Summer's Most Refreshing Floral Waters, To Buy or Make


Whether it's August and you're feeling like a wilted flower or it's the dead of winter and dry heat is driving your skin parched, a splash of floral water is really the quickest way to be revived.

Half of the reason that I'm so romanced by floral waters is that they're something of a lost art. It's easy to let your moisturizer take over and skip a spritz of hydrating floral water altogether. Who uses floral waters anyway? I could completely do without...

Except for the fact that they feel so amazing.

For the past few years I've kept a bottle at my desk while I'm working, and there have been dozens of end-of-workday moments when my skin needed to be perked up. Trust me, nothing revives 9 hour old makeup like a hydrating mist and a 5 minute touch-up.  You'll also find a bottle of floral water chilling in my fridge during summer months, waiting to be used liberally when the heat of the afternoon sets in.

Here are a few of my favorite floral waters. You can't go wrong starting out with one of these, or making your own as per the recipe below...

  • Melvita Eau Florale de Rose. A simple, delicate rosewater that's ever-so-gently astringent. It's extracted by the distillation of organic rose petals.
  • Arcona Lavender Hydrasol. I've heard that this formula is a favorite of makeup artists, for its lovely and aromatic blend of essential oils (lavender being the most prominent) that relax the body while binding moisture to the skin.
  • Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence. Simply put, I'd wear this floral water as a fragrance. It's blend of rose, lavender and orange blossom waters is the most elegant I've tried. My skin loves the redness-reducing witch hazel and the anti-inflammatory white willow as well.
  • Caudalie Beauty Elixir. This refreshing spray was my original deskside pick-me-up.  It does contain alcohol, which makes it ideal for oily skin types and sweaty summer days. Be sure to close your eyes when spraying it on- peppermint oil in the elixir is cooling to the face but should not get in your eyes!

Lavender Floral Water

2 cups mineral water

3 tablespoons vodka

15-20 drops lavender essential oil

Pour all ingredients into a glass spritz bottle and shake vigorously. Store in the fridge and use within 2 months. Lavender is gently antiseptic and incredibly soothing. You'll want to spray this on your pillow as well!

A few tips: you might want to purchase a spritz bottle under three ounces so you can keep floral water in your carry-on bag when you travel. Nothing helps skin during plane flights than a mist of hydrating water. Try using your floral water to set mineral makeup too!