How to make Rose Water at home and its Benefits for Skin

Farat Abdul Razzaq

Rosewater benefits for skin

Rose water is an incredible yet underrated beauty product and food ingredient.  It possesses unbelievable benefits for your skin, hair, and health. 

Rose water is obtained from steeping the rose petals or distilling them with steam.

Benefits of Rosewater

It has tremendous benefits that are discussed below;

Benefits of rose water

Anti-inflammatory properties;

Rose water is rich in vitamin C, which gives it anti-inflammatory properties. This is why it reduces acne. If you get a reaction to any beauty product on your skin, apply it as a topical to get rid of redness quickly. It is also helpful in treating Rosacea (a condition that causes redness of skin and blood vessels to be visible) because of its anti-inflammatory properties.


Rose water has Vitamins A, B, and E that give it anti-oxidant properties. If neuralizes the free radicles that can damage skin cells.

Healing Effects;

Extract of rose petals has a healing effect because of its antiseptic nature. That’s why it can heal cuts, scars, and sunburns faster. Besides healing the scars, It can also help to lighten the scar marks. 

Anti-aging properties;

Water of flowers’ petals gives your skin a tightening effect and reduces wrinkles. It has been used for its anti-aging properties since ancient times and is considered a fountain of youthfulness. 

Rose water as a Hydrating agent;

The incredible water obtained from petals hydrates your skin, protects your skin from drying, and gives you a fresh radiant look.

Remove excess oil from the skin;

The rose water cleanses your skin from dirt and excess sebum preventing pore size from enlarging. It also reduces blackheads, acne, and whiteheads.

Improve skin Complexion;

The water extract of petals improves your skin tone, gives it a glowing effect, and reduces scars.


Rose petals water enhances your mood freshness. It relaxes your Nerves and releases tension.


No matter what type of skin you have, it is always skin-friendly. Even folks with sensitive skin find it very gentle and soothing. It keeps dry skin hydrated, and sensitive skin soothed. It is perfectly suitable for all skin types.

Rose water mist;

The natural mist of rose petal water is calming on your nerves. It is free of any side effects.

Antiseptic properties;

Rose water is either used in eye drops or sprayed on eyes because it possesses analgesic properties. It is used to treat eye conjunctivitis.

Anti-bacterial properties;

Rose petal extract has anti-microbial properties which means that it fights microbes like bacteria. That’s why it is known to protect the skin from infections and kill acne-causing bacteria.


Rose essential oil is used in aromatherapy to calm your nerves release stress and so prevent headaches.

Helps with Digestive problems;

The water extract of roses improves bile secretions. It helps with stomachache and aids in digestive problems.

Use as Astringents;

Astringent is a liquid used for mild skin issues. The water of rose petals is used as an astringent to get rid of razor cuts after shaving. It is rich in tannin, so it tightens your skin’s pores and controls excess oil.

Balances skin pH;

When rose water is applied/ sprayed as a topical on your skin, it balances your skin’s pH between 4 and 4.5. It also reduces your skin’s sensitivity.

How to use rose water?

There are many ways you can use water from rose petals.

Used as a cleanser;

You can use rose water to remove your makeup because it is far better than synthetic makeup removers that contain alcohol which can leave your skin dry. 

You can take a cotton ball, soak it in rosewater, and apply it to cleanse dirt and excess sebum on your skin. It also kills bacteria and prevents you from acne.

Hydrate your skin;

You can take a spray bottle, fill it with rose water, and spray it whenever you feel hot, dehydrated, or sweating. It is the best mist to keep your fresh and sweat-free smell in the summer.

Soothe tired eyes;

Your eyes get tired when you use the screen excessively. Rose water helps to soothe your tired eyes. It removes dust, eye irritation, conjunctivitis (pink eyes) and lightens the dark circles.

Take two cotton balls, soak them in rose water, and keep them on your eyes for 5 minutes, or else spray the water on your eyes.

Rosewater mist;

You can use it as face, body, and hair spray. It is helpful to get rid of the sweating smell on sunny days. Moreover, it also relaxes your mind and provides a cooling effect. It can spray it in your room to smell like roses.

Rosewater tea;

Rose water relieves you of stomachache, headache, and sore throat. 

You can boil a cup of water and add 2 spoons of rose water to make tea. It is a tasty beverage with a nice aroma.

Apply rosewater on your hair and scalp;

Keep in mind its antiseptic, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is good to apply to your hair scalp to reduce redness and dandruff. 

You can spray it into your scalp after shampooing. This acts as a conditioner and gives your hair a beautiful scent.

Enhance your face packs;

Use a few drops of rose essential oil/ water to enhance the benefits of your face packs else you can use it as toner. It can also be used as a base coat before your makeup, but make sure to dry it before applying makeup.

How to make rose water at home?

Rose water is made in three ways;

How to make rose water at home?

1. Simmering 

Simmering is the process of cooking in a liquid that has been brought to a boil.


  • Collect rose petals from 4 flowers. (usually, 2-3 flower petals are enough to get one cup of extract).
  • Wash them thoroughly until no dirt is left.
  • Take one cup and half distilled water in a pan. Give it a boil.
  • Add petals, and slow down the flame.
  • Cook it for 30 minutes, until the colour of the petals fades out or changes.
  • Strain it with a strainer and refrigerate it.
  • Use it within a month.

Distillation method;

In this method, we get the most concentrated rose water but this may take more time and effort.


  • Take 3 cups of petals thoroughly washed.
  • Take a wide pan, and place a heat-resistant pot at its center.
  • Place petals in the pan. 
  • Add two cups of distilled water.
  • Cover the lid of the pan with a cotton cloth. Cover the pan with a lid.
  • Slow the flame and cook it for 25 minutes and keep putting ice cubes on the lid (ice cubes help in the condensation of steam).
  • Remove the lid and pot.
  • Strain the extract when it gets cold.
  • You can store it in the refrigerator and use it for 6 months.

Essential oil method;

It is the easiest and quickest method to make rose water. It is a bit costly because it requires rose essential oil.


  • Take 10-12 drops of rose essential oil.
  • Take 5 drops of carrier oil (Coconut oil, Olive oil, Vegetable oil, or Almond oil).
  • Take a cup of distilled water.
  • Take a bottle. Add all the ingredients to the bottle and mix it well.
  • Rose water made from essential oil does not need to be kept in the refrigerator.

The rose water is safe to use in food, but do not use rose water that is made by essential oil in food.

What is the shelf life of rose water?

The shelf life of rose water depends on the method by which it is made. For simmering shelf life is one month. For the distillation method, the shelf life is 6 months. Store rose water in a cool, air-tight bottle. 


  • If the color or scent of the rose water changes, discard it.
  • Try to use organic petals that are not sprayed with pesticides.
  • If you purchase rosewater from the market, make sure it does not contain synthetic chemicals. 


You can add a mild preservative to your homemade rose water to store it for longer.

Can I use rosewater in my hair and scalp?

Yes, you can either apply rose essential oil or water on your scalp to get tremendous benefits.

Is rosewater safe to intake?

Rose water is safe to use in food recipes and beverages.

What are the side effects of rosewater?

Rose water has no side effects at all. But if you are using a market product, It may irritate. So better do a patch test.

Hey! I'm Farat, with a pen that is armed with a passion for trend spotting, make-up artistry and skin-care secrets. I bring forth the secrets of beauty from natural remedies to mindful practices. My pen narrates the true stories of the celebrities you love to know.

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