Rose water (or rosa damascena) has become a ubiquitous beauty favorite over the past few years, but this staple has been used in skin and hair care regimens for centuries around the globe. The ingredient, which hails from Iran, has been cultivated since the 7th century A.D. for its essential oils.
Rose water comes from two natural ingredients—roses and water. The result is a refreshing solution that feels great on irritated skin and scalp. And in addition to its fragrance and relaxation benefits, rose water has also been found to help prevent dandruff and moisturize hair
Lidded glass jar (large enough to fit several cups of liquid)
Small colander or strainer
Small glass spray bottle
Fresh petals from 3-4 organic roses
2 cups water
When it comes to homemade face mists, there are many different options to choose from, ranging from coconut and aloe to apple cider vinegar concoctions. But if you’re looking for a multi-purpose spray that can help soothe skin irritation, reduce under-eye bags, or cut down on oily hair, rose water is the ingredient for you.
Prepare Your Rose Petals
Rinse your rose petals and place them inside your glass jar.
You can use any type of rose you prefer, but ideally, it should be organic to avoid all the harmful chemicals.
Pour your water into the saucepan and heat until lightly boiling.
Add the boiling water to the jar and close the lid.
After the contents have cooled, gently invert the jar several times to mix petals. Leave the closed jar sitting upright overnight.
Run Through a Colander
Open the jar and pour contents into a colander over a small bowl.
Squeeze any remaining liquid out of rose petals and into the bowl. Add leftover rose petals to your compost bin.
Prepare Your Spray Bottle
Transfer the rose water from your bowl to your spray bottle.
Spritz onto skin and hair as desired for a refreshing and hydrating reset.
Calming Lavender Spray
For an even more calming and aromatic take on traditional rose water spray, add a lavender twist. Simply add about five drops of lavender essential oil to your rose water and apply as you normally would.
Cooling Peppermint Mist
If you’d rather make your rose water spray a bit more invigorating, add five drops of peppermint oil. This makes for a great summer essential to throw in your bag when you’re on the go and need a quick cool-down.