Rosewater is taking TikTok and beauty counters by storm this year—but you can skip the high price tag and DIY your own to get the glow without going broke. To amp up your skincare game and create your own rosewater, you'll need just a few simple ingredients and a kitchen to cook your creation up in.
What is Rosewater?
Rosewater is a toner often pitched as a gentle, more natural skincare product. Because quality varies vastly from company to company, you have to make sure that your rosewater is made with clean ingredients and isn't adulterated by chemical fillers or fake rose oils. Believe it or not, beauty companies often use rose scents or adulterated rose derivatives to mimic the smell of rose petals and trick you into paying more for a lower quality problem. So while you could scour the shelves for safe rosewater, we prefer to attack this problem with a simple skincare DIY.
Benefits of Rosewater
Rosewater is a natural toner. It can decrease redness in the skin and can have a very soothing effect. In many cases, when combined with a quality moisturizer, rosewater can also add to an increase in hydration in the skin—which, in turn, reduces the look of fine lines on the face and neck. Rosewater is also a must for soothing irritated skin. Because this toner is so gentle, it is great for calming even sensitive skin or skin with acne, rosacea, or eczema.
Rosewater also boasts a few anti-inflammatory properties as well as antiseptic properties. Powerful antioxidants are found in rose petals as well, so when you're rosewater is real, you are adding those benefits to your skincare routine as well.
And in case you weren't convinced about rosewater yet, rosewater has been shown to help with scarring, cuts, and burns. The rosewater speeds up the healing process, and though anecdotal, people swear by it for reducing the visibility of scars later down the road.
Clean rosewater can also be used internally to promote good digestion and enhance your mood, but we recommend talking to your doctor before you ingest rosewater.
How to Make Rosewater
To make basic rosewater, you need rose petals and distilled water. It's best to use rose petals that haven't been chemically treated with pesticides because this solution will be going directly onto your skin. It's also best to use fresh petals.
Start with seven to ten stems of roses per liter of water. You'll want to take your roses, remove all of the petals, wash them gently under lukewarm water, and place them in a large pot on your stove. Don't turn the heat on until you add the water. When you are adding the water, add in just enough to cover your rose petals.
Turn on the stove to medium-low heat and let the water begin to simmer. Enjoy the smell of roses filling your house until the rose petals begin to lose their color. This will probably take half an hour.
Once your mixture is ready, strain out the rose petals and pour the rest of the mixture into a jar for storing—you've just created pure rosewater. For some skin, this will be too strong of a mixture, so you'll want to dilute with a tablespoon or two of distilled water.
We like to take a small face spray bottle (just a few oz), add two tablespoons of purified water, and then fill the rest of the face spray bottle with your rosewater. You can adjust the solution to what works best for you, but always be careful when messing with your skincare.
You can also use 100% pure rose essential oil to make rosewater, but this technique comes with a hefty price tag. One bottle of real rose essential oil costs hundreds of dollars.
Once you've mastered your rosewater recipe, try adding the solution to coconut oil to create a DIY moisturizer that will leave your skin dewy and glowing.