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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.


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Retinols occur naturally in the form of Vitamin A and can be synthetically made. Retinols are common medication used for acne but may cause redness, flaking, and irritation for some people.  Retinols applied to the skin decreases dead cells from clogging pores.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid helps to fight acne by possessing three important qualities: anti-keratinization, anti-septic, and serves as an exfoliant. Salicylic acid keeps dead cells from clogging pores and it causes the skin to shed the dead layers of the skin cells which is the exfoliant element of it. The anti-septic feature destroys bacteria that promotes acne while blackheads or whiteheads are eliminated by the anti-keratinization of salicylic acid.  Anti-keratinization of salicylic acid will help to prevent those little white or black bumps on the face. The side effects may be dry and/or peeling skin.


Astringents constrict the pores and overuse can lead to drying out the skin. If too much astringent is used the skin will produce a lot of oil for those who already have an abundance of it. Due to the drying nature of astringents it is recommended that it is followed by a moisturizer. There is a rule of thought that argues astringents aren’t good for acne prone skin due the fact that pores are restricted by this product. The restriction is thought to increase the potential of an infection.



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



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



Calendula hydrosol

Chamomile hydrosol

Melissa hydrosol

Orange blossom (neroli hydrosol)


Sandalwood hydrosol



Basil hydrosol

Calendula hydrosol

Lemon hydrosol

Peppermint hydrosol

Sandalwood hydrosol

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


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Do’s and Don’t of Oily Skin

Oily Skin: Part One

Explanation of Hydrosols