly everything (99.9999%) will be an essential water – either the essential oil infused into the water, or the plant boiled or infused in water. If you can buy a true hydrosol it will be your luck. And, you now have the luck, as ours are “real hydrosol”.
If it’s a real hydrosol it can be amazing when its fresh. If it’s not a real hydrosol it could be an Essential Water, and the most well-known essential waters would be rose-water, orange blossom (neroli) water and pine (kewra) water. Thus, when you find rose water in a storefront, you have to find out whether that is hydrosol or essential water, because both are called “Rose Water” and both are called “Floral Water”. The chance will be 99.999% that it is an Essential Water.
[Usage] You can use your hyrdosols in the following ways:
– Misting your face before moisturising to soften and hydrate
– Misting your body after the sun
– Use in place of a facial toner for a more gentle clarifying and cooling treatment particularly lovely for misting kids to help cool them down
[Storage] Hydrosols should be kept in a cool, dark place, and refrigeration is recommended unless you will use them within a short time.