Absolutes are regarded as the strongest aromatic product derived from a plant raw material. Not strictly essential oils as they are obtained through extraction with volatile solvents. The resultant concrete is a solid. The volatile oil is then extracted from the concrete using alcohol. The resultant products of this wash are the dark colored absolutes and the lighter colored floral waxes that are filtered off.
Hydrosols are the byproduct of steam distillation of flowers and herbs grown exclusively in the Nile Delta of Egypt. They can be supplied fresh from the distillation process (Need to be refrigerated and used within 6-9 months) or with a preservative added for a longer shelf life.
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