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Rosewater Face Mist (DIY With Photos)

July 11, 2018 By

Would you like to soothe, refresh, and hydrate your skin… in less than 5 seconds? If so, keep reading, because today I’m sharing a DIY recipe for a Rosewater Face Mist I use daily to keep my skin feeling supple. 

I was inspired to make this DIY face mist after writing about how French women consider aerosol thermal water face mists one of their national beauty secrets.

But you can get just as many skin-nourishing benefits from a DIY version face mist — for a fraction of the cost.
If you’re not already familiar with face mists, they are amazing for keeping your skin nourished year-round — they’re instantly refreshing on a hot day, and give your skin a boost of hydration on chilly days when there’s less moisture in the air. 

Plus, rosewater has anti-microbial benefits, and according to NYC-based medical aesthetician Maria Barry, it can help “hydrate, refresh, soothe, and cleanse your skin.”

Not to mention, roses smell wonderful… so each time you spritz on a bit of this spray, you’ll be transported to an enchanting garden.

I also add a bit of glycerin to this mist, because glycerin is a humectant, so it helps draw moisture into your skin. It also seals in the rosewater so it doesn’t evaporate. 

Now, the way I make my rosewater is through the distillation process. This method preserves the rosewater for up to 6 months, so it’s what I prefer to use as the “base” in my facial mists. 

glycerin, rose petals inside a ramekin, and tinted spray bottle

How does steam distillation work?

As the roses simmer, the steam from the water rises and hits the chilled pot lid. The condensation then collects on the pot handle and drips into the glass bowl. 

This steam distillation method produces a clear, but highly fragrant liquid.

It’s actually very easy to make distilled rosewater with the cookware you already have in your kitchen. Keep reading and I’ll show you how.

You’ll need the following to make distilled rosewater:

  • Large stock pot with lid
  • Small tinted spray bottle
  • Ramekin
  • Ziplock bag full of ice
  • Heatproof glass bowl
  • A few drops of vegetable glycerin
  • Petals from about 7 fresh rose buds or 2 cups dry rose buds (make sure to use pesticide-free roses)
  • Enough distilled water to fully cover the roses (do not use spring water or tap water)

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Put an empty stockpot on the stove and place the ramekin in the center.
  2. Pack in the clean rose petals around the ramekin.
  3. Pour in enough water to cover the petals.
  4. Place a glass bowl on top of the ramekin.
  5. Place an inverted lid on top of the pot.
  6. Put a ziplock full of ice on top of the lid (I filled a quart container with water and froze it so it would melt slower than ice cubes). 
  7. Simmer the mixture on low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the petals lose their color and the water at the bottom of the pot evaporates.
  8. The glass bowl collects the steam — this is your rosewater.
  9. Let the rosewater cool before transferring it to your spray bottle.
  10. Add a few drops of glycerin to the rose water and shake well to mix.
rose buds, ramekin, and glass bowl inside a stockpot
ice cools the steam and creates condensation
rose water in a spray bottle

If you have any leftover rosewater, store it in a glass jar in the fridge until you’re ready to use it again.

Your skin will love the soothing, hydrating, and toning properties of this face mist — and you will love the heavenly scent! 

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You could also make rosewater by using the simmering method instead. This method is much simpler, but the rosewater only stays fresh about 5-7 days.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Place your petals in a large pot and cover with distilled water. Simmer until the petals lose their color.
  • Strain the mixture in a fine mesh sieve or a cheesecloth to collect the water in a spray bottle. 
  • Mix with a few drops of glycerin. Shake well before each use.

I’d love to know which method you’re going to try, so please tell me in the comments below!

And of course, if you have any questions, you can leave those too.

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