Rosewater has astringent properties and works well as a facial toner. But that’s not all, when it’s combined with witch hazel, rosewater acts as a great cleanser, removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores and thus creating clear skin. If you want to kick it up a notch you can add in Aloe Vera which moisturizes, treats acne, and also evens out your skin tone.
What you need:
- A dozen freshly picked organic rose petals
- A measuring cup/small funnel
- A small pot with glass lid
- A small glass bowl
- Distilled water
- A spray bottle
- (optional) Organic Aloe Vera or its juice
- (optional) Witch hazel
- Wash all the flowers and try to find one that’s organic and not synthetically dyed because it is going onto your face.
- Pull the petals off by grabbing the bottom of the bud and separating the petals from the stem; then put all the rose petals on the pot.
- Pour in enough water into your pot so that 3/4 of the pot is filled but not too much or else your spray will be watered down. *If you want, now is the time to add the witch hazel and/or Aloe Vera; I recommend you add about 2-3 tablespoons of each*
- Put the bowl inside the pot and put the lid on upside down; this ensures you get the purest form of the rose water.
- Let the water boil for about half an hour or until your petals lose its color. (If you’re impatient like me, put some ice cubes on top of the upside-down lid)
- Once done, pour the liquid from the bowl into your spray bottle with the help of a measuring cup or funnel.
(You can also pour it into a clean ice cube tray and just rub it onto your face when you feel really hot and grimy.)
MAKE SURE TO REFRIGERATE. This has a shelf-life of about 2-3 weeks or until it turns into a weird yellow color and starts to smell.