Our exquisite sandalwood hydrosol aka sandalwood flower water is produced in Hawaii. Hydrosols are also called flower waters, hydroflorates, hydrolats and essential oils distillate waters. All of these terms mean the same thing.
Hydrosols are a by-product of the steam distillation process used to extract essential oils from plant material. Plant material is placed in the still along with water. Then heat is applied to produce steam. This steam extracts the essential oils from the plant material and is then condensed (liquefied). The essential oils float to the top of the water and are separated from the water. But, of course, some essence and traces of the oils remain in the water. And, voila, there you have a beautiful hydrosol. See an expanded definition of Herbal distillate.
Sandalwood hydrosol is a great way to experience the woody, smokey somewhat sweet aroma of sandalwood. This flower water makes a skin toner and feels wonderful spritzed on the face. It has calming and relaxing qualities.
Perhaps you’d like to compare our hydrosol to Sandalwood Essential Oil. Although our sandalwood hydrosol and our sandalwood essential oil are two difference species from two different areas of the world, you might enjoy both the differences and the similarities of the two.
Note that flower waters / hydrosols have a shorter shelf life than essential oils, so we always buy in small batches and replenish our stock often. To extend the shelf life of your sandalwood hydrosol, store in a cool dark area or refrigerate. Spritzing sandalwood hydrosol that has been chilled can feel extra refreshing.
Did you know: Some companies sell fake sandalwood flower water. These dastardly deed doers do this by simply adding a few drops of essential oil or even synthetic fragrance oils to water. Artisan Aromatics hydrosols are the real deal!