I’m a big fan of roses and have been making my own rose water for quite a while now. I’m fortunate enough to have a garden where I grow my beautiful flowers and plants. I use them to make my own skin care recipes using natural ingredients.

I first started making rose water to use it as a toner for my skin, but then I realized it could be used for so much more. It can be added to food and drinks, it is used to relieve certain health problems and it is widely used in skin care and hair care. Find more on the uses of rose water below the recipe.

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Easy Homemade Rose Water Recipe



How to make it:

  1. Prepare a bunch of rose petals.

Wash them in water to eliminate any dust or dirtiness. If you think your roses contain chemicals put them in a container with cold water and a teaspoon of baking soda. Alternatively you can add a little trickle of white vinegar.

I grow my own roses but I still wash them in cold water to eliminate any trace of dirt.

You can mix your rose petals, for this one I have used red and pink petals.

2. Place them in a pot with distilled or mineral water. Don’t go mad with the water as too much will end up diluting the rose water.

3. Add one or two spoons of dried rose petals if you want to use them.

4. Cover the pot and simmer until the color fades (about 10 or 15 minutes).

5. Once the color fades, remove it from the cooker and let it cool.

6. Strain and place in a container with lid.

7. If you want to intensify the fragrance add 2 or 3 drops of rose essential oil. I add it to mine and you can really notice a difference in the smell.

Of course, don’t add oils if you are going to use the rose water to elaborate food or drinks. If intended for this purpose make sure the roses you use are organically grown and that they haven’t been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals.

Keep the water in a dark cool place like the refrigerator. It can last up to 2 weeks if you keep it in the fridge or one week other ways. You can always add a preservative to make it last longer.

Ready to use!

DIY rose water recipe

Since I don’t intend to use the rose water in 2 weeks I’m going to turn it into ice cubes so I can take one and melt it any time I need it.

You could use white roses too but the water won’t have any color.

Easy homemade rose water recipe

How to Preserve Rose Water for Longer?


Make sure the bottles or containers you use to store the rose water are sterilized.

Alcohol such as vodka will make it last for up to 30 days. Add half spoon per cup.

If alcohol is not your thing adding witch hazel or vitamin e will prolong the shelf life of rose water.


If you like to roses check homemade these recipes:

Easy DIY lip balm recipe with dried roses

Homemade rose water face cream recipe

Diy lotion bar recipe with Shea butter

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Uses of Rose Water


What can you use rose water for? Actually it has many uses:

Skin Care

  • Make-up remover
  • Make-up refresher
  • Facial toner
  • Skin irritation
  • Eye bag reducer
  • Acne, eczema and dermatitis reliever
  • Skin cleanser and oil remover
  • Wrinkle minimizer

Hair Care

  • Soothes the scalp
  • Good for oily hair
  • Reduces frizzy hair
  • Restores shine
  • Moisturizes the scalp
  • Reduces dandruff


  • Induces sleep
  • Wound healing
  • Helps sore throats
  • Relaxing and calming effect
  • Helps with digestion

It has been used to treat a number of mental health conditions, including:





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What do you use homemade rose water for?