Our hydrolats are naturally stabilized by the essential oils they contain. They are pure, microfiltered, unpasteurized and contain no added alcohol or other preservatives. They are distilled at a rate of one liter per kilogram of plant to optimize the concentration of active ingredients.
What is a hydrolat?
The best way to understand aromatic hydrolats is to describe how they are obtained. Like essential oils, they are extracts obtained directly from distillation. As the steam passes through the plant in the alembic, it picks up the aromatic compounds of the essential oil contained in the plant. This steam then carries them through the swan neck and into the coil. This is called "entrainment" with spring water vapour. All these volatile compounds then condense in the coil to form a distillate, which flows into the Florentine vase throughout the distillation process.
Part of the resulting molecular and aromatic cocktail then settles, usually on the surface of the vase florentin: the essential oil.
Generally below this is the aromatic hydrolat: distilled spring water enriched after decanting with aromatic active ingredients and molecules contained in fresh plant water. Some compounds, identical to those found in essential oils, are present in lower concentrations. Others, which are water-soluble, are found only in the hydrosol.
Throughout the distillation process, the hydrolat, like the essential oil, is gradually enriched, first with "light" compounds, then with heavier ones. In the end, the aim is to patiently obtain a complete cocktail. To achieve this, we homogenize the hydrosol that has run off during the entire distillation process, so that it is truly "complete", truly representative of the plant's potential.
All that's left to do is filter it before storing it in the best possible conditions. Our meticulous manufacturing process guarantees well-filled hydrosols that remain stable when stored closed, away from heat and light.
During the long distillation process, the scent of the hydrosol evolves as the molecules are added. Its fragrance will continue to refine in the weeks and months following distillation, thanks to subtle biochemical rearrangements. No additional additives (preservatives, water, alcohol, etc.) should be added to hydrolats until their final packaging.
Culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses
Milder than essential oils, hydrolats do not require the same precautions for use:
- they can be consumed as a beverage, for example, by adding one tablespoon to a glass of water (hot or cold), i.e. a dilution of around 1:10 with water. Thanks to the chefs we work with, we're constantly discovering their multiple potential in the culinary field.
- they are also highly prized for the medicinal properties of the plant from which they are extracted, either taken as an occasional herbal tea, or as a cure diluted in a bottle of spring water to be drunk throughout the day.
- they can be used externally: applied to the face or body during or after washing, or rubbed into the scalp after shampoo rinsing. They all have a moisturizing effect, some more soothing, others more invigorating, depending on the plant.
- Finally, they can be used for atmospheric diffusion (sprays) as a purifier or simply for their fragrant power.
Purity and "AB" certification
Like our essential oils, our hydrolats are 100% pure and natural, directly extracted. We distill the fresh plant, respecting a rule of 1 liter of hydrolat for 1 kilo of fresh plant.
NB: At present, some "organic cosmetics labels" recognize as floral water a product that has been obtained by distillation, up to a limit of 20 liters per kg of dry plant. Not to mention other additions accepted after the distillation stage...
Our hydrolats are not pasteurized or "cut" with water or alcohol, and no preservatives are added. This means they retain their primary use, as food, from an organically grown plant.