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Hydrosol 101 + A DIY Recipe!

Hydrosol 101 + A DIY Recipe!

It’s forecast to be 31C this week in Brisbane, which means I’m going to start carrying a rose hydrosol with my everywhere. 

What’s a hydrosol? Well, in its most basic form, a hydrosol is the steam distillation of floral and plant material – that’s why they’re often referred to as ‘waters’ or ‘mists’. They’re similar to essential oils, but because they’re much less concentrated, they’re much safer to use more frequently and directly on the face. I use these in my rituals all the time and recommend clients use it as the step after cleansing and before their serum or moisturiser. Plus they’re good for a pick me up in the office mid-afternoon, too!

With so so many amazing natural skin care lines available right now, hydrosols now include ingredients like seaweed, hyaluronic acid and goji berries to create incredibly active toners. My absolute favourite – Kyella’s Rose Mist – contains all sorts of magic. It’s perfect for a light spritz to refresh. Other bottles are pumps, which you use by pumping onto a cotton pad and swiping lightly across your face. If you really want a treat, pump it into your hand with a few drops of your oil or serum.


For a simple spring refresher, here is a recipe to make your own rose hydrosol.

What you’ll need:

  • Rose petals from about six (very fragrant, organic) roses
  • A large cooking pot with a lid
  • 2 heat-safe glass or ceramic bowls
  • Plenty of ice
  • Several ziploc bags
  • 6 cups of distilled water
  • A small spray bottle

Place a bowl upside down in the pot. Drop your rose petals around the bowl, but not on top. Pour distilled water carefully over the petals until the water level reaches a height of about 1 inch below the lip of the bowl.  Place your second bowl in the pot so that it rests on top of the overturned bowl, looking like an hourglass.

Place the pot lid on the pot upside down, so the lid creates a concave space. Place ice on the lid. When the steam from the water containing the roses hits the bottom of the icy cold lid, it will create condensation and drip back into the empty bowl. This is your flower water.

After your pot has finished simmering, turn off the heat and let it cool with the lid still on. After it cools, remove the bowl with your hydrosol and pour it into a bottle to store. Your hydrosol should last for about six months, and should be kept in a cool, dark place (even your fridge).

Or if you can’t be bothered to DIY, definitely try the Kyella Rose Mist! I use it several times a day.