How to make rose flower water

I am so happy that it’s rose season again. There isn’t much to dislike about a rose, they’re one of my (many) favourite flowers, and the showier, the pinker, and the more fragrant the better! Last summer I wrote a post just about how much I love them and was enjoying cutting them from the garden, and rescuing them from the rain storms that seem to be a common feature this June. This year I started to think about what else I could use them for, and decided to start with rose water.

Raindrops on roses

The day I made my rosewater, we were again in the midst of a summer storm, so I went out and rescued these lovely flowers from the rain. Unfortunately the storm had been raging all night, so I was a little late, and ended up with quite a small harvest this time. I may have been found hanging out of the bedroom window to cut some of the climbing rose that is at the front of the house to make up the number of rose petals I needed!

Foraged roses

I wanted to make my rose water in the traditional way – to end up with a rose hydrosol. Hydrosols are pure flower waters which are made by distilling fresh leaves and flowers. They have similar properties to essential oils but are much less concentrated – and are also easy to make at home using items that you’re likely to have in your kitchen cupboards.

How to make rose hydrofoil

You will need..

A large saucepan with a lid

A glass bowl

A ramekin

Some water – I used bottled mineral water

Some ice cubes in a sealable bag

A glass bottle with a spray top for your finished product

Making rose water

Firstly, place your ramekin inside the pan, then put the glass bowl on top. Then put as many fresh rose petals as you can into the bottom of the saucepan. If you can find home grown, fragrant, roses, these are the best to use as they are less likely to have been sprayed with pesticides. The more fragrant the rose, the more beneficial properties it will have too.

Next, pour the mineral water into the saucepan, enough to cover the rose petals.

The glass bowl will collect your hydrosol. It is important that it is raised up using the ramekin as it will collect the condensation – which will be the hydrosol, so it needs to be kept separate from the water that you have added to the petals.

Put the lid onto the saucepan upside-down. This is so the condensation can run down the top of the lid and collect in the bowl.

Put you sealed bag of ice cubes onto the top of the saucepan lid. My ice cubes had cherry blossom in them from earlier in the season for another project, but they didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted, so I re-used them for this one!

Pop the saucepan onto the hob and turn onto a medium heat. As the water heats up, the steam will rise to the top of the pan, cool down as it meets the ice and drip down into the glass bowl. I kept my pot on the heat for about 45 minutes.

When the rose petals have lost their colour, leave your hydrosol to cool, and then decant into your glass bottle. I got about 100ml of hydrosol from the few flowers that I had.

Rose water

Rosewater is very delicate, so if you can get a dark coloured glass bottle that will help preserve it for longer. Due to it’s delicate nature, it will last for just a couple of months. Keep it in a cool, dark place.

There are so many things that your rose hydrosol is useful for. It would be lovely kept in the fridge to use as a refreshing face mist on warm days. Not only does it smell beautiful but it also helps to freshen, hydrate and soothe your skin.

Rosewater also makes a great skin toner, especially for dry or older skin. I’m going to use mine on some cotton wool as a gentle cleanser for days when I don’t wear make-up (which is most of them!)

Of course, there are so many other things you could make using this process. How about making a mint hydrosol using fresh mint leaves? It would make a lovely cooling foot spray for hot, tired feet! I’m looking forward to making some more.

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  1. Ana De- Jesus | 8th Jun 17

    I like the sound of rose flower water, especially as I do like the smell of roses. I like the idea of making it into a toner.

  2. Sarah Bailey | 8th Jun 17

    What a great idea to make your own rose water, I’ve never thought of DIYing it before. I’ll have to give it a try thank you.
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  3. Jessica | 9th Jun 17

    I love everything about rose most especially the fragrance.I never knew how to traditionally make rose water,I’m so glad I just learn’t that.Thanks for this great post.I just shared it with my friends and family.

  4. hannah | 9th Jun 17

    This looks great. I will have to try and make this sometime

  5. Anosa | 9th Jun 17

    Wow, creating your own rosewater is such a nice idea.I have learned something from you today. Never thought it could be this easy.
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  6. Melanie | 9th Jun 17

    I love rose water so this is fab for me thank you :) x

  7. Baby Isabella | 9th Jun 17

    What a great idea! We have loads of roses at the front of our house and their petals are falling so we can use those!

  8. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes | 10th Jun 17

    I love the scent of rose water, such a great idea to use it as a toner :)

  9. Lynne Harper | 10th Jun 17

    This is great and perfect for our hotter weather at the minute, i do love mists :) even better is made myself x

  10. Tanya Brannan | 10th Jun 17

    What a clever yet easy idea! I love the idea of trying this with other flowers; jasmine and peony for example. Thank you for sharing this x

  11. Lilinha | 10th Jun 17

    I never knew it was so easy to make rose flower water! :)
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  12. Debbie Nicholas | 11th Jun 17

    Oh I’ve never thought about making my own!!
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  13. Madeeha | 11th Jun 17

    I always have a rose water bottle in a fridge but I never thought of making it myself. This i s super easy. Wil try next time for sure.

  14. Yaya | 11th Jun 17

    I never knew it was so simple to make your own rose water. I’d love to have some and use it as a skin and face mist for those warm days. x

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