We were prevented from creating products in our first harvest year due to Covid restrictions where we were unable to return to Italy until after June 2021, when the flowers were mostly finished but by grace we actually learned many important things during this time. In 2022, however, as well as distilling many litres of rose hydrosol from our five different perfumed roses (centifolia, damascena, kazanlik, rose rescht, rugosa hansa and queen bourbon), we also distilled helichrysum, oregano, lavender and rosemary.

One of our special products, is a delicious hydrosol blend, a special trio combining perfumed roses, helichrysum and lavender which we have called ‘Sinfonia di fiori’.

We are offering dark green and transparent bottles depending on your preference. Two sizes of 100ml and 250ml. We do have some 200 ml plastic bottles for ease of postage where needed. The prices are the same for either glass colour, but if you take the transparent bottle, be aware that there are three things that affect the quality of essential oils and therefore hydrosols too, which are light, warmth and air (see storage instructions below).

We are not offering to post the hydrosols as this is too difficult and expensive right now, but our products are available in the local markets in Liguria.

PRICES are below. What is a Hydrosol, Instructions how to use and Storage see below.

Prices

Clear or dark bottles available – Pure distillation

ROSE HYDROSOL 100ml : 10 euros

ROSE HYDROSOL 250ml : 20 euros

SINGLE OR TWIN PACK in JUTE BAG (choice of Rose/Helichrysum/Sinfonia di Fiori/Lavender) pure distillations 2x100ml : 20 euros (including bag)

Clear or dark bottles available

HELICHRYSUM HYDROSOL “immortelle” 100ml – 10 euros

HELICHRYSUM HYDROSOL “immortelle” 250ml – 20 euros


A TRIO OF 3 HYDROSOLS (perfume roses 50%, helichrysum 25%, lavender 25%)

SINFONIA DI FIORI : 100ml – 10 euros

SINFONIA DI FIORI : 250ml – 20 euros

SPECIAL PRICE BOX SETS : 250 ml size each

Olive Oil and Hydrosol – 22 euros

or two 250ml hydrosol bottles – 29 euros

CONFETTI FOR WEDDINGS OR SIMPLE GIFTS

DRIED FLOWERS IN SMALL SACHETS OR POUCHES (perfumed roses, english lavender and helichrysum – 3 euros (with optional hand-written word)

BEAUTIFUL BAG GIFTS WITH MINI SPRAY

Choice of preferred 100ml hydrosol – 10 euros

(including spray and jute bag with rose painting by my mother in her eighties).

ROSE PETALS AND ROSE WATER RECIPES

– See below for recipes

Use as potpourri, add to different recipes for food like truffles, jam and grind dried rose petal spice as sprinkling. Perfect for making rose elixirs, syrups and liqueurs…..in favourite cocktails too and for decoration of cakes and much else.

Photo shows rose sciroppo, rose ground spice, dark chocolate rose truffles & rose vodka

DRIED ROSE PETALS and GROUND ROSE

Small bags : 4 euros

Large bags : 6 euros

OREGANO HYDROSOL 100/250/500 ml:5/10/15 euro

LARGE BAG OF DRIED OREGANO – 6 euros

ESSENTIAL OIL OF OREGANO – 10 ml : 15 euros

Lavender plants after three years, up on the top terraces with the other aromatics, Lavendula x intermedia ‘Vera’. Hydrosols and essential oil in different size bottles and roller balls available. 10ml oil : 10 euros

What is a Hydrosol or floral water?

Our hydrosols are 100% natural made from filtered or distilled water with nothing else but the plant material. No extra water, no chemicals, alcohol, colours or preservatives. Distilled water is ultra pure water. It is 100% free from contaminants and contains no trace minerals.

This is as pure as it comes, just petals and water. Your skin will glow from the inside out because the hydrosols are bursting with vitality. YOU WILL FEEL AND SMELL THE DIFFERENCE.

