Girls! If you’re looking for a great, natural tonner then try hydrosol (known also as a hydrolat). Hydrolat is the condensate water that is left over after the process of extracting an essential oil by water or steam distillation. This aromatic water contains the very essence of everything that was contained within the plant when it was still alive and growing (very important are here its water-soluble – hydrophilic parts of the plant).
I’m sure you’ve heard about floral water such as lavender, rose and orange flower. So now you have a much wider choice of that kind of products (ex. distillate waters produced from herbs, needles, leaves, woods, roots, barks and seeds) and the term floral water is rather not valid anymore. Additionally the original hydrolats contains much more great ingredients that standard floral water would have. But you need to buy only these without any synthetics compounds added!
But they aren’t any kind of novelty. They were widely used by Egyptians, Greeks and Romans are for their healing and aesthetic properties and added into infusions and unguents.
Regarding to Quinessence.com blog and article written by Geoff Lyth hydrosols are highly versatile and can be used for personal care and around the house. In skincare, Rose, Orange Blossom (Neroli) and Lavender hydrosols are great for hydrating dry skin and cooling hot and sensitized skin. If you have been out in the sun too long and got burned, Lavender hydrosol is soothing and comforting as well as healing. Used in the final rinse after shampooing hydrosols help to condition hair and add a shine.
We know of no better remedy for puffy, dark circles under the eyes than Chamomile hydrosol. Just soak two cotton wool pads with the hydrosol and cover each eye for around 10 minutes for an immediate and dramatic reduction in puffiness. Regular use can help diminish those dreaded dark circles too.
During the summer hydrosols are perfect to use as a cooling body mist, and the most cooling of all is Peppermint.
Hydrosols such as Rose or Neroli can be added to the final rinse water in your washing cycle as well as used as a fragrant linen spray whilst ironing since they smell much nicer than their synthetic counterparts. Around the house, hydrosols are great to fresh the air instead of using aerosols which of course are harmful to the environment.
So if you want to refresh, cool or calm down your skin natural hydrosol (hydrolate) could be a right solution for you.
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