Hydrosols have quite a few different names and are also known as hydroflorates, hydrolats, floral waters and flower waters. While the term “flower waters” has sometimes been applied to these products, it has also been used by some suppliers to refer to an inferior type of product made by simply adding small amounts of essential oil to water. “Flower waters” made by this method do not have the same desirable properties as true hydrosols. Our true Juniper Hydrosol is produced from the distillation of the berries of the plant, harvested in Bulgaria.
HOW A TRUE HYDROSOL IS PRODUCED: True hydrosols are produced during the steam distillation of essential oils. Plant material is placed in the still along with water and heat is then applied to produce steam. This steam extracts the oils from the plant material and is then condensed (re-liquefied). After the extracted essential oils have been separated from the water, traces of essential oil remain in that water, together with some non-volatile plant components that were extracted. This water that is “left over” after the distillation of an essential oil is the hydrosol. While aromatherapists consider hydrosols to have some of the same properties as essential oils, they are generally considered to be gentler in their actions. For more information on hydrosols, here’s a link to Wiki: Wiki Hydrosols
Juniper Flower Water has a little different aroma than Juniper Essential Oil. The hydrosol shares the same fresh, slightly spicy and fruity notes but has a softer smell. In any case, if you like Juniper Essential Oil you are likely to also enjoy the Juniper hydrosol.
Juniper Hydrosol has been described as detoxifying, mildly energizing and restorative. It is also said to have mild astringent effects on the skin and is popular as a spray-on skin toner that is said to be especially helpful for oily skin. Juniper Hydrosol makes a great room spray (you don’t need to use much) that is said to help cleanse and purify a space.
Because hydrosols have a shorter shelf life than essential oils, we always buy in small batches and replenish our stock often. To extend the shelf life of your Juniper Hydrosol, store in a cool dark area or refrigerate. Spritzing a hydrosol that has been chilled can feel extra refreshing. Give our Juniper Flower Water a try.
Beware: There are companies out there that make fake hydrosols. They just add a few drops of essential oils or even fragrance oil to water. This is not a hydrosol. We always strive to do the right thing – Artisan Aromatics Hydrosols are the real thing.