Hydrolate, also known as Hydrosol or floral water, is produced through the same process as
essential oil but applied in totally different ways.


If you are like most Singaporeans, you most likely have never even heard of Hydrolate before.
What is it? Which one to pick? How is it used? Let us try our best to answer all those questions
in this article!

What Is Hydrolate?

Distillation illustration

In short, Hydrolate is water that
remains after distilling plant parts. As
a byproduct of essential oil distillation,
Hydrolate contains all beneficial
properties of the plant part from which
they were made. The smell is usually
bright and pleasant.

There are 3 main components in a
Hydrolate: water, plant matter, and
essential oil
. About 0.02% of
Hydrolate is essential oil. The
substances within these oils are likely
to be extremely acidic but lucky they are hydrophilic or water-loving. Combination of the acidic oil and a lot of water neutralizes the acid, producing a weak acid that works wonder on our skin or body. Often people think that Hydrolate is just floral water, in fact, they can be made from any hydrophilic materials including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and even bark.

Here, you may find out how Hydrolate is extracted through a process called hydro-distillation.

Since Hydrolate is extracted from the same source as essential oil, it offers multiple similar
benefits as essential oils, but with a few key differences:

  • Form
    Hydrolate is comprised of mostly water. This means that it is much less concentrated than essential oil, hence, carries a softer and more subtle scent.
  • Gentle
    With that lower concentration, Hydrolate thus, is safe to be applied directly on the skin. There is no dilution needed at all! This makes them a great option for people who are sensitive to essential oils or looking for a gentler solution.
  • Price
    Hydrolate is usually less expensive as compared to essential oil. I mean, who doesn’t like things that are affordable with high-quality.

So, now that we know what Hydrolate is and how it is different compared to essential oil, time to
check out how to apply it in our daily life.

How To Use

In general, Hydrolate is easier to use compared to essential oil and has fewer contradictions. It
is hence especially recommended for babies, pets, elderly who normally need gentle solutions.

Here are a few common ways we use Hydrolate for:

Use it as a beauty product:

For those with sinus, try out nasal wash with Hydrolate:

Nasal Wash Guide

Tired eyes needed to be soothed? Use suitable Hydrolate for eye wash or spray:

Eye Wash Guide

Other easy ways to use Hydrolate include air spray, adding to the bath water, hot or cold
compress or mouth gargle. There are endless ways of using Hydrolate but make sure you pick
the suitable ones.

Storage Guide

All Oshadhi’s Hydrolates are pasteurized and packed under bacteria-free environment to ensure
the highest quality possible. Only quality Hydrolate has powerful aroma. Our Hydrolates are also
free of preservatives and all the bottles are hand-packed to remain the highest energy.

Once you have your own Hydrolate, it’s important to store it properly! Once its cap is opened
though, Hydrolate should be stored in a cool, dark place, such as refrigerator and finish within 3
to 6 months. Ideally, 14 degrees celcius or lower is perfect for Hydrolate storage.

It would normally last for about one year when stored properly however, some Hydrolates can
last as long as 2 years.

Let’s next go through the 8 best-selling Hydrolates in Oshadhi Singapore with its respective use.

8 Best Selling Hydrolates in Oshadhi Singapore

  1. Rose Hydrolate
    Hands down, Rose Hydrolate is the best seller of Oshadhi Singapore. Some people call it rose water, all thanks to the skin care brands. Releasing a sweet, floral scent, it is hence not strange to notice that some of the users apply it as natural perfume or air freshener.

    Roses are known to be a strong performer in skin whitening and anti-aging other than skin soothing. It is also said to help in hormone balancing other than carrying the antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties.

    Recommended use: Mask, nano-mist, spray

  2. Lavender Hydrolate
    Lavender Hydrolate is one of the most popular and versatile Hydrolates. It has a sweet, floral scent and is known for its calming and relaxing properties. Think about it whenever you need to slow down. Needless to say about its good in soothing irritated skin, it is hence often found in skincare products.

    Recommended use: Mask, nano-mist, spray

  3. Orange Blossom Hydrolate
    Orange Blossom (Neroli) is the fragrant flower of bitter orange tree. Very often it is included in the skincare products to improve the appearance of dull skin. It is also claimed that Orange Blossom Hydrolate contributes to calm down the central nervous system.

    Recommended use: Mask, nano-mist, spray

  4. Ravintsara Hydrolate
    Antiseptic and immune booster are among the few benefits we want to highlight about Ravintsara. It proves to work well in all viral infections like cold, cough and more. When you experience sore or tired joint and muscle pain, get hold of Ravintsara and spray it on that area. Do not hesitate to apply this Hydrolate on pregnant ladies and kids, proven friendly!

    Recommended use: Spray, nasal wash

  5. Blue Chamomile Hydrolate
    Blue Chamomile Hydrolate releases sweet and herbaceous scent. It is often related to properties like anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and sedative. Hence, making it an excellent tonic for cold and flu other than being a great choice for eczema. A few studies suggested it to be effective for children’s tonic and fever, yes, they are really that gentle. You can find it in some of the skincare products too as it helps soothing and calming the skin.

    Recommended use: Mask, nano-mist, spray

  6. Cornflower Hydrolate
    Cornflower Hydrolate is calming and anti-inflammatory, thus, often be recommended to the sensitive skin users. Though, it has another feature to be highlighted- ideal as an eye wash. By using it as an eye wash, the irritated or swollen eyes will be soothed and at the same time, hydrating the eyes. We have not mention so far, but pairing your Hydrolates would yield more benefits. For example, Cornflower Hydrolate is good for liver strengthening if mixed with Ledum Hydrolate!

    Recommended use: Mask, nano-mist, spray, eye wash

  7. Roman Chamomile Hydrolate
    Do not mistake Roman Chamomile for Blue Chamomile though they carry almost similar scent. Roman Chamomile Hydrolate is usually used in products for inflammation soothing for breast-feeding mothers. Not just the moms, it works well on the babies too in terms of skin irritation especially on diaper rash.

    All in all, Chamomile Hydrolates are especially helpful on skin conditions. Try it out if you are facing some skin inflammations.

    Recommended use: Mask, nano-mist, spray

  8. Peppermint Hydrolate
    Last but not least on the rank, we have our Peppermint Hydrolate, a scent that is familiar to almost everyone. Fresh, minty and of course, cooling. Spray it in the room to freshen up the air! Or, you can apply it on your irritated skin for soothing purpose. One reminder we always mention for Peppermint Hydrolate is, if you have a sensitive skin, apply it first on small area to observe your skin reaction. It might be too stimulating to certain skins, hence, always try it first before applying fully!

    Recommended use: Spray

Now go on our website for more than 30 varieties of Hydrolates, all for you to pick! The use of
Hydrolate is way more flexible compared to the essential oil. So, be a bit more adventurous
here, start exploring the best use of it with your own case.

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