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Beauty Solutions With Hydrosols at Home

Updated on October 23, 2014
Beauty Solutions With Hydrosols at Home
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Unleash Your Senses ~

“The fragrance of white tea is the feeling of existing in the mists that float over waters; the scent of peony is the scent of the absence of negativity: a lack of confusion, doubt, and darkness; to smell a rose is to teach your soul to skip; a nut and a wood together is a walk over fallen Autumn leaves; the touch of jasmine is a night's dream under the nomad's moon.”

C.JoyBell C.

Plant Power

see it, smell it, touch it, hear it, taste it . . .
see it, smell it, touch it, hear it, taste it . . . | Source

Steam Distillation

copper steam distillation at world class Norfolk Lavender, England
copper steam distillation at world class Norfolk Lavender, England | Source

What are Hydrosols?

Hydrosols are commonly known as flower water, floral waters, hydroflorates or distillates.

They are the “fragrant waters” steam distilled from plants and flowers, similar to essential oils but far less concentrated and potent.

While they are lighter, hydrosols will still have therapeutic benefits as their accompanying essential oil.

The light, mild scent is due to them only containing water soluble plant matter with small amounts of essential oil which gives it its scent.

Think Rosewater as opposed to Rose essential oil or Lavender water instead of Lavender essential oil two very well known and widely used ones as opposed to their stronger sister oils and you will get the picture.

Add Fragrance to Body Cream

hydrosols bring additional benefits to skin care
hydrosols bring additional benefits to skin care | Source

Art and Science Unite ~

Quality pure floral waters are not by-products of essential oil production but rather are the result of dedicated distillers who steam small batches of plant matter that is purely for gorgeous floral waters.

Knowing when the plants oils are at their peak and ready for harvest takes dedication. They are unique products that are an art form combing science and the skill of the distiller. It is not uncommon to find generations of master distillers who have grown up watching their parent or grandparent.

By closing their eyes and breathing in the aromatic steam they know when it is ready and at its best. Time, temperature and true artistry produce the perfect blend of essential oil and hydrosol.

Many of us would be familiar with rosewater and witch hazel, two commonly used hydrosols in skin care, hygiene and personal care items. Rosewater is often used in culinary dishes to add a hint of flavor to baked good or as a food mister. There are in fact tons of different hydrosols available with many different uses.

Use Flower Water in Tea

Rose tea
Rose tea | Source

Jasmine

used for its many health benefits in tea, rice, oil and for its qualities in skin care and perfume
used for its many health benefits in tea, rice, oil and for its qualities in skin care and perfume | Source

Uses of Hydrosols ~

On your dressing table, in the kitchen cupboard, medicine cabinet, office or in your purse or handbag, here is the tip of the iceberg in uses of these beauties:

  1. Great addition to a facial steam to clear the pores.
  2. Spray to cool a hot flush or clammy skin.
  3. Aftershave toner.
  4. Skin toner or tonic after cleansing the face.
  5. Add to homemade skin products calling for water.
  6. Facial mist to hydrate skin.
  7. After a session at the gym, riding a motorbike long distance or too long in the sun, a spray of lavender water or peppermint will help cool you down quick.
  8. Spray in rooms to disinfect, clear bad odors.
  9. Spray in hair as a quick pick me up.
  10. Wipe down landline phone handle.
  11. Quick body spray when no time for a shower.
  12. In the car a spray will revitalize if feeling tired.
  13. No air conditioning in the car as you drive through hot desert? Spray away your hydrosol.
  14. Use as a hand sanitizer when on the move during the day.
  15. Got a cut but no band aid when out? Give a spritz to clean and disinfect the wound.
  16. Run out of baby wipes while changing? Use a hydrosol and wipe clean.
  17. Need help sleeping; spray your pillow to help induce sleep.
  18. Quick freshen on guest towels in bedroom.
  19. Just bought a fresh apple in the market but need to wash it first. Give a spray and wipe with hydrosol, you are sorted!
  20. Make herbal teas such as mint tea with peppermint hydrosol.
  21. Make some funky ice cubes to add subtle flavor in an interesting way.

Selection of Hydrosols (flower waters)

Rose
Catnip
Cucumber
Lavender
Basil
Lemon Balm
Chamomile
Rosemary
Lemon Verbena
Rose Geranium
Peppermint
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Calendula
Elderberry
Tea Tree
Jasmine
Nutmeg
Carrot Seed
Orange Blossom
Grapefruit
Clary Sage
Patchouli
Lime
Yarrow
Vetiver
Helichrysum
Cornflower
Frankincense
Spearmint
Lemongrass
 
 
 
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How to Make Rosewater

Here are 4 Favorites ~

Lemon Verbena – distilled from the leaf, it is stimulating, revitalizing for all skin types a perfect pick me up when tired. Great for using as a skin toner and in creams, it may be used in food and cosmetic preparations.

