DIY Rose Water
DIY Rose water is easy to make at home. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce redness and calm the skin. It’s also extremely refreshing and hydrating. You can use it as a toner, a mixing medium for powdered masks, a hair rinse, and in many other different do-it-yourself beauty recipes.
For this DIY, you’ll need:
- A large pot
- A glass lid
- A saucer
- A small bowl
- 2-3 organic roses
- Distilled water.
Start by picking 2 to 3 fresh organic roses and separating the petals from the stems. If your roses are dirty, you should first clean them with plain water. You want to make sure that the roses are clean and pesticide-free, which is why I recommend using organic roses.
Even when you’re using organic roses, be sure to give them a quick rise beforehand to remove any dirt. A little trick to speed up the petal-plucking process is to grab the stem at the base of the rose, tear it out and separate the rose petals. This will save to time from having to pluck each individual petal, one at a time.
Place a heat-safe saucer upside down in your large pot and, then, a heat-safe bowl on top of the saucer. Arrange the rose petals around the saucer and the bowl and cover them with distilled water. Add just enough water to cover the petals, because adding too much water will dilute the rose water.
Next, you want to cover the pot with a glass lid. Place the lid upside down, that way you can put ice on top of it. This will help to speed up the distillation process.
This method will give you two types of rose water. The first you’ll find in the small bowl
that we’ve placed inside the pot. This is the purest form of rose water. During the process, as the water simmers, steam collects on the lid and drips into the small bowl. It’s transparent and has no color.
The second form of rose water is the one in the pot with the roses. Although this rose water isn’t as pure, it still has many benefits and uses.
Let the roses simmer until they lose their color completely. This can take anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes. Once the roses lose their color, you can take the small bowl out of the pot and remove the pot from the stove.
Pour the rose hydrosol that has collected into the bowl into a glass container. This rose water is perfect to use as a toner. All you need to do is spray it directly onto cleansed skin, before applying your serum and your moisturizer.
Use the rest of the water in the pot by straining the rose petals from the water. As I mentioned before, this rose water isn’t as pure, but it still has many benefits and you can use it in a variety of different ways.
Since the rose water does not have any preservatives it has a shorter shelf life. If you keep it in the fridge, fresh rose water can last you about 2 weeks. If kept at room temperature, it might last for about 1 week.
If by any chance you end up making more rose water then you intended and can’t use it all up within a short time, you can add it to your bath water. Furthermore, you can freeze it in an ice cube tray for later use. It makes for an amazing sunburn remedy.