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  • #21261
    Marie
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    Are you buying contaminated hydrosols?

    I sent this out in The Humble Hive last week, but I think it’s a really good read if you missed it!

    Also, in other news, I got myself some real rose hydrosol and MOVE OVER GROCERY STORE ROSE WATER. HOLY MOLY, you guys. The real thing is 😍😍😍.

    #21264
    SimplyShe
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    Where did you end up getting the real thing? I’m just starting into the world of hydrosols and might as well start out right. I’ve been reading about how to make my own but there has been nothing so far on preserving it. Back to reading for me 🙂

    #21274
    Penny
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    I’ve bought a few hydrosols over the years and honestly? I’ve never really been impressed by them. I find if I work in small enough batches, extracts are a might better for things like lotions.

    I saw your link in the Hive Marie, and the next day, with a huge smile on my face dumped the hydrosols down the drain.

    Now all I’ve left, peppermint hydrosol. Wanted to try that out in a lotion and see if I get the cool factor. But I think Tea would just be as good!

    #21309
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    I use chamomile and rosemary floral waters from NDA in a shampoo for my husband. I checked the website and I don’t see any info on if they’re preserved or not. Now I’m getting grossed out! I guess I need to email them and ask about their preservation system on the floral waters.

    I think the rose water from the grocery store smells so amazing. How can a hydrosol top that, I’m wondering??? Now I have another thing to add to the shopping list! Thanks Marie!! 😂😂

    #21320
    Cynnara
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    NDA uses preservatives in their hydrosols. I called. As someone who has to balance between therapeutic and cosmetic, each has their own needs. Plant therapy uses preservatives as well. Some of the specialized companies who work only with aromatherapists, usually don’t, but they have to use a clean room for preservation techniques. Suzanne Catty’s book on hydrosols talks more on the process, how long hydrosols really last,etc.

    And I just got my orange blossom water and rose water that are used in Turkish food this week. I cannot wait!

    #21330
    Marie
    Keymaster

    I got my rose hydrosol from Voyageur; I liked that I could get smaller amounts. I find the scent to be much stronger and richer and… juicier? If that’s a thing for flowers? Anyhow, it’s downright amazing.

    That article really made me think back to this woman who was selling stuff at a local market and very stubbornly insisting hydrosols couldn’t go bad. She made her own, too. Eeeeesh. That was scary then, and extra scary now!

    #21345
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    Juicier! I love that description! I know what you mean, or at least I’m picturing it in my head as a big bright red rose with lovely dew drops on it. Mmmmmmm!! I will have to find Rose hydrosol now, because the rose water just makes me swoon! I go into my laundry room just to open the bottle and sniff it. Heaven!!

    Funny thing, though, I don’t like the scent of the rose wax very much. How weird is that?? They don’t smell anything alike to me and the wax has a “green” smell (I know, that’s not a smell but just go with it) that makes it smell less appealing to me. But the Jasmine Sambac wax, oh my! Love that one!!

    I am glad to hear NDA’s floral waters are preserved. I feel much less grossed out now.😁

    That woman you’re describing in the market sounds like the people on the Internet who insist that making lotion without preservative is perfectly fine. When are people going to learn?!?! Etsy is crawling with folks who sell stuff without preservative, too. Thanks, but no thanks! You can keep your bacteria!!

    #21358
    Cynnara
    Participant

    My rose water is divine. So is the orange blossom water. Male had NERVE to ask if I was going to make baklava. Uh, no. Don’t touch my goodies! Mine!

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