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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!

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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

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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.

a mason jar with homemade rose water

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Hi! I'm Davida and welcome to my corner of the internet. I'm a wellness blogger, yoga teacher, certified herbalist, and green beauty lover.

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  1. I have used a combo of rose water and witch hazel. I have not seen any recommendations for this use. Is it not a good idea?

    1. It’s a great idea actually. This makes the best toner. White or yellow roses would probably work best there, Red for cooking, wine, or drinking water. Use a combination of them all for healing salves. Unless you happen to come across an extra smelly yellow one, then that’s the one to use for any of the things you can do with a rose.

  2. I already have rose petal powder. Can I do the same thing using the powder and bringing it to boil with distilled water?

  3. Hey thank you. Absolutely loved your videos! But actually rose water can be purchased from any persian grocer for cheap. Yeah, persians use it for everything since time immemorial.

    Still I can definitely see the benefits of diy.

    1. Absolutely! It can be purchased premade although some people don’t have access to stores where you can buy it! Glad you enjoyed the video!

  4. Hi!
    \I got organic roses and after making the rose water as instructed, mine turned out to be a light brown like tea. Not pink. Do you think its still usable?

  5. My rose water has some debris in it. It’s been about 3 weeks give or take that i’ve had it. I’ve put it in the fridge but i mostly keep it outside. It still SMELLS like roses but what are those debris particles floating about it. Do you have any clue? I can’t find it anywhere online! D:

    1. Most likely pollen particles, straining through a cheese cloth should fix that. It will smell like roses all the way up until the day it’s not good anymore. It won’t smell bad per se, but it won’t smell like a rose either. The rose itself is a mild anti-biotic FYI. 😉 <3

      1. I should say, it won’t smell bad at first, but right away you will notice the rose smell is weak or gone. Then I assume it must get to bad smell at some point. I never kept a jar past no smell point myself. I have had one jar, but I made it thick and for a muscle salve, so I kept the petals stems and leafs soaking intentionally. It never actually made it to the salve, however, after straining it, I did use it periodically with a face mask, and that jar lasted on the bathroom shelf non the less, in a conservative estimate, a good year or more. Im thinking about 1 1/2yr. I actually lost track. Then one day the smell was gone, so I just left it alone. Within a week from there I could see mold, so I just threw it away – jar and all.

  6. I would be leery of using an aluminum pot because of the toxicity of aluminum. Stainless steel or glass would be better.

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