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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
    May 16, 2021 at 12:10 am

    It should last about 6 months in the fridge. I don’t think it would work with dry rose petals~ the water would be brown.

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    May 16, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Any rose that is red or dark pink would be the best for this recipe!

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    May 16, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Try using red roses, instead of other colors. It worked really well for me when I used red roses- don’t use any dry petals.
    Make sure you also simmer it until most of the color is gone from the rose petals.

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    May 9, 2021 at 11:23 am

    You can spray rose water on wet or dry hair for hydration and shine.

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    May 7, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Would I still use the recipe using distilled water and organic roses if it’s only for cooking?

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    April 21, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Which rose petal to use? Desi or english or any red color variety is ok?

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    Gerry McDonald
    February 6, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    How do you cover the petals in water? I imagine they willjust float to the top so how do you know when you havecenough water?

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      May 16, 2021 at 12:19 am

      The ratio of Rose petals to water should be 50/50. Make sure your petals are pressed down when you’re measuring how much you have.
      So, if you had 1/2 cup of (pressed down) petals, you would pour 1/2 cup of water.

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    January 29, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    How long does this last in fridge. Can you use dry rose petals?

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    January 20, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Hello there I followed this and it turned out green. The rose water instead of turning pink or red turned green 🙁 please help me with this

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    December 21, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    This turned out fantastic! Thank you very much!!

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    September 27, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Hi Davida @ The healthy Maven, greetings from Ireland. I made the above rose water with my own roses, during lockdown this summer. I have frozen the rose water in trays, and would like to gift it to my sisters and nieces at Christmas. After thawing, do I have to add another product eg sterile water or witch hazel to fill the little spray bottles?? All advice gratefully recieved. Thanks

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    September 18, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    I have a few questions as I’m trying more natural and homemade things-
    -can this be used in our hair?
    -As it’s coming to autumn/winter, our garden roses are starting to wither away, can we use culinary rose buds instead?
    -can this be mixed with aloe vera gel?

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