Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hydrosol Mix of the Week - Linden and Lemon Balm

Linden Blossom
I only recently found a supplier of Linden (INCI: Tilia Cordata) hydrosol. Having only ever worked with the essential oil (which smells absolutely intoxicating), I opened my first order to have a whiff. Like many hydrosols, Linden differs somewhat from its essential oil counterpart. It has the same lightness and Spring-like quality, but is not nearly as complex a scent. Neither does it have the intensity of the essential oil. It is perfectly lovely as a skin tonic ingredient, and promises to be an interesting partner to several of the hydrosols I work with. For the initial trial, I mixed it with Lemon Balm (INCI: Melissa Officinalis).

Lemon Balm
Smoothing and Soothing
Mixing Linden with Lemon Balm creates a blend that is just as mellow and soothing as these two names sound. There is an element of Spring-like freshness to the scent, and although both Lemon Balm and Linden offer promises of soothing the skin, when mixed together, they seem to function as a gentle pick-me-up as well. This a lovely mix that would do well for combination skin. I will definitely be doing a few more skin tonics with these two hydrosols!

Read about Lemon Balm in this previous article.

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