I have made this rose water face cream because I love roses and because It really keeps my skin smooth and hydrated. It helps that smells delicious too!
Roses are not only absolutely beautiful, they have great benefits for the skin. Skin care products made with roses are used to:
- Calm redness
- Hydrate the skin
- Reduce oil
- Minimize wrinkles (thanks to its antioxidant properties)
- Ease eczema and rosacea (due to its anti-inflammatory benefits)
Roses also offer therapeutic benefits:
In this study, it was observed that rose oil had physiological and psychological relaxation, analgesic and anti-anxiety effects.Source
Now is time for the recipe.
Homemade Rose Water Recipe
Ingredients you need:
3 tablespoons almond oil
2 tablespoons beeswax
1 spoon emulsifying wax
8 tablespoons rose water
1 teaspoon vitamin e
10 drops rosehip oil
20 drops rose essential oil
Wide spectrum preservative (optional)
I have used rose water and hibiscus almond infused oil for this recipe but you can use rose water from the store or homemade rose water (see recipe here). This macerated oil gave a lovely pink color to the cream.
How to make it:
Place beeswax, emulsifying wax and almond oil in a heat resistant container and over low heat until they melt. At the same time place the rose water in a different container so they reach the same or similar temperature.
Once the wax is melted take it out of the heat and use a hand mixer to blend. You need to do this step quick because beeswax tends to solidify really fast. Start adding the rose water slowly while mixing at the same time. Don’t stop mixing until the water and oils have emulsified and it reaches the consistency you want (10 to 15 minutes).
Cleaning beeswax from kitchen utensils can be quite difficult. I give a few tips on how to clean it at the end of this body moisturizer lotion recipe.
Now is time to add the rosehip oil and mix again.
Add rose essential oil and mix with a clean spatula.
Time to add vitamin E oil and mix again. The last step is adding the preservative and mixing it very well so the cream is protected.
Transfer to a container that has been previously sterilized. I clean mine with rubbing alcohol. Note that this cream has tiny pieces of dried roses because I didn’t strain the oil. I don’t mind because I plan to use it as a facial mask. Even as a night cream should be OK to use.
The rosewater face cream is ready to use!
If you add a preservative there is no need to keep it in the fridge unless you like it cold. If you don’t add a preservative it will keep in the fridge for few days but I can’t tell you for sure how long it will be before bacteria appears. Make a small amount and use it within one week, although this is just a guess because I always add a preservative (I don’t like to use preservatives but I like even less the thought of applying cream infested bacteria on my skin).
How to use it:
The texture of the cream is rich so I would recommend using it as a night cream or as a mask for a more intensive treatment. Apply a small amount on the face and neck until is well absorbed. To keep the cream free from contamination don’t put your fingers on it, use a clean spatula instead.
Other homemade face creams you might like:
This homemade face cream with whipped Shea butter is great for those with dry skin and to reduce wrinkles. And if you want to firm the skin or prevent sagging skin check this homemade anti-aging face cream recipe.