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

When it comes to skin care hydrosol’s can be really underestimated.

They are often considered the poor relation, 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.

Lets 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

Hydrosol 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.

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