Rose water is a simple and beautiful ingredient to add to your daily skincare routine! Rose water has many wonderful benefits and is both hydrating and calming to the skin. It has a light smell of fresh roses that is very pretty and soft. I fell in love with rose water after purchasing a rose water spray from Amazon a few months ago to try out. I have been using it daily for the past few months and it has become a staple in my skincare routine! I decided to try making my own rose water and it really could not be easier. You only need a few ingredients and a spoon! This recipe uses organic rose petals and makes 1 liter of rose water so you can use it in a variety of recipes. I have a couple of really fun recipes coming in February that uses rose water because I just can’t get enough of it lately!
- Benefits of Rose Water: According to Dr. Jessica Weiser, a dermatologist in New York, rose water “reduces bacteria on the skin, decreases inflammation, and simultaneously hydrates and soothes the skin”.
- How I Use Rose Water:
– I use rose water in the morning before I apply my makeup to give my skin a little extra hydration and a slightly dewy finish.
– I use rose water in the evening after I get out of the shower or after I wash my face. Cleansers, even natural soaps, can alter the pH level in your skin and rose water helps to restore and balance it!
– I use rose water as a gentle toner whenever I feel like my skin needs a light cleansing.
- Additional Uses for Rose Water: I read an article from Refinery29 that gave some other great tips for using rose water! A few of my favorite suggestions were using rose water as an eye brightener, hair treatment, makeup remover, aftershave treatment, and spraying on scented sheets!
- Ingredients You Need to Make Rose Water: I will share links for the ingredients I used at the end of this post!
– Rose Petals: It’s important that the rose petals are organic since you will be applying this to your skin!
– Distilled Water: This will keep your rose water fresh for a longer period of time!
– Witch Hazel
– Glass Mason Jar: I used a 1 liter sized jar, but this recipe can easily be used for any size jar you like because exact measurements aren’t required!
- How to Make Rose Water:
– Fill your glass jar 1/3 of the way with rose petals.
– Pour distilled water over the rose petals until the water fills 2/3 of the glass jar.
– Fill the remainder of the jar with witch hazel until the jar is almost full.
– Gently use a spoon to stir the 3 ingredients until the rose petals are wet and covered by the liquid.
– Store indoors for 2 weeks before using.
- Make sure you are packing your rose petals well so that they are completely covered by the liquid! I did this by using the back of a spoon and pushing gently until the rose petals were fully submerged. The rose petals should all be very wet before you seal your jar.
- I’ve seen recipes for using both dried rose petals or fresh ones. I think either would work fine, but I do think that the dried rose petals are a better deal! I have tons of dried rose petals left over for future recipes and spent about $10 on them. I probably would have used up most of the rose petals if I bought a fresh bouquet and spent a few dollars more as well. Make sure you’re grabbing organic roses if you decide to try using fresh ones, and let me know how they turn out! 🙂
- I’ve read mixed opinions on whether you should leave your rose water in a sunny or dark area during the 2 weeks that you let it sit. I personally left mine by a window where it would get indirect sunlight. I also made a batch of Calendula Water recently and left it in a similar location and didn’t have any issues!
- When you’re ready to use your rose water, be sure to strain it carefully using a cheesecloth. I’ll have a few recipes coming in early February with fun ideas on how you can use your rose water for your skincare and beauty routines!
- You can dispose of your rose petals when you are finished using them or compost them, whichever you prefer!
- Your rose water should last for a few months if you use distilled water. I had plenty of rose petals left for future batches and to use in additional recipes!
- I’ll share a link for the rose water spray that I used before I started making my own if you would rather try a pre-made version! It says on the bottle that their rose water is “certified by periodic laboratory tests to be free of pesticide residues”, so I do feel perfectly comfortable using that brand. It’s also rated a “0” on the Think Dirty app!
- I included links below for two different sizes for the Weck glass jars: a 6 oz size as well as the one I used that holds 1 liter. I included a link for a pack of 8 oz quilted mason jars that work perfectly as well if you’re looking for something more affordable. I can’t get over how pretty these Weck jars are though!
- Be sure to click on the tags at the very end of this post for Beauty, Green Beauty, and Skin Care if you’re interested in seeing more recipes!
by Heritage Products [Heritage Store]
by Organic Bio Herbs [Organic Bio Herbs]
by Thayer's [Thayers]
by Ball Jar [Jarden Home Brands]