I love using natural skincare.
There is no two ways about it. I hate the idea of using chemicals on my skin. So for a while now I have been shopping for my skincare through some amazing Australian made stores that provide chemical-free skincare. Mikash and Rustic Peppermint have some amazing facial oils that I just can not live without. But with the dryer months coming up I wanted to expand into some of the floral Hydrosols.
For those of you that are asking ‘What the hell is Hydrosol?’ It’s so simple. It’s flower water. They are similar to essential oils but more diluted. Depending as to what you want it for you chose a flower that has the properties that you need, soothing, facial toner, rehydrating spritzer, even as a body spray.
Today I will be making Rose Hydrosol for those upcoming hot days. It is both hydrating and nourishing for the skin. It also leaves you feeling cooler and refreshed, and let’s be
honest who doesn’t want that fresh feeling in Summer.
- Stove top
- Heavey bottom pot with lid
- Steamer (if you don’t have this you can you a small glass/ceramic bowl)
- Small bowl for water collection.
- Petals for 6 fragrant Roses (chemical-free) (or whatever flower or herb you are using)
- Ice (and a tone of it. I have also used the Ice bricks for eskies)
Place the small collection bowl into the steamer (if you do not have a steamer place one
bowl upside down and the other on top of it). Place the petals (or herbs) in the bottom of the pot and fill with water. Place on the stove and bring to boil on a high heat.
Once it begins to boil place the steamer on top of the pot and put the lid on upside down (this will allow the condensation to gather and run to the center where the collection bowl should be waiting to gather the goods) and turn the heat down to a low-medium.
Not that the water is boiling you can place the ice (ice brick) on top of the lid. This assists with the condensation process. The more of a dome that your lid has the easier it will be for the condensation to run to the middle and fall into the collection pot. If you are using ice and not a brick I highly recommend putting the ice in a zip lock back, as you will be replacing it as it melts. Make sure you have a fair amount of ice on hand as you will need to replace it as it melts. this can take up to 5 bags of ice (depending as to how long your water takes to boil down). If you are using Ice bricks I have 3 frozen ice bricks on hand and turn them over every 20 mins.
Now all you have to do is sit back let it simmer. I recommend checking it every now and then to make sure you don’t burn the bottom of your pot (Yes I have done this). Continue replacing the ice until the water has almost completely boiled out or until you have the desired amount.
Carefully remove the collection bowl which should now contain the hydrosol and let it cool. Once it has cooled you can pour it into a glass jar and store it in the refrigerator. I use these spray bottles from amazon as they make it super easy to just spritz on your face when needed.
I also add a few sprigs of lavender as well to help reduce inflammation. But this is just a personal touch that I add. You can try so many different flowers and herbs to suit your needs.
Shelf Life can vary a little. I have had bottles that have lasted 3 weeks and I’ve had bottles that lasted 4 months. I always store it in the fridge. This helps keep it nice and fresh, also the cold helps with skin inflammation (so win, win). You will know when it ‘turns’ due to the smell or begins to ferment.
I hope this tutorial has helped you. along your path to creating some wonderful hydrosols. We will be experimenting with some homemade facial oils over the next few months so keep an eye out for our how-to guide.