What is a hydrosol?
Sometimes known as aromatic waters, hydrolats/hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates, hydrosols are nicknamed such because they are products from steam distilling plant materials. They are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. Nothing other than the pure natural water that is produced during the distillation process.
Hydrosols contain all of the essence of the plant in every drop, just like essential oils but in a milder form; making them suitable for all manner of applications where essential oils would be too strong. They are wonderful to use with children and pets!
How are they made?
The plant material is placed into the retort (still) or distillation tank. The steam hits the plant, softening the scent or secretor cells releasing the essential oil that is contained within as a vapour. This essential oil vapour mixes with the steam and is separated again as the steam cools in the condensing tank. As the steam cools, the essential oil molecules separate from the steam (now as cooled water) and float on the water (except for the very few of them which sink) and the water, now is called the hydrosol, or sometimes, the hydrolat is siphoned off.
About Cherry’s Hydrosols:
All hydrosols at Cherry Essentials are stored in sterilised clear glass containers in a dark cold room until an order is placed. The hydrosol is then especially poured for you into a sterilised glass bottle. Storing the hydrols in a refrigerator helps the product to last longer because they are completely natural and contain no preservatives whatsoever. We use coloured glass because the essential oils that have blended with the water can lose their efficacy when exposed to sunlight over a period of time.
Storage: When not in use, store in a cool dark place. A refrigerator is great!
Cherry’s Hydrosols as Skin Toners
Hydrosols have a real affinity with the skin. They are a lovely refreshing tonic and make a wonderful nourishing and healing skin toner. Hydrosols are byproducts of essential oils. They have many roles on the skin, depending which hydrosol is used.
If you’re keen to find out more about the wonderful benefits of hydrosols, we have compiled a list of our favourites below.
Rose Damascena (Otto)
English / “True” Lavender
Make sure to check out the information on uses & benefits for each hydrosol which can be found within each product page.