Hydrosols are a water-based single plant extract that work great topically as a daily facial toner, all-over refreshing body spray and application for a variety of skin conditions.
Texas Tallow hydrosols are made in-house — not shipped in from another country or unethically produced on a farm with unfair labor practices. The plants are taken fresh from our gardens (or organically sourced), distilled immediately indoors where they’re less likely to have contamination from air and debris. We do not distill for essential oil extraction, so the oils remain in the hydrosol and the waters aren’t damaged, making them more therapeutic than the hydrosol byproduct of essential oil production, which tends to be overheated and over processed to encourage oil separation.
Because of this, each batch is limited stock and dependent on the year’s harvest. We will include batch notes for all hydrosols listed so you can be as informed as possible on what to expect. Some batches are made using high-quality, organic dried herbs if we are unable to acquire fresh herbs — as noted for each batch.
We take every precaution necessary to reduce the risk of contamination, but it can still occur since this is a water-based product. If your hydrosol begins to show signs of contamination — cloudiness, change in color or smell, suspended particles or a ball of floating matter — please discontinue use. Our hydrosols contain no preservatives or adulterants of any sort, just pure condensated plant water. We highly recommend you store your hydrosols in a cool place, preferably the refrigerator, and use within 4 months of purchase.
Hydrosols are sold in 1 fluid oz amber glass bottles with fine mist spray tops.
Penelope Rose: While not among the more fragrant roses, our homegrown Penelope roses are a bush-like rose that flower twice a year and produce rosehips. They don’t carry the same scent as a damask or true musk rose, although they are in the same family as a musk rose, so they have a more earthy floral scent, but the benefits are the same. Rose hydrosol is well known throughout history for its use as a daily toner for those wanting soft, youthful skin. It can also be used for after sun care, to cleanse cuts, as a makeup remover or a floral room spray. (Ingredients: Filtered Water, Homegrown Rosa Penelope Flowers)
Tulsi: This aromatic, delicious-smelling hydrosol was crafted from our fresh, homegrown holy basil. It’s strong enough to use as a body spray and great for daily skincare use. A natural adaptogen, holy basil is known for helping to center the mind and cleanse the air of negative emotion. It can be used for acne, oily skin and clogged pores and makes a great aftershave spray. (Ingredients: Filtered Water, Homegrown Ocimum Sanctum Aerial Parts)
Echinacea: This hydrosol is created using the whole, fresh, flowering echinacea plant (including the roots) grown in our own gardens. It has a smokey, campfire smell to it and offers a nice contrast to some of the sweeter floral waters while still delivering unique skin benefits. Use it to spray cuts, scrapes, sores, stings, acne and damaged or aging skin. It makes a rejuvenating room spray, hydrating body mist and can be added to a compress or bath for skin conditions. (Ingredients: Filtered Water, Homegrown Echinacea Purpurea Whole Plant)
Sage: We use two varieties of homegrown garden sage to produce our sage hydrosol. This batch produced a high amount of oils which may be visible at the top of your hydrosol. You can dilute your hydrosol with 50 percent water and still have an incredibly therapeutic affect, but this will decrease the shelf life, so only dilute as much as you plan on using immediately. As part of the mint family, sage makes an invigorating body mist and a mental pick-me-up. Use it before applying deodorant or before sun exposure. It works well on aging skin and as a household cleanser. (Ingredients: Filtered Water, Homegrown Salvia Officinalis Aerial Parts)
Lavender: This batch was made from organic, dried lavender, which still produces a lovely result because of the high oil content lavender naturally has. We didn’t yield enough fresh blooms from our stock this year to produce a fresh flower version but this batch is still highly aromatic and contains a lot of essential oils. Use precaution when storing in plastic, we recommend glass only. Lavender hydrosol is our go-to after sun spray, bug bite soother and cleanser for cuts. Use it as a calming, cooling linen spray, room spray, perfume or add it to your bathwater to help relax. It also can be used as a makeup remover or aftershave spray. (Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Dried Lavendula Spp Buds)
German Chamomile: This batch was made from dried, organic German Chamomile. We had to reserve our fresh chamomile for oil infusions, but still wanted to offer a chamomile hydrosol since we find it to be one of the most useful applications, however the scent isn’t as sweet as our garden-grown variety. Chamomile is known for being calming to both the skin and the mind. Use it to spray burns, rashes, itchy skin or as a compress for inflammation. Use diluted for baby care or apply neat as an aftershave spray. (Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Dried Matricaria Recutitia Flowers)
Yarrow: Due to a limited crop of homegrown yarrow this year, this batch is made of organic, dried yarrow. Yarrow hydrosol has a very earthy and medicinal smell, but has a great variety of uses. Use it as a wound cleanser, aftershave spray, on acne, problem skin, sun and wind damage or as a postpartum spritz. It can be added to the bath or used as an all-over body mist for flu, cold and fever. Use as a compress for sore joints and muscles. (Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Dried Achillea Millefolium Aerial Parts)