Hello, pretties! As some of you may recall, I won a contest last month which basically meant that I was able to renew my pantry in terms of oils, essential oils, butters, and rosewater. All things necessary for new DIY projects. And, because I haven’t really used rosewater up till now, I decided to dedicate it a post and inform you and myself about the rosewater benefits and uses.
Rosewater love story
Only recently have I fallen in love with rosewater, to be honest with you. I’ve always known about it but for some reason just never really thought of using it in any way. Until recently, that is. My bottle of rosewater is made from Damascus rose and it smells divine! I am trying to restrain myself from adding it to everything!
What is rosewater?
Rosewater, hydrosol, or herbal distillate is actually a by-product of the steam distillation of the essential oil. Now, a by-product may sound a bit…demeaning, but it’s quite the opposite: rosewater is the carrier of the (in this case) rich aroma and skin soothing effects.
Rosewater of the Damascus rose, or in Latin Rosa x Damascena, has intoxicating, amazing, gentle smell of roses, that relaxes and restores energy. You can use it to make rosewater face toner (recipe below!).
Can I make rosewater myself?
Yes, you certainly can. There are various tutorials all over the web where you can find the proper instructions on how to make rosewater at home. I, however, was unable to gather any rose petals and I just feel like buying certain things makes my life easier: the basic ingredients which I can then, later on, build my recipes on. Anyways, in case you really want to make rosewater at home, I’ve gathered a few pages with good tutorials that can help:
- WikiHow guide on how to make rosewater with four different methods
- A well-detailed post on how to make rosewater at home from Wellness Mama will tell you what’s the difference between simmering to distilling rose petals and she will inform you on how to choose rose petals in the first place.
If you do decide on making rosewater yourself, let me know how it went! Perhaps you can convince me to make it into one of my DIY projects.
Are there any benefits of rosewater for skin and hair?
Plenty! And these benefits hide in the intoxicating smell of roses that you can keep with you all year long! Ok, on a more serious side, benefits of rosewater for skin and hair are plenty and they smell delicious (repetitive, I know, but I just can’t get over the smell!):
- Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties
- Softens and soothes your skin
- Prevents dark circles and puffiness
- Aids to maintain your skin’s pH balance
- Helps with acne, eczema
- Has a cooling effect in case of sunburn
- Moisturizes the skin
- A natural skin freshener
- Aids with scars and wounds
- Great natural skin toner
- Treats mild scalp inflammations
- Helps with dandruff
- A natural makeup remover
- Rejuvenates the skin with its anti-aging properties
- It is a great addition to any DIY skincare project!
What are some rosewater uses?
You can use rosewater for a number of things:
- Rosewater face toner
- Refreshing face mist
- Rosewater and clay face mask
- Homemade deodorant
- Natural perfume for hair and skin
Rosewater and bentonite clay face mask
This face mask should be a natural purifier that gently detoxes your skin and gives you a glowing look with a touch of rosewater. You can read more on how to use bentonite clay for your internal or external detox here and here. When making this mask, remember that clay should not come in contact with metal, so avoid using metal spoons. You’re welcome to use wooden or plastic spoons instead.
- 3 tablespoon bentonite clay
- 3 tablespoons rosewater
- Eucalyptus essential oil (optional)
The numbers are approximate. You can start with adding 2 tablespoons of clay and gradually sipping into the bowl rosewater. Once you get a thick consistency of a paste, stop (photo below). Mix the ingredients well in a ceramic bowl. Apply to your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes, or until the mask is solid. Rinse well with lukewarm water. I use this mask once a week, but if you prefer to do it twice, that’s fine as well.
After you rinse your face, the skin may be a bit tight. In this case just apply your moisturizer (nowadays I’m totally into an avocado oil!) and go glowing around!
Rosewater facial toner
To make rosewater facial toner at home will take you altogether 3 minutes but the smell is divine and the results: fresh and healthy skin on your face. My face loves this rosewater toner. I mean, it really does, and I do as well!
- 2 tablespoon Rosewater
- 4 tablespoons Distilled water
Mix the two ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well, and there you go! Use it as much as you want. You can either spray it directly onto your face or apply it to a cotton pad and wipe your face with it.
There are other options when it comes to rosewater facial toner; feel free to add a few drops of essential oil; some people substitute distilled water with witch hazel, but as I am currently out of witch hazel, distilled water works just as well.
What’s your favorite rosewater use?