hydrosols

FRIDAY FRENZY | etsyfindoftheday 2 | 10.17.14

organic cooling green tea under-eye roller by theoctoberunion

soothing botanicals and flower hydrosols make this under-eye solution effective … as does the cooling metallic roller-ball applicator. you can even keep it in your fridge for an even chillier experience :)

All About: Hydrosols!

My absolute favorite new beauty discovery has got to be lavender hydrosol. One of the symptoms of my sensitivity/allergy to something in my old beauty products was that my ears would get really red and hot to the touch. Sometimes this redness would spread to the edges of my face around my hairline, like an obnoxious red, hot frame around my face. Putting moisturizer on it seemed to just make it burn worse. I thought I was doomed to have this burning yucky feeling forever.

Then, I purchased this Lavender Hydrosol from Evan Healy, and I have never looked back.

As I spritzed this across my face, I literally watched the redness vanish before my eyes, and it also took the heat right out. Amazing!

So, what exactly is a hydrosol?

Hydrosols, sometimes referred to as floral waters, are the product of the steam distillation of herbs and plant matter. Sometimes this is a by product of the distillation process for making essential oils and sometimes the process is strictly intended for the production of hydrosols themselves. Essentially the herbs are distilled in boiling hot water for long periods of time which causes the plant cells to burst and release both the essential oils of the plant and water soluble components. The steam that rises condenses and is collected, and that is what we know as a hydrosol. The hydrosol contains small amounts of the essential oil components, as well as all of the other water soluble parts of the plant that are not in the essential oil itself.

Hydrosols can have many benefits, in that they are not as concentrated as essential oils and don’t need to be diluted. Lavender hydrosol in particular is gentle and soothing. It can serve as a toner to balance dry or oily skin, and also can heal skin irritation and sunburns. It has even been recommended as an addition to baby lotions because of it’s gentle, cooling nature.

The scent is quite different from lavender essential oil. To me, it does not smell as floral, and I prefer the sweeter, lighter scent of the hydrosol to the stronger scent of the essential oil.

I picked up this Hydrosol by Evan Healy at Whole Foods for $21.95 for a 4 oz. bottle, but there are many hydrosol retailers on the web if you are interested. This hydrosol is also available on Evan Healy’s Web site.

I also find that this works great as a setting spray for mineral make up, and I love a multi-tasking product.

For more information about various types of hydrosols and their individual uses and benefits, see this article.

Peace, love and all things gorgeous!

- The clean, green beauty machine

How Do You Make a Toner and What is it Even For? - A Post for a Friend

So this is at least three months too late (!) but a friend of mine has asked me on a few occasions how to make a toner, and although a toner is fairly easy to make, there are so many options available that its not really something that can be summed up in 30 seconds. 

The Politics of Tonerism*

Toners fill multiple roles in one’s skin routine: it evens out the tone of your skin, aids oil production, moisturizes, soothes, tightens pores and can sometimes aid problems such as flaky skin conditions or acne. Though of course not all toners do all these things at once, and generally speaking you should pick one relating to your skin type, the overall positive of making your own toner is that most DIY options are incredibly gentle on the skin and only use one or two ingredients. Generic toners can be incredibly harsh, and most people don’t need to use intensive treatments on their skin every day. In fact, most people don’t need to use a toner at all, particularly if you are very young or have no specific skin issues. For most people a good cleanser, moisturizer and SPF will suffice. A toner only needs to be added if you find yourself unsatisfied with your current skin routine. Keeping that in mind however, there are some people who consider their toner to be the main part of their beauty regimen. Rather than waffling on any further on the politics of tonerism, I’m going to dive right into a two different options for making your own.

Tea

Tea is one of the most basic homemade toner options and also the easiest. Quite simply, you pick a tea, brew 3-5 teabags in water (lukewarm, not boiling, or you will boil away the herbal goodness). Wait for it too cool and decant into your chosen container. In my opinion a spray bottle works best as you can spritz the toner directly onto your face, which feels refreshing and eliminates the need for cotton balls or pads. Some teas are more suitable for certain skin types than others, but there’s no reason to go out and buy a new box if you already have some in the house. Like I said, tea is incredibly gentle, and most will have a similar effect on your skin, but here is a basic run down of the most suitable teas for certain skin issues:

Green tea: known for its detoxifying qualities, green tea will work on all skins, helping to balance out sebum production and cleanse the face.

Peppermint tea: Peppermint is gently cooling and works best for those with combination-oily skin types. It is also known to help tighten pores 

Chamomile tea: Chamomile works best for sensitive skins which are prone to redness as it has soothing qualities which will aid with itching and inflammation.

Black tea: Also known as English or Breakfast tea, the natural caffeine content in black tea will help to plump up the skin, making it good for mature or dryer skin types.

You can of course combine a few tea types and make your own concoction. Personally I’ve also tried: Rooibos, Nettle, ‘Morning Time’ tea by Heath&Heather and Green tea with lavendar. As of yet I haven’t found one that has had groundbreaking results, and all of them succeeded in balancing my combination skin out and making my skin look and feel smoother. Still, my personal favourite is peppermint.

Flower waters (also known as hydrosols):

This is a bit more difficult to DIY as it entails picking and distilling flower petals, which can be difficult to get hold of, particularly if you live in the city. Flower water is exactly what it sounds: water infused with the properties of flower petals. Rose water is the most popular kind of flower water, mainly because of the association roses have with Queen Cleopatra (who supposedly bathed in rose petals and goats milk). It is very effective at balancing out all skin types whilst also having soothing, moisturising and anti-again properties. Rose water can also be used to set makeup(!) and has an uplifting fragrance. 