Our traditional method of distillation means we use thirty litres of pure water, with three kilos of rose petals from five different varieties of perfumed roses, picked by hand, early that same morning. One bottle of 100ml therefore equates to 100 grams of pure fresh perfumed petals straight from the bush. Nothing else, just the soul of the plant alchemised into a delightful aromatic floral water.

Firstly, hydrosols are NOT simply distilled water with essential oils added to them because in this case, the two would not mix. Sometimes floral waters are sold and improperly classified as hydrosols, so it is wise to ask vendors for details about what is being sold.

Using solely plant material ie with rose petals or with the helichrysum, oregano and lavender it is both flowers and a small amount of leaves, some of the water-soluble plant oils combine with the water and impart therapeutic properties. Unlike plant water that is plant material soaked in water, the process of distillation releases volatile oil compounds, precious extracts from the flowers, making them reading available to your skin.

When essential oils are extracted by steam distillation, some of the aromatic and healing principles held within the plant are not captured during the process. These important components do not escape into another dimension, thankfully they are absorbed by the steam or water that is used to extract the oil. So these water-soluble (hydrophillic) parts of the plant, go into the hydrosol and supercharge them with more active principles than the essential oil.

This creates a hydrosol with a wide range of therapeutic and cosmetic benefits and they are a much gentler, more diluted product, which is safer to use than an essential oil. When the steam from the distilled filter water passes through the plant material, it takes with it the volatile oils from the plant. The two travel through the tube at the top of the steam vessel and down through the condensing tube. once the water and oil have separated, the essential oil is siphoned off the top and what you have left is the hydrosol.

Hyrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration such that there are many safe and gentle ways we can use them that we cannot do with essential oils. With lavender well established bushes, in one distillation it is easy to siphon off 100ml of essential oil but with perfumed roses and helichryseum the situation is very different, as it takes hundreds of bushes and plants to create just a small amount of essential oil. In all situations, being home made, the quality of the distillation is high and contains much more essential oils than most products you might buy on the open market.

Hydrosols then are particularly safe for use with sensitive individuals while still retaining some of the therapeutic action of the botanical.

How To Use Hydrosols

There are many ways to use hydrosols and they have the benefit of being essentially safe for anyone to use, undiluted on the skin for adults, children, pregnant and nursing women, the elderly and even most pets.  However, always do a patch test, especially if you have sensitive skin and test a small area for reactions before using all over your body.

Hydrosols are amazingly gentle, safe and easy to use products, they are more diluted than essential oils and simply put, they are made up of the light and refreshing aromatic water that is distilled with essential oils. 

We personally use them regularly as an air freshener, to change the atmosphere and vibration in the room, spraying linen and clothing, using them for prayer and meditation or when out in the car or in public places, as baby products ie nappy rash, to refresh and vitalise our skin and hair, in the bath, diffusing them in our vaporiser and also daily drinking a few drops of rose in filtered water or as a spritzer which is delicious and very uplifting. I nebulise regularly with lavender and oregano which is wonderful for clearing sinuses and for any respiratory conditions. We do use rose hydrosol to clean surfaces as the smell is so uplifting, but generally we use oregano for this because of its higher anti-bacterial property.

For facial use, simply spray or pour onto a cotton pad and wipe onto your face, You can spray directly if you prefer and then cleanse. Use the hydrosol as a gentle cleanser or as a facial toner before moisturising and whenever you desire refreshing, as this will cleanse, tone, hydrate, soothe and help restore pH balance.

You can also use the floral water in lotions as the water element when making your own products. Your skin will feel revitalised and soothed with any dryness, itching, redness associated with sun or wind burn, insect bites, rashes, burns, acne, eczema, bruises and wounds.

Traditionall distilled rose water needs no introduction. I spray it everywhere, drink it all day, use it on my face at night, it lifts my spirits and so much more.

Helicrysum Italicum is less well known but is an amazing plant with a second name of ‘Immortelle’, because the flowers when dry stay the same and last for a long time. Because of its incredible healing qualities internally and externally it is also called the ‘Golden Wound Healer’ because it helps with healing wounds of all kinds, physical, emotional and spiritual. It is like honey for the psyche to say nothing of how velvet your skin feels after spraying it. It’s name chrysum explains its mystic qualities as a ‘christed’ plant that no-one really fully understands, since it works at a multi-dimensional level that cannot be calibrated but is much recorded.

