I can’t think of a better way to welcome spring than with a refreshing mist of rose water! If you have ever tried a rose water toner or hydrosol spray, then you know exactly what I am talking about. Wonderful and luxurious, this herbal elixir feels like something fresh from the garden. While seeking a zero-waste option to one of my favorite beauty essentials, I realized just how easy rose water is to make.

Supplies:

  • 12 fresh or dried organic roses (Damask Roses have the strongest scent)
  • Spring water
  • Optional: essential oils, witch hazel, tinted bottle

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Step 1. Pluck all petals from roses and compost inner pollen pod.

Step 2. Place rose petals in a large saucepan and cover with spring water.

Step 3. Simmer on low for a very long time, stirring occasionally. You don’t want these beauties to burn or the spray will smell bitter. Once the color is rendered from the roses (roses turn from red to purple or in my case, from white to yellow) allow the mixture to cool. Strain and you are done. Don’t forget to compost the petals.

After the mixture has cooled, you can add your optional ingredients. I like to add 4 drops of lavender essential oil and 1/4 tsp of witch hazel. Store in fridge for best results or add a few drops of vitamin E oil as a preservative.

I also found a distillation method for rose water that I am going to try out. If anyone has tried either of these before, leave me a comment and tell me how it worked for you. Did you like it? Did you find a better alternative?