Neroli Hydrosol

BOTANICAL NAME: Citrus (Latin name for citron) aurantium (orange)

EXTRACTION: Steam distillation 

DESCRIPTION: Neroli Hydrosol is a water solution infused with the essence of the neroli blossom.  Often during the extraction process of essential oils some of the aromatic and healing principles of the plants are lost.  Certain components of essential oils are hydrophilic, meaning they dissolve in water, so the process of producing a hydrosol allows one to capture the full essence of the plant delivering its complete arsenal of capabilities.  Neroli hydrosol is derived from the blossom of the bitter orange (citrus aurantium amara) tree, much like the essential oil.  This tree is native to Eastern Africa, India and the Himalayas and thrives in moderate climates.  This hydrosol has a long history of use.  Dating back to the fourteenth century, it was used as a scent for household linen.  In the sixteenth and seventeenth century, orange blossom trees were cultivated in France to be used in the perfume industry as well as in cuisine.  Neroli hydrosol is an astringent making it ideal for those with oily skin.  It contains natural alpha hydroxyl acid which works to gently cleanse skin without stripping its natural moisture.

KEY COMPONENTS: Linalyl acetate, limonene, linalool, geraniol 

FOUND IN: Orange Blossom Facial Toner.