I love rose water. I “discovered” it (for myself… I realize it’s been around forever…) a few years ago, and it’s been one of my favorite things to add into my skincare and beauty routine. I use it in my homemade face toner, I use it in my homemade face wash, I will put it in the bathtub, I put it in my DIY makeup setting spray, I sometimes add it in homemade hand soap… And it’s honestly even just great to put in a spray bottle by itself and spray it on your face as a refreshing misting spray. It’s a really versatile and multipurpose item to have in your beauty and skincare arsenal.
Depending on the brand you buy, it can be somewhat expensive. And since I sometimes like to DIY beauty things, I wondered if I could set out to make Rosewater myself… it turned out to be INCREDIBLY easy to make. And since this recipe is coming to you not long after Valentine’s Day, I thought it might be a good way for you to use up those dried out and dead rose petals you probably have in your house.
Now, to make basic rose water, you literally JUST need dried rose petals and water (plus a few basic kitchen tools). BUT, if you really want to take it up a notch, you can add Rose essential oil if you have it. Since I *do* have Rose essential oil, I decided to add a couple drops of it to my recipe…
I hope you enjoy this and if you try to make it yourself, let me know!
On your stovetop, place the dried rose petals in a large pot and cover with the filtered or distilled water. I put 2 cups in the recipe above, but you may need a little more or less... basically you want the rose petals completely covered in water, but not drowning in water (otherwise the rose water will be *too* watered down).
Over medium heat, bring the water to a simmer. DO NOT boil them.
Simmer the petals until the petals have lost their color.
Remove from heat and let water completely cool.
Using a mesh strainer, strain the rosewater into a glass jar, add in your 2-3 drops of Rose essential oil if you want, and seal!
I usually will put the rose water in a large mason jar and transfer to small glass spray bottles.
You can store it on your counter for 2-3 weeks or store in your fridge and it will last for a few months. I like to store the mason jar in the fridge and refill my small glass spray bottle every week or so.