Well, this is it; this is the Valentine’s Day themed post I hinted at in my March Goals post. “But, Amaris,” you may be asking, “Valentine’s Day was weeks ago, aren’t you a little late?” Yes, I know Valentine’s Day was weeks ago, but today we will be making rose water and what better place to find roses than that almost dried-up Valentine’s bouquet you got, hmm?
Related: March Goals
Why rose water?
If you are into skincare as much as I am, then you’ve noticed the trend in rose skin products. Companies such as Mario Badescu and Herbivore Botanicals are very popular for their rose water products. I rarely see a skin routine that is geared towards my skin type (oily/acne/blemish prone) that does not include either a rose water toner or a rose water mist. I’ll admit, at first I was a skeptic. So I did my research on the benefits of rose water and, let’s just say, I was pleasantly surprised.
Rose water benefits
- oil control
- pH balancer
- slight astringent
- heal acne and acne scars
DIY rose water… is it cost-effective?
- petals from 4 roses
- 500 mL distilled water, plus more to dillute
- 4 oz. mister bottle
- jar, for storage
- Remove the petals from the roses and give them a rinse. This removes any dirt or residue left on the petals.
- Place the petals in a pot and cover with 500 mL of water. Make sure the petals are fully covered by the water, you may need to use a spoon to pat them down.
- Simmer over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes. I tend to go 30 minutes because I like to suck all the color out of the petals.
- Remove from heat and strain into a jar. Let cool.
- Once cool, fill the mister bottle with rose water. I prefer to fill the bottle a third to halfway with rose water and dilute the rest with distilled water.
- Use in your skincare and hair care routines.