DIY Rose Water

Rose water is not only beautifully fragrant but extremely versatile. It has a numerous range of uses including facial toner, hair perfume, cooling mist, and linen freshener. In addition, Rose petals are edible and rosewater has a place in the culinary world as well.

I use rose water as a primer for my makeup. I spray it on my face before I start applying make up and after when I’m done. This helps my makeup stay on all day and it make the foundation or whatever I’m applying on my face go on smooth. My skin glows and you can’t see any of my pours. Such a game changer! 

How to Make Your Own Rose Water From Scratch

If you like making DIY beauty products or exotic food recipes and have access to garden-grown roses, you have to try this recipe!

There are two relatively easy ways to make rose water at home:

The easiest and quickest way is by simmering rose petals (dried or fresh) in water. The result is a fragrant, rose-colored water. This method is suited best for recipes and uses that will not sit around very long as it has a limited shelf life.

The distilling method technically makes a hydrosol. It is also quite easy to make, albeit slightly more time-consuming. A rose hydrosol is clear and much more shelf-stable.

How To Choose Your Pedals

There are over a hundred different varieties of roses. If you are lucky enough like me to have roses growing in your garden you can use them to make rose water. Best to pick them in the morning when their fragment is at it best.

You can also purchase roses but they should be from an organic source. I prefer local Farmer Markets or Organic Stores. It is important to use pesticide-free rose petals, so your finished rose water is not full of chemicals. You don’t know if those chemicals may harm your skin or your overall body.


Simmering Method

  • ¼ cup dried rose pedals (or ½-¾ cup fresh)
  • 1½ cups water

Distillation Method

  • 1½ cups dried rose pedals (or 3-5 cups fresh)
  • water
  • ice


Simmering Method

  • In a small saucepan, combine the rose petals and water.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the temperature to the lowest setting that still allows the water to simmer.
  • Simmer until the color of the rose petals has faded. Mine became almost colorless. This only took about 5-10 minutes.
  • Leave the lid on and cool completely.
  • Pour the water and petals through a cheesecloth into a dark, clean bottle. You can use a funnel or strain into a measuring bowl with a pour spout and then pour into your dark bottle if needed.
  • Store in the refrigerator for several weeks or on the counter for up to one week.

Distillation Method

  • Place a clean brick (a real brick from a house) in the center of a large stock pot. I used an 8 quart stock pot and an average sized brick.
  • Put a metal bowl or heat-safe glass bowl on top of the brick.
  • Sprinkle the rose petals around the brick making sure not to get any into the bowl.
  • Pour water into the pot over the petals until it comes almost to the top of the brick.
  • Invert the lid and place it over the stock pot. This will allow the steam to collect and drip down to the center of the lid and eventually drip into the bowl.
  • Put ice on the top of the lid to encourage the steam to condense and subsequently drop into the bowl. You can put it directly on the lid and suck the water off with a turkey baster as the ice melts or you can put the ice in a ziplock bag so it is easy to pull off and replace. You want to keep in as much steam as possible because the steam is actually your rosewater.
  • Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to the lowest heat possible that still allows the water to simmer.
  • Simmer for at least 30 minutes, replacing the ice as it melts.
  • Remove the pot from heat and let it cool completely.
  • Very carefully lift the lid so that none of your melted ice water falls into the pot.
  • Carefully pour the rosewater that has collected in the bowl into your dark bottle.
  • This will last much longer at room temperature (up to 6 months, although it doesn’t stick around that long in my house), but you could always store it in the refrigerator to be sure it keeps well.

Note: If you want to use it as makeup primer, I recommend putting the water in mini spray bottles and keeping them in the fridge.

Check out this link:

…..To watch my video on the importance of using Rose Water on your face when you are wearing makeup.

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