I stayed mum about this set of hydrosols as I was kept busy testing them for a few months, but I’m very excited to introduce this brand named DABBA all the way from Latvia! Several months ago, I was looking online for Eastern green beauty products when I came accross DABBA’s website (here) and I found myself transported in a ethereal and enchanted world. Very intrigued, I contacted them for more infos, and they were kind enough to offer me a sample to try. Little did I know they would send me 6 products from their range, one full-size (100ml) and five travel sizes (50ml). All ingredients are from natural origin, and 99% of the total ingredients are from organic farming. Certified by Ecocert Greenlife. If you’re looking for a unique experience with genuine plants from Latvian forests, look no further. It’s so exciting to experience green products from all over the world, and Latvia certainly has a lot to offer in the green beauty department.
Launched in 2012, DABBA currently showcases 8 different floral waters, as its main focus is to retain the properties of the plants to offer high-quality floral waters. DABBA strives through his products to showcase the fascinating part of Nothern plants and recreate the “scent of authenticity” with the utmost quality plants and purest water. All of Dabba’s hydrosols are made of two ingredients: the plant in question (from organic farming) and Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate.
“DABBA uses only the purest spring water and the most fresh organically grown or harvested plants to create its floral waters that are always made to meet the highest standards, treating them as the superior product to essential oil, that permits DABBA to use plants that contain no essential oil or its volume is considered to be insignificant.”
Hydrosols have a variety of virtues – anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, hydrating, refining, soothing or healing- depending on the ingredients your choose, and I’ve been a big fan of spritzing flowers on my face for a long time 😉 especially when they’re packed with antixoxidants. Now let’s have a look at them, shall we?
All have in common extraordinary soothing properties. Some have calmed and balanced my skin quicker than others, but all are beautifully hydrating.
Peppermint water: One of my favorites! Invigorating and supremely refreshing, mint is a natural astringent, and peppermint leaves have nutrients that contribute in toning the skin, minimizing pores and reducing inflammations, thus preventing the formation of pimples. This one has been my most used this Summer; it revives the skin after a few spritzes and it definitely helped balance my oily skin in this hot and humid weather.For normal skin
Meadowsweet floral water : Meadowseet contains various bioactives including the compounds of salicylic acid, and tannins and is used for its natural astringent and soothing skin benefits.
Heather floral water :Heather works well as both an antiseptic and detoxifier. DABBA’a heather hydrosol is made from heather blossoms collected from Latvian pine forests.
Both of these floral waters have a slightly sweeter scent compared to the others. They also work great as eyecompresses too for tired and puffy eyes. As I have oily skin, both of these provided a great source of hydration, but compared to the others of the bunch, I couldn’t really tell a big difference on my skin with these.
For combination/oily skin
Apple water: Apples are a great source of antioxidant. Regarding the skin benefits, apple is used to brighten and soothe, and is a great source of collagen, contributing in retaining the skin’s youthful appearance. Using this hydrosol feels like spritzing apple juice –minus the stickiness- and it’s refreshing as can be. I could tell this one was the most hydrating for me.
Birch leaf water Possibly the least pleasant olfactory-wise, but the leafy-herbal scent is so light that it quickly dissipates, so no worries. Birch in general is astrignent, and is commonly employed for helping deal with eczema. Sorry for being repetitive, but this one was also soothing, but not as as great as peppermint, apple and wild raspberry leaf for me.
Wild raspberry leaf: Scent-wise, its similar to Birch leaf, but it’s one of my favorites nonetheless.
DABBA prides itself to provide floral waters that have “the scent of authenticity” and I can certainly confirm this. It’s nature in a bottle so to say, and I’ll definitely purchase the chamomille floral water next once I use up my stock 😉
For more informations, feel free to contact them online (here). There’s also a German stockist but only for German, Austrian, and Swiss customers (here). Regarding the price, it’s somewhere around 10-15 Euros for a full-size bottle, or 15-20Euros for a set of three 50ml size bottles – which I consider is quite reasonable, considering the great quality and the unique blends of these hydrosols.
Have you heard of, or tried DABBA before? Do you know any Latvian green brands?
*Products kindly and generously sent to me, all opinions my own!
Green hunter, wellness junkie and pun maker on the website, I'm on a journey towards a kinder and healthier life. @lizthegreenspirit on Instagram.