DIY Recipes

DIY: Make Rose Water

By Audrey Bonfig, CG Lifestyles & People
Roses and water are all you need for this ancient perfume.
Roses and water are all you need for this ancient perfume.

For those of you who love to wear lovely scents but don’t necessarily like the strong chemicals and fragrances of traditional perfumes, rose water can be a nice alternative. Rose water is known around the world as the gentlest fragrance for the body.

Rose water has a rich and long history. Muslim chemists first produced it in the Medieval Islamic world as a perfume due to its sweet, floral scent. Ancient Greeks and Romans were also known to prize rose water for its cosmetic and medicinal properties.

Rose water is also something that can easily be made at home. While a bit time consuming, the results are well worth it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 packed cup of rose petals
  • 2 cups distilled boiling water
  • A pot with a lid
  • Another pot for boiling

Directions:

  1. Boil the distilled water
  2. Place the rose petals in the other pan
  3. Pour the boiling water on the petals
  4. Place the lid on the pan with the petals
  5. Let the rose petals steep until the water reaches room temperature
  6. Strain the petals, squeezing all the excess water out
  7. Place your rose water in a jar and store in the refrigerator

There you go, a recipe for your own homemade rose water! Here’s a great suggestion on how to use it: keep it in a spray bottle in your fridge and spray it on your face after you shower or exercise for a cool, refreshing treat!