Hydrosol is basically a byproduct of distilling an essential oil via steam or water distillation. A hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after producing an essential oil using this method. Some plants are actually specifically distilled for the resulting hydrosol instead of the hydrosol just being a byproduct. Hydrosols are sometimes referred to as hydrolats, distillate waters or floral waters.
The plant material used in essential oil distillation passes onto the hydrosol the water-soluble aromatic and therapeutic properties of the plant.
Unlike essential oils that should be diluted prior to application to the skin, hydrosols are much gentler than their essential oil counterparts and can generally be used directly on the skin without requiring dilution.
Hydrosols can be used instead of water in creating natural fragrances, lotions, creams, facial toners and other skin care products. They can also be added to the bath, and used on their own as a light cologne or body spray. Hydrosol can be added to finger bowls for elegant, romantic dinners. Examples of hydrosols are Rose, Roman Chamomile, Neroli and Lavender.
Hydrosols are available through some, however not all sellers of essential oils and natural skin care ingredients supply quality hydrosols.
Sometimes water simply blended with essential oils are sold as floral waters or as hydrosols...these "trixx-ies!" That's why you always gotta ask the vendors for details about their hydrosols so you can know for sure you're purchasing a true hydrosol and not just 'pretty-smelling water'!
Medical disclaimer: The information provided herein is for personal interest and informational purposes only. It is NOT intended to offer medical treatment for any condition. Essential oils are very concentrated and are not to be used undiluted on the skin or taken internally otherwise instructed by your Doctor. Keep out of reach of children and pets.