Hydrolates or hydrosols are sustainable ingredients with a lot of benefits both for your skin and the environment. 

Commonly known as flower waters, hydrolates are by-products created during the production of essential oils. They are a way of turning something seen as waste into active ingredients with a lot to offer. 

Essential oils are obtained by distillation, also producing hydrolates as the condensate released during this process


Hydrolates and their many benefits

Flower waters are related to essential oils, and while their uses and effects are similar, they keep some key differences. 

Hydrolates are safe for anyone to use, from children to pregnant or nursing women, without diluting them.

Flower water can be used on its own or added to cosmetic products to enrich the formula and make it more effective. These are very potent skincare ingredients with a lot of different uses depending on the flower used. 

For example, lavender water is soothing and calming, perfect for a relaxing and cleansing experience. Rose or witch-hazel water is a classic astringent and anti-oxidant, used to help with acne and enlarged pores. 

The environmental side of hydrolates

On top of being great for your skin, flower water is a no-waste ingredient that contributes to the sustainable use of flowers in cosmetics. 

In the past, when treating flowers, hydrosols were the principal goal, leading to discarding the essential oils. Nowadays, essential oils are much more popular, and hydrosols are often left aside. We don’t let anything go to waste, which is why we make use of hydrolates and use them to boost our formulas.

At Sepai, we want to aim toward a zero-waste world, making the best out of every ingredient and natural by-products, and making sustainable beauty stay luxurious and efficient.