Rosewater is created from rose petals. But unlike with essential oil extractions that are done through cold pressing, a steam distillation process is used to separate the oils, and the rose water from rose petals. Rosewater can also be used as a perfume, for making candy or other sweets, and made into medicinal preparations.
One must be careful when purchasing the rosewater and be assured that it is genuinely made from rose petals, and not from a synthetic compound make in the laboratory. Rosewater can be synthesized, much like many other artificial flavorings or scents are. You’ll want to ensure you are only buying the 100% purest form. Carefully read the bottle you are purchasing.
Why is Rosewater Beneficial for Your Skin?
Rosewater is beneficial for the skin as it works in a variety of ways. When applied to dry skin, it can provide moisturizing benefits. It’s also helpful for people with oily skin as it can work as a toner to help calm over-productive oil glands. It can help to repair aging or damaged skin and soothe irritated or sensitive skin. Finally, it can provide antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties for people who suffer from acne, fungus, or other bacterial skin infections.
Rosewater can be used on all parts of your body. You can use it around your eyes, but you’ll want to avoid getting it in your eyes. After application, it quickly dries, leaving behind its soothing, moisturizing properties.
How to Make Your Own Rosewater for the Skin
While rosewater is naturally derived from making rose oils for the perfume industry, you may also make your own at home. This is especially beneficial if you grow your rose bushes. Depending on what types of roses you use will also depend on how fragrant your rosewater is. Through this technique, you are assured of the quality of your rosewater.
Collect together the following items to make your rosewater at home.
- 2 or 3 Quarts of rose petals from your rose garden
- Jug of Water
- Ice cubes, about 2-3 trays worth
- Small brick
- Blue canning pot with lid
- Stainless steel bowl
Method to Make Rosewater
Follow these steps to create your pure rosewater.
- Place your brick in the pot.
- Place the bowl on top of the brick.
- Place the rose petals in the pot, not the bowl.
- Place the rose petals up to the top of the brick.
- Pour in enough water to cover the tops of the roses.
- Pour in the water to also flow to the top of the brick.
- Put the lid on the pot, but upside down or backward.
- Turn on the stove to 3/4 heat setting.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Immediately place 2-3 trays of ice cubes on top of the lid.
You have now created your home distillery. As the water in the pot boils, the steam will rise to the top of the cold lid. It will then condense. This will move it to the center of the lid, where it will then slowly drip down into the bowl. Keep up with the bowling of your water. After 20 minutes, you’ll want to check on the formation of your rosewater.
- Lift the lid quickly.
- Scoop out a tablespoon or two of the rose water.
- Pour into a bottle.
- Repeat the above steps until you have a pint to a quart of rosewater.
- Stop the process when you have enough rosewater.
- Over-distillation of the petals will dilute it too much.
- Turn off heat and let the pot cool down.
- Discard your used rose petals into your organic compost bin.
- Clean up.
You’ll now be left with your own 100% pure distilled rosewater, which will smell and taste divine.
How to Use Rosewater for Optimal Benefits
Whether you make or buy your rosewater, you’ll want to ensure that you’re using it correctly. The application method is virtually the same, no matter the purpose. If you’re using rosewater as a toner, as a moisturizer, or as an antiseptic, you can follow the same steps.
- Use only pure 100% cotton puffs.
- Open the bottle and place the cotton puff on end.
- Turn the bottle, so the rosewater flows onto the cotton puff.
- Quickly right the bottle.
- You only need the one dab on your cotton puff.
- Close the bottle.
- Gently rub the cotton puff over your face or skin.
- Toss your cotton puff in the bin. Alternatively, tuck it beside the cat’s litter box to freshen that region.
- Keep your bottle of rosewater in a cool spot.
You can’t overdose on rosewater, but if you use too much, then you are merely wasting your bottle. If you made it yourself, you’re wasting your efforts.
Where to Buy Rosewater
If you don’t have time to make your rosewater, you may wish to purchase your bottle for your skincare needs. Here are a few places where you can look for it.
- An international or specialty-food store, such as a Persian store.
- On Amazon.
- Online websites that sell only naturally-sourced products.
- Cake decorating or baking shops that sell floral extracts.
How to Store Rosewater
Larger quantities last longer in a glass bottle with a twist-style lid or cap. If you are making a small recipe, such as with lemon juice, you can use the smaller plastic travel-sized bottles you can find in dollar stores. You can also pour rosewater into a plastic spray bottle and keep this in the fridge for when you need a refresher in the heat of summer.
If you purchase the rosewater, it will often have an expiry date on it. While you may not wish to consume it in sweets after this time, it will still be safe for use on the skin. If your rosewater smells stale or has turned a yellow color, it’s time to discard it.
You may discover many other ways to use rosewater to benefit your skin. It’s comforting to know that you can use a naturally-sourced product on your body, with ingredients that you can understand.