Hydrosol Mix of the Week - Neroli and Carrot Seed
Carrot Seed (INCI: Daucus Carrota) and Neroli (INCI: Citrus Aurantium) both fit somewhere in between.
Neroli (also called Orange Blossom) essential oilis light and delicate while the hydrosol is heavier, sweeter and – illogically – stronger smelling. The essential oil will happily step into the background of a blend, while the hydrosol is so dominant, it has a tendancy to overshadow everything else in the mix.
Both of the hydrosols in this weeks mix offer skin calming properties, but Carrot Seed also brings anti-wrinkle action while Neroli also offers skin softening properties.
Creating a Firming Skin Tonic
My idea of mixing these 2 has had a twofold goal
- creating a gently firming tonic
- creating a balanced scent: dampening Orange Blossom's sweetness with Carrot Seed's earthiness. (or lifting Carrot Seed's earthiness with Orange Blossom's sweetness).
After You. No, After YouAs both hydrosols usually dominate any blend, it was interesting to discover how they politely 'made room for each other', creating a beautifully-functioning mix.
This combination is great for sensitive, dry, and mature skin. I will continue to work with these 2, tweaking the proportions to see if i can optimize it even more.
Read about Neroli in another hydrosol mix here.