Rose Water is a little wonder water. It hydrates, tones, tightens pores, is great for your skin…and smells good. I got an amazing bottle of it by this Australian line called Uskincare…and might I add it was a Christmas gift. (I just now finished the bottle. I was milking it as long as I could. Definitely my favorite toner to date.) It’s also perfect to pack in the beach bag and spritz on for some hydration or instant dewification. The only prob, my beloved product was $45…
Enter homemade rose water recipes to the rescue. Before I go buy some more.
Actually the more research I’ve done homemade rose water is a great alternative because it has no chemicals or preservatives. The only drawback is shelf life. It usually lasts about a week in the fridge, or you can freeze it in ice cube trays and melt a cube each week. Seriously, I did a bunch of googling this morning, people are really innovative.
So enough blabbing, here are a few ways to make it:
Note: Use only fresh rose petals with no chemicals, and wash thoroughly.
Place a large handful of rose petals in glass jar and fill with distilled/bottled water (bonus points if you use Voss). Cover and let sit in the sun for several days. Strain water using a fine kitchen strainer, and pour the pure rose water into a spray bottle. Discard the rose petals. This method doesn’t have that long of a shelf life, so don’t make too much, and use asap.
Seepin’ Petals Method:
Place 1 cup rose petals in a glass bowl, then pour in 2 cups boiling distilled/bottled (bonus points if you use Evian) water. Cover and allow the rose petals to steep for 20-30 minutes. Strain water using a fine kitchen strainer, and pour the pure rose water into a spray bottle. Discard the rose petals. This rose water will keep only up to 10 days. Maybe longer if refrigerated.
Simmerin’ Petals method:
Put 1 cup rose petals in a large pot. Pour in distilled/bottled (bonus points if you use Fiji) water, using just enough so the petals are covered. Put the pot over low fire and heat (do not boil) until the rose petals lose their color. Rose oil will start skimming over the water surface. This takes about 1 hour. Allow the water to cool, then strain water using a fine kitchen strainer, and pour the pure rose water into a spray bottle. Discard the rose petals. This method lasts even longer.
..if you want a longer shelf life, many people suggest adding some vodka. I might really be tempted to drink a shot of it then though.
A few other things I might try adding in the spray bottle: A few drops coconut oil, lavender oil or peppermint oil, depending on skin type or preferred use. I even came across one recipe that called for 10 parts rose water, 1 part Kombucha. Interesting
Either way, these recipes all save us some dough, and perks up our peaux. (peaux = skin in french. I think. It rhymed.)