Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Cruelty Free, Alcohol Free, 100% Natural, Vegan
Rose Petal Hydrosol:
Direct from the Bulgarian Valley of Roses, this Bulgarian Rose Water is soothing, refreshing and hydrating. It gently cleanses, tones and stimulates the regeneration of the skin. Rose water is praised for its anti-inflammatory compounds and is often used on problem skin to help calm, soothe and reduce redness. Rose water is very mild and gentle, it has a beautiful soft and subtle rose aroma and helps to restore the skin’s PH balance.
Willow Bark Extract:
Willow bark extract is often used in herbal medicine as a natural source of salicylic acid. As reported at the Society of Investigative Dermatology, Willow Bark Extract provides the benefits of salicylic acid such as enhancing cell turnover, exfoliation, and anti-microbial action, without any of the typically associated irritation. Willow Bark extract also helps to penetrate and cleanse pores, promoting a soft, smooth and clearer complexion.
What is a Hydrosol?
Hydrosols are botanical extracts that are harvested using the traditional method of steam distillation, the same method used to make most essential oils. Hydrosol’s are also known as Floral Waters, Distillates, Hydrolats or Aromatic Waters. The aromatic waters we have used are produced by distilling Rose petals and Witch Hazel leaves and bark.
How are they made?
They are created in a still that contains fresh water and plant material which is slowly heated. As the steam rises, it passes through the botanical material carrying particles of essential oil and phytonutrients through the still. As this nourishing vapour cools, through this alchemical process it condenses in the form of an aromatic water (now a Hydrosol) along with its essential oil counterpart. Most of the essential oil will rise to the top, leaving the Hydrosol with micro-particles of essential oil locked within the water.
Hydrosol’s contain a small amount of the essential oil from the plant and the water soluble constituents in the plant material which have various medicinal and cosmetic properties.
Hydrosol’s are an ancient holistic tool and ritual. Alchemists have performed botanical healing distillations, in one form or another, for thousands of years. There is evidence of their use in ancient texts, with delicate rose water being the most prominent. In ancient Egypt, their properties and beneficial effects on the skin were well known and rose hydrosol was said to be Cleopatra’s favourite.
After cleansing apply toner onto a re-usable cotton round and then onto the face. We recommend misting after moisturising with an oil to lock in hydration.
Rosa damascena (Rose) Distillate, Vegetable Glycerine, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Natural anti-microbial, Potassium sorbate*
*Naturally derived preservative that is approved by the Soil Association