Lavender – distilled from the flower, it is one of the most calming, balancing waters. Excellent for combination or oily skins its anti-inflammatory and cooling properties make it suitable to treat sunburn, minor burns, cuts and sores. This is widely used for culinary and cosmetic use.

Cucumber – steam distilled from the whole fruit, it is a superb hydrosol for soothing, healing and treating inflamed skin. Well known as a cooling fruit on the skin, the hydrosol is a perfect addition to creams, eye preparations or body lotions. Use it alone as a skin toner for sensitive or dry skin and it may also be used in food preparation.

Rose – Who does not love the scent of a rose? Distilled from the delicate petals, rose hydrosol is fantastic to use in so many ways including alone as a skin toner (the famous rosewater) in body sprays, face moisturizers, perfume, deodorant and room freshener. It possess aphrodisiac qualities dating back thousands of years so when romance is on the agenda, remember to use in cooking too.

Sweet Scent of a Rose

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Food for Thought . . . .

Hydrosols are such an interesting way of utilizing the beauty in nature that is inexpensive. By combining simple distilled water (tap water often contains bacteria or chemicals) and some fruits, petals or plant material, you can suddenly have a lightly scented floral water with a small amount of potent essential oil.

When you compare prices of essential oils and hydrosols there is often a big difference. If you want a collection of essential oils why not pick some organic hydrosols instead to make your budget stretch even further? Certain essential oils are very costly. For example, with the online supplier mountain rose herbs 3 oz Organic Rose Hydrosol is $4.50. For their 1/8 oz Organic Rose Essential Oil (Bulgarian) it costs. . $132.00!!!! Need I say more?


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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 months ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks Nell for a re-read! I am planning to get back to writing more, will be moving next month so after the move in new surroundings I look forward to doing more.

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      Nell Rose 3 months ago from England

      Came back for another read because I just bought myself another facial steam thing, so this is a great reminder! thanks!

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      BODYLEVIVE 6 months ago from Alabama, USA

      I like your ideas and and find floral waters refreshing. Very good informative hub. Best wishes to you.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 10 months ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks Nell Rose, so useful and beneficial great to get back to basics with skincare and eliminate harmful toxins and chemicals in manufactured products. Appreciate the visit and hope to be back writing again xx

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      Nell Rose 10 months ago from England

      Hi, I have been known to use them on a steam facial, but the rest of the ideas are awesome!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Suzanne!

      Came back to read your excellent hub another time. Always a pleasure to go through your useful and interesting hubs.

      Thanks again!

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      Mmmm! Those are great beauty ideas. I had no idea hydrosols could be used as a disinfectant.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      An amazing hub about an amazing concept! Thanks for sharing and I want to learn more.

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      livingsta 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Suzie,

      Thank you for sharing this very interesting and useful hub as always. So many uses and benfits with hydrosols, many of which I have not known or heard of before.

      Have a lovely week ahead :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      What a wonderful idea! I love the combination of these two!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi sallybea I know I have been out for longer than I intended and I do so apologise for that. I started a hub which I intend to finish explaining my recent 'journey'. Thanks for all your support, truly.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub about flower water. I never heard of them. But it sounds so lovely and fun to do. Voted up!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Beautiful living through flower water. Seems like a lovely way to go through life.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Suzi HQ

      This is such a beautiful hub - love the images too - miss you on HubPages - I came looking for you when I saw you had commented on one of Billy's hub - you are sorely missed.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks Vellur, So good to hear you enjoyed this one! Hydrosols are a great investment and so versatile.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Hydrosols are a great way of utilizing nature's goodness. Great hub informative and useful, thank you for sharing.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      You have a wealth of information here. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in this area. It certainly does help to make your own hydrosols and save the money. These are great ideas and thank you for sharing the flowers to use. I never thought of hydrosols to take care of the skin. These are simple yet great ideas.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Chitrangada Sharan,

      Apologies and thanks so much for checking this out, so glad you enjoyed it. Rosewater has such a beautiful scent hard not to love it! Cheers for the pin and thumbs up my friend!

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very informative and useful as always. Thank you for this wonderful hub. Your hubs are always so much filled with knowledge and every bit of it is kind of treasure box. Very well researched also. Votes all up and shared across.

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I never heard of this before. Way to go on a great write up on something new and different.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm embarrased to admit that I just purchased a commercially produced hydrosol when I could have made one using your recipe! Since we live at high altitude, I have a constant need to hydrante my skin since the environment that surrounds us is very dry. When my new hydrosol runs out I plan to use the aerator for my own homemade hydrosol. As always, thank you Suzie for your wealth of information! Voted up and shared.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Suzanne!

