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

July 11, 2021

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

The maven is B-A-C-K with a little DIY Video action! Who’s excited? Just me? Welcome to my life.

Also included in my life is a fridge full of homemade kombucha, cold brew iced coffee and of course homemade rosewater. Because everyone’s fridge is stocked with various colors of the rainbow in refreshment form, right? More like an assortment of diet pop flavors, but I’d like to believe my refrigerator soulmate exists out in this great big world.

Anywho, if you’re curious you should probably watch the latest in my adventures in YouTube. We’re making homemade rosewater and I’ll show you how to make rosewater and how I like to use it in my skincare routine.


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, 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!)
  • may reduce fine lines and wrinkles


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.

How to Use Rose Water

Now for some of the ways I like to use this homemade rosewater 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.

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 version.

4. Face refresher/Make-up setter – Spray this on your face when you’re at your 3:00 PM slump…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 Make Rose Water

Learn all of the benefits of Rose Water, including a step-by-step tutorial on how to make rosewater! 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 Rosewater:

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

For the Homemade Rosewater Face Toner:


For the Homemade Rosewater:

  1. Remove petals from stems and run them under luke-warm 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 to separate the petals from the water.
  6. Discard petals and place water in a glass jar to store.

For the Homemade Rosewater Face Toner:

  1. Combine all ingredients in spray bottle and shake.
  2. To apply: spray 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 rosewater. 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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  • Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 4:35 am

    Hi Davida, I am a big fan of DIY toners myself but my DIY rosewater gets spoilt after a week even when kept in refridgerator, Also will it be alright to use hybrid baby pink roses for this DIY or I should stick to these red roses?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 12, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Hey Arpita! I’m so sorry to hear that. Are you using distilled water? Any roses are fine but I recommend pure red roses (ideally organic) so you’re not getting any of those pesticides in there. Let me now if you have better luck next time!

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        September 23, 2017 at 3:59 pm

        may I use these ice cubes direct on my face??

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    November 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    If I am using dried petals what is the quantity I should use to follow your recipe for rose water ? Thanks so much for your answer !

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    November 30, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Can you do it with dried roses if you don’t find organic real roses ?

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    November 30, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Same question ; can you do it with dried roses ?

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    November 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Can you do this with dried roses?

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    sandra mccallion
    September 22, 2016 at 9:31 am


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    September 1, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I am also from Toronto and wondering where you buy your organic roses? Thank you, can’t wait to try!

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    August 3, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Organic roses? Where do i find these?

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    July 5, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Can you use dried roses to make rosewater?

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    June 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I have always been told to add vodka to preserve the shelve life. Even keeping rosewater with nothing to preserve it in the fridge seems unlikely not to go rancid or spoil.

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    June 28, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Hello, I was wondering if the roses you use need to be fresh. I already have roses from a bouquet but those are somewhat wilted and I wanted to know if I should just get new roses or if it’s ok to use the old.

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    Tiffany Webb
    June 21, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I was about to buy some rosewater on Amazon and thought to myself, “Can you MAKE your own rosewater??” Sure enough, thanks to your instructions, I can! I know you said it last for up to 6 months in your fridge. Our roses are blooming now so I was thinking about making some gigantic batches and freezing them. Do you think that would work? Thanks!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      June 22, 2016 at 10:12 am

      oooooh that’s a good question! I’m actually unsure how well it would work with frozen roses. Wish I could be more helpful!

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        February 8, 2018 at 11:35 am

        I think she meant freezing the made up rose water? But I guess you could try and freeze the petals but it would need to be airtight wih the air pressed out of the bag to stay fresh or suspended in water. Otherwise the petals would quickly get freezer burn as they are so thin. I think this is why people dry them. But freezing the rosewater sounds like a good idea.

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      Allison Turner
      June 24, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Yes you can freeze home made rose water. I freeze them in ice cube trays that way you can just take one out each time you need it.

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