Flowers are so much more than beautiful decorations. With essential oils now more popular than ever — you use them in your yoga studio, and can find them in every health food store, and even hospitals and airports — we’re starting to understand the power of the petal. Flowers and plants contain natural chemical properties that help restore and revitalize hair and skin, and (no surprise) they can double up as non-synthetic fragrances and fresheners. So of course, flower water (think: a lite version of concentrated essential oil) makes a no-brainer addition to your beauty routine and home ambiance. From a natural car freshener to a mega-hydrator for face and body, here are five of our favorite ways to add flower water to your life.
1. The All-Natural Perfume Alternative
Sensitive to perfumes? That’s because they carry tons of lab-created chemicals which can irritate the skin, promote allergic reactions, and cause more harm than good. But smelling fresh doesn’t have to come at a high price. Enter, flower water. This all natural body mist is infused with organic botanicals like lavender, rose, or vanilla, and without artificial fragrances, parabens, or mineral oils. A.k.a. no toxins here. Spritz on your pulse points and away you go. No harm, no foul from this natural fragrance. Try the Rose Flower Water for an extra feminine feel.
2. The All-Odor Eraser
Let’s face it: from kid-spills to pet smells, it’s tough to keep your car clean and smelling fresh. Even if you have the best of intentions to wash, vacuum or detail your car regularly, odor clings to that tiny space like no other. Same goes for your gym bag and your yoga mat. No matter how much laundry you do, must and sweat are tough smells to shake. The good news? You can use flower water to help cut down on unwanted odors. Spray in small spaces like your car or gym bag, and even on your yoga mat, to bring a light scent that’s not overbearing, but hangs around. We love the Vanilla Flower Water, which like vanilla extract, naturally reduces odor in your home, chemical free.
3. The Laundry and Linen Treatment
When you don’t get around to doing the laundry, (we’re busy too, we get it!) it piles up and wet clothes or towels can start to smell. Spritz flower water in your laundry basket during the pre-wash stage to buy yourself extra time before the next load. Spray on your fabric sheets before tossing in the dryer to give your clothes a fresh, natural flower smell that beats all chemical-ridden detergents. And best yet, try the Lavender Flower Water on your pillows at night to help relax and calm your mind for a more restful night’s sleep. (Trust us, your sig-other will thank you!)
4. Around-the-House Aromatherapy
Want to freshen up the ambiance of your home? Skip traditional air fresheners — there’s nothing worse than choking on a cloud of those chemicals, which only mask odor for a minute. Instead, transform the ambiance of any room with flower water. Either spritz into the air as a natural, chemical-free freshener, or better yet, add the water to your diffuser with a few drops of your favorite essential oils. A good smelling home is a happy home. Dozens of scientific studies have shown frequent use of aromatherapy techniques can not only relax your mood but also help with the usual anxiety and stress we all face.
5. Anytime Skin & Body Hydration
With cold, dry temps right around the corner, it’s critical to stay on top of your hydration regimen to keep skin soft and supple, especially in winter. Flower water naturally does the trick, and you can use it all over your face and body. After a hot shower or bath, gently pat your skin dry with a towel and spritz your favorite flower water everywhere. Let your skin dry and absorb the calming, quenching benefits of these botanicals. Bonus: get home from a long day and have a million-mile-long to-do list? Take two seconds, lightly spray your face with flower water and you’ll immediately feel like a new woman. Inhale peace, and exhale calm to get ‘er done.