Homemade Rose Water

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A Rose Beauty DIY that has amazing skin benefits while helping you save money, this Homemade Rose Water Toner is a great addition to your daily skincare regime.

An easy step-by-step tutorial for how to make homemade rose water, a great natural skin toner with amazing benefits and a wonderful scent.

Homemade Rose Water Recipe

My daughter is getting to the age where she needs to start having a daily skin regime to prevent or fight break-outs and keep her skin looking and feeling healthy.

It’s a good life habit to get into because poor skin care habits can create or exasperate issues that can last a lifetime. I truly believe that being proactive in our skin care is much more impactful and important than being reactive. Preventing issues is better than fixing issues, or as the old saying goes: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure.

I’m prioritizing natural ingredients that are gentle for sensitive skin. Making some of our own skincare supplies not only allows me to ensure that what she’s putting on her skin is pure and natural, it’s also a lot more affordable than buying pricey natural skincare products – especially for a 9 year old who may spill or goof off with it.

To make using her rose water toner even easier (and prevent accidental spills), I make DIY toner pads by placing natural cotton rounds in a mason jar and saturating them with the homemade rose water. I then keep the remaining rose water in the fridge to keep it from spoiling, but it can also be kept in a cool, dark space. You can alternatively use a small spray bottle and spritz the rose water on your face.

After cleansing her face, Ella takes one cotton round and gently swipes it all over her face to remove any remaining impurities and also impart the benefits of rose water onto her skin. She then follows it up with a light (store bought) moisturizer. Once or twice a week she uses a natural sugar scrub to exfoliate.

Rose Water Toner Benefits:

Homemade Rose Water is an excellent facial toner because it is gentle enough for sensitive skin while removing impurities and fighting harmful bacteria and free radicals. Some of the benefits of using rose water as a natural facial toner include:

  • the smell of roses releases endorphins, promoting calm and happy feelings
  • has anti-aging properties due to high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C
  • a study showed that rose water can help calm eczema, rosacea and mild acne
  • rose water contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities
  • rose water can be used to soothe sunburns
  • rose water is high in antioxidants which helps fight the damage caused by free radicals in our environment

Do I need to use fresh roses to make homemade rose water? No, you can use dried rose petals (approximately 1/3 of the amount of fresh rose petals) if you don’t have fresh rose petals on hand. I tend to make this recipe with rose petals that are starting to wilt.

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Homemade Rose Water Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: opt for roses that are free of preservatives or pesticides, as you don’t want to be spreading those chemicals onto your skin – especially in the highly concentrated way that we make this rose water.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Stockpot
  • Measuring Cup
  • Strainer
  • Mason Jars

How to Make Homemade Rose Water

Remove the petals from your roses, discarding any greenery, bugs or dirt that you may come across.

The petals should be clean – if not, rinse them very well before placing in a clean stock pot.

Cover the rose petals with the distilled water and place over medium heat until the water starts to simmer.

Once the water is simmering, reduce heat to medium-low and place a lid on the stockpot.

Continue simmering for 15-25 minutes, until the rose petals have become very pale and the water has a rich hue.

Remove the pot from the heat and allow the water to cool completely.

Use a strainer to remove the rose petals from the rose water. Discard the rose petals.

Place the rose water in a clean mason jar. Use this jar to fill spray bottles or decant into smaller mason jars full of cotton rounds for DIY toner pads.

Keep the rose water in a cool, dark place to prevent spoilage.

 

Pin this Easy Rose Water Toner Recipe for the next time you have fresh roses starting to wilt:

How to Make Rose Water, a natural homemade skin toner that delivers amazing skin benefits while being affordable and smelling great. Tips for how to make it using either fresh or dried rose petals

Grab your free printable instructions for how to make homemade rose water:

Yield: 4 cups rose water

Homemade Rose Water

Homemade Rose Water

An easy step-by-step tutorial for how to make homemade rose water, a great natural skin toner with amazing benefits and a wonderful scent.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • Rose Petals from 6 roses, approximately 2 cups
  • 6 cups Distilled Water
  • Cotton Rounds

Tools

  • Stockpot
  • Measuring Cup
  • Strainer
  • Mason Jars
  • Spray Bottle, optional

Instructions

  1. Remove the petals from your roses, discarding any greenery, bugs or dirt that you may come across.
  2. The petals should be clean - if not, rinse them very well before placing in a clean stock pot.
  3. Cover the rose petals with the distilled water and place over medium heat until the water starts to simmer.
  4. Once the water is simmering, reduce heat to medium-low and place a lid on the stockpot.
  5. Continue simmering for 15-25 minutes, until the rose petals have become very pale and the water has a rich hue.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the water to cool completely.
  7. Use a strainer to remove the rose petals from the rose water. Discard the rose petals.
  8. Place the rose water in a clean mason jar. Use this jar to fill spray bottles or decant into smaller mason jars full of cotton rounds for DIY toner pads.
  9. Keep the rose water in a cool, dark place to prevent spoilage.

Notes

You can use 2/3 cup dried rose petals in place of the fresh rose petals, if desired.

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I hope you love this homemade rose water toner recipe – and how much money it saves you on natural skincare products!

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