Hydrosol Question

Discussion in 'Sandalwood' started by Andrew Salkin, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Andrew Salkin

    Andrew Salkin it's aboud time!

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    What is it?

    What is it used for? Do people throw this away after distillation?

    I have a little EO water diffuser that sits by my bedside. I'm always temped to put a few drops of sandalwood or oud oils in there, but it feels wasteful. Would sandal or oud hydrosol work well in a device like this for aromatics in a small room? With the diffuser I usually put tea tree oil or peppermint - but those are cheap so I probably put .5-1ML in with the water. With hydrosol, could I just use that in there? Would this be expensive - I've never seen it for sale anywhere.

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  2. Mr.P

    Mr.P Evoloudtionary Bioudlogist

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    Keep those questions coming! I think that should be a great use for hydrosol, assuming it is free from bacterial growth. I would guess you would have to add preservatives or freeze the hydrofoil right away since it is essentially just scented water. I would be uncomfortable breathing in old vaporized hydrosol as even plain water will eventually get a film of bacteria on the container walls. How long can you keep an opened bottle of water? That’s probably about how long you can trust a hydrosol to be clean of microbes.
     
  3. Andrew Salkin

    Andrew Salkin it's aboud time!

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    What is it normally used for though? I always read vendors saying they got x amount of oil from such and such a distillation and also x amount of hydrosol. They make it sounds like it's good for something, but I haven't yet figured out what. Is there some kind of product they use it for?

    What about this. Could you distill some oud oil - take the hyrdrosol (do whatever's needed to keep it germ free like you mentioned:) - and then use it as the "water" source for a sandalwood hydro distillation? (or vice versa)? Also - if you theorhetically left hydrosol out to dry in a pryex pan for hours, when the water evaporated, what would be left? Hydrosol goo? I like goo.
     
  4. Edward jay Bullock

    Edward jay Bullock True Ouddict

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    Some people use the same water over and over in the still, some drink it . Most is used as floral sprays and such in the perfume world. Lavender hydrosol is widely used. I often reuse my hydrosol from one run to the next to concentrate the aromas and then use it in a floral spray or as the water in any of my preparations for body care products.
     
  5. Edward jay Bullock

    Edward jay Bullock True Ouddict

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    I also think the water off the still in a clean glass jar stays good for quite some time as the distillation is free from bacterial contamination, I see rose water going for a pretty good price
     

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