Rose water is incredible! It is can calm, soothe, cleanse, balance, rejuvenate and soften skin! Rose water also has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. Use rose water to prep, prime, refresh, and cleanse skin. It can be used as a facial spray for priming the face & refreshing before and during makeup use, an after-shave, a facial toner, a makeup remover and it can be used in hair to treat mild scalp inflammations and dandruff & is rumored to aid in hair growth. It smells great, it is affordable to make and it is just so pretty!
I have been so excited & looking forward to creating homemade Rose Water for over a month! I knew I was making homemade aloe gel, which I planned on using in a facial spray. Rose water pairs well with aloe for hydrating and calming dry or irritated skin–so I knew I would combine the two. I made the aloe gel a few weeks ago & I picked up my roses this week. I loved the aesthetic of working with rose petals! They are soft, pretty, and the rose water is a gorgeous ruby hue. It smells naturally floral & it is amazing on the skin! DIY rose water should last about a month (in the fridge) & the hydrating facial mist I created should last even longer. The facial mist utilizes witch hazel, vitamin E oil, and lavender tea tree oil–which will aid in prolonging the shelf life.
DIY Rose Water (around 2 cups:)
You will need:
- 4 rose stems (organic or pesticide-free is best!)–I paid $1.99/each
- distilled water
- 1/4 cup witch hazel (to aid in preserving)
- Remove rose petals from the stems & place in a strainer
- Run the petals under lukewarm water to remove any residue
- Add rinsed petals to a medium-large pot (with a lid) and top with just enough distilled water to cover them
- Over low heat (do not boil,) bring the water to a simmer & cover
- Simmer 20-30 minutes until the petals have lost their color
- Strain the water from the petals (discard the petals)
- Add the witch hazel
- Place the rose water in a sterilized jar & refrigerate (should last 2-4+ weeks)
A few weeks back, I made some homemade aloe gel, extracted from aloe leaves. The gel is more of a liquid & I knew I wanted to incorporate it into a homemade facial mist. The skin on my face has never been drier. This winter I have patches of dry skin on both cheeks, my forehead & nose. On top of that, my dry skin has been having more breakouts than usual. In comes rose water, aloe, and glycerin. The rose water soothes your skin, the aloe hydrates, and glycerin helps retain moisture. The Hydrating Facial Mist is awesome on bare skin or on top of makeup. It is effective as a makeup refresher; toning down dry spots & taking away the appearance of powdery makeup. I have been using & loving it!
For comparison, Glossier sells a priming facial mist ($18/ 4oz) that utilizes aloe, rose water, and glycerin. It is marketed as moisturizing & its suggested uses are as a moisturizing priming mist and a makeup refresher. The Hydrating Facial Mist is expected to last about a month in the fridge & if you choose auto-delivery on the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, they will ship it once a month. Younique also has a rose water spray that retails for $29/1.35 oz… I estimate that the Hydrating Facial Mist cost less than $2/ 4oz. for all the ingredients utilized and it is truly “natural”!
Hydrating Facial Mist
In a spray bottle, combine:
- 1/4 c. homemade rose water
- 1/4 c. distilled water
- 2 tsp. aloe (I used DIY aloe gel, which is more of a liquid than a gel)
- 1/2 tsp. witch hazel (buy generic!)
- 3 drops glycerin
- 1 drop lavender tea tree oil
- 2 drops vitamin E oil
I like this spray so much that I randomly go over to the fridge & spray my face. It feels hydrating and it is super lightweight. The aloe really seems to help not only with moisturizing my face but also to reduce the length of my breakouts. I dab aloe gel on top of spots & they seem to heal faster without the skin drying out (like with salicylic acid products.)
DIY Rose Water is a huge success for me! I loved everything about working with the roses (they smell great, they are pretty, and the rose water is a gorgeous deep red/pink!) The rose water smells mild, natural, and like real flowers–I hate rose scented products. You can feel good about using natural products on your skin. The fewer chemicals we use, the better!