*Originally posted 4/1/14 but since I took some new pictures it gets bumped to the front*
I love rosewater for my face and hair. It's like nourishing perfume, although the scent does die down significantly once being infused with heat. I'll spare you lecture of the mess of chemicals found in conventional fragrances. If you're interested in discovering for yourself, I use the SkinDeep database created by the Environmental Working Group.
Rosewater is anti-bacterial and anti-Inflammatory, which means it is great for acne prone skin. It also contains Vitamins A & C, which feed the skin. It's also super effective for dark under-eye circles. Plus it makes a great moisturizing toner. Many toners contain alcohol which makes them do more harm than good in the long run — although they may immediately clear up skin and tighten pores.
I was lucky enough to gather my roses from my mom's yard, where I know she doesn't use any chemicals. Where ever you get your roses from be sure to ask if they were grown with chemicals or sprays that may be harmful to your skin.
Here's what you'll need:
- Rose Petals - It's easier to take the petals off mature flowers, so keep the buds for decoration. I used dried petals which you can buy or dehydrate your own. You can use fresh ones, too and it takes the same amount of time.
- Distilled Water
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin C powder - as a preservative
- Take the petals off your roses.
- Rinse rose petals under cool water and set out to dry.
- Place rose petals in a large pot and cover with distilled water.
- Use enough distilled water to cover the leaves. The more water you use the more dilluted the mixture will be. So, keep that in mind if you want a stronger infusion.
- Heat on low heat, and do not boil.
- Remove the mixture from heat once the petals have lost their color. Mine took about 25-30 minutes on the lowest heat setting.
- Strain out rose petals and put rosewater aside to cool.
- With a spoon mix in the vitamin C powder until it dissolves.
- Place into a storage jar and keep in the fridge.