How To Make Rose Water: 3 Simple Ways

Medically reviewed by Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Ayurvedic Doctor, BAMS
Written by Ramona Sinha

Rose water is a highly versatile and go-to skin care staple. From facial masks to toners, you will find this ingredient in almost all skin care products. A few spritzes of rose water can immediately perk up your tired skin (and mind) and keep it hydrated. It has anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties.

The good news is, you can prepare a bottle of pure and authentic rose water at home. Keep scrolling to learn how to make rose water, its amazing benefits, and ways to use it.

Rose water is flavored water prepared by steaming or distilling the rose petals. This fragrant water is used for culinary, medicinal, and skin care purposes. It has been used for centuries for its therapeutic benefits. Let’s take a look at them.

The Benefits Of Rose Water

1. Moisturizes The Skin

Rose water helps keep the skin moisturized and prevents it from feeling dry and itchy.

2. Contains Antioxidants

Rose extracts contain phenolic compounds that work as antioxidants. These phenolic compounds minimize harmful free radicals and have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and anti-depressant effects (1).

3. Soothes Skin Irritation

Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties (1). It helps soothe skin irritation, reduce redness and puffiness, and provide relief.  It may also help soothe inflammation and itchiness caused by other skin conditions. However, do a patch test before using it.

4. May Heal Wounds

Traditionally, rose oil is used for wound healing (1). It contains rose oil that may improve overall skin health.

5. May Heal Acne

The extracts of Rosa damascena (essential oil, hydrosol, and absolute) have antimicrobial properties and are active against many microbes, including S.aureus, which causes acne (1).

6. Improves Mood

The pleasant fragrance of rose water helps enhance the mood and works as an anti-depressant. Taking vapor therapy with rose oil may also help soothe migraines and headaches (1), (2).

Undoubtedly, rose water has immense benefits. Here is the exciting part – making rose water at home is not difficult. However, ensure you choose the right roses for making the best quality rose water.

How To Make Rose Water At Home

You may choose roses from the following varieties for preparing rose water:

  • Damask Roses: Leda, Hebe’s Lip, Jaques Cartier, Madame Hardy, and Celsiana
  • Moss Roses: Henri Martin, Alfred de Dalmas, William Lobb, and Chapeau de Napoleon
  • Other Roses: Comte de Chambord, Madame Isaac Pereire, and Reine des Violettes

Once you have picked your roses, follow any of the three methods described below.

Step By Step Instructions

Method 1: The Simmering Method

You Will Require

  • Petals of 7-8 roses (fresh or dried)
  • 1.5 liters of distilled water
  • A big pot with a lid
  • Measuring cups
  • A strainer
  • A spray bottle


  1. Wash the petals with lukewarm water.
  2. Put the petals in the large pot and pour distilled water in it (just enough to cover them and not more).
  3. Cover the pot and let the water simmer on low heat until the petals have lost all their color.
  4. Strain the liquid and discard the petals.
  5. Store in a glass jar.

Method 2: The Distilling Method

You Will Require

  • 5 cups of rose petals (fresh or dried)
  • Distilled water (enough to cover the petals)
  • A large pot with a lid
  • A small glass bowl
  • A stone or brick (clean it properly)
  • Ice cubes
  • A strainer
  • A spray bottle


  1. Place the stone or the brick in the middle of the large pot and keep the small glass bowl on top.
  2. Arrange the rose petals around the brick. Don’t put any into the small bowl.
  3. Pour distilled water to cover the rose petals. Ensure the water is just above the top of the brick or stone.
  4. Invert the lid and place it on the pot. Add ice on top of the inverted lid (the steam will collect on the lid surface and then funnel down to its center and drop on the bowl).
  5. Boil the water and then let it simmer on low heat for at least 20-30 minutes.
  6. Add more ice when it melts. Keep doing this until the process is over.
  7. Strain and store the rose water in a glass jar. It can last up to 6 months if stored in the refrigerator.