Rose and Helichrysum in particular, make wonderful facial toners and help balance the skin by reducing facial redness or dryness.   Just spray onto a cotton pad and wipe onto your face.   One particularly beautiful DIY dry skin toner mix is our Sinfonia di Fiori trio spray made up of:

2 parts Rose hydrosol : 1 part Lavender hydrosol : 1 part Helichrysum hydrosol 

Storage

There are three things to avoid with essential oils and hydrosols and these are LIGHT, AIR and HEAT as these cause deterioration. Hydrosols have essential oils and as such, do need to be stored properly in a cool, dark environment (like a refrigerator which is best) and obviously using the darker green bottle is preferable if the bottles are subject to daylight.

Since hydrosols contain no preservatives, they have a relatively short shelf life of around 9 months to two years but as they are relatively inexpensive, it’s fun and more economical to use them up and buy new ones rather than saving them for special use.

Our products generally last up to a year depending on how they are stored ie in the cool and dark but take care to check for any cloudiness or mould just in case. Do remember to keep the lid on as air causes damage as well as light and heat. We take particular care with our bottle sterilisation process and clean with 96% grade alcohol to ensure a sterile environment, so usually the hydrosols last for a surprisingly long time.

Rose petal and vanilla shortbread

ROSE PETAL AND VANILLA SHORTBREAD

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter At Room Temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Rose Petals (ground dried petals)
  • 1 Vanilla Bean scraped or good quality vanilla essence
  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour (I use almond or rice to be gluten free)
  • Powdered Sugar (Optional)
  • Place the butter and sugar in a bowl, and cream together with an electric hand mixer.
  • Add the salt, ground rose petals, and vanilla, and mix until blended.
  • Add the flour and combine at low speed until just mixed.
  • Shape into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (celsius 160) and use parchment paper.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a thickness of 1/2 inch, and cut with shaped cutters as preferred
  • Place the shortbread onto the baking sheets a little apart, and bake for about 10 to 13 minutes, or until the cookies just begin to brown.
  • Cool completely before storing. Once cool, you can dust with the powdered sugar or sprinkle some ground rose petals.
Divine Chocolate Rose Truffles

DIVINE CHOCOLATE ROSE TRUFFLES

This is a recipe by Pavla, an artist, delicious, rich and yet simple and easy to make….as she says the stuff offerings to gods and goddesses were made of. Ingredients for approx 45 pieces:

• 200g organic dates,
• 200ml organic coconut cream (or double cream),
• 80g organic almond tahini or almond butter,
• 140g dark chocolate with more than 70% cacao (melted in a water bath),
• 70g organic coconut oil,
• 80ml organic SATYA VITA rose water (70ml water with 10ml brandy is alternative idea!)

Whizz all ingredients with 70g of the melted chocolate in a blender until very smooth.

Cover the mixture and let it solidify in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

I use ice cube trays rather than rolling into balls which is messy, in which case you can put it straight in these and freeze. Each time one batch is solid, you can pop them out, put in a container or bag and this way they last for a long time and you can cover them in chocolate as and when you need as presents etc. They are delicious even without the extra chocolate coating!

When ready for finished product, melt the remaining 70 grams of chocolate in a bain-marie, dip the chocolates into melted chocolate and sprinkle rose petals on top for effect (grind rose petals in coffee grinder for this effect). I use a fine wooden skewer as warm fingers melt the chocolate which is a mess and then when the chocolate has set you can put a small blob of melted chocolate and sprinkle on the ground rose petals for an amazing look.

Delicious Rose Petal Syrup

ROSE SCIROPPO / ROSE SYRUP

This is a simple, easy to make rose petal syrup. The concentrate can be drizzled over ice cream or yoghurt with a few shavings of chocolate for a simple yet sensational dessert. It is delicious added to chai tea, but the simplest way, is to enjoy a delicious drink with carbonated or plain water.  Or of course in cocktails and champagne for that extra…..

