How to Make Rose Water
I first hear about rose water a few years ago perusing some of my favorite blogs. I really loved learning about French beauty and fashion trends at the time, something that seems almost from another world now! It was not long after reading about expensive French rose water that I saw it popping up in small local boutiques made by independent beauty companies. Now you can purchase this stuff at the drugstore, but why is it so great? Isn't it just roses and water? Why is it so expensive?!
In truth, it's simple. Roses and water in a bottle. How easy is that? Of course, there's a little bit of craft that happens in between but not much. Rose water has amazing benefits for your skin. It helps to maintain your skin's pH balance, controls excess oil from forming, has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces eczema and dermatitis, moisturizes, and heals scars. You can use it in multiple ways such as a facial toner, hair rinse, and overall skin toner. I like to combine my finished rose water product with some witch hazel!
Ingredients + Recipe |
- 1 cup dried or fresh rose petals
- 2 cups distilled water
- Over the stove, heat the rose petals and distilled water over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil and stir, until the petals' color fades. They may even become completely colorless!
- Cool completely to room temperature and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a glass jar with an airtight seal.
- Refrigerate for up to one month or keep on the counter for one week.
So simple! In the photo above with the rose petals still in the jar - I mostly did this because it was so pretty! I most likely wouldn't leave the petals inside, but I don't see why you couldn't! Because this recipe involves water, it's smart to keep it refrigerated so bacteria and mold do not begin to grow. For my own routine, I use rose water in the mornings and night after a quick rinse with my favorite facial soap or oil. It smells so good! You'll love it.