An image of a woman spritzing herself with a hydrosol spray.

June 5


Hydrosols: Uses And Benefits Of Aromatic Waters

By Harrison Payton

June 5, 2022

Find Out How Hydrosols May Benefit You!

What are hydrosols? They, also known as aromatic waters, floral waters, or distillates, are water-soluble essential oils that remain after steam distillation of plant material. Their hydro distillation process distinguishes them from essential oils in that they contain only a tiny fraction of the oil’s molecules.

Because of this, they are much less concentrated and don’t have the same long-term shelf life as essential oils. However, they offer a variety of benefits that make them a necessary part of aromatherapy.

They are often used in skin care products and facial toners. These floral distillates have many benefits, including skin care, aromatherapy, and cleaning. This blog post will explore the many uses and benefits of hydrosols!

How Hydrosols Differ From Essential Oils

As we mentioned before, hydrosols are water-based and are much less concentrated than essential oils. Therefore, the distilling process makes them less likely to cause skin irritation.

They are also generally safe to use around children and pets. Hydrosols are a great way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils without the risks.

An image of a woman using a hydrosol facial toner
Hydrosols work great as natural facial toners.

Specific Hydrosol Uses And Benefits

Skin care

These floral waters can be used as facial toners or skin care products. These flower waters are a gentle way to cleanse and tone the skin. Organic hydrosols are also said to help balance the skin’s natural oils, reduce inflammation, and soothe skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.


Hydrosols can be used in diffusers or spray bottles for aromatherapy. You can also add them to bathwater for a relaxing experience. The scent of lavender hydrosol is said to promote relaxation and sleep.


Water-soluble essential oils can be used as a natural cleaning agent. They effectively clean shower stalls, upholstery, and kitchen surfaces. Many varieties are also said to be antibacterial and antimicrobial.

Most Common Hydrosols


Lavender has a calming, floral scent that promotes relaxation and sleep. You can use it in skin care products, diffusers, or spray bottles.


Rose has a sweet, floral scent that is great for general skin care. You can use it in facial care products, diffusers, or sprays.

An image of a helichrysum plant used in hydrols.
Helichrysum hydrosols are excellent for calming inflamed skin.


Helichrysum has a honey-like floral scent that has anti-inflammatory properties and may have a cooling effect. It also can be used for inflamed skin conditions. You can use it in diffusers or spray bottles.


Chamomile has an herbaceous, apple-like scent that promotes mind and body relaxation. You can use it in skin care products, diffusers, or spray bottles.

Clary Sage

Clary sage hydrosol has a musky, earthy, and robust scent that is said to ease premenstrual syndrome and even hot flashes. You can use it in facial moisturizers, makeup removers, and masks.


Neroli has a floral, fresh, and sweet aroma. It’s astringent and known for its usefulness in all-around skin care. This stress-relieving hydrosol can be used as a skin toner or a spritzer in a spray bottle for your face.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is an astringent and has a toning effect on the skin. Many people say it has a citrus or rose scent, while others claim it smells medicinal. You can use witch hazel for insect bites, acne, and oily skin.


Melissa has a lemony, citrus scent with green floral undertones. It’s great for stress relief and has anti-viral properties. You can use it topically for acne and other skin issues or in a diffuser.

Related Article: Aromatherapy Baths: Enjoy Essential Oils When Bathing

Hydrosol Safety Precautions

As with all essential oils and aromatics, there are safety concerns that should be considered when using natural wellness products. Therefore, it is important to check for freshness before use. If you notice any bloom growing in your hydrosol or hydrosol blend, throw it away and replace it.

Generally, hydrosols and essential oils are for external purposes only unless instructed otherwise by a licensed aromatherapist.

It is best not to apply it to broken skin. Also, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your healthcare provider before using any essential oils.

Perform a patch test before applying any essential oil product to your skin. Simply apply a small amount of hydrosol to a non-sensitive area of skin and wait 24 hours to see if any irritation occurs.

If you experience redness, itching, or burning, discontinue use immediately.

Final Thoughts On Hydrosols

Hydrosols are a versatile and beneficial product that can be used in various ways. From skin care to cleaning, these aromatic waters offer many benefits. So be sure to check out the many uses and benefits of hydrosols! And as always, follow safety precautions when using any essential oils or hydrosols.

Danu Aromatherapy offers two hydrosol blends that are excellent for toning your skin and calming your mood. Check out our Aromatherapy Facial Toning Spray and Lavender & Chamomile Aromatherapy Calming Mist!

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