The beautiful rose bush in my garden has always produced the most sweet-smelling roses and has a fragrance that is so sweet and amazing. This year my friend Karolina suggested making distilled rose water so we decided to do it together. It sounds like it would be complicated but it really wasn’t.
Benefits of Rose Water
Rosewater not only smells good, it is good for dry skin & puffy eyes. It also makes an excellent toner and makeup setting spray. The one thing I am going to do with the leftover water is put it in my bath; I can hardly wait!
- One large pot with glass lid
- Clean Brick or inverted heat-safe bowl
- Glass bowl to catch the distilled rose water
- Rose Petals (approx 6 cups)
- Distilled Water (approx 2 litres)
- Sterilized containers to store product: 2 small and 2 medium sized glass jars. (no plastic!)
- Natural Preservatives: Vitamin E capsule and Vodka or Gin if you have it. For the vitamin E capsule, poke a hole in it and squish contents into rose water. Discard capsule.
How To Make
- Pick rose buds, remove petals and place them in a bowl
- Set up your pot: add brick (or inverted bowl) to center of the pot and place your glass bowl on top. The glass bowl is where your distilled rose water will make it’s way to.
- Place the petals around the bowl.
- Pour distilled water gently onto the rose petals
- Invert your glass lid so that it is upside down. This will divert the evaporated water back down into your glass bowl once it cools. To speed the cooling process, place 2 ice cubes on the lid and replace as necessary
- Place on stove element and bring only to a gently simmer. Watch carefully over the next 2 hours to make sure it doesn’t over boil.
- Once finished, take it off the element and let cool for about 20 minutes.
- Make sure your sterilized containers are ready to go and then pour the clear, distilled rose water into the smaller ones. Add natural preservative (10 drops alcohol)
- Strain the roses and simmering water into a bowl. You will notice the rose colour has transferred into the water! Add natural preservatives (1 tbsp alcohol) and distribute into medium sized sterilized jar. Add natural preservative.
Points to remember
Store your rose water in the fridge to help keep it from going bad and you can also add a natural preservative by using a small amount of alcohol or a couple drops of vitamin E. In combination it should last over a month. Shake the bottle before each use to make sure natural preservative is mixed in. Discard any water that goes off and avoid this by using up all of your rose water!
Enjoy the beautiful fragrance and amazing skin softening benefits of the Rose Water!