Do you know how to make rosewater? Last time I was in the city, I visited the beauty counter at a department store to see what was available. One of the products I looked at was a facial toner that was scented with rosewater. There was a tester to check out the fragrance, and I fell in love. The toner was priced a bit out of my budget, so I didn’t end up getting it, but it did start me thinking about how to make rosewater so I could create my own.
How to Make Rosewater & 5 Beauty Uses
Rosewater has been used throughout history both for scent and for beauty applications. It’s even been used in cooking. In the summer, I do have a rosebush in the backyard, so I plan on experimenting more when my roses are in bloom. For now, I used roses from the florist. If you plan on using rosewater on your body or in your food, be certain that you choose roses that have not been sprayed with chemicals. If you’re using it simply for fragrance, it’s not as important.
If you need to, instead of starting with fresh roses, it’s possible to start with dried roses. Just be sure that you get dried roses that are not artificially scented and have not been sprayed with chemicals.
- Water, distilled if you can
- Rose petals (fresh or dried)
- Small pot
- Spray bottle
- Very fine cheesecloth
- Place the water in a pot on the stove and add rose petals. Cover the pot. How many you use will depend on the size of the spray bottle.
- Simmer on very low heat until the rose petals lose their color. Do not boil. The heat should be very low.
- Turn off the heat and leave the cover on. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Remove the rose petals by hand or using a slotted spoon.
- Using a funnel and the cheesecloth, slowly pour the rose water into the spray bottle straining out any leftover pieces of petals.
- Store it in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.
5 Beauty Uses for Rosewater
Now that you know how to make rosewater, here are a few ways you can use it.
- Soothe Your Skin – Rosewater is magnificent for sensitive skin, so it’s the perfect thing to use after shaving to soothe away any irritation.
- Prevent Puffiness – Keep your rosewater in the refrigerator and dab a bit on a cotton ball to reduce under eye puffiness. Gently press the cotton ball on your under eye area to prevent puffiness.
- Tone Your Skin – Dampen a cotton ball with rosewater and use it as a facial toner. Just wipe gently across your face to tighten and soothe your skin.
- Brighten Your Hair – After washing your hair as normal, rinse your hair with a cup of rosewater. It helps condition your hair and adds shine.
- Scent Your Bath – Add a cup of rosewater to your bathwater for an exotic, natural scent for that special night.
Love the scent of roses? Learn how to make rose scented massage oil.
For more Valentine’s Day ideas, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- How to Make Rose Water by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- A Valentine’s Day Breakfast by The Guavalicious Life
- Salted Caramels by How Was Your Day?
- Valentine’s Day Krispies Treats by This Mama Loves
- Homemade Strawberry Syrup for Flavorful Delights by Day by Day in Our World
- Pom Pom Valentine’s Day Craft for Kids by Our Family World
- French Vanilla Raspberry Italian Cream Soda by Pretty Opinionated
- Epsom Salts DIY Valentine’s Candles by A Day in Motherhood
- Chocolate Honey Lip Scrub by The Socialite’s Closet
- Hugs and Kisses Valentine’s Cupcakes by Simply Southern Mom
- Printable Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt by Mom on the Side
- Box of Chocolates Cake by Kids Fun Reviewed
- Cranberry Hootycreek – Valentine’s Day Cookies by MommaDJane
- Dark Chocolate Granola by Food Fun Family
- Valentine’s Day “Love Lives Here” Decorative House Craft by Sincerely Mindy
- Hand Sewn Valentine Cards by Beyond Mommying
- No Bake Choco-Date Cookies for Valentine’s Day by Mommy Snippets
- DIY Heart Stamp for Kids by Family Focus Blog
- DIY Peppermint Chocolate Bark Favors by A Bride on a Budget
- Day Out With Daddy Jar by Sweet Lil You
- No Sew Fringed Scarf for Him – or Her! by Style on Main
- Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar by 2Boys+1Girl=OneCrazyMom
- Valentine’s Day Oreo Hearts by Gator Mommy Reviews