Ways to spot a fake Hydrosol

Hydrosols, hydrolates, floral waters,distilled waters and aromatic waters are widely interchanged terms used to refer to the same or completely different ingredients. The number of fake hydrosol in the market is increasing. They use synthetic compounds to achieve the flavour but have no real therapeutic or health benefits compared to the real hydrosols. You deserve the best, you deserve the real experience. So how do you spot a fake hydrosol?

What are authentic hydrosols?

Hydrosol have been used for centuries as home remedies and traditional medicine in some parts of the world. But the western world has been treating hydrosols as unwanted by-product of distillation and discard them (except rose water). Although recently their popularity is increasing together with the rise of natural remedies and organic skin care’s popularity. These ingredients have INCI names like:

  • Rosa damascene flower water

All Alambika and Oshadhi hydrosols and hydrolates are created from steam distillation, herbs and flowers are steamed with natural spring water which is re-condensed with the extracted essential oils in a vessel. The essential oils float to the top of the recaptured, and now plant infused spring water and the oils are separated for sale as essential oils. The captured steam contains some of the compound of the oils and additional compounds that are water soluble. Because the steam is sterile and destroys any micro-organisms while traveling through the plant material, hydrolates and hydrosols are sterile and can be used internally and externally. All our products are wild crafted or certified Organic by ECOCERT, The Eu Organic certification organization. Our products contain no added ingredients, artificial fragrances or additives. Just the plant extracts derived form steam distillation. No preservatives or solubilizers or stabilizers.

  • Artemisia montana leaf water

  • Citrus aurantium amara flower water

An authentic hydrosol is a by-product of the process of steam distillation when essential oils are made. In this process, the herbs and flowers are distilled with spring water. It is heated through streaming that captures all the essential oils with small amount of aromatic compounds that dissolves in water. Once the essential oils separate and float on the surface of the water, the Hydrosols are left behind. Almost nomicroorganism can tolerate the temperature of stream making the ingredient sterile on its own. These waters can be used internally and externally.

Here comes the confusing part.

There are at least three other ingredients sold under the name of ‘hydrosols’, ‘hydrolat’ or ‘floral or herbal waters’that can refer to completely different products and procedures. It is likely that you purchased one of these fake hydrosols instead of the by-product of steam distillation, not unless you ask for the exact and complete INCI name of the ingredients and the manufacturing procedure.

Fake Hydrosol 1: Floral or Herbal Waters with a Solubiliser

A lot of people have mistaken this as anauthentic hydrosol but it is not. The supplier just adds essential oil and solubiliser to water in order to create a fake hydrosol. Essential oil (usually  less than 1%) is mixed with water and kept in solution by application of a solubiliser. Best case scenario the manufacturer uses a naturally produced solubiliser but in most cases they use PEG-based solubilisers such as Polysorbate-20 or PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil as the solubiliser.

We don’t recommend applying this type of fake hydrosol. They have no real therapeutic or health benefits compared to the authentic hydrosols, and often contain synthetic solubilisers which may not mix well with your brand’s essence.

Most suppliers shamelessly sell their fake hydrosols as “authentic hydrosols” without disclosing the added ingredients of these fake hydrosols. You can check if your hydrosol does not contain solubilisers by shaking the bottle. Solubilisers will foam when you shake your solution. An authentic hydrosol will not foam when you shake it.

Fake Hydrosol 2: Infused Floral Water

Infused Floral Water is very similar to the last example, but it does not contain a solubiliser. They are blend of distilled water, 0.1% of an essential oil and usually a preservative system.They are often sold under the name floral or herbal waters. You can tell if you purchased an authentic hydrosols if your supplier disclose the full INCI name as well as the ingredient’s manufacturing procedure.

The INCI name of this fake hydrosol should look like this: Aqua, Essential Oil name + Preservative listing.

Fake Hydrosol 3: Condensed Water

Condensed water contains water condensed from the process of drying herbs, flowers, leaves and fruits, but are still not true hydrosols. These herbal waters are sold as Peppermint water, ginger water,orange water, etc. but doesn’t have the same INCI name as an authentic hydrosol. The water is marketed as organic because the original plant is of organic quality.  

