What Is Floral Water
Floral water, also known as hydrosols, are water-based extracts made from the distillation of our fresh herbs. They’re produced the same way as essential oils, through steam distillation, and share many of the same properties. The difference between essential oil and floral water/ hydrosol is that hydrosols are mostly water. This means they’re much less concentrated than essential oils. They also have a softer, more subtle scent and additional compounds from the plants not found in the oils.
- Essential oil: the oil-soluble parts of the plant
- Floral water/Hydrosol: the water-soluble parts of the plant (this liquid also contains microscopic drops of essential oil)
Using Floral Water
Floral waters are increasing in popularity for use in all-natural beauty and cosmetic products. Gentler than essential oils, floral water can be applied directly to your skin without needing to dilute them with a carrier oil. Hydrosols may be used in a variety of products, including:
- Perfumes, skin toners and makeup
- Lotions, soaps and shampoo’s
- They can even flavor drinks and other foods
When Quality Matters
When consistent quality natural ingredients matter, think NuLeaf Farms.
The majority of herbs grown for industry are raised outdoors. Here plants are exposed to a range of contamination risks ranging from allergens, pests, and diseases. These pressures, combined with changing environmental conditions from one season to the next, make producing consistent plant quality almost impossible to attain.
At NuLeaf, our herbs are grown inside a controlled environment, where we can replicate the perfect growing conditions year-round. This allows us to produce the highest quality herbs, consistently, without the risk of contamination
Floral Waters have a wide range of applications but some herbs are better than others depending on what you are using them for. From freshening your house, to making skin care products or even perfume, here is a list of some of the most popular hydrosols we make and what they are commonly used for.