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

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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.

 

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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

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Alcohol: Is It Good for Hair and Skin?

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It’s confusing. One article claims alcohol is bad while another states it is a good thing. Fatty alcohols are good for the hair and skin. Non-fatty alcohols are not good for the hair and skin. Simple enough but for a more in depth information as to why fatty alcohols are okay for you just read below.

Fatty alcohol is very beneficial for the hair and skin in a variety of ways. Cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, and stearyl alcohol are popular fatty alcohols used in many products. Fatty alcohol sources can be obtained from animals, plants, or a completely synthetic process. Fatty alcohols help to give and enhance that silky/soft feeling we like for our hair and skin. These alcohols help to comb through wet hair and enhance benefits of the primary conditioning ingredient of a product.

Fatty alcohols are different from non-fatty alcohols, the big difference between fatty and non-fatty alcohols are the number of carbons in the molecules. A non-fatty alcohol has a lower number of carbons such as one through nine which makes this ingredient a drying substance. Non-fatty alcohols are found in facial products as astringents. Yet, non-fatty alcohols are used in some hair care products since hair can dry quicker by using this ingredient. These alcohols do help to dry hair more quickly but can increase breakage and weaken hair strands.

Fatty alcohols contain a high number of carbons that give the moisturizing quality that are often used to add moisture to the hair or skin. Some fatty alcohols can also add a little bit of thickness to the product as well. Below is a list of fatty alcohols.

Fatty Alcohols

Behenhyl alcohol

Cetearyl alcohol

Cetyl alcohol

Isostearyl alcohol

Lauryl alcohol

Myristyl alcohol

Stearyl alcohol

Here is a link to a much longer list of fatty alcohols: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_alcohol.