by Sophia Steinmetz
Up to now, hydrolates – also called flower waters – have been regarded as by-products that are created during the production of essential oils. We have a different point of view. We realise and appreciate the importance of gentle fragrances as a premium resource for natural cosmetics, cleansing products, and aromatherapy. We, therefore, draw on the many years of expertise of our employees and produce water-based hydrolates explicitly – not as a by-product – with finest essential oils.
We place particular emphasis on certified process quality (ISO 9001) and fully traceable supply chains of essential oils from organic origin. Against the backdrop of the “Fridays for Future” movement and a growing number of critical consumers, end-to-end sustainable environmental awareness and supply chain transparency have become the “state of the art”, especially in the raw materials sector. “Eco” is on everyone’s lips. Certified environmental awareness, for example according to ISO 14001, is therefore becoming a predicate. The purchase of 100 percent local green electricity emphasises one’s own climate awareness on top of that. This environmental approach is one reason why naturamus has decided to produce hydrolates with essential oils.
Since we are in charge of the production management and do not import tons of fresh plants by ship, we significantly reduce our CO2eq emissions. Instead, we produce hydrolates in-house. This approach makes us independent of partly unstable supply chains as well as seasonal availability and ensures local jobs in the Swabian SME sector.
Holistic sustainability also means that resources are preserved and products are used in their entirety. Long-term storage including destruction of hydrolates is, therefore, not an option for naturamus. Instead, we produce hydrolates on demand according to the customer’s wishes throughout the year – regardless of the harvest time of fresh plants. This allows us to minimize storage times and to exactly meet the demand with our production.
We achieve this by using essential oils instead of herbs and flowers. The quality of these products depends on external factors such as climate and weather conditions. On top of that, producers of genuine hydrolates are confronted with the challenge of microbial contamination. During the time-honoured process of steam distillation to extract essential oils from plant and herbal extracts, tiny particles are often carried along with the steam flow. As a result, they can pass into the distillate. These particles provide a breeding ground for microorganisms, making the finished products more susceptible to microbial contamination. This problem can be countered preventively with the help of essential oil processing. Adherence to strict hygiene standards and close-meshed quality control – including microbiological laboratory tests per batch – support this quality standard. The use of preservatives and ethanol is, thus, unnecessary.
naturamus offers a wide-ranging portfolio of conventional as well as organic, (analogue)-certified hydrolates from its own production. We also expand our portfolio upon customer request. Salary processing is also possible.
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