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Hydrolats are also sometimes referred to as herbal distillates, floral waters, hydrosols, herbal waters and essential waters.

Hydrolats are the by-products formed when essential oils are made via steam distillation. Hydrolats have similar properties as their essential oil partners, but are much gentler. Herbal waters are also enriched with other water soluble active ingredients.

Hydrosols are used to tone, hydrate and rebalance the skin’s PH.

You can use a Hydrosol twice a day. You can apply it with cotton wool balls or use a spray bottle to sprits on. Always avoid the eyes. Leave to dry naturally, without drying with a towel. You can also add 3 tbs of Hydrolat to a bath. Floral waters are also sometimes used in clay masks.

Our Recommended Hydrolats


A chamomile Hydrolat is often used:

  • On all skin types
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • To soothe the skin
  • To cleanse the skin
  • Often used on sunburn and/or winterskin

Clary Sage

A Clary Sage Hydrolat is often used:

  • On dry, aging skin
  • Great on skin that is effected by hormone issues
  • Cornflower

Cornflower Hydrolat

  • This Hydrolat can be used on the sensitive skin under the eyes.


A lavender Hydrolat is often used:

  • On all skin types
  • It is slightly drying (so very useful for acne)
  • It is anti-inflamatory
  • It is a great hair tonic
  • Often use on sunburn and winterskin

    Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom Hydrolat is often used:

  • On all skin types
  • On dry or sensitive skin
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Excellent on rosacea.


A Rosemary hydrolat is often used:

  • On all skin types
  • On aging skin
  • PH balancing
  • As an astringent
  • As a tonic for skin

How to Make your own Hydrosol

More videos by R. Lee Tomlinson

Other pages on remedies for skin in connection with this page on hydrolats

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