  • Rose petals (dried or fresh) – One cup
  • Water (distilled or filtered) – One cup
  • Sugar (honey does not work, organic white or cane,  depending on flavour preferred) – One cup
  • lemon juice (approx one quarter teaspoon to every cup of petals) 

In a bowl, combine the sugar and rose petals and mix them together well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid, and let it sit overnight.  Move the sugar and rose petals to a saucepan and add the water. 

Over medium heat, whisk or stir well to dissolve the sugar.  Some people simmer for 10 minutes, otherwise leave to infuse until it’s cool.  Rub the liquid between your fingers, and when you can’t feel the grain of the sugar any more, remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover and let it sit overnight. 

Strain off the flower petals, pressing them to remove as much liquid as possible (use a muslin bag or cheesecloth for ease).  Throw away the petals and transfer the syrup to a jar with a tight fitting lid. But before you put that lid on, take a smell of the delicious fragrance it will already have. 

Rose Vodka and Rose Liquor

ROSE LIQUOR (or ROSE VODKA which is without the sugar)

4 cups of rose petals from  highly scented, fragrant roses (unsprayed)  

2 cups very strong vodka, 96% alcohol or grappa 

2 cups sugar 

2 cups of water (or substitute some rose hydrosol here for extra flavour)

Place rose petals in a clean ideally sterilised jar, add alcohol, close and keep in a cool,  dark place for at least two weeks.

Prepare the sugar syrup: boil water and sugar until dissolved.  Allow to cool.

Filter the alcohol mixture and add syrup. 

Keep it for least 3 months before using.

In some recipes the petals are left in the alcohol/syrup mixture and then strained at the time of serving.

Dried Rose Petals and Prototype of Rose Elixir (still in production)

What is a Herbal Elixir 

Herbal elixirs have been prepared for hundreds of years by steeping herbs in a combination of alcohol and raw honey which ends up as a delicious way to prepare medicine.  Tinctures are the same as an elixir with a less glamorous name, they are concentrated herbal extracts where alcohol is the solvent.  All tinctures are extracts but not all extracts are tinctures,  as alcohol must be the solvent. Using vinegar, glycerine and distilled water means your preparation is an extract, but it is not a tincture. 

Tinctures and elixirs steeped in alcohol, are dietary supplements in a concentrated, shelf-stable and liquid form. They can be used to support a wide range of wellness goals.  Their effects will depend upon the herb or herbs, the amount and frequency taken and the individual(s) ingesting them.  They can be taken straight by the dropper or diluted in tea or other drinks.  

In the case of a rose elixir, fragrant rose petals are steeped for four to six weeks, alchemising into the most beautiful tasting elixir that can be used in cooking, added to teas or taken by the dropper.  Not only do elixirs taste wonderful, but there are benefits from using both alcohol and honey,  as each of them can extract different medicinal qualities from the plant you are using.

In many herbal elixir recipes,  the herbs are mixed in a combination of half alcohol, half honey but others are less sweet with 25-35% raw honey instead.  You can adapt depending on how sweet you prefer your medicine.  It’s important to source rose petals on a dry and sunny day so that they do not have any moisture and to gently clear any insects and avoid having any chemicals from spraying.  Otherwise dried flowers equally can be used with an added advantage of no risk of moisture affecting the product,  but you will need to add less in the jar. 

Rose elixir (also called tincture or extract) is a concentrate made of infusing highly scented rose petals in menstrum (dissolving agent) such as vodka, rum, brandy,  bourbon or high strength grain alcohol.   The alcohol needs to be at least 40-50% (equal to 90-100% ethanol) and pulls out the active ingredients in the rose petals, concentrating them as a liquid.  The final product is a scented, strong,  long-lasting concentrate that has a variety of uses.  

