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How To Make Rosewater

Thelma has lived and worked for almost three years in the Republic of Ireland as a spa wellness massage therapist.

Rose petals

Rose petals

Rosewater is one of the beauty products that I can buy in the drugstores and beauty shops here in Germany. I can buy it online, too but as I am prone to allergic reactions using any product, I am very careful. Whenever I can, I make my own beauty treatment like this rosewater facial toner that I have made from the roses of my friend's garden which I have happily harvested last summer 2020.

In this article, I am going to write a step by step on how I make my organic rosewater facial toner for my daily use at home. It is very easy to make. I only need organic roses and distilled water as an ingredient. Making my own rosewater is not only easy to make but also affordable for my own wallet.

“Rose never propagandize its fragrant, but its own fragrance spreads surrounding.”

— – Sukarno


Ingredients and Things Needed

  • 4-6 fresh red fragrant roses, depending on how big they are
  • 2-3 cups of distilled water
  • cooking pot
  • kitchen paper, if needed
  • strainer
  • ladle
  • 3-4 spray bottle jars for storing the rosewater, 50ml -100 ml

“You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will, but the scent of the roses will hang round it still.”

— – Thomas Moore


  1. Pull off the petals of the roses from the stems.
  2. Put them in the sink and wash them with flowing tap water. Don´t include the leaves.
  3. Wash them well to get rid of some insects if there are any.
  4. Drain them well with the use of the strainer.
  5. Put the drained rose petals in a cooking pot.
  6. Add 2 to 3 cups of distilled water or until the roses are covered.
  7. Let the rose petals simmer in medium heat for about half an hour or until the color of the rose petals change into pale color.
  8. Put off the fire. Drain the rosewater mixture and separate the pale-colored roses from the rosewater. Let it cool.
  9. Discard the petals after draining and place the rosewater in glass or plastic bottle jars for storing.
  10. Store in a cool dry place or in the fridge for later use.
  11. This recipe is good for 3-4 (50ml each) spray bottle jars.

Fragrant Roses for Making Rosewater

Types of RosesColorOrigin

Centifolia rose or cabbage rose

dark red, red and pink

originated and first developed by Dutch nurserry in 16th century

Damask rose or rosa damascena

dark red, red and pink

India, Bulgaria and Persia

Rosa gallica, French rose or Gallic rose

dark red, red and pink

Southern and Central Europe


  • Use organic fresh roses for making rosewater. Of course, you can use your own garden roses grown without pesticides.
  • You can use dried roses too in making your rosewater as long as they were not grown with chemicals or pesticides.
  • Keep the homemade rosewater in a cool and dark place or in the fridge so it will last longer than a month.

Uses of Homemade Rosewater:

  1. Facial Toner----use rosewater as a facial toner after cleansing your face before putting facial cream, day and night.
  2. Body or Facial Spray----Rosewater spritzer is very good especially in the summer months to keep you fresh and moisturized. It is soothing for the skin.
  3. Room Spray or Air Freshener----Refreshing and deodorizing a room at home.
  4. Spraying the bed linen to keep them fresh and fragrant.
  5. Use Mouthwash as an alternative.
  6. You can add rosewater to your bathtub when bathing.
  7. Cooking with rosewater in making desserts as a flavoring.
  8. Rosewater in the laundry when ironing clothes by adding it in the water chamber of the ironing machine.
  9. Can be added to a facial mask, cold creams and facial wash.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_water

My Rosewater Video

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Thelma Alberts


Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on January 24, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

You are very welcome. Thanks for your visit. Take care of yourself, too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 24, 2021:

Thanks for the clear directions on how to make rosewater as well as its uses. Take care!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on January 24, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

It is nice to see you again. I thought that it is time again to write on HP.

Thank you very much for your visit. Take care of yourself, too.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 24, 2021:

Very well written article about making Rose water. I liked going through the additional information.

Thank you for sharing.

Good to see you publishing after a long time, Thelma. Take care.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on January 24, 2021:

Thank you very much Umesh Chandra Bhatt.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on January 24, 2021:

Hi Linda,

You are welcome. Thank you for your nice comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 23, 2021:

I like the uses of rosewater that you’ve shared very much. Thanks for sharing the instructions for making it.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on January 23, 2021:

Great writing. Well presented.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on January 23, 2021:

Hi MG Singh,

Thank you very much for our nice comment.

MG Singh from UAE on January 23, 2021:

Wonderful article. Great information provided.