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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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Ingredients To Help Combination Skin

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-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

Cedarwood

Yarrow

Lavender

Geranium Rose

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

Oily Skin: Part Two

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Below is a list of natural ingredients that can help with oily skin.

 

Exfoliants

Apple extract

Baking soda

Comfrey extract

Grapeseed extract

Green tea extract

Papaya extract

Strawberry extract

FYI:  Some extracts may come in the form of both powder and liquid. Be aware that applying more than one exfoliant at a time may result in feeling an unpleasant sensation especially on the face.

 

Helps to Control Sebum

Orange blossom (neroli hydrosol)

Rose hydrosol

 

Astringent

Calendula hydrosol

Chamomile hydrosol

Melissa hydrosol

Orange blossom (neroli hydrosol)

Peppermint

Sandalwood hydrosol

 

Anti-septic

Basil hydrosol

Calendula hydrosol

Lemon hydrosol

Peppermint hydrosol

Sandalwood hydrosol

FYI: Orange blossom and neroli hydrosol are the same product.

 

Related Articles:

Do’s and Don’t of Oily Skin

Oily Skin: Part One

Explanation of Hydrosols