Tuesday, 28 February 2017

How to make Rose Water

Rosewater smells gorgeous and has many uses including skincare, as a linen spray, in soap making and cooking. Plus it can be quite easy to make at home.

To make rose water you need:

  • 3 cups of rose petals (choose fragrant petals that insect and spray free)
  • 3 cups of distilled or purified water
  • 1 teaspoon vodka (acts as a preservative)
  • salt
  • cheesecloth
  • 700ml  glass bottle or jar

Place the rose petals in a non-metallic bowl with a tiny pinch of salt. Bring the water almost to the boil (but not actually boiling), then pour over the rose petals. Leave the petals to steep for about an hour until the petals have lost their colour and become translucent. Strain the rose water through cheesecloth and decant into a sterilised bottle.

Stored in the refrigerator the rose water will keep for up to 4 months.

Rose Water Toner

Combine all ingredients in a small glass bottle and shake well. Apply with a cotton pad avoiding the eyes. Will keep up to 10 days in the fridge.

You may also like to try Rosie Oats Face Mask. This is a simple mask that combines soothing oats and rosewater. It's very gentle and suitable for most skin types. The recipe is HERE.

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  1. Can't wait until my roses start blooming to try this!

  2. What a lovely idea and thanks for sharing the recipe at DI&DI.

  3. This sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!:)

  4. I remember trying this as a kid, but we just made jars of water and rose petals and then wondered why we ended up with a festering mess!
    Now I know how to do it properly, thanks.

    1. I remember doing this as a kid too! The end result was pretty nasty!

  5. Thanks, I cook a lot of ethnic food and rosewater is expensive in the shops. I have a recipe for almond cake that is sprinkled with rose water it is amazing and I think I need one now! Rats, the roses won't bloom for a couple of months...

    1. Almond cake with rosewater sounds great :)

  6. What a charming and pretty post. I've never seen a recipe before. I hope you can come over and link at the Fabulous party. It's over here:
    Happy Spring.

  7. I didn't know they would become translucent. Very neat! Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

  8. This sounds lovely! Thanks for sharing on Funtastic Friday!

  9. I LOVE my rosewater, I totally want to try making it this summer if I can get my hands on some roses.

    Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight

  10. I'd love to try this and make a linen spray. Thank you for sharing at Link It Up Wednesday!


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