DIY Roses

How to Make Rose Water

Rose water in jars and bowls from making it at home

Rosewater is one of the best not-so-kept secrets for premium hydration. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits. Spritz your face to help it glow. Spray your pillow, or even the whole room, to add aromatherapy benefits. The possibilities are practically endless. Talk about flower power.

In honor of Self-Care Month, add this D.I.Y. to refresh your space, your face, and any other place you see fit. Rosewater is easy to make and can be used all around the home. You can even choose the best smelling roses to elevate your homemade recipe.

Benefits of Rosewater

  • Can reduce puffiness and redness (anti-inflammatory properties)
  • Helps hydrate and moisturize the skin
  • Relieves skin irritation
  • Provides a sweet flavor for summer cocktails
  • Adds a sweet scent perfect for bathwater
  • Works as a natural make-up remover
  • Can help treat and even prevent infections with antiseptic properties
  • Considered a mood enhancer that aid in reducing anxiety and aid in relaxation and improving sleep

The Simmering Method

Simmering is the quickest recipe to make liquid rose gold (That joke was too good to resist.). Follow these directions for the easiest method to learn how to make your own homemade DIY rose water. You only need a few items to get started:


    • Rose Petals
    • Distilled Water
    • Large Pot with Lid
    • Strainer
    • Measuring Cups
    • Sanitized Spray Bottle


  • Filtered Water (if Distilled Water is unavailable)
  • Muslin or Cheesecloth

Step-by-Step Instructions

​​1. Prep the roses

Remove ½ to 1 cup’s worth of fresh petals from stems. (Note: 1 cup of fresh petals is
equal to 2 or 3 flowers.) Clean the petals with tap water. Prep time: a few minutes.

​​2. Add petals and distilled water to the pot.

Pour just enough distilled water to cover the rose petals (approx. 1 ½ cups). Make sure it’s enough, but not too much. Too much and it will distill the rose water.

​​3. Simmer the water for 15-30 minutes.

Once the pot is on the stove, turn the burner to medium heat. Once it is simmering, cover with the lid, and reduce the heat to a lower setting. You just want enough heat to keep it at a simmer. To know when it’s done, the petals should be a paler color. At this point, turn off the heat, take off the lid, and let cool completely.

​​4. Strain the liquid.

Use a strainer to separate the petals and your homemade rose water. Use muslin or cheesecloth when straining to have a more concentrated color. When done, dispose of the petals.

​​5. Bottle up the rose water.

Add the liquid to your spray bottle, and spritz away! It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one month, and at room temperature for up to one week.

Just Add the Roses

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