How to spot a Fake Hydrosol

You can’t tell if the hydrosol is fake with just looking and smelling it. These fake hydrosols still contain some of the evaporated ingredients of the plant but with much lesser extent. The only way to spot a fake hydrosol is asking your supplier information about the hydrosol.

We guarantee you that the hydrosols produced by Oshadhi and Alambika are authentic. They are the result of stream extraction of compounds in the plant via passing through the plant material in an ‘Alambik’ and then re-condensed into a catchment vial that separates the oil from the water. The water is full of compounds that exist in the oil together with other beneficial compounds that are water soluble and are only present in the hydrosol. If you want to make sure you’ll purchased authentic hydrosols, we’re here to provide you with 100% authentic hydrosol. Give us a call, and get your supplies from a trusted supplier.


Hydrolates, commonly known as hydrosols,contain a small quantity of essential oil and other water-soluble agents from plants. They are the by-product of the process of steam distillation when essential oils are made. In this process, the herbs and flowers are distilled with spring water. It is heated through streaming that captures all the essential oils with small amount of aromatic compounds that dissolves in water.Once the essential oils separate and float on the surface of the water, the Hydrolates are left behind.

What are Hydrolates for?

These floral waters are an effective alternative to their skin care oilier equivalents. Ideally for cleaning, calming or refreshing your skin without harming your skin hydrolates serve as a tonic or soothing lotion after you remove your make-up. Consider leaving your vaporized hydrosol’s mist for a few minutes on your bare skin or mixing your Hydrolates to your skin cream or treatment to strengthen its properties and fully reap its benefits.

You can also use hydrosols in your food. They have wonderful and diverse flavours for culinary and beverage flavouring purposes and have a good reputation for their therapeutic claims when digested. 

Oshadhi Hydrosols

Oshadhi offers authentic, genuine Aromatherapy Essential Oils and products including organic wild crafted,selected, traditional, biodynamic, and standard classifications. Their Hydrosols are guaranteed 100% pure from distillation and certified organic. Pure natural therapeutic quality from France, all Oshadhi’s hydrolates are refined and simple by-products of state-of-the-art steam distillation. They are alcohol and preservative free.

Looking for an organic skin or hair care,and aromatherapy alternative? No need to look further, Oshadhi is here to answer your needs.

Essential oil: an overview

Essential oils are extracted from plants,capturing its scent, flavor, and its “essence.” For centuries they have been used for skin and hair care because of its various moisturizing, protective,and antibacterial qualities. The potential of essential oils have been overlooked due to the growth of the modern skincare industries, but it is slowly regaining the attention of the public, who wants to find additive-free,budget friendly, and effective alternatives.

You could be one of the many who are considering essential oils as the natural alternative, and came to this blog to learn more about essential oils. You’re in the right place! This blog aims to answer the question all about essential oils.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from the bark, flower, fruit, lead, seed or root or a plant. They are usually made through the process of distillation, where they separate the oil and water-based compounds of a plant by streaming, and sometimes through cold pressing. They can be used for aromatherapy, skin and hair care and others.

Common therapeutic uses of essential oil

  • Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil can help get rid of bacterial, fungal, and viral infections due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It can be a less drying organic alternative to benzoyl peroxide to treat acne. This essential oil isn’t just great for spot treatment, it can also help heal rosacea.

  • Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil can be used to relieve pain from headaches, soothe nausea, improve concentration and memory. It is also analgesic so, it can numb and kill pain on the skin.

  • Lavender

Lavender essential oil is the most versatile and effective essential oil out there. It can be a sedative,antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant,antibacterial, anesthetic, immune system booster and antiviral. You can use it to treat minor burns, insomnia, pain relief, and wound care.

  • Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil’s scent has been shown to increase heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate, and boost your immune system. Rosemary essential oil is a stimulant that helps stimulate bodily system while decreasing levels of stress hormone cortisol. You can also use this as a skincare alternative. It is a powerful for increasing mental focus when fatigued.

