Monday, March 5, 2012

Homemade Rosewater

The past few months I've been using witch hazel as a toner on my skin. I find it helps improve my skin's condition and appearance by tightening pores plus it's also really refreshing!

So as you can imagine, I was pretty disappointed when my latest bottle was getting down towards the bottom as I positively detest forking out money for skin care products, however natural they may be.

I decided to do a little web surfing and see if there was a substitute I could make easily at home...

Pure rosewater requires the use of a still which we just don't happen to have here! How wonderful would that be? Although I doubt we would have enough rose petals to produce any considerable quantity of pure rosewater...so I kept perservering, certain there must be a way out there that would suit me and my shortcut seeking ways..

It was also great timing that our roses had just had a second flush of blooms and their petals were falling off in the wind!


A largish bowl was filled. The smell was divine...


The petals (which were clean and not sprayed with any nasties) were placed into a medium size pot. They were covered with boiling water and squished down to ensure they were all immersed. The lid was fitted and they sat like this overnight...


The next day, the liquid (which also smelled divine!) was strained and placed into containers for storage. The container 'on the go' needs to be kept in the fridge as the liquid doesn't contain any preservative. It should be used up within a week. The remaining rosewater was frozen for later use. Ice cube trays would work well, as small amounts can be pulled out at a time.


It is perhaps not quite as authentic as the 'real deal', but so far I'm really pleased with it, and it does just as fine a job on my skin as the witch hazel did before it, although it feels much, much gentler.


Do you use a facial toner? What is your favourite? 

24 comments:

  1. Oh beautiful i love roses and rosewater what a true indulgence it is! I don't use a toner myself but love using rosehip oil on my skin.

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  2. Oh my goodness. This makes me wish I had a garden full of roses. I can almost smell the result. I too use rose hip oil on my very dry skin and love it but pay for it!

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    1. Rose hip oil, eh? I haven't tried this..I would like to though, just to compare of course! ;)

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    2. Its very hydrating but not very perfumed....

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  3. What a great idea! And we have so many roses ...

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  4. How lovely...and what a great solution!

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  5. I feel the same with regards to buying skin care products, I might have to try this. I recently read a woman using honey to wash her face with which I also have been meaning to try.

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    1. It's ridiculously easy, Rose and Jode plus a good use of all those petals flying to the wind!

      Stacey..I think I read that post too..was it Trish from Little Eco Footprints?

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  6. I made a hair tonic with my rose petals when they were in season. I now use whatever herbs are abundant.
    I place my herbs in a pan cover with cold water and slowly bring to the boil. Turn off as soon as it boils and leave with a lid on to go cold. I mix 1 cup vinegar to 2 cups infused water. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work on your face. x te

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    1. Rosewater hair tonic sounds beautiful, Soewn Earth. I do like to use a rosemary infusion/vinegar tonic on my hair but roses would be fun too!

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  7. I have been looking for a recipe for rosewater as I love making Turkish delight. Thankyou for your simple recipe.

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    1. Mumma Hazel, I haven't tried it in cooking..not sure how the strength would compare to the bought variety. Do let me know if you try it - I love Turkish delight! :)

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  8. I have used witch hazel my whole life, but not daily. I love the clean, fresh feeling. Rosewater sounds lovely! No roses here, so I probably won't be experimenting. But now you've got me wondering if anyone has tried making a homemade witch hazel solution! Witch hazel is a very common shrub/small tree in this region.

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  9. Absolutely fantastic job! I have no roses at the moment, just snow, but I will certainly be remembering this come summer time :) I want to plant my favourite fragrant rose - Sunsprite - a yellow beauty with an intoxicating heady scent that brings me to my knees...

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    1. Lucky you, quinn, having witch hazel to play with!!

      Ahh, Sherri, we have a yellow rose growing here that I planted - it's my favourite. I have no idea what it's name is but it is definitely not as fragrant as your Sunsprite. I wonder if we can get this variety here....*muses*

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  10. Great idea. I usually buy Rose water but have difficulty in getting the pure organic stuff, even when I buy it in the chemist. It always seem to have a few 'ingredients' thrown in. I was planning on collecting my M.I.L's rose petals to make vegetable paint dyes for my kids but I think I'll keep a few back to make myself some of you rosewater. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. How totally gorgeous! I love rose water and I love your idea of making it into ice cubes!:-)

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  12. I use witch hazel after a shower before slathering myself in coconut oil or olive oil in winter!

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  13. I love roses and your photo of the rosewater in the glass vial is just beautiful. Arabic cooking uses a lot of rosewater in their desserts, Turkish delight being just one of many. Maybe you could experiment and use some up in something delectable to eat.

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    1. You're welcome, Emma. Paint dyes sound like a great use, too!

      Looking forward to giving the ice cubes a go, Faeryfavy. I was in too much of a rush the other day and just threw it all in the freezer in one big container, duh!

      Sounds very luxurious, Deanne :)

      I'm really glad to finally put the little glass bottle to use, Chez. It was given to me a couple of years ago! It sure would be interesting and a lot of fun to experiment with homemade rosewater in cooking :)

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  14. I am on the last of my toner too! Hmmm... no roses at our place but the Father in Law grows them very well - will pop over and see if I can get some from him and give it a go! I have used Lemon Myrtle 'water' befoe. Smell lovly and apparently is meant to be anti bacteral and all sorts of other good things. Worked for me!

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  15. I am very very new to the "no shampoo" scene. In fact, I'm still using products, just every 2-3 days. I will be using the rosemary rinse w/ apple cider. Is there anything that will stimulate hair growth? It seems my hair has literally stopped growing :( thank you for any advice!!!

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    1. rinsing with cold water (as cold as you can bear it) and massaging the scalp will stimulate hair growth!

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  16. Yes it is really delicious... I also do that, but I add some lavender flowers... sometimes calendula...camomille.... mint... green tea...

    I do small amounts, for a week, with few drops of grapefruit seed extract...

    Use it few times a day to hydrate my skin... from a small spay bottle!

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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