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Hydrosols and Floral Waters/Flower Waters: Gentle Ingredients for the Skin


Hydrosols are the products that remain after roots, barks, plants, flowers, or seeds are steam distilled. Hydrosols can also be the remnants of the essential oil making process. Unlike essential oils a hydrosol can be applied directly to the skin without dilution since this ingredient contains some elements of essential oil but to a lesser extent. Often hydrosols do not have a strong smell if any. Frequently, the essential oil and hydrosol may smell very differently from one another. The fragrances of hydrosols are sometimes enhanced by adding synthetic ingredients.



Hydrosols are known by different names such as floral waters, distillates, flower waters, and hydroflorates. Although, some suppliers make a distinction between floral waters/flower waters and hydrosols. According to some manufacturers who make a distinction floral waters are obtained by straining essential oil that has been mixed with distilled water for a certain length of time or by combining grain alcohol with the oil to create an emulsion. If the product is made through this process it will contain even less diluted elements of an essential oil than a hydrosol.

It is often true that floral waters/flower waters do not contain any elements or therapeutic properties of an essential oil. They strictly offer a mild fragrance. It is best to check with the company before purchasing hydrosols or floral water to check their definition of the product. Some suppliers label hydrosols and floral waters as the same thing while others label these products separately.


Related Article:

List of Hydrosols

Hydrosol List for Oily Skin


Daily Common Sense Skin Care Tips


Never assume every product is right for you

There are ingredients used in cosmetic products that do clog pores and help to create or maintain an acne breakout. Ingredients derived from myristic acid  such as isopropyl myristate which is derived from isopropyl alcohol and myristic acid are common but can be irritating to the skin.  Be mindful of ingredients in a product.

Immediately take a shower after a work out 

Damp hot environments allow bacteria to grow and multiply leading to acne or a skin infection.

Remove makeup before working out

When exercising the pores release bacteria, oil, and dirt when you sweat. However, makeup will block this release and can increase the chances of an acne breakout.

Stop touching the face

Simple but true. Fingers contain countless germs and bacteria. (doorknobs, gym equipment, handshakes, a captured cough or sneeze, keyboards, buttons, etc)  All of this is transplanted to the face every time it comes into contacts with fingers.  It helps to create or maintain acne.

FYI: Ingredients that Clog Facial Pores


Comedogenicity:  It is the term used to describe how likely an ingredient or product will clog your pores. The internet will find several charts that list several products level of comedogenicity. A high rating of comedogenicity doesn’t necessarily mean the product will  irritate the face or cause acne.  However, acne prone skin chances have an increased chance that acne will occur or become worse.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: A mixture of sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, and sodium salt that is the detergent in everyday products. In extremely high heat and its natural state the chemical compound will produce a toxic fume.

Isopropyl Myristate: A manufactured oil that is created by condensing myristic acid with isopropyl alcohol. It is used as an emollient, lubricant, and to help get rid of head lice. It is easily absorbed by the skin, decreases the greasy feeling of products, and helps skin products to penetrate the skin. It may create a breakout of acne.


More definitions for other ingredients can be read in the ever expanding glossary.





DIY: Organic Lipstick Recipe


multicolored lipsticks isolated on white

Items You Will Need:

Red reef clay or red kaolin clay

Shea butter

Vitamin E

Coconut oil



1. Melt the butter and oils together and then stir.

2. Then stir in your clay.

For a pink shade of lipstick you can try pink kaolin clay.

Bohemian Black Organic Fango Clay for Skin Care


What is it? dark kaolin clay harvested in Western Bohemia

This is not a complete list of the uses and functions of the clay.

Skin Benefits:

-cleans the pores

-lifts impurities

-removes excess oils

-provides minerals for the skin

-detoxifies the skin


Other Facts: contains Humic Acid and Fulvic Acid


Related Information:

White Kaolin Clay

Bentonite Clay

Green Clay

Fight Blemishes & Wrinkles with Microdermabrasion


What is it?

A procedure performed for cosmetic purposes by exfoliating the stratum corneum without affecting the lower skin layers. The thought behind microdermabrasion is the body is signaled that an injury has taken place and must replace the lost skin cells with healthy ones when the stratum corneum is removed or broken up.

What is the point of getting microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion leaves the face looking rejuvinated by undergoing exfoliation to remove dead skin cells.  Fine lines,  light blemishes, acne scars, and blackheads will become lighter or completely disappear. It also unclog pores.

What happens during the procedure?

A tool is placed on the face and moved around. At the same time it sprays and vacuums tiny beads of an exfoliating ingredient such as aluminum oxide, sodium chloride, magnesium oxide, or sodium bicarbonate.

