Natural Beauty: DIY Homemade Rosewater Recipe

Roses are red… and make a lovely blush pink rosewater!

Attention natural beauty fans!  Did you know it’s ridiculously easy to create your own rosewater at home?  If you grow your own organic roses or know a kind individual willing to let you take a few flowers, then you can easily turn them into a wonderfully fragrant, skin refreshing rosewater.

Rosewater is great for all skin types, especially skin that’s sensitive or dry {like mine}.  Roses are mildly astringent making rosewater a good choice for facial toner and body splash, and for millennia their scent has been touted to be an aphrodisiac – no wonder roses are the top selling flower for Valentine’s Day!

Below you’ll find my method of making homemade rosewater.  I use an old fashioned method, which is basically like making an infusion of roses instead of the traditional method of distillation.  If you can make tea, you can make rosewater.

What You’ll Need:

  • Fresh organically grown rose petals – the amount depends on how much rosewater you want to make.  I use approximately 10 roses (petals only) and make about 2 quarts rosewater.
  • Distilled water – enough to cover rose petals by about an inch.
  • Cooking pot
  • Coffee filters
  • Fine mesh strainer ( I use the same strainer that I use to rinse quinoa – its holes are tiny, yet it’s big enough to hold a coffee filter.)
  • Slotted spoon for transferring rose petals from pot to strainer
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Glass jars and/or spray bottles for your finished product


Gather your fresh roses and remove the petals; compost the unused portions.  Place petals in a collander and rinse well, making sure to remove any tiny bugs that you see.  Spread petals out on a clean counter or sheet of parchment paper.  This step is optional, but makes it easier to look for any remaining bugs.

Place petals in the bottom of  your pot and cover completely with distilled water by about an inch.  Gently heat water to steaming (do not boil), and leave rose petals in the pot until all their color has been lost and the water has been infused with it.  This can take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour, so keep an eye on things and give the pot a gentle stir now and then.  {It’s amazing to watch the change that occurs to the rose petals, so this could be an interesting project for older children to help with.}

Once your rose petals are done infusing, use a slotted spoon to gently transfer them to a coffee filter lined strainer.  Strain all contents of the cooking pot into a glass bowl, gently squeezing the petals to release all of the water and oil from them.  Let cool completely.

When rosewater has cooled, strain again into another bowl using the same method as before.  This step lets you get out any stray bits your eyes may have missed the first time around.  Pour your finished rosewater into glass jars or spray bottles (empty glass spice jars make good containers for this).  Keep refrigerated and use withing a week or two.  I haven’t found an exact shelf life for homemade rosewater, so exercise good judgement when using – if it doesn’t smell right, toss it.

This recipe makes a great gift, and an excellent warm weather skin refresher!  Use it as you would any toner or body splash.  Enjoy! ;)

{For other methods of making rosewater visit this page.}

What’s your favorite way to use up your organic roses?  Share with us. ;)

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5 responses

  1. I made mine, and it is wonderful. Deep red in color, and the smell is incredible. I made mine to use in conjunction with the oil cleansing method. They work together very well!

  2. Hi Michelle, thanks for the rosewater idea, I’ve used bottled rosewater in a few Middle Eastern recipes, most recently a strawberry smoothie that had pistachio, cardamon, yogurt, and rosewater. But how great would it be to have fresh rosewater? I’ve just signed up for your feed so I will know when you start posting again.

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