How to Make Rose Water From Rose Petals

Rose water is a centuries-old natural treatment for the skin.
Rose water is a centuries-old natural treatment for the skin. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Rose water is derived from the petals of roses and has been used for centuries by many cultures. There are different ways to mix the natural oils of rose petals depending on the desired usage. You can mix it with glycerin to make a heavenly scented moisturizer or mist it directly on your face as an astringent and toner. The first step is releasing the rose oil from the petals.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups fresh rose petals
  • Scissors
  • Measuring cup
  • 1 liter boiling water
  • Heat resistant container
  • Strainer
  • Storage jar

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Remove fresh rose petals from the stem by cutting between the bottom of the bloom and the stem with a pair of scissors. Firmly pack and measure 2 cups of petals and place in a heat resistant container.

Bring 1 liter of water to a boil, pour into the container of rose petals and cover for at least 30 minutes to draw the natural oils out into the water.

Pour the container of rose petals and water through a strainer into the storage jar of your choice. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use bottled mineral water instead of tap water.
  • After soaking the rose petals, pour the entire contents directly into bath water for a luxurious soak.
  • Choose organically grown roses that are free of pesticides. If you are unsure of the rose's origins, rinse the petals thoroughly with cold water prior to applying hot water.


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