When it comes to popular, natural beauty ingredients, rose water surely tops the list.
It tightens pores, hydrates and tones the skin, and is great for all skin types. You can use it to make a variety of beauty products, including home-made face masks. You can also use it as a hair conditioner. Moreover, it smells absolutely divine.
In addition, rose water is added to many Indian and Mediterranean desserts, particularly for its sweet fragrance.
However, it can be expensive and often difficult to find. Luckily, making homemade rose water for beauty uses is super simple, and it will take you about 30 minutes to prepare your own bottle!
- Steps to Make Rose Water at Home for Beauty Uses
- Step 1. Wash roses and separate the petals
- Step 2. Place flat stones in a saucepan
- Step 3. Place a bowl on the stones
- Step 4. Fill the empty spaces on the sides with rose petals
- Step 5. Add distilled water and put the pan on the stove
- Step 6. Place the lid on, upside down
- Step 7. Boil and simmer the water
- Step 8. Place some ice cubes on the lid
- Step 9. Add more ice cubes, as needed
- Step 10. Turn the stove off
- Step 11. Remove the bowl
- Step 12. Transfer the rose water into a sterile container
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Steps to Make Rose Water at Home for Beauty Uses
Things you’ll need:
- Distilled water
- Fresh rose petals
- Saucepan with a lid
- Flat stones
- Ice cubes
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Sterilized container for storage
Step 1. Wash roses and separate the petals
Before you begin the process of making rose water, you need to separate the petals from the rose flowers. Remember, you only want the petals. Discard the stems and leaves.
Begin by immersing 3 or 4 roses in a bowl of clean water. Wash them thoroughly to remove the dirt and any other unwanted substances. Then, separate the petals from the roses and set them aside in a separate bowl.
The petals are soft and delicate, so handle them with care. Also, be aware of the thorns usually present on the stem.
Rose petal paste can also be used as a scrub to lighten dark lips.
Step 2. Place flat stones in a saucepan
Place some flat stones in a medium or large saucepan.
The stones will function as a base and provide stability to the bowl you will be placing on top of the stones in the next step. They will also keep the bowl from touching the bottom of the pan so it doesn't get too hot.
Do not use artificially colored stones.
Step 3. Place a bowl on the stones
Place a bowl on top of the stones and in the middle of the saucepan.
Use a heat-resistant or microwave-safe bowl as it will sit in boiling water for about 30 minutes during the process ahead.
Step 4. Fill the empty spaces on the sides with rose petals
Place the rose petals in the bowl, filling the empty spaces of the pan around the bowl from all sides. Gently press the rose petals in as you keep adding more to ensure you don't leave even the tiniest bit of space empty.
Step 5. Add distilled water and put the pan on the stove
Add distilled water to the saucepan.
Make sure you add the water from the sides, and do not spill any over in the bowl in the center of the pan. Use just enough water to fully immerse the rose petals. Using too much will result in rose water that is too diluted.
Step 6. Place the lid on, upside down
Overturn the lid, and place it on the pan upside down. The handle of the lid should be pointing towards the center of the bowl. This is crucial to the condensation process.
Step 7. Boil and simmer the water
Turn on the induction stove and heat the water to a rolling boil on high heat. Once the water boils, bring the temperature down to a minimum, and let the water simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes.
You can also use a regular gas or electric stove in this step.
Step 8. Place some ice cubes on the lid
When you notice steam building on the lid of the pan as the water simmers, place some ice cubes at the center of the inverted lid, enough to cover the entire surface.
Ice will help the steam condense on the lid, roll down the handle, and drip into the bowl in the center of the pan.
Step 9. Add more ice cubes, as needed
As the ice cubes start to melt, keep placing more on the lid.
You may need to continue placing the ice cubes on the lid several times in this step.
Step 10. Turn the stove off
After 30 minutes, turn off the stove. Allow the saucepan to cool down a bit before removing the lid.
Do not touch the pan as it will be very hot.
Once you open the lid, you will notice the rose petals have become white and the water has taken on the color of the petals. You will also see a light-colored liquid present in the bowl at the center of the pan now.
Step 11. Remove the bowl
Carefully, remove the bowl with the rose water from the pan.
Lightly touch with a finger before picking it up to see if the bowl is still hot. In case it is, wait until it cools down and then proceed to picking it up.
Step 12. Transfer the rose water into a sterile container
Allow the rose water to cool down completely, then pour it into a properly sterilized container. To sterilize the container, boil it in some water for a few minutes, and dry it thoroughly.
Tighten the lid on the container and store your rose water in the refrigerator. You can use this homemade rosewater for about 2 to 3 weeks after which it must be discarded and made afresh.
You can also store it in a spray bottle if you like, and use it as a spray-on toner, face mist, or perfume to make your clothes smell fresh and fragrant. Rose water along with glycerin and lemon juice can be used to get rid of dark spots.
- For best results, use fresh rose petals instead of dried rose petals.
- If possible, use roses from your own garden that you know have not been treated with pesticides or chemicals.
- Pick roses early in the morning and after the morning dew has evaporated.
- Use a single type of rose to avoid mixing smells.
- Homemade rosewater makes an excellent gift, so prepare plenty of it and gift it away to your family and friends.
Summary of DIY Rose Water Recipe
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