Distillates Distillates

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Hydrosols, hydrolats, distillates, and floral waters, they all mean the same, they are water solutions obtained by steam distillation from plant materials (byproduct of essential oil), they have some of the water soluble properties of the plant.  Distillates are less concentrated than essential oils which can be applied directly on the skin.  In general, hydrosols have a pH value of 5-6.  Distillates are highly versatile and can be used for personal care and around the house.


Buyer Beware !

When purchasing hydrosols, read the ingredient label carefully !

Pure hydrosols from distillation, for example Lavender hydrosol will have a simple sentence written as, "Lavender Water from Steam Distillation" or "Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower water"...etc. However, the Floral Water Mixtures, is a combination of water, emulsifier, preservative, and essential oil.  For example Lavender Floral Water ingredients will be, "Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lavender Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid; Dimethicone Defoamer".

Scent is different, Pure Hydrosols and floral water mixtures smell differently.  For example, lavender distillate from steam distillation smells very different than the lavender floral water mixture.  The mixture uses lavender essential oil and smells just like the lavender essential oil.  However, the lavender distillate produced from steam distillation has a earthy and sweet aroma, nothing like the lavender essential oil.

Citrus fruit and flower hydrosols,  always make inquiries before purchasing these distillates.  Since ctirus fruit essential oils are generally produced by cold pressed, distillates of citrus fruits must be specially made.  Another example is Jasmine essential oil, since it is generally extracted by the use of solvents therefore Jasmine distillate is specially made.


Chamomile hydrosol, it is known to offer soothing qualities.  Good for sensitive skin and skin problems.

Frankincense hydrosol, it is known to enhance radiance and help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Good for dry skin and/or mature skin.

Lavender hydrosol, it is good for soothing weather chapped or damaged skin. It offers cooling and soothing properties. Good for dry, and/or sensitive skin.

Neroli hydrosol, it is a gentle and helps reduce redness, and helps control sebum production. Good for oily skin, sensitive skin, and/or acne.

Peppermint hydrosol, it is cooling and helpful in hot climate.  It helps keep your mind awake and stay alert, and relaxes sore muscles.  Good for oily skin and acne.

Rose Hydrosol smells very lovely, it is a gentle, and hydrating.  It helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.  Good for normal skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, and/or mature skin.


How to use hydrosols:

  • Skin toner
  • Cooling body mist for the summer (Peppermint)
  • Wet-wipe for babies and kids
  • Fragrant linen spray whilst ironing (make sure the hydrosol is clear and does not stain)
  • Natural air freshener (instead of using aerosols which is harmful to the environment)
  • Some people would take hydrosols internally for their therapeutic properties. (For safety reason, we recommend using hydrosols externally)

Hydrosols, hydrolats, distillates, and floral waters, they all mean the same, they are water solutions obtained by steam distillation from plant materials (byproduct of essential oil), they have some of the water soluble properties of the plant.  Distillates are less concentrated than essential oils which can be applied directly on the skin.  In general, hydrosols have a pH value of 5-6.  Distillates are highly versatile and can be used for personal care and around the house.


Buyer Beware !

When purchasing hydrosols, read the ingredient label carefully !

Pure hydrosols from distillation, for example Lavender hydrosol will have a simple sentence written as, "Lavender Water from Steam Distillation" or "Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower water"...etc. However, the Floral Water Mixtures, is a combination of water, emulsifier, preservative, and essential oil.  For example Lavender Floral Water ingredients will be, "Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lavender Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid; Dimethicone Defoamer".

Scent is different, Pure Hydrosols and floral water mixtures smell differently.  For example, lavender distillate from steam distillation smells very different than the lavender floral water mixture.  The mixture uses lavender essential oil and smells just like the lavender essential oil.  However, the lavender distillate produced from steam distillation has a earthy and sweet aroma, nothing like the lavender essential oil.

Citrus fruit and flower hydrosols,  always make inquiries before purchasing these distillates.  Since ctirus fruit essential oils are generally produced by cold pressed, distillates of citrus fruits must be specially made.  Another example is Jasmine essential oil, since it is generally extracted by the use of solvents therefore Jasmine distillate is specially made.


Chamomile hydrosol, it is known to offer soothing qualities.  Good for sensitive skin and skin problems.

Frankincense hydrosol, it is known to enhance radiance and help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Good for dry skin and/or mature skin.

Lavender hydrosol, it is good for soothing weather chapped or damaged skin. It offers cooling and soothing properties. Good for dry, and/or sensitive skin.

Neroli hydrosol, it is a gentle and helps reduce redness, and helps control sebum production. Good for oily skin, sensitive skin, and/or acne.

Peppermint hydrosol, it is cooling and helpful in hot climate.  It helps keep your mind awake and stay alert, and relaxes sore muscles.  Good for oily skin and acne.

Rose Hydrosol smells very lovely, it is a gentle, and hydrating.  It helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.  Good for normal skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, and/or mature skin.


How to use hydrosols:

  • Skin toner
  • Cooling body mist for the summer (Peppermint)
  • Wet-wipe for babies and kids
  • Fragrant linen spray whilst ironing (make sure the hydrosol is clear and does not stain)
  • Natural air freshener (instead of using aerosols which is harmful to the environment)
  • Some people would take hydrosols internally for their therapeutic properties. (For safety reason, we recommend using hydrosols externally)