Lavender water is another option, and with its natural anti-bacterial properties it will work well for people with skin issues such as acne, hormonal redness and rosacia and very oily skins. Lavendar water is also very soothing on sunburnt skin.

Jasmine flower water is a pretty luxurious option, and if you have the option to make this I would advise trying it. Jasmine waters and essential oils can be expensive, and that is partly because this flower as anti-aging properties which elasticize and plump up the skin.

Orange blossom (Neroli) has a wonderful fragrance and is very hydrating on all skin types.

Chamomile water is soothing and also helps to diminish puffiness and dark circles. It also helps with nappy rash and eczema.

One of the easiest ways to make flower water is the Jar Method. Simply take a cupful of petals of the flower of your choice and combine them with distilled water in an airtight jar in a sunny area. Leave for one-three weeks, shaking the jar occasionally. When ready, drain the petals and decant. This method is easy but results in a less concentrated water.

This website has some of the best instructions on how to properly distill flower water (it says rose water, but this method works for all flowers): 

http://www.organicauthority.com/organic-gardening/make-your-own-rose-water-elixir-of-the-goddess.html

It is also generally a great website. 

Just like with the tea, you can combine several types of flower and make a mix. Do not buy pre-cut flowers from stalls as these tend to be tainted with pesticides; pick your own. Flowers are best picked in the morning, when they are fully in bloom. Wash your petals thoroughly before using them, and its is advisable to crush them a little using a pestle and mortar before distilling in order to release some of the nutrients. 

Flower water is my favourite toner option as they tend to be more effective than tea. Also, the fragrance is luxurious and they can be used all over the body, including on the hair. I recently started using rose water and it smells delicious and is wonderfully cooling in the summer heat.

If you are worried about your toner going off, no matter what kind you try, keep it in the fridge or a dark, cool area to keep it preserved.   

*This is almost definitely, certainly, probably positively not a real word.

淨顏 。潤澤 。沉靜 。複芳凝露 新品上市

淨顏 。潤澤 。沉靜 。複芳凝露 新品上市。

1︱潤澤 。複芳凝露(保溼)
—————————
凝香成分: 白玉蘭花. 玫瑰…等等天然純露。 

天然功效:添加多種天然的純露, 調配出具有潤澤保溼肌膚的效果、添加肌膚的水分及光潔感, 回復嬰兒般的細緻。

  適用膚質:適合所有肌膚。


2︱淨顏 。複芳凝露 (收斂)
—————————
凝香成分: 白玉蘭葉. 葡萄柚花…等等天然純露。 

天然功效:添加多種天然的純露, 調配出具有收斂抗菌的功效、減低肌膚的油膩感, 潔淨毛孔和淨白肌膚的PH質, 很適合夏天使用。

  適用膚質:適合所有肌膚, 特別為油性肌膚。


3︱沉靜 。複芳凝露 (抗敏)
—————————
凝香成分: 薰衣草. 德國洋甘菊…等等天然純露。 

天然功效:添加多種天然的純露, 調配出具有安撫鎮靜肌膚的功效、減低肌膚的因季節或食物引起的乾燥紅腫,很適合換季時使用。

  適用膚質:適合所有肌膚, 特別為敏感型肌膚。

Incense-free Spellwork

I’ve seen a lot of witches that have to work their rituals around not being able to use incense, either because of respiratory problems or because of strict house rules against burning things. I get seasonal allergic asthma symptoms, and it can make working with incense— or even sooty candles, or the dust from some herbs— an enormous pain in the ass. 

Fortunately, there’s a way around that that’s worked pretty well for me— hydrosols. Hydrosols are the floral and herb essences left over from the distillation of essential oils. They’re commonly used as skin care products, linen sprays, and the like, but I have absolutely misted an area during spellwork to avoid having to burn incense.

There are some caveats, though. You’ll want to avoid using hydrosols around minerals like selenite, which can be marred by stray droplets. You may also want to choose something else to represent the air element, if incense usually fulfills that role for you. Also, some botanicals aren’t able to be made into essential oils, which means your herb selection will be a bit more limited when it comes to finding the right hydrosol. 

If you’re interested in checking out or working with hydrosols, I typically get mine from Wildroot Botanicals. They have a pretty good selection, and are great about answering questions about their products.

#soap #saga day 4:
They lye smell is starting to subside & the sweet smell of the #hydrosol is starting to come thru. I am so excited!! I can’t wait to make MORE!

#LancasterCreations #VisaliaCalif #ORGANIC #momtrepreneur #entrepreneur #hippie #Herbalist #herbalism #FolkHealer #organicsoap #california #cali #naturalliving #Balance #bewell #herb #theplantsknow

ICE BATH

I’ve been taking a 7 min ice bath 2-3 times a week

Why have I been taking ice baths?
• I’m the type of person that over heats easily. When I’m stressed, angry, physically worked and just in general I get over heated. My body ends up feeling tired and sluggish all day.
Taking an ice bath helps to cool my body and help circulation and inflammation.

I feel amazing after and it’s helped with joint pain and lower back pain.

I just run the bath with cold water and take a pan filled with ice and pour it in. Everyone’s tolerance to cold is different, so start off with whatever you’re comfortable with.
I also like to add a drop or two of tea tree oil and a couple sprits of Melissa hydrosol.

When you’re done, (**don’t do it for more than 10 min) dry yourself off with a towel and relax for a few minutes. Don’t warm yourself up with warm water, use blankets or a sweater if you’re too cold after.

hope this can help others

:) ~r