How to Make Rose Water ... and Why




About: Hi, I'm Éva from Hungary. I love baking, cooking, and gardening, not to mention the perfect combination: cooking using fruits and veggies from our garden. I often experiment with new ingredients and try to u...

In this Instuctable I will show you how to make rose water. It's a quick, effortless and inexpensive way of arriving at something that has a number of uses and benefits. What is it made of? Rose and water, it's that simple.

It's been used throughout the centuries by women longing to benefit from its beautifying effects. It is said to be one of the beauty secrets of Cleopatra of Egypt. Among others, it has antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. So why not try it yourself?

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Roses - amount depends on how much rose water you plan to end up with, I used 6 big, organic roses that produced approximately 150 ml rose water. It is very important to use organic, pesticides -free roses, you don't want to apply chemicals on your face.

Distilled water - so as to provide a longer shelf life for your rose water. As for the quantity, add as much water as needed just to cover the roses in the pot.



Clean bottle or jar for storage

Step 2: Prepping

Gather your supplies, remove the petals of the roses and wash them under running water.

Put them in a pot, pour as much distilled water that would be just enough to cover the petals. (Beware, they keep coming up to the surface!)

Step 3: Simmering

Use a small plate as a weight to keep the petals under the water.
Put it on medium heat, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes until the petals lose their color.

You can see in the photos the petals turning pale, by this time all the color has gone into the water. It has a magnificent scent, too!

Let it cool.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Discard most of the petals with the help of a sieve, strain the mixture.

Step 5: Ready!

Put your rose water in a glass jar.

Since we have an abundance of roses in the garden from May till the end of October, I usually only make as much rose water as would last for about a week or 10 days. Summer is very hot here, so I usually keep it in the fridge, just in case. For the winter, I freeze the rose water in ice-cube molds and keep them in zip-lock bags in the freezer and use them one by one.

How to use it? With a quick search on the internet, you' ll find dozens of uses.

I use rose water regularly as:

1. Toner

You may spray or simply splash the rose water on your face, or you can use a cotton ball to apply.

2. Facial scrub

Mix 2 tablespoons of polenta with 2 tablespoons of rose water, rub it over your face.

3. Body spray

Put the rose water in a spritzer bottle, it is really refreshing after taking a shower.

4. Refreshing spray

Put the rose water in a small spritzer bottle, keep it in your bag, spray it on your face to freshen up. It"s great in the summer heat.

5. Body scrub

Mix 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons of rose water, 1/4 cup coconut oil, apply. Works like magic, leaves you with a soft, scented skin.

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    13 Discussions


    Question 2 days ago

    Can you use roses that are dried out so they can be shipped or do they have to be full of moisture so to make the rose water?

    1 answer

    Answer 1 day ago

    I do not see any reason why not, but I never tried as we have plenty of roses in the garden.


    Question 12 days ago

    Can you just use any rose or just certain types of roses?

    2 answers

    Answer 10 days ago

    Hello, it’s a tricky question, I think I cannot give you an absolutely clear answer. As far as I know all roses are edible (at least the types around here) therefore they can also be used to make rose water. Nevertheless, I am not a botanist, but a lawyer, so here comes a disclaimer: my knowledge is limited I am not taking any liability in this regard.
    For real, though all edible and organic roses can be used, I usually use the classic red rose that has a strong fragrance (seen in the photos).


    Reply 8 days ago

    Not only the rose itself, but if the rose was grown with pesticide or other chemical, they may be transfer in the rose water. So be careful on your "source"


    10 days ago

    I wonder if there are also ways to use your "rose tea" in food... as a flavoring? Have you tried tasting it?

    1 reply

    Reply 10 days ago

    I’m planning to. Thinking about flavoring the whipped cream on top of Pavlovas.


    10 days ago on Introduction

    We have been using wild roses, which has a more intense smell/taste to make rose liquer. So I'd say wild roses, definitely.

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    Reply 10 days ago

    Absolutely. Any type that has a strong fragrance .. and these deep red ones really do.


    10 days ago

    Thank you for the instructable, but technically speaking rose water is made from distilling the steam of rose petal. It should be clear as water. Your process is basically making rose tea.

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    Reply 10 days ago

    Thanks for commenting. I am familiar with the distilling method, I tried it, too, it’s a lot more complicated yet I do not see a big difference as to the benefits in everyday use. Regarding the terminus tecnicus, I guess you are right.


    13 days ago

    I bet that smells heavenly! I love rose water - thanks for sharing how to make it :D

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