What Are Floral Waters?
Also known as hydrosols, floral waters are actually created as a by-product of the steam distillation process used to capture essential oils. During a normal essential oil distillation process, the steam containing the oils is cooled to turn it into water, and the essential oils floating on top are skimmed off and bottled. The remaining water is considered floral water!
Any floral water contains water, water-soluble components of the plant, and trace amounts of the essential oil. This unique composition lends each floral water a full spectrum of the essence and properties of the botanical material from which it was derived. Though they are most often called floral waters, hydrosols can be produced from any plant matter like herbs, needles, leaves, woods, barks, and seeds.
Don’t Be Fooled By Imposters!
The true value of floral waters stems from the fact that they are directly obtained through the natural essential oil distillation process and thus offer a wide range of therapeutic qualities. There are plenty of “floral waters” on the market that are actually made with synthetic ingredients or formulated with a basic blend of water and essential oils. These products are not the same as authentic hydrosols and can never replace the therapeutic value of true hydrosols in product development.
Using Floral Waters to Capture Consumer Needs
Floral waters have many valuable uses in beauty, skincare, haircare, and household products. At Aromatic Ingredients, we offer Roman Chamomile, Bulgarian Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Peppermint, and Rose waters for a variety of product applications. They can be sold as pure floral waters to be used as sprays and spritzers, or they can be strategically blended with other ingredients to create versatile consumer products.
For example, Lavender, Chamomile, and Rose hydrosols have incredible soothing properties that make them the perfect addition to skincare products like facial toners, sunburn gels, and hydrating moisturisers. Many of the same hydrosols can also be added to shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products to soothe, hydrate, and strengthen. Of course, the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties remaining in floral waters, as well as their irresistible aromas, make them great additions for linen sprays, laundry detergents, room sprays, and soaps.