Essential Oil blends that you should try

Do you want to try essential blends but you don’t where to start? Perhaps you want to make a perfume with an attractive scent or you’d like to try use essential oil blends for your spot treatment. Or maybe you’re looking for a new relaxing aroma to distress. This blog aims to guide you through your first time in making your essential oil blend.

What you’ll need:

  • Cool-air diffuser. They usually require a small amount of distilled water along with the essential oils.
  • Essentials oils.To make essential oil blends,you’d need the essential oil itself. Typically, diffuser recipe use between 8-12 drops of oil

It’simportant to note that each person’s body chemistry is different and it canreact differently to each oil. So, go ahead and make alternations to therecipe. Experiment till you find the one that works perfectly for you.

Essential Oil blends for Skincare

Essential oil can do wanders to your skin when used right. The rule of thumb in using essential oil for skin care is, don’t apply concentrated oils directly to skin. They can cause allergies or chemical burns if used. You have to be extra careful using oil if you have broken skin (e.g. cuts)

You can mix your essential oils with Alambika Nexus carrier oil blend. It is a blend of Jojoba, sweet Almond oil, rose seed oil and St. John Wort oil. These oils can absorb quickly into the skin and a perfect base for any oil blend you would want to put on your skin.

Skin type: normal

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 6 geranium
  • 4 ylang-ylang

Skin type: oily

  • 8 drops sandalwood
  • 6 lemons
  • 6 lavender

Skin type: dry

  • 8 drops sandalwood
  • 6 geranium
  • 6 rose

Skin Type: sensitive

  • 6 drops chamomile
  • 4 geranium
  • 6 rose

Essential oils for relaxation

Relax-while-working essential oil blend. Do you need to get things done but still want to relax? This Essential blend is your go-to. It can help you relax without getting you sleepy.

  • 5 drops cedarwood
  • 5 drops ylang ylang
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 3 drops patchouli

Reset essential oil blend. This blend is perfect to try after a long hectic day and all you want to do is relax.

  • 2 drops geranium
  • 2 drops clary sage
  • 1 drop patchouli
  • 1 drop ylang ylang

Claming essential oil blend. Have you been through a lot of emotional stress lately? This blend will help you unwind and calm down.

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops lime
  • 3 drops mandarin

Don’t be afraid to try these blends out, and share it to your friends.

How can Rose Hydrosol change the way you treat hair and skin care?

What is Rose Hydrosol?

Rose hydrosol is obtained by distilling rose flowers to extract the essential oil. Together with its heavenly unique scent, you can have the functional properties as essential oils with less concentration. It is widely available and the best amongst the hydrosols to own. That is why people from different cultures around the globe have been using rose hydrosol for its countless uses.

Benefits of Rose Hydrosol

  • Makes your skin even more beautiful

Rose hydrosol helps nourish and moisturize all skin types by maintaining the skin’s pH balance, and controlling excess oil. It is also rich in vitamin C, which boosts collagen and prevents aging.

  • Makes your hair grow faster and healthier:

Rose hydrosol’s nourishing and moisturising properties enhances the quality of your hair. Its high levels of flavonoids,antioxidants and other nutrients helps support the hair follicles and promotes growth of new hairs. Rose hydrosol works well as a natural conditioner as it revitalises hair growth.

  • Facial toner:

Rose hydrosol helps clean pores and tone the skin due to its astringent like properties. Applying it after steaming,you’ll notice that your skin is tighter, firmer and redness and blotchiness reduced.

  • Helps get rid of skin blemishes:

Due to its antibacterial properties, rose hydrosol helps in healing scars, cuts and wounds. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It can also a cleanser that helps in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.

How to use Rose Hydrosol

  • Skin Facial Mask:

You can now achieve glowing skin with the help of rose hydrosol. Stir 2 tsp of white clay and 3 tsp of rose hydrosol till it form into a thick but spreadable paste in a small bowl. Apply it on your face, avoid the area around your eyes and mouth and leave it for 7 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water.

