DIY Day: Here's how to make your own rose water at home

When it comes to (almost) effortless skincare, my go-to peg would be the French with their carefree attitude rather than something as involved as the 10-step Korean skincare routine. And no French beauty list is complete without mentioning rosewater!

When added to skin care, roses have an emollient effect that benefits dry skin as well as astringent properties that help acne-prone skin. It’s also said to help balance skin, so it has been added to products like toners and face mists. The French aren’t the only ones adding this miracle ingredient into their skin care; products like Burt's Bees Rosewater Toner, Human Nature RoseDew Mist, and Mamonde Rose Water Toner have made it possible to add roses into our beauty regimens. If you happen to receive some roses though, you can turn your bouquet into a beauty project instead of just allowing it to wilt!

What you'll need:

  • 1 to 2 rose heads
  • 250 ml distilled water
  • Stove and pot for boiling
  • Strainer
  • An empty, clean spray bottle for storing the rosewater

Step 1: Pluck out the petals and place them in a strainer. Rinse well in with running water to remove any dirt or possibly insects.

Step 2: Transfer the washed petals into a pot and fill with enough distilled water to cover the rose petals.

Step 3: Let the petals simmer over low heat for 10 to 20 minutes, or until the colors fade. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Step 4: After straining out the petals, transfer the rose-infused liquid into your spray bottle. Do note that it's important to keep your rose water refrigerated, so that it won't grow mold. It has no preservatives so storing it in low temperatures is ideal. It should be good for a month or two!

I’ve been using this in lieu of toner for about a week now and liking it so far! I just spritz it all over my face and gently pat to absorb, but you can also opt to apply with a cotton pad like a regular toner. If you have extra sensitive skin, you can add more distilled water but I personally prefer to use it undiluted. It has just enough of the rose scent to give a relaxing ambiance, and I was surprised at how nice my skin feels after a generous spray. My face did feel a slight tingling the first time I used it but sensation went away after a couple of uses. I will definitely be using this to the last drop, and may even consider making another batch when it’s used up!

Do you use any rose-infused skincare products? Share your faves and do let us know if you try this project!