The presence of water in a product increases the risk of bacterial contamination. As a high-quality hydrosol is a preservative-free aqueous solution, it’ is very important to take special care to prevent it from going bad. Ideally, hydrosols should be stored away from light and heat, (which is why we sell our hydrosols in coloured bottles that block light).
We recommend always storing your hydrosols in the fridge. Not only will this help conserve them, but applying a cool hydrosol to your face is both more pleasant and more effective!
How to use hydrosols
You can use hydrosols in several ways. That’s what makes them so appealing! We’ve prepared a list of possible uses:
- Hydrosols can be used as the aqueous phase in a recipe. Whenever a recipe contains water, you can replace it with a hydrosol to enjoy its benefits. It won’t cause problems in your recipe! That’s what we did in our summer body cream and our DIY shaving bar, to name just two!
- Tempted to gently scent your hair while also caring for it? All you need to do is spray a little hydrosol onto damp or dry hair and you’re done! In addition to adding a light, subtle scent, many hydrosols are beneficial for your hair, so why not treat yourself?!
- You can use hydrosols as toners. Simply spray pure hydrosol on your face after applying a face mask or cleansing: the hydrosol will “rinse” the residual calcium from hard water, which can dry out your skin. Of course, your skin will also benefit from the hydrosol’s wonderful properties! It’s even better if you store your hydrosol in the fridge, as the cool liquid will is also good for your pores. Then all you have left to do is apply your usual hydrating cream.
- Alone or in combination with essential oils or aromatic essences, hydrosols can also be used to create your own homemade perfumes! You can add them to recipes for perfumes or for room sprays or linen sprays, such as in our Spring Mist recipe. You can also scent your linens and clothes just by adding hydrosol to your ironing water. The hydrosol will leave a delicate, subtle scent!
As you can see, hydrosols can be used in many different ways. We haven’t listed all of them here, so don’t hesitate to experiment yourselves!
To learn more about hydrosols, how they’re made, or which ones are right for your skin type, check out our special feature on hydrosols!