I made rosewater! Rose’s reputation in skincare is well-earned, and I blogged about its benefit as well as some rose sheet masks in the post here. I first made rosewater and posted on BeautyTalk 3 years ago. I’ve tried many rose products, and most of them were lovely, but there’s just something so wonderful about pure, freshly made rosewater that most skincare are unable to replicate. The most time-consuming part of the DIY is to thoroughly wash all the rose petals, so make sure to set aside a few hours for this.
First of all, as with all DIY, use the cleanest/safest ingredients and sanitize everything! Since you are putting it on your face, make sure to use roses without pesticides/chemicals. Wash all the pots, bottles, and tools you plan to use thoroughly. If you take care to be sanitary while making it and store it in the fridge, it lasted over a month before the color started to change a bit. It worked wonderfully as a toner, facial spray or even impromptu sheet masks!
DIY Rosewater Recipe
- Fresh roses, pesticides/chemical free
- Distilled water
- Pot for simmering the rose petals
- Bottle for storing the rosewater
- Stirring utensil for when simmering
- (Optional) Funnel for pouring rosewater into bottle
- (Optional) Strainer or clean cheesecloth to filter the rosewater/rose petals
Pull off undamaged rose petals from fresh roses, then wash all the dirt/bugs off the petals one by one. It’s like a mini-world between the layers of petals…miniature spiderwebs, giant ants, tiny green bugs and dead bugs. You don’t want any of that getting boiled and smeared on your face do you? It’s tedious to examine and wash the petals one by one, but they do look so pretty and smells so heavenly.
Once washed, put the petals in a pot and pour in distilled water until it covers the petals. If you pour in more water it will be more diluted. Don’t worry if it didn’t completely cover the petals, because they wilt. Then simmer until all the colors are gone, stir as needed, then take it off the stove to cool:The more fussy method to get purer rosewater is to put a bowl in the middle of the pot, invert the lid and let the condensation drips into the bowl. There isn’t a difference between the rosewater in the bowl or in the pot for me, so no need to bother.
If you boil it too long, the rosewater become diluted and start losing its scent but it still works wonderfully on the skin. When the rosewater has cooled, use the strainer (or just stirring utensil to hold the rose petals back) to separate the rosewater from the boiled rose petals. Store in the refrigerator, mine kept well for at least a month before the color started to change and it stopped working as well.
You can now use it as a toner, facial mist, or saturate two cotton pad to use as eye masks. When I used it on my face, it left my skin hydrated, clean and SO VELVETY SOFT!!! If you made too much and don’t want it to go bad, pour it in your bath or use as hand/feet soak.
The only rose skincare products that has given me similar velvety softness are Sunday Riley Flora oil, Dior Toning Lotion with Velvet Peony and Valentia Royal Rose Serum. With that said, I have not tried any store-bought pure rosewater, which I definitely plan to do in the near future. If you have access to fresh organic roses and have some free time, I’d definitely recommend giving this DIY a try. =)