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!
- Blissoma Tone Adaptive Energy Tonique. This spray also contains alcohol and is wonderful after cleansing. The base is an infusion of fresh organic cantaloupe, with calendula, red clover, holy basil and rhodiola.
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!