This is sort of a “Youtube made me do it” kinda post, and I have no regrets. If you’re no stranger to my blog you’ll have seen me mention Holistic Habits on Youtube about ten times of late, so it’s no surprise to see her here again. It was Sarah who first planted the seed of plant hydrosols in my mind several months ago. She swears by them in her skincare routine, but a bit of further reading shows they actually have a ton of uses.
What even are plant hydrosols?
Plant hydrosols, or “flower waters” in super basic terms are distilled plants. Their benefits are very similar to those of essential oils, but plant hydrosols are much less concentrated and therefore more skin-safe. There’s no need for a carrier oil as with using pure essential oils as most plant hydrosols are the same consistency as water and ready to go whenever, wherever.
Rose water is one you’ve probably already heard of.
So why use them?
You won’t be surprised after my post about making my own cleansing oils to hear how plants can benefit your skin. You’ll probably have seen a hundred products containing tea tree or chamomile depending on your skin type – and this is true of plant hydrosols too. You can use them as toners after cleansing, to freshen up in the morning, or on top of your make up if you’re out and about and need to wake up a bit. Most plant hydrosols have their benefits – tea tree is again good for oily skin prone to breakouts, while lavender is fantastic for any skin type, and peppermint is great for cooling your skin in summer. I personally am obsessed with Rose water, and I use Neroli Hydrosol as my toner after my cleansing oil.
You can also reap the aromatherapy benefits too. If you’re in need of a pick me up, a quick spritz of citrus based plant hydrosols is the one for you. Clary Sage and Lavender make for a fantastic pillow spray. And if you fancy dipping your toe into the “woo-woo”, you can use hydrosols to liquid smudge yourself of your space of negative energy (I personally use Frankincense hydrosol every morning in our room when we’ve made the bed).
Which Ones To Buy?
Much like essential oils not every plant hydrosol is made equal, so they’re not something to go throwing your money at right away. I stumbled upon Balm Balm a little while ago (thank you, Steph) and noticed they have a small range of plant hydrosols, so I decided to give them a go.
Their Rose Flower Water Hydrosol was a no brainer for me – rose water is so versatile and smells divine. I use this to set my make up, take it to work with me to keep fresh in the day and will douse myself in it at literally any opportunity. Rose water is anti-inflammatory, so great for sensitive skin, as well as being super hydrating and controlling excess oil – i.e it’s a miracle water.
Next up I picked their Neroli Hydrosol. As I’ve been getting more into aromatherapy of late, some of the stronger scents have been growing on me and Neroli is one of them. I use this one as a toner after cleansing, and douse myself in it pretty liberally before bed. It’s a gorgeous uplifting scent after a stressful day and has become quite a big part of my winding down ritual after work, as well as boasting skincare benefits. Neroili is also anti-inflammatory and good for minimizing mores and taking care of scars – and I have noticed any scars from picking at blemishes have really started to clear up.
Frankincense is the “master of oils” and so I really just had to buy it, didn’t I? I’d actually never even smelled Frankincense until I bought this one, and it’s just a tiny bit too strong for me. Though I’m slowly coming round to the scent, I’ve taken to using Balm Balm’s Frankincense Hydrosol as a room spray in the morning and occasionally as a quick freshen up if I’ve had a particularly bad day. I find Frankincense very cleansing and calming. I use it for more ritualistic purposes than one I regularly feature in my skincare.
Why Balm Balm?
Not to rave too much here, but Balm Balm are BUAV and Soil Association Approved, use organic ingredients and recyclable packaging that’s manufactured by a carbon neutral supplier. I’m a big fan of the weighty glass bottles these hydrosols come in as I’ll probably re-use them a whole bunch. Their products go beyond just skincare and provide all the benefits of aromatherapy too – they’re owned by an expert.
Have you tried any products from Balm Balm? Would you use plant hydrosols in your skincare? Let me know in the comments!