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How To Make Rosewater Hydrosol (Distilled Rose Water)

McKenna Howard

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Roses have so many health benefits, in addition to smelling absolutely heavenly. Rose Hydrosol, or distilled rose water, has been used for decades as a powerful astringent that helps to tighten pores and reduce redness and inflammation in the skin. Whether used as a facial mist, or by blending it into your favorite cleansing grain blend, it works wonders when added to your daily skincare routine.

Rosewater can be quite costly if purchased but it is incredibly easy to make on your own! The best part? You likely have all the tools necessary in your kitchen.

What you'll need:

  • Wild foraged or organically grown rose petals (3-4 cups)
  • Distilled water
  • Ice cubes
  • Large pot with lid
  • Clean brick or stone
  • Tongs
  • Metal or heat tolerable glass bowl (shallow with a wide mouth is ideal)
  • Glass vessel to store finished product (ideally dark colored)



Please note: If you are foraging your own rose petals, it is best to pick them in the early morning when the blooms are most fragrant. It’s important to use roses that are organically grown so your finished product isn’t laden with chemicals.


Step one: Gently remove the petals from your roses. Separate the petals from the step and remove any stamen that may have been picked with the petals.

Step two: Place the clean brick (I used a piece of flagstone) down in the middle of your pot then place your bowl on top of the brick. 

Step three: Place rose petals into the pot around the brick, making sure not to place any in the bowl. Pour distilled water into the pot over the petals until it rises to the top of the brick.

Step four: Invert the lid of your pot, this will allow the steam to collect at the top and funnel down to the center of the lid allowing it to drop into the bowl. Place ice on top of the lid. This will encourage the steam to condense quickly and in turn, drop into the bowl.

Step five: Bring the water to a gentle boil then reduce heat to the lowest setting that allows the water to simmer for at least 20 minutes.

Step six: Carefully remove the lid, making sure the liquid from the ice cubes does not drip into your pot. A turkey baster can be used to remove the liquid with ease before moving the lid. Pour the rose hydrosol that has collected in the bowl into your glass vessel.

Your rose hydrosol is best when stored in the refrigerator and can last up to 6 months.

Tips for usage:

  • Masque: Add a few drops of rosewater to one teaspoon of our Fleur Cleansing Grains for a floral packed facial masque.
  • Facial toner: Store rosewater in fine misting spray bottle and mist directly on to face (with eyes closed).
  • Sunburn Relief: Place equal parts rosewater and aloe vera water in ice cube tray. Place ice cubes in a soft cloth and apply directly to sunburns for cooling and soothing relief.
  • Refreshing Drink: Add a splash of rosewater to your herbal tea or lemonade for a refreshing flavor twist.