But in fact, what’s a real floral water or hydrosol…?!
Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are coproduced during the steam- or hydro-distillation of plant material for aromatherapeutic purposes. The distillation process is mainly used to obtain essential oils. When essential oils are produced this way, not all of the aromatic and healing principles held within the plant are actually captured in the essential oil, hydrosols obtained during the extraction process have similar properties to essential oils but are much less concentrated.
Certain components are hydrophilic, which means they dissolve into water, and this produces what is variously known as a flower water, hydrosol or hydrolate. What ever you choose to call it, the resulting fragrant water contains the very essence of everything that was contained within the plant when it was still alive and growing.
Unlike their “essential oil added to water” counterparts, true steam-distilled hydrosols contain all the beneficial components that whole plant materials have to offer. Those hydrosols offer therapeutic benefit, and some plants are specifically distilled for the resulting hydrosol instead of the hydrosol being simply a by-product of the distillation.
Anyway I don’t want to dedicate this post to how hydrosols are produced and what are their benefits also because I’m planing to write another on this specific subject this weekend.
So let’s take a look at those extraordinary waters produced by Melvita.
The 3 different waters, each one dedicated to a specific need are sold by Melvita as toners, but I would say they are more like a simple toner. Each product address a specific problem and was conceived to answer to a specific need:
Extraordinary Narcissus Water – Radiance
Formulated with a Lemon extract, this formula combines the brightening properties of Narcissus, Papaya, Lemon and Olive leaf. Apply before your daytime moisturizer to boost radiance, moisturize, and leave skin delicately perfumed with a subtle scent of Narcissus – 99,99 % of total ingredients are natural and 30,80 % are from organic farming.
Extraordinary Orange Blossom Water – Moisturizing
This formula combines Orange Blossom water with Neroli essential water and an Orange extract. Enriched with Soy-based Hyaluronic Acid and Fig mucilage, it intensely moisturizes the skin. Delicately perfumed with the scent of Orange blossom, it prepares skin perfectly, leaving it ready for your daytime moisturizer – 99,89 % of total ingredients are natural and 42,37 % are from organic farming.
If you want to read the detailed review for this product click here.
Extraordinary Rose Water – Revitalizing
Rich in Rose essential water, this delicately scented formula combines the repairing and astringent properties of Rose floral water with the invigorating properties of Marsh Clover. It prepares skin perfectly, leaving it ready for your daytime moisturizer – 99,99 % of total ingredients are natural and 81,50 % are from organic farming.
Each product combines more than one floral water and all of them contain Hyaluronic Acid – well know to maintain and improve skin hydration. The presence of hyaluronic acid in epithelial tissue has been shown to promote keratinocyte proliferation and increase the presence of retinoic acid, effecting skin hydration. Present in the extracellular matrix of basal keratinocytes, hyaluronic acid is critical to the structural integrity of the dermal collagen matrix and is a very effective topical humectant.
As you can see, even if each product address a specific need (radiance, hydration, revitalization), all of them are hydrating the skin and contributing to maintain hydration in tissues.
I’ve tested the Orange Blossom Water – Hydrating, which I found really good. I’ve chosen this product first as I have a normal by really dehydrated skin and was very curious to see how this product works on my skin, but I’ll try more than sure the other 2 products. In fact what I mostly like about the 3 products is that they can be used in different ways, depending of what you’re looking for:
- Toner – after the cleansing regimen and before applying a day or night cream,
- Serum – before the day cream or used alone for night regimen to really treat dehydrated skin,
- Refreshing and cooling – placed in the fridge, applied all over face and neck during the warm season.
Texture is thicker, I would say more like a gel than a floral water, so few drops will be enough to treat face and neck area.The texture makes the product really convenient as a little goes a long way and I would say a bottle will last you for at least 2 to 3 months on a double daily usage base.
Waters are conditioned in a 100ml blue plastic container sold for 14,5 € in Melvita store, online on their internet site or in any organic or natural beauty store.
So if you’re looking for a specific solution or you’re concerned by lack of hydration, uneven and dull skin or lack of radiance, just give them a try and more than sure you won’t be deluded.