      Another wonderful and beautiful hub from you!

      I am aware about the uses of flower based water in beauty treatments, but did not know it is called Hydrosols. Thanks for the information and all the lovely pictures and description. My favourite is of course rose water.

      Thanks for sharing, Voted up and pinned!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      They are certainly useful products especially when the essential oil may be pricey or too potent for you. I love the smell of rosewater I admit and that stems from childhood smelling the bottles mum had.!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Interesting. I didn't know what a hydrosol was. Thanks. I have had scented water before and it is refreshing to spray, especially on the face. Cool hub.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      How gorgeous making from the roses in Holland! Hope you can make easily when home next year. Glad you enjoyed this hydrosols or flower waters are so nice and have great uses. Cheers for the thumbs up and pinning, enjoy! Have a great week too!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      You reminded me that I have to make new rosewater. The one I made from my sisters roses in Holland is almost consumed. I think I have to make this in my home country, so I don´t have to carry it with me. Thanks for sharing again an awesome beauty treatment for me to follow. Voted this up and pinned for my later use. Have a great week Suzie!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      So good to hear you enjoyed this and are planning on giving it a go! it is ideal for sensitive skin so you should find it nice and light. Appreciate your comment and support as always! Thanks for the thumbs up!!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I like the quick pick up idea after a workout at the gym. I am willing to try it as soon as I can pick up some lavender. Love the idea of spritzing the hair. Another wonderful hub post! Voted up+++

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      So nice to see your interest here! Much appreciated my friend :-)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another brilliant share from you Suzie and enjoy your day.

      Voted up.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Liz,

      So glad to hear you enjoyed this peak at hydrosols, appreciate your lovely comment!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm always amazed by your articles as there is a world of information I never had any clue about and you're bringing this information to light. So, a big thank you!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      How good to see you enjoyed this. Hope you have fun later trying these out, they are great alternatives to essential oils, great options to go for the expensive essential oils in hydrosols instead for a fraction of the cost. I look forward to more from you soon too!! Appreciate you sharing and spreading the word!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      I am glad I was able to introduce you to something different but so useful. Rosewater is terrific, I love it! I always used a mix of wit hazel and rosewater as a toner, love the smell of rosewater in particular.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Many thanks for your kind words, glad that this ticked the box for you! Appreciate your votes!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Love that this interested you, they are so useful and make a great addition to have at home for cooking and beauty solutions. Being inexpensive makes them a terrific investment! Cheers again my friend!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have enjoyed reading about floral hydrosols! Your list of uses for them are quite long. I'll come back later to watch the video.

      You always add so many elements to your articles. I love it!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a fantastic weekend! Mine is going okay. I haven't published any hubs in a few days, but I am in the process of writing several. I have so many ideas, and am inspired on different topics! I have the rest of today to work on writing. It is rainy out, so I am not tempted to get outdoors any time soon.

      Voted up and pinning :)

      ~ Kathryn

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I haven't been familiar with hydrosols so far. The only thing I have known is rose water. Therefore, I could learn so much from this very informative and interesting hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Beautiful hub, lovely idea, well written as always. This is a terrific add to your ever-growing library of natural beauty resources. Voted up and more!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      As always, I learned so much from this article! The wide range of suggestions for hydosols is impressive. Thanks for another amazing resource!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jared,

      Many thanks for dropping by and for your comment. Great to hear you found this useful or informative. Never too late Jared! LOL Appreciate your input and look forward to seeing you soon!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Ah, you make me laugh! We can all do with a bit of DIY pampering now and then! Glad to have you on board with the idea and thank you for the generous sharing etc. . . Just been playing table-tennis for an hour to get the circulation going! Planning a relaxing weekend, sun is shining so out for a walk with Coco and MJ soon. Have a good one!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Love your combination as a facial spray! So soothing and refreshing. Arizona really does seem incredibly dry so handy to keep it for re-hydrating when on the move too! I am good, just finished my year tied into AP and now plan on looking at other things along as keeping HP going as I love the community here. No, not in Italy yet and at this point not sure when it will happen. I am here for you and keen to hear how things are going for you on the book!

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      Jared Miles 3 years ago from Australia

      Hey Suzie, how's it going? An awesome Hub, plus you managed to teach me something I knew nothing about beforehand, so thank you. I might steal a line from Bill above me and say that it's a little late for any beauty products for me haha. I look forward to some more great writing!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. Sounds and looks wonderful but there are no beauty solutions out there that can help me :) Another great addition to your library. Shared, VU, pinned,etc.... Have a great weekend.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      something new as always...I have been using rose water with a little lavender essential oil and spray my face...You know it is very dry in Arizona. How are you doing? Living in Italy as yet?