One of my favorite natural products for hair and skin care is rosewater. I love the smell and how it makes my skin look and feel. I also use it in mixing DIY hair products such as my apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse.
The only downside to using rosewater is the price of it. And because I use it so frequently, I had to learn how to make rose water myself.
For those of you who haven’t yet experienced the benefits of rosewater, let me share some of the many reasons why you will love it.
Benefits of rose water
Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, you can benefit from using rosewater. Rosewater has been used as a beauty treatment for centuries (think Cleopatra) and continues to be a staple in many skincare routines today. And there’s many reasons why:
- Calms the skin. Rose water is rich in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory which soothes, tones and moisturizes the skin.
- Balances the skin’s pH level. The use of harsh facial cleansers, soaps and other facial products can disrupt the pH balance of your skin. This can eventually result in acne and other issues with your skin.
- Hydrates the skin. Using rosewater as a toner nourishes the skin by entering the pores and providing mild hydration.
- Slows down aging. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays and the use of harsh chemicals in many commercial products ages the skin faster. The high antioxidant content in rosewater helps combat this by neutralizing free radicals.
- Reduces puffiness. The anti-inflammatory properties of rosewater not only refreshes skin, but also reduces puffiness–especially under the eyes.
- Soothes eczema. Pure rosewater has cooling properties which soothes and calms the irritation caused by eczema.
Uses of rose water
While my favorite way to use rosewater is as a toner, I also use it in other DIY recipes. As mentioned, I add it to my ACV hair rinse for a gentle detox and cleansing wash.
For acne-prone skin, the ACV toner is an effective remedy–but the smell can be a bit much. I use rosewater as my “water” base and add the ACV to it (1:1 ratio). Add 4-6 drops of tea tree oil and you have an amazing anti-septic and anti-inflammatory toner.
You can also pour a cup of rosewater in your bath for a soothing and fragrant spa-like soak. Or simply spritz your body with rose water as a body spray or perfume.
How to make rose water
Want the benefits of rosewater without the hefty cost? Here’s a DIY rosewater recipe that’s super effective at a fraction of the cost.
How To Make Rose Water & Rosewater Toner
- Organic rose petals (fresh) As many as you like--I used about 2 cups
- Distilled water Just enough to cover the rose petals
- Remove petals from rose stems and rinse under lukewarm water to remove any residue.
- Place petals in large pot and add enough distilled water to just cover the petals (more than that will dilute the rosewater)
- Place pot on stove over medium-low heat and bring water to a simmer, then cover.
- Let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until petals have lost their color.
- Strain the rose petal water into a large bowl to separate the rosewater from the petals.
- Store rosewater in a glass jar. It will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator or up to one week on the counter.
- To make toner, simple take 1 tbsp of the rosewater and add 4 tbsp of distilled water. Place in a small spray bottle and shake gently to mix. To apply, spray directly on face or onto a cotton round then wipe gently on face.