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How to Make Your Own Rose Water For Beautiful, Healthy Skin

DIY Rose Water

I’ve written extensively here on the blog about my love for rose water. It’s nourishing, hydrating, and gentle on skin, which makes it a great natural skin care option for nearly every skin type. It can be used in many different DIY skin care “recipes”, like an anti-acne spray and a post-workout toner.

DIY Rose Water

You can purchase rose water online, but I thought it would be fun to explore the possibility of making my own (plus, I’ve had several of you request it!)

The process is surprisingly easy, and I think it would make a great DIY gift for friends and family. So let’s get started, shall we?

Make Your Own Rose Water

Start by removing the petals from about 3 roses, and place them in a small pot. Add distilled water into the pot, just enough so that the petals are barely covered.

Make Your Own Rose Water

Place the pot on the stove and bring it to a simmer. Cover the pot with a lid, and allow the petals to simmer until the rose petals have lost most of their color.

Make Your Own Rose Water

Once most of the petals have become transparent, strain the petals out of the water into a bowl or jar, and allow the rose water to cool.

DIY Rose Water

While homemade rose water probably won’t have all of the potent properties of rose water that’s made using pure rose essential oil, there are still plenty of beneficial ways to use it!

  • Add some to your next bath for a relaxing and skin-nourishing soak.
  • To use it as a skin toner, add a tablespoon of rose water to 1 cup of distilled water.
  • Put some in a small sprayer bottle to use as a light fragrance.
  • Pour half a cup or so into a bowl of hot water to use as a foot soak for dry or tired feet.

What is your favorite use for rose water?

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  • Hello! I have made rosewater by distillation and kept the simmering water too. The simmering water, rose water, which I kept in the fridge, has developed some sort of mother, like the one homemade apple cider vinegar develops. Is this normal?? I’ve looked on line a+but cannot find an answer to this… Thank you so much in advance!!

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  • I personally cannot use rose water as I am allergic to all things roses. However, I do recall my Mom using a product called “Rosewater and Glycerin” for dry skin. It was a very popular solution, back in the day.

    • Yes in Iran where roses are easily available, the grandmother’s used to.make rose water, add glycerin and few drops of lemon juice and that made an excellent moisturizer especially for whitening dark rlbows, knees etc.

  • Why not make it with rose essential oil? Then you’d be getting the benefits if the EO and not taking a chance of chemicals from the roses…unless you have roses that you know have not been sprayed.

  • Hi my mother thougt me to use rosewater when she,s ironining. Do some rosewater instead of normal water in your ironmachine and your clothes smell lovely. Thos works also with lavenderwater.

  • I would think that if you’re going to ingest it or use it on your skin, you should consider whether the roses have been sprayed with chemicals – in the garden or by the florist.

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