Rosewater is a versatile fragrance that has been used throughout the ages and across cultures. Rosewater was a popular flavoring in baking before vanilla came into use in Europe and America. It is used widely still to flavor sweets in Iranian cuisine.
It can be used as a moisturizer for dry hair as well as dry skin. It is commonly put to use as a sweet body perfume or tossed with dry rose petals as a subtle fragrance in your home.
There are a lot of methods on the internet for making your own rose water. Some are a bit more complex and will leave you with beautiful clear rose water as well as rose oil. While others are more suited to the beginner, just be ready to experiment with a few extra rose petals lying around.
I have some friends whose beautiful roses are exploding with blooms right now. So, with lots of petals at hand I used this very simple method for trying my hand at making my own batch of rose water.
You will need a double boiler. Fill the top with rose petals. (Be sure they are freshly washed and dried. You will also want to be sure that they are chemical free.) Fill the bottom pot with water. Cover and bring to a simmer. When petals have lost their color remove from heat and squeeze any remaining water out of the petals. Allow water to cool and bottle as desired. Your rose water should stay good for up to 1 month.
Here is an update from Emily to clarify, in answer to some questions:
“I used the steamer top of my double boiler pans and totally failed to mention that very important piece of information. I see the confusion now!!
You can also use a regular double boiler, but yes, you would add water to the top where the rose petals are. Either method should work beautifully.”
How do you use rose water in your home or beauty routine?
If you make your own, please share your tips in the comments!
Michele’s note: I love to use Rose Water as a facial toner or “perfume,” as well as in my Rhubarb-Rose Jam!