Wild Rose (Rosa rugosa)

Rose water is excellent for skin care and the following rose water recipe is about as simple as it gets! Rose water is mildly astringent, reduces inflamation, fights wrinkles and it soothes and rehydrates the skin. Not only that but the gentle fragrance is said to be antidepressant and to have aphrodisiac properties!

You can use rose water to:

  • Make a refreshing spray for your skin, a room or your linens
  • Soak a cloth or cotton pads to be placed over sore eyes
  • Make endless homemade beauty products!
  • Add rose water to your bath for a wonderful, relaxing soak and you'll come out literally smelling like a rose!

You need only two ingredients for our rose water recipe but there's a couple things you should know about them first...

The Rose Petals

  1. Though you can use fresh rose petals, dried will give you a much stronger scent.
  2. Use only the rose petals. Compost the stems and all other parts of the roses.
  3. If you're using fresh petals make sure they are from an organic source. Roses are heavily sprayed with chemicals so the roses you got from that special someone who bought them at a florist are not the best choice especially if your rose water is going to be used on your skin!
  4. If you want to know how to dry rose petals that's simple also. Just put your petals in a brown paper bag (very loosely) and hang the bag in a well ventilated room. They should dry very quickly depending on the humidity in your home.
  5. No rose petals? You can make lavender water the exact same way! Lavender is great for skin care also and has it's own beautiful scent.


  1. One simple rule here: Use only fresh, spring water or better yet, distilled water for your rose water recipe.


1. Gather your roses. If possible, harvest pesticide-free roses from your own garden. However, if you must buy roses from your local florist, rinse the petals in cool water to remove any chemicals. You can purchase dried rose petals (or lavender) at Mountain Rose Herbs. Click the graphic below...

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2. Make sure to have enough petals to firmly pack 1 cup. If you're using dried petals you don't need to pack them in just use approximately 1 cup. Place the roses in a heat-resistant glass bowl.

3. Boil 2 cups of spring water and pour the hot water over the rose petals. Cover the bowl with a lid or plate and allow the rose petals to steep for 30 minutes.

4. Cover a wide-mouthed jar with a piece of cheesecloth and pour the rosewater into the jar. Compost the rose petals.

5. Store your rose water in the refrigerator to preserve it. If you make a rose water product with alcohol or witch hazel refrigeration isn't necessary though.


Here's another way to make rosewater. It's a little more complicated but fun!

You'll need:

  • Fresh rose petals (3 to 4 quarts)
  • Ice cubes
  • Distilled Water
  • Enamel canning or stock pot with lid
  • Deep, heavy heat proof bowl

1. Fill the bottom of a stock pot with the rose petals and pour water over them until they are just covered. Place a heat resistant bowl in the middle of the pot. The rim should be at least a couple inches higher than the water and there should be space between the bowl and the pot for the steam to rise. If you have a canning rack, you can set the bowl on top of that so the bowl doesn’t sit directly over the heat. A pyrex loaf dish or even a clean brick underneath the bowl would do the trick too. Set these in place first before adding the petals and water.

2. Cover the pot with its lid, but position the lid upside down so that you have a dipped “container” to hold the ice on top (to be added later). Now turn on the heat and bring the water to a boil.

3. Once the water is boiling, fill the top of the inverted pot lid with ice cubes. Turn the heat down and keep at a bare simmer for about two hours.

4. Top up the ice as needed and quickly peek occasionally to see that the petals don’t boil dry.

This process will enable condensation to form on the top inside of the pot lid. The condensation will drip down into the bowl inside the pot, the liquid inside the bowl is your rose water!

Now that you have your rosewater there's so many more homemade beauty products you can make with it!



  • 1 Part Rose Water
  • 1 Part Witch Hazel

Mix equal parts of both in a glass jar with secure lid. Shake well to mix and you have yourself a great astringent for oily or blemished skin!


A wonderful, rich, moisturizing face cream!


  • 4 ounces of organic rosewater
  • 4 ounces of vegetable glycerin (food grade)
  • 4 ounces of olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp of milk
  • Small bowl


Into the bowl, pour the glycerin, rosewater, olive oil and milk. Stir well to form a thick lotion like consistency. Add a tablespoon more of milk if required. Then apply this lotion onto your face before going to bed. Store the remaining lotion in a sterilized glass bottle and refrigerate. Next morning, using a tissue paper, wipe off the lotion and rinse your face with warm water.

TIP: You can also make rose petal oil or rose hip oil for even more natural beauty products. Learn more about making homemade oils here!

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