DIY: How to Make Rose Water



Rose water can be expensive and hard to find, but luckily, it's quite easy to make. Why spend a bunch of money when you just make something yourself that will have the same end result? Plus it's fun to play around with flowers and ingredients in the kitchen - as long as you know what you are doing. Rose water is most commonly used as body spray or toner as the natural fragrance and moisturizing properties make it especially refreshing, however, it can also be added to lemonade or used to flavor certain dishes - just always be sure to do extra research before consuming anything. With this DIY, you can make a batch and bottle it up for yourself or gift it to friends or loved ones. There are a few  ways to make rose water but I'm going to be doing it the old-fashioned and less complicated way.


All you need is a large pot of distilled water and some fresh roses. The fresher the roses are, the better your results will be. You'll want to start off by plucking the petals from the stems as you will not need the stems or bulbs. If you can, cut your own roses from your garden, or if you don't have one like me, buy them from the store and rinse the petals in some cool water to wash off any potential chemicals. Place the roses in large pot and fill it with just enough distilled water to cover the rose petals. Too much water will dilute the rose water and you don't want that. Cover the lid and let it simmer until the petals lose their color. Once the petals have lost their color, drain the liquid into a jar or bottle. Your rose water in finished! Store in a cool place and give your skin a spritz whenever you need a sweet and refreshing little pick-me-up!

Note: If you own a heat-safe bowl, you will want to use it for this as it will create a more pure rose water. Place the heat safe bowl on top of the petals and over with a lid. As the petals start to simmer, steam will collect on the lid of the pot and drip into the bowl. This is where you get the pure rose water. The other method I talked about above is still effective, just not as pure.

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