Orange Blossom Hydrosol 4oz
By Melissa Ferris, founder of Veriditas Botanicals.
Orange Blossom Hydrosol (Citrus aurantium) from Cassablanca, Morocco:
Orange Blossom Hydrosol is one of the finest aromas on the planet. This hydrosol has a scent so amazing that it evades description; however, I will attempt to describe its brilliance as a perfectly balanced, flowery, orange sweetness. The Princess of Nerola, Italy had an obsession with Orange Blossom Hydrosol and used it to scent her regal attire and in her legendary baths. The scent became wildly popular amongst the elites and has since been known as Neroli. For hundreds of years Orange Blossom has been highly valued and is used in many of the world’s finest perfumes and colognes.
Orange Blossom Hydrosol is good for oily and mature skin. It is a natural astringent, anti-bacterial, which perfectly addresses oily, congested and blemished skin; promoting cellular regeneration, hydration and balanced skin tone. Orange Blossom Hydrosol reduces fine lines and wrinkles as well as hydrating the skin. It is mood enhancing, bright, stimulating yet centering for the mind. It can be used as an antiaging facial and skin toner, in mist diffusers, baths, homemade lotions and shampoos, as a gentle cleanser, perfume and in skin care.
True hydrosols are becoming increasingly rare as they will be organic, free of preservative and have no additives. It is a common mistake to assume that hydrosols are simply water with essential oils added this could not be further from reality. Orange Blossom Hydrosol is a product of distillation and there is nothing added to it. The scent and beneficial properties are infused into the water in the process of distillation. The beautiful flowers of the Bitter Orange Tree are delicately harvested and placed into the still. Steam passes through the flowers and condenses into a nearby chamber separating the fat soluble compounds into the essential oil and the water soluble compounds into the hydrosol. The hydrosol will have trace amounts of essential oil but will also contain water based compounds not present in the essential oil. Therefore, a hydrosol cannot be made at home by adding water and essential oil together; the hydrosol will have a unique chemistry relative to the essential oil. A trace amount of essential oil can be found with-in the hydrosol which enhances its amazing aroma.
Orange Blossom Hydrosol will be similar in scent to the essential oil known as Neroli, but with a much lighter aroma than the super potent essential oil. The Orange Blossom Hydrosol is non-toxic, safe for all populations and suitable for use in foods and drinks. Because the scent is so much lighter than the essential oil, hydrosols can be used in large quantities for luxurious baths, and a full body spray down. It is perfect for using on clothing as the scent will be with you as a sophisticated perfume or cologne which will not leave any grease or oil.
Aromatic hydrosols can add a great deal of depth to foods and drinks. Many gourmet and traditional ethnic foods use Rose or Orange Blossom Hydrosol. All hydrosols keep best when in a cool environment away from sunlight. It is safe to ingest but it is best to consume a maximum of one or two ounces at a time but keep in mind that a small amount of hydrosol will add a great deal of flavor. Orange Blossom Hydrosol is used primarily in traditional Middles Eastern cooking but it is also incredible in champagne, martinis, sorbet, flavored honey, lemonade, cakes, and more. It is best added when it will not be cooked or exposed to high heat.
After cleansing mist 3-6 time on the face then apply you serum or lotion. This will balance skin tone and texture, nourish, hydrate and refresh dry skin and repair mature skin decreasing irritation and fine lines.
For a relaxing drink:
1Tbsp. Orange Blossom Hydrosol
8 oz. mineral or sparkling water.
Bathe like Royalty:
Draw a bath
Add 1 cup Epsom salts (Saltworks is best, if you haven’t tried them you’re in for a treat)
Add 2-8 Oz of Orange Blossom Hydrosol!!
1 Tbsp. Orange Blossom Hydrosol
3 drops Frankincense
Add into a misting Aromatherapy diffuser. This is a beautiful scent which will be uplifting to our mood, fight bad microbes, and bring us a feeling of prosperity and abundance. Guests will all exclaim “It smells amazing in here!!!”