How to Make Rose Water

Homemade Rose Water Recipe

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Learn how to make rose water with this easy homemade rosewater recipe. You can use this water as a facial toner, astringent, or in your bath water for a heavenly relaxing soak.

This home made recipe for rose water, will teach you how to make your own rose water to hydrate your skin, and help to restore moisture. It is also believed to firm and refine pores.

Another quality is its therapeutic properties that help to calm the spirit. It does all of this with a most heavenly fragrance of well…… Roses!

The Victorians made rose water, then mixed it with glycerin to make a wonderful hand and skin softener. Today its many uses in beauty products include soaps, toners, lotions, and sea salts.

Rose water is distilled water from rose petals. It has a Wonderful fragrance of roses.

The rose has long been acknowledged as a symbol of beauty and exotica. Back as far as the Egyptians, the beautiful Cleopatra was said to bathe in a bath of milk and rose petals. Here's the secret recipe!

Essential rose oil is thought to have aphrodisiac effects, and legend tells us that she used this to seduce her lover Anthony, and maintain her “Timeless Beauty”. She certainly knew how to make rose water! For a modern version of Cleopatra’s rose flower water for the bath, try this recipe using homemade rose water:

Mix ½ cup rose water with ½ cup coconut milk. Add to your bath water. Soak for at least 30 minutes. You will emerge with softer skin and a very sensual scent!

How To Make Rose Water

Before you begin : You will need:

  • Gather your rose petals you will need 2-3 qts. of fresh (pesticide free) petals.
  • A heat-safe stainless steel or glass qt. bowl
  • A large cooking pot that has an inverted rounded lid ( the speckled blue ones used for canning are a good choice)
  • A Brick
  • A Turkey Baster


  • 2-3 qts fresh rose petals
  • Water
  • Ice cubes or cubed ice

Directions to make rose water

  • 1. Put your brick in the center of the pot.
  • 2. Place the heat-safe bowl on top of the brick
  • 3. Put the roses in the pot, adding enough to reach the top of the brick.
  • 4. Pour in enough water to cover the roses. Water level should be just above the top of the brick.
  • 5. Put the lid (upside down) on the pot
  • 6. Turn on the stove, bring water to a full boil
  • 7.Put the ice cubes or ice on top of inverted lid
  • 8. Lower heat to a slow simmer

The steam will rise as the water boils, hit the top of the cold lid, and condense. It flows to the center of the lid as it condenses, and drops into the bowl.

As the ice melts in the cover, use a turkey baster to remove the melted water, and add more ice! Be sure not to let the petals boil dry.

If you simmer the water too long, the rose essence will be diluted and not have a strong heavenly scent!

Let cool

Refrigerate your rose water in a sterilized sealed jar. The information I have differs considerably on the shelf life of true rose water. Some say to use within a few days, others say it can be kept much longer, so I suggest you use your best judgment, and try to use it up as soon as possible, or (keep making fresh batches).

Use as a facial toner, astringent, in your bath water, or put some in a spray bottle, and spritz your face with it, for a cooling, hydrating experience!

Once you learn how to make rose water, and start using it, you will discover just how good for your skin it is.


Make sure you are not allergic to roses when using products made from rose petals!

How to make rose water Fast for a recipe?

Here is a quick version for making rose water for a recipe!

  • Use one cup of rose petals (fresh from the garden, not store bought! They should be organically grown, with no pesticides!)
  • Place in glass or stainless steel pan with one cup of water
  • Add one tablespoon Honey
  • Bring to a boil, and boil for ten minutes.
  • Stir frequently, and don't let the water boil out!
  • Let steep overnight
  • Strain
  • pour into glass container, and refrigerate.

No time to make your own? Check out these lovely skin care products made from rose flower water!

Learn about Rose Oil

Besides learning how to make rose water, you might also like more Ideas to use your Rose Petals:

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