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Rose Water: Recipe and Skin Benefits

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Rose Water: Recipe and Skin Benefits
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What is Rose Water

Rose water is made by steeping or distilling rose petals in water. Rose water is used in beauty products, perfumes and also in cooking - especially in Middle Eastern recipes.

When I was in my teens and early 20's, the scent of roses in any skin care or beauty product turned me off. I assumed rose-scented products were only meant for women over the age of 50. How wrong I was. The smell of roses is such a beautiful, intoxicating scent that whispers femininity. (That is, when it's real and not chemical. I still can't stand the fake rose fragrance oil smells.) Now I look for rose products because I love the sweet simplicity of the scent.

With more and more people looking to get back to the basics of things that go on and in their bodies, I'm not alone. More people are looking for ways to simplify their beauty products, using oils to cleanse and moisturize the body. Rose water's popularity is skyrocketing due to the skin benefits it offers.

Rose Water Skin Benefits

Rose water is great for all skin types. It has gentle anti-bacterial properties to it and can help relieve redness and inflammation in the skin. This makes it a great product to use for those who suffer with acne or chronic redness. It won't dry out your skin, so it's great for those with dry skin, too. It has been known to help with under-eye circles and softening of early signs of aging. It also is great to use on skin irritations, such as bug bites or sun burns.

Making your own rose water couldn't be easier.

  • Fill a pot with fresh rose petals and cover them with distilled water. The water should only just over the rose petals. Too much water and your rose oil will be very diluted.
  • Cover the pot, turn to fire to low and slowly bring it to a boil.
  • Turn off heat, keep cover on and let water come to room temperature.
  • Once at room temperature, strain out petals and pour into clean, sanitized bottle.

How to Use

Put the rose water into a spritz bottle and in the morning spritz directly onto your skin after washing, but before moisturizing. You can also use as a toner with a cotton ball. If your face needs a pick-me-up, spritz any time during the day for a boost.

Love the smell? We read a woman putting it directly into her hair for lasting fragrance throughout her day.

Rather Buy Your Own?

Make sure you're checking the ingredient list. Many times rose water is mixed with witch hazel and glycerin and sold as a toner. These other two ingredients are great for skin, too, but if you are looking for pure rose water, look carefully.

After doing more research on rose water, we knew we wanted to try it asap. We purchased Shea Terra Organics: 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water due to the fact that it's organic, 100% rose water with no other additives.

Once summer comes, we'll be visiting the farmer's market to pick up some organic roses make a bottle of our own. (And maybe some rose hip oil, too!)

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