NEROLI is a genuine hydrosol produced naturally as a by-product of essential oil distillation from Spain.
A hydrosol is a by-product of extracting essential oil from a plant through steam distillation. They are sometimes referred to as hydrolats, steam/distilled water or floral waters.
When fresh plants such as flowers, leaves or fruits are distilled through steam distillation, you are left with two end-products: the essential oil, which contains the oil-soluble constituents of the plant and any condensate water, which contains the water-soluble constituents as well as microscopic droplets of the essential oil. This condensate water is the plant hydrosol.
If you are a fan of essential oils, you should also be a fan of hydrosols because they have similar therapeutic properties. Due to the high water content, hydrosols are much less concentrated, meaning they are very gentle and can be applied directly on the skin without dilution.
However, not all hydrosols are created [equal] in the same distillation way. There are ‘hydrosols’ that are a blend of essential oils with water, preservatives and other synthetic stabilizers. These types of ‘hydrosol’ do not have the same effect as the true hydrosols that are created by steam distillation. In order to differentiate the difference, check the ingredients label. True hydrosols are listed in a latin INCI name.