Rose elixir is wonderfully fragrant and powerful, more concentrated than rose water but both possess similar medicinal benefits.  Rose can be really healing for burns and wounds, lessening any swelling and scarring.  Rose is known to move blood so it’s useful for pain relief, quicker healing and anti-inflammatory actions.  Roses are excellent for inflammation of all kinds, so this elixir can be used for anything from a sore throat to more chronic inflammatory conditions.  You can either take some drops under the tongue or perhaps add it to face toners, lotions, hair conditioners or face and hand creams as roses not only smell delicious, but help to balance ph. 

Use small amounts of the elixir as you would use any rose elixir, for trauma, heartbreak or stress. It’s calming (but not a sedative) and an uplifting nervine. Energetically speaking, roses help open our heart chakra allowing love and healing energy to flow in.  Rose medicine is the perfect healing remedy when people experience upset and abuse as well as physical ailments, helping when you feel disconnected and tense.  Rose gently moves stagnant liver energy, calms the nervous system and quells hot and inflamed states in the emotional and physical body.  Nutritionally speaking roses are loaded with vitamin C but also vitamins A and E, B-complex, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Rose petal elixir can be taken in very small amounts, four drops under the tongue, to uplift our frequency, help alleviate stress, anxiety and panic type feelings.  Roses have a cooling effect on the body, helpful also for skin irritation which is why they are often used in skin products.  Small amounts of this elixir can be used direct on insect bites and rashes as well, calming itches and even helping conditions like eczema.  Rose has a special talent for dealing with nerve and muscular pain as well,  relaxing sore muscles too. 

How to Make a Rose Petal Elixir

(If using dried rose petals which can increase the stability as there is no water content, then the ratio is one part of dried petals to five parts of alcohol. Fill the jar to half full if using dried ie slightly less than with fresh)

Supplies/Ingredients

  • Sterilised glass mason jar (choose your size according to petals available)
  • dried or fresh, highly perfumed rose petals (edible and not sprayed)
  • raw local and ethically sourced honey (not strong flavour as it will overwhelm the subtle rose)
  • alcohol of choice (brandy and bourbon is often used, or vodka which is the purest and most neutral tasting – needs to be minimum 40% content) 

Instructions

  • Fill your jar with rose petals (full but not packed down too much or less if dried)
  • Fill your jar with about 1/3 of the way with your honey
  • Top with your alcohol of choice (make sure all the petals are covered to avoid mould)
  • If you are using a jar with a metal lid, use a piece of parchment paper between the lid and the elixir. This will prevent the lid from corroding and contaminating your elixir.  Minimise the air space between the liquid and parchment to help avoid any rot.

Allow your jar to sit in a cool and dark place for at least 4-6 weeks. Whenever you think of it, a few times a week,  give it a bit of a shake and some love!  Use a chopstick or wooden spoon to push down the petals to ensure they are all covered by liquid and to avoid any possibility of mould occurring. 

When you are ready to use your elixir, simply strain out your petals (or other herbal product) using a strainer or cheesecloth. If you have an amber dropper bottle, you can fill that for easier use.  Label and date the jars or bottles, storing away from direct sunlight.  You can also dry out the left over petals and even crystallise them to create lovely snacks. 

Six weeks on, you will have a beautiful thick and rich rose elixir which can help with a multitude of skin conditions and mood enhancing situations.   You can even use it on babies or put it in bathwater or in cooking with truffles and deserts to give that unmistakeable rose flavour (only a few drops is needed as it’s easy to over-do).   Rose extract adds a very unique flavour to desserts like creme brulee and sorbet, pastries, cakes, biscuits and even middle eastern recipes.  It’s the perfect ingredient to add to whip cream, icing, frosting or topping and is perfect in the morning smoothie, on ice-cream or pancakes.  You can even dilute it with water or add to a favourite cocktail.

Alternatively, if you would like to avoid the use of alcohol, you can substitute organic vegetable glycerine or apple cider vinegar or even simply make a rose petal honey. It is great to have some medicine (in this case it will be an extract ie not a tincture) that does not contain alcohol and making it more accessible, especially for those in recovery.  In this case, use three parts glycerine and one part distilled water, shake to combine and follow the same procedure as above.