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Cornflower hydrosol

Commonly known as: Cornflower hydrosol, Cornflower water, Cornflower water extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water (INCI), Blue knapweed, Bachelor's button, Bluebottle water, Hurtsickle water.
Botanical name: Centaurea cyanus L.
Extraction process: Steam distillation of organic dried flowering tops.
Family: Asteraceae.
Part of the plant extracted: Flowers.
Location: Native to Northern Europe. Also found in North America.
Flowering: Annual, from May to September.
Provenance, origin: Mainland France.
Phytochemical composition: Anthocyanins, protocyanins, flavonoids (flavone, quercetin, rutin), polysaccharides (galacturonic acid, arabinose, glucose, rhamnose, galactose), couramines, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, phenoxycarboxylic acid, indole alkaloids.
Sensorial properties: Appearance: Clear liquid; Colour: Colourless; Scent: Herbaceous, slightly lemony.
Physical characteristics: Density: 0.950-1.050g/ cm3; pH: 3.0-5.0; Soluble in water.
Benefits: Soothes, refreshes, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, decongestant.
Concerns: All skin typologies, especially dry, sensitive and reactive skin. Recommended for tired eyes, and swollen and irritated eyelids.



  • Face care (lotions, masks, serums, creams, make-up removers, eye contour care);

  • Body care (body milks, shower gels, after-sun care);

  • Make-up (foundations, concealers, mascaras, blushes, eyeshadows, face powders).


Store at a temperature below 4°C, away from light, heat and humidity.

Contra-Indications and Precautions

Cornflower hydrosol has no particular contraindications.

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The Greek legend tells that the nymph Chloris, charmed by the bucolic poetry of the young Cyanos, would have transformed him into a cornflower so that the memory of this nature lover lives forever. The cornflower is also a symbolic flower in France. It represents the Armistice of November 11, 1918 and the poilus, veterans of the 1st World War.