We know you know that the visual link between vulvas, fruit, and flowers are prevalent in cultural references and art history (looking at you, Georgia O'Keefe), but these tropes should not inform our physiological expectations READ: your vagina should not smell like roses.
Traditional skin care products found in the drugstore and “femcare” aisle are often full of harsh ingredients and artificial fragrances that often do more harm than healing in an attempt to cover up natural scents and temporarily relieve discomfort and other sensitive skin issues. But feelings, scents, and discomfort aren't meant to be masked!
What Is A Hydrosol?
Our Hydrosol is composed of the same element you are: good ol' H2O. Scientifically speaking, "Hydrosol" is just a fancy term for “plant water." What makes this multipurpose facial and body toning spray so versatile, yet beneficial for your skin? The water is steam distilled with essential oils. When the steam from the distilled water passes through the certified organic plants, it "holds on" to the oils' nutrients from each ingredient. These essential oils are then scooped off the top of the steam and turned back into water.
Steam distilled plant essential oils still contain all of the plants’ properties like naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that have been clinically proven to benefit your body, although in minute amounts. The essential oils are highly diluted in water (and our special blend of castor and coconut oils) which effectively makes them less sensitizing than traditional essential oils applied directly to the skin. (Please don't apply essential oils without a carrier oil and always patch test a new skincare product on the inside of your forearm before applying new topicals to more sensitive areas like your face or pubic area).
The result: a soothing, moisturizing multipurpose toning spray that can be used—quite literally—from head to toe. With natural antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties, our Hydrosol may be made of roses, but it has plenty of benefits that won’t just make you smell like bouquet. Keep reading for six simple ways to incorporate the versatilye Hydrosol into your daily routine.
What's In Momotaro Apotheca's Hydrosol?
Under the guidance of several medical professionals, arduous research, and culling case studies, we discovered that fruit and flower extracts can protect your skin's moisture barrier and help your body’s natural ability to relieve symptoms associated with these uncomfortable and unexpected vaginal issues like yeast infections, or bacterial vaginosis.
Every ingredient serves a purpose in safely supporting your body in working the way it was meant to, naturally. And because we only use 100% certified organic, plant-derived ingredients, our products are as gentle on your body as they are for the planet and can be used in so many ways.
Bitter Orange (aka Orange Blossom) Citrus aurantium amara
Drawn from the orange blossoms from France, Bitter Orange is a distilled extract that contains natural AHAs that brighten and tone the skin.
Organic Rose Water (Rosa Damascena)
This subtle extract contains more than 100 different compounds that help refresh the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.
Organic Rosemary Distillate (Rosmarinums Officinalis)
Rich in nutrients like iron, calcium, vitamins and antioxidants. Slightly acidic water based solution penetrates and protects the middle layer of skin.
Organic Lavender Distillate (Lavandula angustifolia)
A classic ingredient with beneficial aromatherapy properties and diverse terpene profile.
Glyceryl Caprylate & Glyceryl Undecylenate (Derived from Coconut and Castor)
Restores natural skin oils by regulating skin's moisture and protecting the lipid barrier.
We take sourcing seriously, tracing raw ingredients to their origins and ensuring that their cultivation and production are sustainable for the environment and for your skin. Every ingredient we use is responsibly sourced to preserve the health of the soil, certified organic, and minimally processed to retain as many nutrients, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids found in nature.
All of our products are free from fillers and harsh chemicals that can irritate skin including sulfates, silicone, parabens, phthalates, fragrance, artificial dyes, alcohol, and animal byproducts.
Tone Skin Without Drying It Out
The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of lavender and rose makes the Hydrosol effective as a toner, facial mist, or make-up remover. The Hydrosol doesn't contain alcohol or other synthetic ingredients, so you you can use this toning spray multiple times a day without drying out your skin. Simply mist all over your face and continue with your normal routine, or spritz throughout the day for a midday pick-me up in place of that second latte.
PRO TIP spray this in hard-to-reach places where you get body acne (like your back, or butt).
