How to Make Rosewater at Home: DIY Rosewater Recipe

By Aniela / October 13, 2016

If you don't already know, rosewater is used a lot in the kitchen but also in different beauty routines. The benefits of rosewater are many and plenty, and it literally has hundreds of different uses! Today, we'll show you how to make your own rosewater and then how to use it as part of your beauty routine. Obviously, rosewater is just as its name suggests: roses + water. This mixture gives your skin a really good boost of hydration and it also has inflammatory properties. But really the best part is that it smells HEAVENLY…you know…like roses! And did I mention that it's $10 for a very small bottle if you buy it at the store? No thanks, I think I'll make my own for a quarter of the price!

How to Make Rosewater Tutorial

DIY Rosewater Recipe


  • 7 rose stems
  • 1.5 L Distilled water


  1. Start by removing all the rose petals off of the stem and rinse them under warm water to remove any dirt.
  2. Add the petals to a large pot and cover with distilled water.
  3. Over low-medium heat, bring the water to a simmer and cover.
  4. Let this simmer for about 20 minutes or until your water has turned red and the petals have almost lost their color.
  5. Strain the mixture to separate the petals from the water.
  6. Discard the petals and pour your liquid into a glass jar or bottle.
  7. Store in a closed, glass container in the fridge.

How to Use Rosewater:

Rosewater Toner: 

Simply pour your rosewater mixture into a small spray bottle and spray over entire face OR use a cotton pad to apply to your face. The toner can be used every morning and night. Plus your face will smell like a rose all day long!


Pour about 1 cup of rosewater into a running bath. The scent will totally relax you and you'll get a good dose of hydration.

Natural Perfume:

Pour some rosewater into a spritz bottle and apply to your wrists, necks, etc…for a heavenly rose scent. No alcohols, no other chemicals, just pure, blissful rose scent.

Makeup Setter:

Set it and forget it! Rosewater is one of the best makeup setters, but when you make your own, not only are you saving money, but you're also omitting all those are ingredients that are totally not necessary.

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4 years ago

Where is the best place to buy roses for this? What about the environmental hazards being in roses that you’d buy from the super market?

This makes me think to look to wild roses. This seems like a double score to me as wild roses seem to have a stronger scent.

But do they indeed have the same benefitail properties?

4 years ago

Do you need to use red/pink roses? What about white ones?