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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
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    September 17, 2020 at 4:53 pm

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    September 17, 2020 at 5:45 am

    Wow… So helpful to me! I did try and use it. very good and safe for our skin! Dont hesitate to try it every one!

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    September 15, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Regularly I used rosewater in my daily skincare routine. This homemade rosewater toner is more effective for skin. So this article very useful and informative. Thank you for this amazing article.

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    r6 nationals
    August 26, 2020 at 9:17 am

    i used this homemade rosewater..but i noticed that stains are appeared on cotton cloth and tiles…does it caouse any stain on my face?does it fades my skin?

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    August 21, 2020 at 3:57 am

    I regularly used rosewater in my daily skincare. I think homemade rosewater is more effective for skin. So this homemade rosewater recipe is very useful for me. thank you!

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    gurjeet singh
    August 11, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, rose water is so useful for the face, be sure to use it!

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    August 6, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    That’s a great idea. I want try it. Thanks you!

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    July 11, 2020 at 11:26 am

    i used this homemade rosewater..but i noticed that stains are appeared on cotton cloth and tiles…does it caouse any stain on my face?does it fades my skin?

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    June 23, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    You may want to update this post to better serve your readers. Skin is waterproof, we do not absorb water through our skin, therefor it’s impossible for us to receive the benefits of water through our skin. The only way to receive the benefits of water is to drink it. But please do not take my word for it, conduct your own research to come to a conclusion on your own. Other than that, this post is great and roses really are wonderful for the skin! It’s nice to see people embracing healthier and natural alternatives to the mainstream products full of junk.

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    June 7, 2020 at 12:06 am

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    May 6, 2020 at 5:49 am

    Hi, can this water be drank? Or is it only for external use?

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      Elizabeth Rose
      June 1, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      Yes, you can drink this rosewater. Better yet half dilute it with water and pour into ice cube tray and use as ice cubes. Roses are not harmful or poison for human consumption. Allergies might be something to look out for however. Only the thorns contain some irritating properties like any thorn on any plant. Some roses, in fact are sweet due to their natural sugars, hence there wonderful smell. You can eat the petals. Here is a website I just found you might like, it has a few recipes about cooking with roses as a flavor. From desert to drinks, and even one with sea bass. There is a plethora of them out there.

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    Angie Whitlock
    April 25, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Love this. To the lady who’s skin turned pink…if they were store bought sometimes they will add like food coloring to flowers to make the colors bright. That could be what happened.

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