  • Rose Facial Toner:

Having troubles picking the right toner for you? Rose Facial toner can be just it! Add ½ cup rose hydrosol and 1 tsp vegetable glycerine in a spray bottle. Shake well to mix everything and when you are done, you can now use it as a face toner.

  • Conditioner:

Rose hydrosol can help tame your frizzy hair. Mix equal parts of rose hydrosol and glycerine, apply it on your scalp and massage for 10-15 minutes. Let it stay for another 30 minutes and rinse off with shampoo to get rid of your dry and frizzy hair.

Want to reap the benefits that Rose Hydrosol proves? You should consider trying these out! It may be the savior that your skin and hair needs.

Joni, Can you tell us More About Essential Oils & Aromatherapy?

“Aromatherapy is the art and science of using the therapeutic properties of aromatic plant extracts known as essential oils to promote health and wellbeing. Aromatherapy is valued for its unique effectiveness and is used by a variety of health care models. These include western medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), subtle energy medicine, naturopathic medicine, the healing arts (such as massage, yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy, and body work), holistic medicine (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual), and self-care.”

“Essential oils can be easily incorporated into our daily lives to promote health and well-being. They are a pleasure to use as they tap into our consciousness through our sense of smell.”

What are Some of Your Favorite Ways to Use Essential Oils?

Joni’s Top 3

“Essential oils are basically used in two ways: Application and/or inhalation. Application refers to the essential oil coming in contact with your skin. Inhalation refers to the essential oil being inhaled through your nose. There are many ways to use essential oils. Here are 3 of my favorite.

How to use Essential Oils


An aromatherapy bath combines the therapeutic effects of both water (hydrotherapy) and essential oils (aromatherapy). Warm baths are helpful for muscle aches and tension, skin conditions, stress, and for simply pampering.

Choose the essential oil you want to use. Lavender is a good choice for general relaxation. Mix 8 drops into 1 teaspoon of Alambika’s Nexus Carrier Oil (preferred) or other carrier oil. Set aside.

Fill the bathtub with warm water and immerse yourself. Add the essential oil mixture. Agitate the water around you to mix well and then relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Breathe in the aroma and gently massage your skin.


An aromatherapy massage is considered by many to be one of the best and most effective ways of using essential oils. It combines the beneficial effects of both touch and essential oils.

Massage helps relax muscles and improve muscle tone. It stimulates both blood and lymphatic circulation. It releases physical tension, which in turn, relieves stress. It is also believed to strengthen the immune system.

To make an aromatherapy massage oil, choose the essential oil you want to use. Lavender and Geranium are good for general purposes. The dilution strength can vary depending on the essential oil, the purpose of its use, and the sensitivity of your skin. A standard dilution is 2 percent—12 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of your preferred carrier oil. A 1 percent dilution (6 drops in 1 ounce of carrier) might be appropriate if your skin is sensitive.

Direct Inhalation

Put 1 to 3 drops of an essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again. Avoid touching the tissue to your nose or mouth. This method is especially useful for respiratory and sinus conditions, headaches, and transforming moods.

Alambika Introduces

Q&A With Joni Keim

Alambika USA has redefined luxury in wellness with our 100% pure & certified organic therapeutic essential oil and natural skin care products. Founded in 1990 by world-renowned aromatherapist Dr. Malte Hozzel, our premiere line of essential oils, hydrolates, balms, and lotions draw upon traditional European techniques to ensure their pure extraction and processing.

Joni Keim is an essential oil specialist and the author of four aromatherapy books, most recently, Practical Aromatherapy for Self-Care. Joni has worked in the alternative health field for over twenty-five years as an educator, author, practitioner, and consultant. She is certified in aromatherapy, holistic health sciences, and aesthetics.

“I am thrilled that Alambika has come to America from Europe,” states Joni. “This remarkable line of therapeutic essential oils and natural skin care products is such a welcome addition to the health and wellness field. Alambika offers so many new possibilities for self-care. ”