The rosemary distillate makes this spray slightly acidic, which helps regulate sebum and control shine on oily skin while the lavender helps soothe any skin irritation and control redness. For an even healthier complexion, the addition of rosewater provides antioxidants that help fight premature aging.
Similarly, orange blossom is rich in antioxidants, natural AHAs (exfoliating agents), and has antiseptic properties that can help calm sensitive or problematic skin. It’s a hydrating astringent that helps close your pores to keep dirt and excess oils out, while letting moisture in.
Soothe General Skin Irritation
In addition to the lavender, rose, and orange blossom’s skin-healing and exfoliating benefits, a hint of coconut and castor oil helps stimulate tissue growth so that a barrier can be formed between your irritated skin and the environment (like hot pants and humid weather, or a misfitted bra). Rosemary works on the middle layers of skin, calming irritations, bumps, and roughness from the inside out.
Hailey, now a regular Hydrosol user, used to mix Hydrocortisone and Ketoconazole cream (both of which were prescribed by her doctor) under her breasts and belly when her untreated rashes turned into yeast infections. She no longer has health insurance and was searching for some relief when she discovered the Hydrosol from a friend. “If I feel any irritation under my boobs or belly, I give it a couple sprays and literally the next day the irritation is cleared up! I also give it a spray in my panties, to freshen up my face, my hair...literally anywhere I want because spraying it makes everything better.”
Maximize Your Moisture & Protect Your Skin Barrier
It's likely the amount of water in your skin is higher than that in the air that surrounds you. And unless you live in a very humid climate, water is much more likely to evaporate from the skin than enter it throughout the day.
Maximize your moisture with a hydrating humectant that draws water from the environment and binds it to your skin, then lock it in with an occlusive Body Oil.
To protect and strengthen your skin's moisture barrier, mist the antioxidant-rich Hydrosol all over to brighten, hydrate, and prepare the skin for maximum hydration absorption. While skin is still damp, massage a generous amount of Body Oil in broad upward strokes to seal in mineral rich moisture. Easy as one, two!
Promote Healthy Hair Growth with Orange Blossom
Spray a few pumps directly onto your scalp, along your hairline, under your arms, or in your pubic area as needed to promote healthy hair growth and prevent ingrown hairs. The natural alpha hydroxy acid found in the Orange Blossom can help exfoliate your skin or clear up dandruff without stripping it of its natural oils.
If you’ve got a dry or itchy head, the anti-inflammatory properties of rose water and lavender may make this Hydrosol beneficial for certain scalp conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
You can also use the Hydrosol all over your hair as a finishing mist. While there aren’t any studies on this, curly-haired people swear by rose water’s ability to calm down frizz and add shine without weighing down your strands.
Incorporate Hydrosol Into Your Workout to Prevent Breakouts & Skin Irritation
Use our Hydrosol before, during, or after your workout or meditation routine. The initial slightly-peppery whiff of rosemary and orange blossom can help stimulate your senses for a more energized workout while the lavender end-notes help you stay calm and focused as you wind down.
If you haven’t got time to shower after sweating, we recommend spraying the super fine toning mist all over your hairline, neck, and body and wiping away excess sweat (and possibly grime) with a towel. Its antiseptic properties help rebalance sebum production and acts as an antimicrobial on skin to help prevent skin irritation or body breakouts you might get from sitting around in sweaty workout clothes.
Hydrosol's thoughtful blend of botanicals is a gentle antibacterial powerhouse, so spray it on your yoga mat or other workout equipment so rest assured you won't be transferring that bacteria between you and your mat.
PRO TIP Store your Hydrosol in the fridge. The cooling effect of the spray makes the effect even more refreshing.
Use It Before Bed to Wind Down with Lavender
Spray a few pumps on your pillow, your pajamas, or your sheets to help promote a good night’s rest. Research suggests that lavender may be useful in treating insomnia and restlessness. It doesn’t hurt that the rose water and orange blossom may also help prevent frizz and add shine to that pretty head of yours while you sleep. Hydrosol is the minimalist, multipurpose beauty lover's dream!
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All of our products are 100% plant based, organic, and cruelty-free. We never use chemical emulsifiers, so any separation is natural and normal. Simply shake before use.
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