I used to read a lot about floral waters in cosmetics, in particular rosewater and lavender water. It has been used in cosmetics for a very long time to freshen and soothe the skin and is quite possibly the origins of what we now know as toner :) I’d never really tried them until I came across the ones from the French organic brand Melvita.
Can I just say up front that I absolutely love the impractical heavy deep blue glass bottle packaging? I love it! Its heavy and if you are the klutzy sort, you could quite easily let it slip through your fingers and have it smash on the floor. But I love it nonetheless because it lends an old world charm to my skincare routine.
Plus, the waters are a really very nice treat for the skin :)
The floral waters are, I’m told, obtained from the distillation of the flowers but I believe the Melvita Floral Waters are mixed a little because the ingredient list do mention some other ingredients, perhaps to boost their efficacy.
So how would you use these floral waters then? I use them primarily as a refreshing spritz after cleansing my face, and also as a toning water as it offers some hydration properties.
The scent of lavender and rose is quite strong in both these waters, and the Lavender Floral Water is supposed to help calm the skin. It most certainly evokes feelings of calm because the scent is quite strong. The Rose Floral Water smells of fresh roses and is supposed to be good for sensitive skin.
There is a mister pump at the top of the bottle which sprays out a very fine mist but which is sufficient to dampen your skin. I usually spritz on some of the floral water after washing my face, morning and night, and lightly pat it in, then immediately follow up with my serums and creams. I find that when I apply my serums and creams on damp skin, they absorb better – which is an observation I will share another day ;)
Other than the skin refreshing effects of these sprays, I will tell you quite honestly that I don’t know what other benefits it delivers to my skin because I have not noticed anything marked, other than the nice fresh feel and a lovely smell. It doesn’t feel sticky on, which has to be a plus right? If you use a toner or lotion then you may think this is just another waste of time and you could very well be right. But I do like them, and so I use them daily.
The mist spray is quite fine so a 200ml bottle can last a very long while. I got the Lavender Floral Water first a few months ago when Melvita first came in and I’m not even halfway through yet despite using it almost everyday. So yep, its quite economical :)
In a nutshell
Floral waters distilled from flowers that refresh and tone the skin. The bottles are heavy glass which I know many are not in favour of but which I happen to like. The product sprays out in a fine mist on the skin and cools and refreshes the skin leaving a nice smell of flowers. I like using this to dampen the skin after cleansing because damp skin absorbs serums and creams better. I don’t see any other benefits to my skin otherwise.
Pros: Easy non-aerosol face mist, Certified organic and natural source for those for whom it matters, Lovely floral scent, Cool and refreshing on the skin, not sticky
Cons: A little pricey for some, Glass bottles may not favour everyone
There are 6 types of Melvita Floral Water available locally – Rose, Lavender, Cornflower, Chamomile, Orange Blossom and Witch Hazel. Each of them suit different needs but I personally think that they generally serve the same purpose – to soothe and refresh the skin, so I’d just pick whichever one your nose likes best :)
Here’s some things you can do with these floral waters that I’ve experimented with:-
- Chill it in the fridge and spritz over skin to cool and refresh on a hot day
- Dampen some pieces of cotton pads and place on skin for a quick refreshing face mask
Now, what I really need is for Melvita in Malaysia to carry these floral waters in travel size bottles under 100ml so I can take them on planes. The dry air in airplanes and hotel rooms bug me so being able to spritz this on my skin would be such a luxury and also relaxing! Some flights don’t allow you to carry aerosol cans that most of the facial mists come in so this one would be so much better. Its also a nice introduction to Floral Waters for those who are still hesitating, and will make very nice gifts. I hope they’re listening :P
Have you tried the Melvita Floral Water or any floral water from any other brand? Do you have any other tips for using these floral waters? Or perhaps you don’t think these floral waters serve any purpose at all :)
Melvita Floral Water comes in 6 flavours Price: RM122/200ml (Rose) RM91/200ml (all others) Availability: Melvita stores at Suria KLCC and 1 Utama (website)