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 by products of essential oils.

They have many roles on the skin, depending which hydrosol is used.


Cornflower/Centaurea Cyanus. This makes a great skin toner for delicate, thin skin.

Cypress/Cupressus Sempervirens: This hydrosol works well at helping to control oil production,

It is also great for congested, oily face with large pores.

Clary Sage/Salvia Sclarea: This is a great tonic for oily acneic skin. Clary sage can also be used in hair formulas, as a treatment for dandruff.

Helichrysum/Helichrysum Italicum: This is a wonderful anti inflammatory.

Honeysuckle/Lonicera japonica: This is a little known hydrosol that has a great affinity with the skin. It has anti-inflammatory, anti irritant, anti fungal, anti bacterial and anti microbial properties.

Honey suckle is also a great free radical scavenger, so it has some wonderful anti oxidant properties.

It is also another hydrosols that works good on acneic skin.

Melissa/Melissa Officinalis: This hydrosol can also be used as a soothing skin toner, helping to calm  even the most sensitive skin.

Neroli/Citrus Aurantium: A lovely anti ageing ingredient, it is gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of skin types.

Roman Chamomile/Chamaemelum Nobile: Another wonderful anti inflammatory and anti irritant.

Chamomile is a natural skin toner, helping to calm and instantly diffuse red, sensitised skin.

Rose/Rosa Centifolia: This is a good all rounder and can help to control oil on the skin, which is due to its astringent properties.

Peppermint/Mentha Piperita: This is one of those hydrosols that has great astringent properties, it is very cooling and antiseptic, which is why it makes a great ingredient for foot formulas.

Rosemary/Rosmarinus officinalis: This is perfect for oily skin types with open pores.

Getting to work instantly, with a deep cleansing action.

Rose geranium/Pelargonium Graveeolens: Another good anti inflammatory on the skin.

Rose/Rosa spp: This is a lovely balancing oil, in my opinion it is the best skin toner for helping to hydrate dull, tired skin types.

The perfect ingredient for a mature skin, due to it’s healing, restorative nature.

Sandalwood/Santalum Album: A lovely nourishing hydrosol for mature skin, helping to preserve the skin cells, perfect for stressed out skin.

Witch Hazel/Hamamelis Virginiana: This is an astringent hydrosol and considered the best skin toner for oily skin types in large amounts.

It can be used as part of a natural acne treatment, and for those that suffer from papules and pustules.

Used in small amounts it is also considered good for sensitive skin.

Ylang Ylang/Cananga odorata var genuina: Another great hydrosol for oily skin types.

Yarrow/Achillea Millefolium: Contains anti inflammatory calming and balancing properties.

If your interested in finding out more about the science of hydrosols, I recommend the book hydrosols, the next aromatherapy, the perfect book for someone wanting to learn more about the potent properties of hydrosols.

It is really important to note, that the quality of the hydrosol is vital, this article does a great job of explaining this.

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