Recently, after making some face mists, I learned how versatile and beneficial rose water can be. Rose water is a super simple DIY beauty tonic that anyone can make in a hurry. In less than an hour, you can have a multipurpose beauty potion that is both functional and fun.
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Organic roses for rose water is always best, but unfortunately, they can be hard to find. The best place to find organic roses may be locally grown sources, such as farmers markets.
If organic roses aren’t an option, be sure to rinse your roses off before boiling them.
Ingredients & Supplies:
- 6 Roses = 1½ C. (medium to tightly packed) petals
- 3 C. Distilled Water
- Rubberband (to secure cheesecloth around bowl)
- Bowls (medium to large).
- Dishcloth (something to cover roses while steeping)
- Jar or Plastic Containers
**Red roses make a pink hue, whereas pink roses make a yellow/rust color.
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- Rinse off roses.
- Take petals off stems and place in a bowl.
- In a pan, bring water to a boil.
- Once water is done boiling, pour it over the petals.
- Submerge petals in water lightly with a spoon.
- Cover bowl with a dishcloth.
- Let petals steep 30 minutes.
- While petals are steeping, secure cheesecloth with a rubber band around the second bowl.
- Pour petals and water through cheesecloth, catching petals on top of cheesecloth; letting rose water flow through cheesecloth and into a bowl.
- Take off cheesecloth and let the rose water cool before storing in a container.
**Store in a cool, dark place or refrigerator. Will last up to several months.
Rose water has many beauty benefits and uses. It helps maintain the skin’s pH balance and can be used for both oily and dry skin. Rose water has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and is also an anti-inflammatory agent. It’ll help reduce redness, acne, and eye puffiness. It cleans, hydrates, and tones.
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Rose water has quite a few uses. Here are a few:
- Use as a face mist by itself or add additional ingredients. See my post on face mists here.
- Use as a toner after makeup removal.
- Soak a cotton ball or small cloth with rose water and let sit over closed eyelids for a few minutes to reduce puffiness.
- Use as a hair rinse. Pour ½ cup through hair at end of washing and conditioning.
- Add 1 cup to bathwater.
- Use as a body splash.
- Use as a bed linen spray.
Rose water is such a wholesome, versatile, and beneficial beauty and health tonic. You can even add it to other lotions, creams, and products you already use. What do you use rose water for? Let me know in the comments section!
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Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
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