Are there any possible side effects?

The skin will feel dry and tight. Immediately afterward, the skin will become pink and/or, for some, swell which, normally, may last from one to two days. The face will swell due to the vacuuming of the tool used on the face. Also, the eyes may experience discomfort if the crystals get in the eyes. Bruising and (permanent) discoloration may occur if the tool is not used with even penetration or if the skin is penetrated too deeply.

Is there a recovery period after the procedure?

No, you can proceed about your day as normal.

Are multiple sessions neccessary?

The number and frequency of sessions varies with each individual’s preference.

Where can you receive microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion can be received at a salon, home, or a dermatologist’s office.

* A moisturizing sunscreen should be used after the procedure as moisture has been removed from the skin.



Ingredients To Help Combination Skin


-Combination skin is oily and dry skin that produces blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and shiny and oily skin.

-Dry skin becomes worse during the cold season so it’s helpful to moisturize more when it’s cold. It’s beneficial to consume lots of water or some form of liquid.

-Hydrosols can provide moisture without drying skin or clogging pores. Some hydrosols that are recommended for combination skin have astringent qualities which are beneficial for oily skin but not so much for dry skin. You may find that hydrosols noted for being useful for combination skin may act more so as an astringent.

For more information regarding hydrosols click on this link.

Hydrosols for Combination Skin




Geranium Rose

A list of more hydrosols and uses for skin can be found by clicking on the link.

White Kaolin Clay for Skin Care


Other Names: White Cosmetic Clay, China Clay, Ceramic Clay and Kaolin Clay

What is it?

-soft white mineral, made primarily of the mineral kaolinite

-found in nature it contains muscovite, quartz, feldspar, and anatase


This is not a complete list of the uses and functions of the clay.

Skin/Facial Info:

-mildly drying and disinfectant properties
-helps heal existing blemishes and inflammations
-stimulates circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it


Other Facts:
-has been used medically to treat diarrhea, dysentery, and cholera,
-used in paper making, paint, fiberglass, porcelains and ceramics, china, and toothpaste


Related Information:

Bentonite Clay

Bohemian Black Organic Fango Clay

Green Clay

Very Basic Mineral Makeup Info


What is mineral makeup? composed of compressed minerals that can be synthetically made or found in nature


For many leading brands, the list of left out ingredients includes preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes, and fragrance. Many dermatologists recommend mineral makeup based on the fact that these left out ingredients are possible skin irritants” Source Web MD

“Chicago dermatologist Brooke Jackson, MD, who uses mineral makeup herself, recommends it to her patients with rosacea and eczema. She also suggests it to women with sensitive skin.” Source Web MD


“Tasha Reiko Brown of the Style Network’s How Do I Look is not as big a fan.  “I find it collects in fine lines and pores and accentuates dry flaky areas,” she says. “If you’re a woman of color, it can be very difficult to find a shade that’s a good match for your skin.”

Things to Consider

Some companies are now making mineral makeup with the products/skin irritants that they initially did not include in it: oils, chemical dyes, etc

Some media reports have advised women to scan labels for bismuth oxychloride, the ingredient that gives makeup its pearly finish. It’s been said to cause skin irritation and acne flare-ups, leading some mineral makeup companies to eliminate it from their formulas.

Minerals in the makeup are usually composed of very tiny powder fine flakes of minerals, and in this form, it’s not scientifically proven that they’re any safer to use than liquid forms of makeup

Bismuth Oxychloride is a synthetically prepared white or nearly white amorphous or finely crystalline powder” “Bismuth Oxychloride imparts silvery sheen (pearlescence) to cosmetics and personal care products. Bismuth is a naturally occurring, brittle metal. Because bismuth compounds come from the earth they may contain trace amounts of heavy metals. The levels of heavy metals in Bismuth Oxychloride are regulated by the FDA, and the small amounts that may eventually be in cosmetic or personal care products do not pose a risk to human health”



Related Articles

Mineral Makeup: Common Ingredients



Getting Rid of Dark Spots Left by Plucking


Plucking the chin may produce dark spots. Below are steps to prevent and reduce the appearance of dark spots on the chin caused by plucking hair.


Step 1: Exfoliate for the following reasons:

-clean away dead skin that causes the bumps

-level the skin out

-be mindful of your skin type (dry, oil, or combination) when choosing an exfoliant


Step 2: Even out the skin tone

-To make the dark spots lighter or fade away use a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda and rub.

-Remember to be consistent for this to work. Also, keep in mind that the spots will not fade overnight.