We like to think of our aromatic waters as ‘the perfect plant elixir’, and for good reason. The therapeutic and beauty benefits of these wonderful aromatics are manifold, they are powerfully healing, yet gentle enough to use on the most sensitive skin. Using them is a sensual delight.
A.S.APOTHECARY flower waters are special. They are a world apart from commercial equivalents because we distil using time honoured methods, and we are fastidious about ingredients and quality. As an artisanal distillery our processes differ hugely from large commercial distilleries, whose focus is on profit and quantity, over quality and purity, a topic I have written about in more detail in my previous blog post, here.
Water is a key ingredient and will have an enormous affect on the quality and potency of the hydrosol (flower water), therefore that water must be exceptional, utterly pristine and replete with goodness. For this reason we use Sussex Pear Tree Well water which is suffused with a wealth of minerals, trace elements and boasts a high silver content. Just using the water alone confers benefits, but once we run our distillation, so that every last drop of scent and plant power has been extracted, what you have is an exquisitely scented and highly therapeutic botanical water. At the end of a distillation, our waters are mildly acidic, usually around 5 to 5.5, the ideal pH balance for the skin.
We produce a range of flower waters, which can be used as toners, cleansers, spritzers, as natural perfume, room fragrance, and linen spray and even in the wash cycle to freshen laundry. They are a sensory pleasure on many levels; the coolness of the pure water refreshes the skin, the heavenly aromas uplift the emotions, and the therapeutic botanical extracts soothe, nourish and improve skin health and texture.
Here’s a potted guide to our A.S.APOTHECARY Flower Waters and how to use them:
This healing, medicinal flower water is a marvellous cure all – I always carry a bottle, especially on journeys. It cools the skin and calms the mind and body at stressful times. It works wonderfully as an after sun and eases bites, stings and minor burns. It aids restful sleep and can be used to calm anxious children at night-time. Used in the final rinse after shampooing, Lavender water conditions and adds shine. Add a few tablespoons into the bath to calm a restless baby – it can also help to soothe and calm nappy rash and eczema.
This uplifting herbal spritz can soothe irritated skin, clear the mind and lift the spirits. Like Geranium, Clary Sage is a powerful hormone balancer and can help to calm the nerves, lighten the mood and dispel confusion.
For skin, it is exceptionally soothing and wonderful for treating redness.
It is also ideal to use as a toner where skin is prone to breakouts. In the final stages of labour it is a wonder, concentrating a tired mind and body to encourage delivery of the baby.
This delightful flower water hydrates, cools, and tones the skin and offers a deliciously uplifting scent. Once distilled, every rosewater smells subtly different as we use a variety of different roses and distil through the whole flowering season. We carefully blend them to produce the very essence of an English rose, so evocative of summer days and feelings of joy and contentment: a potent remedy for lifting the mood.
Spritz to calm redness, soothe skin and comfort and refresh while travelling. Rose has a particular affinity for more mature skin.
Our Geranium flower water is distilled for many hours to extract all available therapeutics and is a perfect balancer for skin prone to breakouts and blemishes, helping maintain skin health. Dab on skin after cleansing morning and night to calm and reduce inflammation. One of the best hormone balancers; on teenage or combination skin it will help clear blemishes and soothe irritation.
The beautifully perfumed notes in this hydrosol come from the orange blossom we gather and distil in Cyprus each year. Use as a toner as a part of your skincare routine to rejuvenate, balance and improve skin texture and appearance. Dab or spritz onto the face or body to hydrate the skin and lift the mood, or to cool hot or sun-sensitised skin.
In response to numerous requests from our customers we wanted to design an Aromatic Cleansing Water specifically for skin prone to acne and breakouts. So we created this powerfully balancing cleanser with a combination of our own Cypriot Geranium, which is rich in volatiles, and Sussex Geranium, which is mild and gentle. Enhanced with Witch-hazel for added deep cleansing benefits – as was our intention, this cleanser is superbly effective on acne prone, greasy skin.
After cleansing simply apply on a cotton pad to the face twice daily, and for a deeply conditioning face mask, mix with our Mineral Powder as part of a weekly, enriching beauty ritual.
Our Rosewater is made from several distillations using organic roses harvested in Sussex: at Glyndebourne and in our own distilling garden in Plumpton. With this sublime floral scented Rose hydrosol we have combined Lavender Aromatic Water for an exceptionally gentle and calming toner particularly good for rosacea, dryness and sensitivity.
Complete your cleansing ritual with a cotton pad soaked in Rose Toner, or spritz onto the face and wipe clean. Dab or spritz onto the face during the day to hydrate and refresh the skin and cheer the spirits.