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How To Make Rose Water + DIY Rosewater Face Toner [Video]

April 11, 2023

Learn all of the benefits of Rose Water, including a step-by-step tutorial on how to make rose water! Not only will you learn how to make homemade rosewater, but you’ll get a DIY Rosewater Face Toner recipe too!

By now most of you know I love a little DIY. From homemade kombucha to bath salts, if I have an ounce of free time I’m probably doing a DIY.

It just feels good to make things from scratch (probably why I have a blog!) and this rosewater is no exception.

Not only am I going to walk you through how to make rose water, I’m also sharing the benefits of rose water and its many uses, including a recipe for homemade rose water toner.

Be sure to check out my step-by-step video…


I’m walking you through how to make your own rose water step-by-step.

What is Rose Water + Rosewater Benefits

Rosewater is exactly as it sounds, roses + water. It gives you all the benefits of water plus the bonus of the anti-inflammatory and hydrating advantages of rose. Plus it smells awesome.

Rosewater is used in some cuisines for flavor, but I find myself using it most frequently in my skincare routine. People live and die by this stuff, but I’m not desperate enough to spend $10 on a small bottle. Especially since it’s so easy to make at home.

Fortunately, I’m thrifty and was able to make over 3 bottles for the same price. Love me a good deal, and especially when the DIY version is stupidly easy.

What are the benefits of rose water?

  • helps balance the pH of skin
  • soothes skin irritation
  • reduces redness (has anti-inflammatory properties and antibacterial properties!) including rosacea, acne and eczema
  • may reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • some evidence the smell can reduce anxiety


A step-by-step tutorial on how to make homemade rosewater + a recipe for DIY Rosewater Face Toner! You'll learn all of the benfits of rosewater for your skin too.

Ingredients in Rose Water

This rosewater recipe is super simple and requires just two ingredients:

  1. Rose petals – use organic fresh roses if you can find and be sure to rinse them well as if there’s any pesticides, dirt or grime (or mold) it will end up in your rose water.
  2. Distilled water – make sure you use distilled water or else you’ll need to use the distillation method where you flip your pot lid upside down using just regular tap water.

How to Use Rose Water:

Now for some of the ways I like to use this homemade rose water in my skincare routine:

1. Skin Toner – by and far this is the #1 way I like to use it. Apple cider vinegar can also be a great skin toner, but let’s be real rosewater smells so much better and is just as effective. See recipe below to use as a facial spritz.

2. In the bath – I’ll add about a cup to my bath water for extra hydration and relaxation from the scent.

3. Natural Perfume– we’ll get into the discussion of conventional perfume another day, but let’s just say you are far better off sticking to this natural fragrance.

4. Face refresher/Make-up setter – Spray this on your face when you’re at your 3:00 PM slump or just a low mood…it works.

These are just a few of the many ways you can use rosewater. Now that I’ve hacked a super easy and cheap version for you, I challenge you to go out and experiment! But if you air on the side of caution, try my DIY Rose Water Face Toner. I promise you will be in love (roses included).

How to Store Rosewater:

This rose water recipe makes a big batch so I like to store my rose water in the refrigerator.

How Long Does Rosewater last?

If you store rose water in a clean and sterilized jar it should last in the fridge for up to 6 months.

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How To Make Rose Water

Learn all of the benefits of Rose Water, including a step-by-step tutorial on how to make rose water! Not only will you learn how to make homemade rosewater, but you’ll get a DIY Rosewater Face Toner recipe too!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 litres 1x
  • Category: Skincare
  • Method: Boil



For the Homemade Rose water:

  • Organic Roses (as many as you like-I use 7 stems)
  • Distilled water (enough to cover the rose petals- I use about 1.5 litres)

For the Homemade Rosewater Face Toner:


For the Homemade Rose Water:

  1. Remove petals from stems and run them under lukewarm water to remove any leftover residue.
  2. Add petals to a large pot and top with enough distilled water to just cover (no more or you’ll dilute your rosewater).
  3. over medium-low heat bring the water to a simmer and cover.
  4. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until petals have lost their color and are a pale pink.
  5. Strain the mixture into a large bowl to separate the petals from the water.
  6. Discard petals and pour water in a clean glass jar to store.

For the Homemade Rose Water Face Toner:

  1. Combine all ingredients in spray bottle and shake.
  2. To apply: spray mist directly on face or spray a cotton pad and wipe face to remove any residue.

*Note: Using 7 stems makes around 1.5 litres of rose water. This seems like a lot but it keeps for a long time in the fridge. Just store in a sealed, glass container until ready to use.

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a mason jar with homemade rose water
  • Reply
    April 12, 2022 at 11:27 am

    I used this recipe to make 8 4 oz bottles as gifts and a week later they all had mold growing!! I followed the recipe to a T, not sure what happened?

    • Reply
      June 26, 2022 at 6:44 am

      This stuff is basically water with a little plant material dissolved in it, so if any mold spores did get in there they would grow easily.

      My family makes our own fruit jelly sometimes. We boil the jars and the lids to sterilize them and pour the jelly in the jars while it’s still hot. If you wanted to give it another go you could try doing something similar.

  • Reply
    April 8, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks Very nice recipe and instructions. Question- Is it better to make Rose water from rose petals or Rose buds?

  • Reply
    October 7, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    How long will it last in the fridge?

    • Reply
      Tia H
      January 28, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      Why do you add more distilled water after making the pure rose water? Does it need to be diluted more or could I just use the pure rose water as a toner?

  • Reply
    Lisa Bennett
    September 12, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Thanks wouldn’t have known how to do this without you. Lisa

  • Reply
    August 29, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Where do you get organic roses from?

    • Reply
      September 22, 2021 at 3:21 am

      Pick them in the garden, or you can see if there grow wild roses somewhere and pick them from there if its not private property. Other then that you can order petals online, its can be expensive though (those online are dry petals, but you can make rose water same way with dry petals too)

  • Reply
    July 31, 2021 at 8:29 am

    How great the recipe is! Thank you very much for sharing!

  • Reply
    Fay Collins
    July 7, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Thankyou SO much for the rose wate recipes I found online. I look forward to hearing more from you Fay Collins

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