Hydrosols: Nature’s Skin Tonic

Hydrosols, Nature's Skin Tonic

“Living waters” is how I like to refer to pure hydrosols.

When it comes to skin care, hydrosols can be really underestimated.

They are often considered the “poor cousin”, compared to the more popular essential oils.

When in fact, a hydrosol is an extremely therapeutic tonic containing many important components that have real benefits for the skin.

Plants are steam distilled, to pre-release their essence in the form of essential oils. Many of the valuable properties released by the water-soluble plant are found only in the hydrosol.

This is what gives these living waters their therapeutic properties, without the irritant potential often associated with essential oils.

Let’s look at some of their wonderful benefits:

    • Calming
    • Healing
    • Antiseptic
    • Astringent
    • Hydrating
    • Refining
    • Stimulating
    • Sebum clearing
    • Anti-microbial
    • Boost circulation
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Restore an impaired acid mantle

Hydrosols and their affinity with skin types

Oily Skin

    • Kanuka
    • Yarrow
    • Melissa
    • Atlas Cedar
    • Neroli
    • Witch hazel
    • Lavender
    • Geranium
    • Rosemary Verbenone
    • Clary Sage
    • Thyme
    • Peppermint
    • Rose



    • Witch hazel
    • Sweet Thyme
    • Marigold
    • Carrot seed

Sensitive, Redness, Irritation

    • Roman Chamomile
    • Tree Wormwood
    • Witch Hazel
    • Everlasting
    • German Chamomile
    • Myrtle
    • Honeysuckle

Pigmentation, Freckles

    • Scarlet pimpernel
    • American liverwort
    • Elderflower
    • Soloman seal

Dry, Mature Skin

    • Yarrow
    • Rock rose in small amounts as can be astringent
    • Bitter orange flower
    • Everlasting
    • Cypress
    • Carrot seed
    • Witch hazel
    • Lavender


The condensed steam referred to as a hydrosol can also be called a hydrolat, herbal water, or essential living water.

It is important to mention here, however, that not all hydrosols are created equal. A true hydrosol is sourced from steam distillation.

Often, companies use an ingredient termed a ‘floral aromatic water’ – this is water with essential oil added to it. I mention this because it is important to be aware of purity when purchasing hydrosols, especially if you are considering using them neat on the skin.

My products are formulated from true hydrosols, which contain all the wonderful water-soluble molecules from the plant material.

If you would like to learn more about their benefits on the skin, this article looks at hydrosols in more depth.

2 thoughts on “Hydrosols: Nature’s Skin Tonic

  1. Ingrid Bock says:

    Hey! I noticed that calendula is not on the list – I have very mild rosacea, and my skin get irritated and inflamed during periods of stress (and on very cold winter days). Calendula has been the one thing that calms it down more than anything else I’ve tried (followed closely by centella asiatica, depending on the product). Chamomile is very calming as well, but calendula has a cooling affect that chamomile doesn’t.

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