Method 3: The Crushing Method

You Will Require

  • Petals of 7-8 roses (fresh or dried)
  • Distilled water (enough to cover the petals)
  • A bowl
  • A ceramic saucepan
  • A strainer
  • A mortar and pestle
  • An airtight glass jar

Procedure To Follow

  1. Crush the rose petals with the pestle and mortar.
  2. Put the crushed rose petals in the bowl and cover them with distilled water. Use enough water to cover the petals. Let it sit for 2-3 hours.
  3. Pour the mixture into the saucepan and simmer on low heat for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Strain the mixture and transfer it to the glass jar.

From herbal teas to face packs, you can use rose water in any way you want. Here’s how you can use it for skin care and other purposes.

How To Use Rose Water

1. As A Skin Toner

You Will Need

  • 100 ml rose water
  • Spray bottle
  • 8-10 drops rose oil
  • 8-10 drops essential oil (optional)


  1. Mix all the ingredients and pour the mixture into the spray bottle.
  2. Spray the toner on your face and neck in the morning and evening.

2. For Reducing Under-Eye Bags

You Will Need

  • 2-3 tablespoons of chilled rose water
  • 2 cotton pads


  1. Soak the cotton pads in the chilled rose water.
  2. Place them on your eyelids.
  3. Let them stay for as long as you want, and let your eyes enjoy the soothing effect.

3. As A Makeup Remover

You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons rose water
  • 1 teaspoon cold-pressed vegetable oil


  1. Mix the rose water and the oil.
  2. Dip a cotton pad in the blend and wipe your makeup with it.
  3. Wash your face with a facial cleanser.

4. For Extra Moisturization

You Will Need

  • Your favorite cream (night or day cream)
  • 2 teaspoons of rose water


Mix rose water with your cream and apply it to keep your skin refreshed.

5. As A Hair Rinse

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons rose water per cup of water (adjust the quantity accordingly)


  1. Mix rose water with regular water.
  2. Use the mixture as a post-wash rinse.

6. Anti-Aging Serum

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of almond or avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater
  • 25 drops of rose hip oil
  • 5 drops ylang-ylang oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bottle.
  2. If the blend is not fragrant enough, add a little more rosewater.
  3. Apply it all over your face and neck.
  4. Remember to shake the bottle well before using.

7. As A Face Pack For Acne

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of rose water
  • 1 tablespoon of gram flour
  • 1 teaspoon of orange juice
  • A pinch of turmeric


  1. Blend all the ingredients to make a creamy paste. If the consistency is too thick, add more rosewater to it.
  2. Clean your face and apply the pack, focusing on the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
  4. Apply rose water as a toner.

8. For Soothing Your Sunburn

You Will Need

  • ¼ cup rose water
  • ½ tablespoon aloe vera juice


  1. Add all the ingredients to a bottle and shake well.
  2. Apply it to the affected areas.

9. Natural Body Perfume

You Will Need

  • ½ cup of rosewater
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • A fistful of dried rose petals


  1. Prepare a soak by pouring all the ingredients into the bathtub.
  2. Scatter the dried rose petals on top, lie back and relax!

10. As A Food Additive

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of rose water


Add a tablespoon of rose water to custard, cake mixes, lemonade, or plain yogurt for added flavor.

In Conclusion

Rose water is packed with skin-soothing properties and can help reduce inflammation and work as a pick-me-up for your tired skin. Commercially available rose water may contain artificial preservatives that may irritate the skin. Follow the tutorial mentioned in the article and prepare rose water easily at home. However, do a patch test before using it to avoid allergic reactions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use rose water for cooking?

Yes, you can use rose water for cooking. It can enhance the taste of both savory and sweet dishes.

How long does rose water last?

Homemade rose water does not contain preservatives and may last for 6 months if refrigerated.

Can you make rose water with tap water?

No. Tap water may contain impurities and may harm your skin.

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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.