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What are hydrolates?

Hydrolates, natureofeurope.com

1. Rose Hydrolate 2. Chamomile Hydrolate 3. Geranium Hydrolate 4. Lavender Hydrolate 5. Tea Tree Hydrolate 6. Witch Hazel Hydrolate 7. Peppermint Hydrolate 8. Orange Hydrolate

Hydrolates (also known as hydrosols, flower waters, herbal waters, essential waters and herbal distillates) are are aqueous solutions or colloidal suspensions of essential oils usually obtained by steam distillation from aromatic plants. Once considered a by-product of essential oils production, but due to their excellent properties are now considered an important co-product, used in aromatherapy, cosmetics, as well as in culinary as flavorings.

Production of hydrolates

Hydrolates extraction, natureofeurope.com

1. Chamomile 2. Orange 3. Damask Rose 4. Tea Tree 5. Lavender

Hydrosols are produced in the same manner as essential oils – via steam distillation process. Essential oils float at the top of the distillate, where they are removed, leaving behind a watery distillate. Hydrolates contain around 10% of the distilled essential oils. Due to containing more plant acids than essential oils, hydrolates are very skin friendly, do not need to be diluted and can be freely used on the skin as they are.

Cosmetic use of hydrolates

Hydrolates in Cosmetics, natureofeurope.com

1. Antipodes Facial Toner 2. Antonia Burrell Tonic 3. Herbfarmacy Toner 4. John Masters Organics Bearberry Toner 5. Madara Comforting Toner 6. Mychelle Fruit Enzyme Mist 7. Patyka Rose Face Toner 8. Suki Balancing Toner 9. Tata Harper Floral Essence Toner 10. Therapi Orange Toner

Hydrolates are mostly used as toners. They can be used alone, or mixed with other compatible ingredients (extracts). Hydrolates can be freely mixed with each other (for example: rose hydrolate and tea tree hydrolate). Hydrolates can be used for every skin type, regardless whether it’s a rose hydrolate, chamomile hydrolate, etc…
Hydrolates can be used as ingredients in many cosmetic products, mainly instead of water.

Hydrolates properties

Based on which essential oil a hydrolate is a by-product of, the properties of the hydrolates are thus inherited from the essential oils. A few examples of hydrolates properties:

  • Anti-bacterial properties (lavender hydrolate, manuka honey hydrolate, peppermint hydrolate, tea tree hydrolate, witch hazel hydrolate)
  • Anti-fungal properties (manuka honey hydrolate, peppermint hydrolate, tea tree hydrolate)
  • Anti-irritant properties (chamomile hydrolate, melissa hydrolate, rose hydrolate, ylang ylang hydrolate)
  • Anti-inflammatory properties (chamomile hydrolate, geranium hydrolate)
  • Anti-microbal properties (peppermint hydrolate)
  • Antioxidant properties (chamomile hydrolate, rose hydrolate, witch hazel hydrolate)
  • Anti-septic properties (chamomile hydrolate, geranium hydrolate, lavender hydrolate, orange hydrolate, peppermint hydrolate, tea tree hydrolate)
  • Anti-viral properties (tea tree hydrolate)
  • Astringent properties (chamomile hydrolate, geranium hydrolate, manuka honey hydrolate, rosemary hydrolate, witch hazel hydrolate)
Hydrolates used based on the skin type
  • Sensitive skin (chamomile hydrolate, geranium hydrolate, lavender hydrolate, rose hydrolate, ylang ylang hydrolate)
  • Oily skin (geranium hydrolate, lavender hydrolate, manuka honey hydrolate, orange hydrolate, peppermint hydrolate, rose hydrolate, rosemary hydrolate, tea tree hydrolate, witch hazel hydrolate, ylang ylang hydrolate)
  • Dry skin (chamomile hydrolate, geranium hydrolate, lavender hydrolate, melissa hydrolate, orange hydrolate, rose hydrolate, ylang ylang hydrolate)
  • Acne prone skin (chamomile hydrolate, lavender hydrolate, manuka honey hydrolate, peppermint hydrolate, rose hydrolate, tea tree hydrolate, witch hazel hydrolate, ylang ylang hydrolate)

Caution: When buying hydrolates, you should pay attention whether they are truly hydrolates, since some are selling products containing water mixed with a few drops of essential oils.

For more information on hydrolates and their properties, please click our extensive list of cosmetic ingredients.

Where to buy hydrolates?

Akoma Skincare UK {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, clays, black soap)

Aromantic UK {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, hydrolates, body butters)

Holland&Barrett UK {Shipping: International)
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, body butters)

Naturally Thinking UK {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, hydrolates, clays)

Neal’s Yard Remedies UK {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils)

100% Pure Essential Oils USA {Shipping: USA, Canada}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils)

Africa Imports USA {Shipping: International}
Products (body butters, carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils)

Aura Cacia USA {Shipping: USA}
Products (essential oils, essential oil blends, carrier oils/vegetable oils)

Bio Source Naturals USA {Shipping: USA}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, hydrolates)

Bramble Berry USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, body butters)

Camden – Grey USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, body butters)

Essential Wholesale USA {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, hydrolates)

EO USA {Shipping: USA}
Products (essential oils)

e-Vitamins USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, body butters, hydrolates)

iHerb USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, body butters, hydrolates)

Lotion Crafter USA {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, hydrolates)

Making Cosmetics USA {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, hydrolates, body butters)

SunRose Aromatics USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, hydrolates, body butters)

Out of Africa USA {Shipping: USA}
Products (body butters, carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils)

Wholesale Supplies Plus USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils7vegetable oils, hydrolates, body butters)

N – Essentials Australia {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, hydrolates, clays}

Go Native New Zealand {Shipping: New Zealand}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, hydrolates, clays, herbs}

 

 

 

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