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We are pleased to offer a diverse range of meticulously distilled hydrosols. Many of the hydrosols that we offer are distilled by expert artisan distillers using copper stills.

Our hydrosols undergo microbial testing and are meticulously stored and dispensed.

With the exception of our Witch Hazel Hydrosol, preservatives have not been added to our hydrosols.

We ship our hydrosols in plastic to avoid breakage. If you do not plan to fully utilize your hydrosol soon after purchase, we recommend that you consider transferring it to clear glass. Clear glass will allow you to see any visual changes in the hydrosol over time. The use of clear glass instead of amber glass as a storage method for hydrosols is recommended by hydrosol experts Ann Harman and Liz Fulcher.

We strongly recommend using the following guidelines for storing and handling hydrosols:

  • Store hydrosols away from direct sunlight and ideally in a cool, dark location.
  • Keep bottle caps tight.
  • Keep bottles full by transferring hydrosols to smaller bottles as needed. When a bottle of hydrosol is left only partially full, the oxygen that also lives inside the bottle reacts with the hydrosol and begins to oxidize it. This process can cause the hydrosol to deteriorate more quickly. Oxidization can harm the fragile aromatic and therapeutic constituents of the hydrosol.
  • Don't allow unsterilized items like your fingers, cotton balls or other items to come into direct contact with your hydrosols. Instead, pour off the quantity that you need or measure it into a different container. Then, work from that container, leaving the integrity of your original hydrosol intact.

An Introduction to Hydrosols

A hydrosol is the pure, distillate water that is carefully collected after aromatic plant material is hydro or steam distilled. Hydrosols are aromatic and usually have the appearance and consistency of water.

The term hydrosol is derived from the Latin words hydro and sol, meaning "water solution." Hydrosols are also known as hydrolates or as distillate waters. Pure hydrosols are not the same thing as Floral Waters.

Hydrosols contain trace amounts of essential oil. They primarily contain the water-soluble aromatic compounds present within the distilled botanical.

Hydrosols are highly beneficial for inclusion in toners, creams, lotions, body sprays, room sprays and in place of water in most formulations. They will impart both their natural aroma and their beneficial properties into to your products. Hydrosols are also wonderful when used as wetting agents in clay facials. Hydrosols are also generally much safer than essential oils for use with babies.

Pure hydrosols are more fragile than essential oils. Hydrosols do not have the same concentrated anti-microbial properties that essential oils possess and are subject to more rapid degradation. Even when stored in an ideal, sterile environment, the shelf life of hydrosols is limited, depending on the specific hydrosol. Each of our hydrosols lists the typical shelf life. However, the shelf life can be negatively impacted if it is not stored in cool, sterile conditions. Because hydrosols are water-based, a suitable preservative should be considered for preserving products that contain hydrosols.

USDA Organic

Certified Organic Hydrosols

FNWL is pleased to offer certified organic hydrosols. To view detailed information about each of our organic hydrosols, click on the links displayed below.

Conventional Hydrosols

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