What is Hydrosol?
Hydrosols are little known, but they're a pretty cool product. It's easy to think about how they're made in two easy steps;
- Steam distillation is a process that uses steam to extract essential oils from plants. 2. Hydrosols are the byproduct of the steam distillation of essential oils.
Consider the process used to make essential oils; instead of just collecting the essential oil, we're also collecting the watery, aromatic goodness provided as a byproduct. This watery goodness is Hydrosol.
Hydrosols are almost entirely water: they contain around 80% water and 20% aromatic compounds (similar to those found in essential oils). This makes them perfect for skin care products like toners and cleansers because they'll moisturize your skin while also helping remove impurities like dirt or makeup residue!
Great for Sensitive Skin
Since Hydrosols are made with steam distillation, which involves boiling plant material and capturing the water vapor that rises, they create a very clean and pure product. Hydrosols are so pure that there are no preservatives in them!
This makes them great for sensitive skin types because they won't clog pores or irritate your skin as some products can. They can be used in place of water to make your DIY facial toner, body mist, hand sanitizer, and room sprays.
Facial Toner, Body Mist & Room Sprays
Hydrosols are a great option if you're looking for a natural alternative to store-bought products.
Using Hydrosol in its pure or diluted form makes a great facial toner! Different relaxing or invigorating toners may be made depending on the plant material used in the distillation process. Rosemary is crisp, fresh, and invigorating, while rose petals are soft and relaxing.
Many people are familiar with using water as a facial toner, but did you know that hydrating sprays can also be made with hydrosols?
The basic formula is 1 part hydrosol to 2 parts distilled water. For example, if you want to make one ounce of the hydrating spray:
- Combine 1/2 oz hydrosol in 2 oz distilled water (adjust to suit your needs). 2. Pour into an empty spray bottle and shake well before each use!
This recipe is simple enough that even the most novice DIYer can do it--and there's no need for expensive equipment or special ingredients.
Bath, Skin Brightening, Relaxing/Cleansing Benefits
Adding Hydrosol to your bath water can be a great way to start or unwind at the end of your day. Add Hydrosol directly to your warm bath water to create a spa-like effect.
- For Skin Brightening, add 3-4 drops of hydrosol to an 8 oz bottle filled with distilled water, then shake well before each use. Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight for up to 6 months or refrigerate after opening (this will help preserve its freshness).
- For an aromatherapy boost add 2-3 drops of hydrosol into a diffuser filled with hot distilled water and allow it 30 minutes before turning on the fan (to disperse).
Natural Substitute to Alcohol-Containing Products
Hydrosols and essential oils smell great, are natural and safe to use, and are easy to create. They are also environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and produce less waste than traditional cleaning products. Hydrosols can be used as natural substitutes for alcohol in cleaning products like homemade window cleaners.
- We mentioned above how they can also be added to DIY beauty products such as toners and moisturizers (or just plain water) to give them a bit more zing! ● To make an alcohol-free perfume, add a few drops of hydrosol to an empty bottle of spray or roll-on deodorant.
- You can even use them as aftershaves without worrying about irritation or respiratory issues like those caused by aerosol cans.
Great for Everyday Personal Care
As you can see, Hydrosols are a great option for everyday personal care products. They can be used in place of water to make your DIY facial toner, body mist, hand sanitizer, and room spray. Hydrosols also make excellent bath additions for skin brightening, relaxing, and cleansing
benefits. They're safer than a traditional aerosol can applicator, have fewer chemicals, and are more eco-friendly since they don't require any packaging or shipping costs associated with manufacturing.
When you're looking for ways to pamper yourself at home or on the go--and save money while doing so--hydrosols are an excellent choice!