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soaplover
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« on: January 05, 2012, 04:17:24 PM »

Does anyone have any experience using hydrosols? (aka; floral water).

I have been wanting to get a rose scent (or similar) in an EO without it costing me an arm and a leg!  I have been reading up on floral waters, (basically it is the water used in the process of extracting the EO from the plant) and it is very natural, still has some healing properties as the EO's do only not nearly as much, but it would still be in keeping with my "all natural" approach to soap.

My question is, do hydrosols hold their scent through the lye process?  I was thinking of adding maybe a rose geranium EO with a rose hydrosol to help with the scent.  Anyone know?
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 04:46:38 PM »

No experience at all with hydrosol (though I did see some wonderful alembic stills when I looked it up). From what I can gather through postings on other sites, people add it at trace instead of with the lye. Hopefully someone else chips in.
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012, 05:45:44 PM »

I made a cream soap using all rosewater as the liquid and all of the liquid used to thin it ou after has been rosewater.  It was cooked for 2 1/2 hours in the crock.  Smelled wonderful when I opened the bottle, but after the cook, nothing. The batch has been rotting for 5 months and I cannot smell any scent unless I have to thin it then it only lasts for a short time (when opening the container).  There is a faint scent upon washing my hands with it, but not enough to really identify.
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2012, 05:46:12 PM »

I'd like to know more about these also.

Maybe they're better for lotions and such.
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2012, 05:52:05 PM »

I've never used hydrosols in my CP soap, but did try orange blossom hydrosol in one of my first batches of lotion, expecting the scent to be delicious.  Couldn't smell it at all and had to use orange eo to get some scent.  I wouldn't bother to try it in any kind of soap.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2012, 05:57:33 PM »

What about floral wax?  it was talked about on another thread recently.  Less expensive than Rose EO - supposed to hold fragrance well in CP.   All natural - I haven't tried it so can't say just have read reviews.
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2013, 09:33:08 AM »

I was going to ask this exact question, I see all the replies say it doesn't do any good to use hydrosols in soap, I'm wondering if anyone else has had any luck trying these?
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