A hydrosol, also known as a floral water, flower water or a distillate, is a result of the steam distillation of plants.

It is produced when plant material is brewed with water in a large vessel. As the temperature rises, the vessel fills with steam. The temperature rises causing glands in the plant to burst and release its oils and plant essence into the steam. The oil component rises through a condenser and is collected in a separate container – resulting in essential oil. All the fragrant water that was steamed with the plant material is known as hydrosol or floral water.

A Hydrosol for your Skin?

Hydrosols are used widely in personal care products. When it comes to skin care, they may be more suitable than an essential oil because they contain all the essence of the plant but in a milder form than an essential oil. Rose, orange blossom (neroli) and lavender hydrosols hydrate dry skin and cool hot and sensitized skin. Chamomile may be used to remedy puffy, under eye dark circles. In hair care, a hydrosol may help to condition and add shine after shampooing.
Steam DistillationHydrosols are used in a variety of additional ways:

  1. Peppermint hydrosol in the summer is very cooling. It can be taken along on holidays, to the beach and for use on sore feet after long excursions.
  2. Lavender soothes and comforts sunburned skin.
  3. Chamomile and lavender hydrosol are added to bathwater to calm restless babies. They are safe for young children since they contain a very small amount of essential oil.
  4. Rose or neroli hydrosol can be added to the final rinse water in your washing cycle or as a fragrant linen spray whilst ironing.
  5. Hydrosols can freshen the air.

A hydrosol may not spring to mind as a must-have in any skin care regimen, but it can certainly help to spice up your life. I’m seeing a lavender hydrosol spritz for my pillow, a lemon verbena one to freshen up the air and a peppermint spray for my workout bag. Do you see one in your future?

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My Fave Four Apothekari products

The first product I purchased from Apothekari was the A for Anti Aging. I have Never been able to tolerate retinol products and always ended up bailing because of dry flaky skin. Until A for Anti Aging. It's Amazing! I have now added the Vitamin C, the Deodorant (Neroli Rose is my current favourite but the Lavender is great too), and most recently the More than Lip Service (thank you thank you thank you Apothekari :)). While deodorant and vaginal moisturizer may sound like odd gifts, these are my latest go-to's for the gal who has everything. All have become fans!

THIS WORKS! No odour for 24+ hours including a yoga session!

I'm blown away by how effective this is, and by how clean and well thought out the formula is. I'm not used to roll-on so that took a couple days to adjust to, but its so much more effective than the solids/creams i was using that it is totally worth it. I'm converted - and i think i have probably tried 90% of the natural deodorants out there over the last 10 years LOL. thank you for creating this.

I love this body oil!

This is so luxurious and moisturizing (i have dry, sensitive skin and most oils don't do the trick) and also miraculously absorbs very quickly. And the lemon rose scent is just transporting - i look forward to using this after my shower.

Bespoke Vitamin C Serum

I love it! Been using it for years. It’s so perfect to put on right after I wash in the morning. I’ve never been the greatest at sticking to a skin care routine but using the Vitamin C in the morning and A is for Anti-aging at night consistently over the years has kept my skin young and firm.
Would not want to imagine life (or my skin) without these two essentials. Thank you Sharmani!

*Received as press sample*

Pricing per bottle is definitely up there, but I think much like skincare, if you have struggled to find a deodorant that works for you, the price won't be as much of an issue because something like this can have a huge impact on your life. One bottle should last about 3-4 months with daily use which I think is fairly close to most deodorants. While I know there are baking soda-free options (baking soda can cause skin irritations due to pH disruptions) and options that use Deoplex, I have yet to find a combination of Deoplex and lactic acid which may be what's working for me. Honestly, the only thing I didn't enjoy was that "wet" feeling when I would first apply it, but after 15 seconds it dries down AND it doesn't stain clothing so that's a huge plus. Even though I received this as a press sample, I would buy this deodorant on my own as I didn't just smell good at the end of a long day, but I smelled like absolutely NOTHING which is WAY better to me than smelling like "I'm covering something up" or like body odour. I also trust and appreciate the research I know Apothekari has invested into making sure the formulation is scientifically sound so I know that's also partly where my dollars are going. I only need to apply once a day and I'm good to go so one bottle might even last more more than 4 months at the rate I'm going! HIGHLY recommend and even though all three scents had the same results, my preferred scent was the Lavender as it just one of my favourite scents overall!

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