DIY Rose Water

3 Easy DIY Rose Water Recipes, + Benefits & Uses

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Rosewater is a wonderful tool to use in your self-care routine, especially when you choose to skip common harmful chemicals found in most skincare products by making it yourself. The best part… making your own DIY rose water allows you to infuse your own love and care into your creation, is very easy to create, and doesn’t have to cost a lot.

3 Different Ways To Make DIY Rose Water

There are three main ways to make rose water: using fresh rose petals, dried rose petals, or rose essential oil. Each of these three methods of making rose water is just as effective as the other but may have different costs.

Personally, we most often use fresh rose petals or dried rose petals because we have several large rose bushes on our property, providing us with copious amounts of rose petals throughout the year.

Please be sure to only use roses grown sustainably without the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides. These chemicals often used in conventional farming practices are harmful to human health.

DIY Rosewater Recipe featuring Dried Roses

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of HOT (not boiling) distilled water (480ml)
  • 1 tsp 100 proof clear alcohol (vodka works well)
  • 1/2 cup of dried rose petals (usually from 2 large roses)
  • A Strainer

Directions for making your rosewater using dried roses:

  1. Before you get started, be sure to rinse your rose petals to ensure they’re free from any dirt or bugs.
  2. Add your roses, vodka (optional, but highly recommended), and water to a pot and simmer on low.
  3. Once simmering, place a lid on your pot.
  4. Routinely check your roses and water and continue simmering until the rose petals lose color.
  5. Once your rose petals are colorless, remove the lid from the pot, and remove the pot from the heat, allowing the water inside to cool completely.
  6. Once room temperature, strain the water into a glass jar, remove the petals, and store them in a cool place away from sunlight.

To maximize the amount of rose essence you’re extracting from the petals, you may also opt to crush your rose petals using a mortar and pestle.

DIY Rose Water Recipe featuring Fresh Roses

I do love making rose water and other rose DIY skin-loving recipes with fresh roses we grow in our yard. Rose bushes are relatively easy to grow and come in varieties that can be grown in most locations.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of distilled water (240ml)
  • 1 tsp 100 proof clear alcohol (vodka works well)
  • 1 cup of fresh rose petals

Directions for making rosewater with fresh roses

  1. Before you get started, be sure to rinse your rose petals to ensure they’re free from any dirt or bugs.
  2. Add your roses, vodka (optional, but highly recommended), and water to a pot and simmer on low.
  3. Once simmering, place a lid on your pot.
  4. Routinely check your roses and water and continue simmering until the rose petals lose color.
  5. Once your rose petals are colorless, remove the lid from the pot, and remove the pot from the heat, allowing the water inside to cool completely.
  6. Once room temperature, strain the water into a glass jar, remove the petals, and store them in a cool place away from sunlight.

To maximize the amount of rose essence you’re extracting from the petals, you may also opt to crush your rose petals using a mortar and pestle.

DIY Rose water Recipe featuring Rose Essential Oil

Making rose water using rose essential oil tends to typically be the most expensive option, but equally as indulgent.

What you’ll need:

Directions for making your DIY rose water using rose essential oil:

Add 40 drops of your rose essential oil to 1tsp of vodka in a glass jar, and swirl to mix. then add your cup of distilled or filtered water. Swirl until thoroughly mixed.

**You may need to shake before using**

Tips for Storing Your Homemade Rose Water

We highly recommend storing your rose water in a glass jar, like a mason jar. This will keep your rose water as fresh as possible, especially when kept in a cool place.

Make it yours with reCap mason jar lids.

15 Benefits For Using DIY Rose Water

  1. Reduces acne
  2. Smooths skin blemishes
  3. Tones your skin
  4. Balances your skin’s pH
  5. Hydrates dry skin
  6. Reduces puffiness
  7. Smooths wrinkles
  8. Soothes sun stressed skin
  9. Helps reduce excess oil for oily skin
  10. Reduces redness of irritated skin
  11. Helps to remove dirt, lotion, cosmetics, or other impurities from clogged pores
  12. Supports your skin through healing scars
  13. Improves your mood, producing calmer emotions
  14. It May help reduce dandruff and itchiness when added to your hair care products
  15. Helps condition your hair (great to use to dilute apple cider vinegar to make a hair rinse)

15+ Ways To Use Rose Water

  1. Use your homemade rose water as a base for your homemade face toner
  2. Add rose water instead of water to your homemade face mask
  3. Dampen a cotton ball with rose water to apply to your face as a cleanser or toner
  4. Use to make DIY soothing eye rounds to rest tired eyes, reducing puffiness and dark circles
  5. Add to a spray bottle (like this glass spray bottle), to use as a makeup setting spray
  6. Spray on your sunburned skin to help soothe your skin (works especially well when adding your homemade aloe vera gel too)
  7. Pour over your scalp to use as a healthy hair conditioner
  8. Use as an ingredient in your Florida Water spray
  9. Use as the water base in your favorite floral room spray recipe
  10. Spray on your bed linens to encourage more restful sleep
  11. Use as the water base in your kids’ DIY Monster Spray to help them gain more confidence while sleeping in their own room
  12. Add rose water to dilute apple cider vinegar to use as a face cleanser
  13. Add rose water to a hydrosol to tone your face and condition your hair
  14. Mix enough rose water and baking soda together to make a watery paste to use on your face as a gentle face scrub
  15. Mix rose water with apple cider vinegar to use as a hair conditioner
  16. Spray your face with rose water after using a face mask or other homemade skincare items to condition your face

No Time To DIY?

If you’re lacking rose petals, or need an alternative to making your own while you gain the confidence (or find the time) to make your own rose water, you can purchase rose water from a variety of places, like on Amazon or (my favorite) over at Mountain Rose Herbs.


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