You may be wondering how to make rose water 🌹💧 but it only took me ten minutes to make my own using this super easy recipe!
With a million bottles out there, it gets confusing trying to figure out what’s great and what isn’t.
But it all depends on how it was made.
Rose water for your skin is made using roses with the best health and beauty benefits, but these are completely different to the food-grade products you can find.
This recipe I’m giving you will make a weaker version of the Bulgarian cosmetics so the effects won’t be as strong, but it will still benefit your skin and is perfect for cooking, and aromatherapy.
Either way, in only 10 minutes using just two ingredients you can have the real thing waiting to be used.
But before I tell you how to make rose water, let’s look into what it actually is…
What is rose water?
Rose water is a general term for any product that uses roses and water – whether this is rose oil mixed with water, rose perfume mixed with water or rose infused water.
There are over 105 rose water benefits, believe it or not! And using the infused kind means you can get the most out of your cosmetic.
So how can water be infused with roses? It’s done with a process called steam distillation.
Making pure rose water is simple
Rose water is made by passing distilled water through freshly picked petals with the use of heat.
First they heat the water into steam, letting it easily pass over the petals that still have fresh dew on the surface – this helps the steam absorb more nutrients than it would from dry petals alone.
Then they let the infused steam condense into a container to create rose water.
This being left as it is, with no added ingredients, makes 100% pure, distilled rose water.
Of course, there are thousands of different roses you can use for the water but only a few can be used to reap the most benefits and the most common used is the 🌹 Bulgarian Rosa Damascena rose.
The Bulgarian rose makes the best rose water
This special type of rose is picked from ‘Rose Valley’: a large landscape filled with the roses later used in the steam distillation process.
These are grown with the best conditions for the highest quality rose water, thanks to the warmer climate year round ☀️ and the classic ‘morning dew’ that always forms on the petals (this is the part that makes the rose water so beneficial).
Bulgarian Rosa Damascena is known as the best for health and beauty benefits.
Using other types of roses will still grant some benefit to the user, but the effects won’t be as strong.
What about pure rose oil?
Rose water is a huge part of the Bulgarian culture as it can be used for almost anything when it comes to your own health.
But something that you may have seen before is pure rose oil.
To make one ounce of this ‘liquid gold’ they will need to pick 60,000 rose blossoms and the final product is sold for a price more expensive than actual gold.
The price may be a huge surprise to you, but the benefits of rose oil (and rose water) really are just too good.
A great alternative is to use rose water so you can reap all the benefits without having to invest into something so concentrated.
How to make rose water?
It sounds simple, doesn’t it?
Rose water is actually very easy to make – so easy you can do it yourself!
If making your own, your skin will still benefit but the effects won’t be as strong from the final product like you would from the Bulgarian made cosmetic.
If picking your own rose petals, pick them fresh in the morning when they’re the most fragrant and if not, use organic fresh petals from a reliable source or just buy dried, edible rose petals (or blossoms, they work too).
So here you go: how to make rose water…
0.25 cup dried rose petals (or 3/4 of a cup of fresh)
1.50 cups of water
- Place your petals and water into a saucepan.
- Heat the mixture until it’s boiling and then turn the heat down so it sits to simmer.
- It will take anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes for the petals to go colourless and the rose water to be ready.
- When done, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool with the lid on.
- After the mixture has completely cooled, strain it through a cheesecloth and use it immediately in a recipe (or in the next few days if you store the water in a dark bottle).
The shelf life with this method is short so it’s best used fresh for cooking. By making your own, you know it doesn’t contain harmful additives and that it’s safe to consume – either in your food or to drink. Now you know how to make rose water, learn more about the benefits!
Don’t feel like making your own? Make it easier for yourself and get your natural rose water to enhance the cosmetics you already use, whilst knowing what you’re putting on your skin.
How do you plan on using your homemade rose water? Tell me in the comments below! And don’t forget, you can pin this article for later. 📌
But guess what? You’ve finished the Complete Guide to Rose Water!
It takes just a few sprays for you to defrizz your hair, soften your skin, calm down eczema or even just to smell great! So add it into your skin care, hair care, bath or wherever to get the most out of rose water.