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Rose Hydrosol Face Mist DIY (With Photos)

July 11, 2018 By

I’m going to show you how to make something which can soothe, refresh, and hydrate your skin… it’s called Rose Hydrosol Face Mist.

Hydrosol is a just fancy way of saying steam-distilled floral water, and it’s easier to make than you’d think.

The great news is, you don’t need any special equipment to make hydrosol — the cookware you already have in your kitchen will do just fine!

Face mists are one of the best ways to keep your skin looking fresh during the summer because they deliver a quick boost of hydration to your skin, plus they’re instantly cooling on a hot day.

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

But unfortunately, thermal water face mists cost a lot more here than they do in France (that’s because in France the water is locally sourced).

By the way, have you ever used a thermal water face mist? Or know someone that has? Let me know what you think of them in the comments below.

Of course, thermal water is full of skin-nourishing minerals like potassium, copper, zinc, fluoride, selenium, manganese and silica — so many women consider the splurge worth it.

These minerals can soothe irritated or sunburned skin, are antimicrobial, and provide a protective barrier against pollution.

But you can make your own incredible face mist at home and still enjoy the benefits of hydrated, toned, and refreshed skin without spending a fortune on thermal water!


And unlike a thermal mist that you have to blot off afterwards (otherwise it can have a drying effect on your skin when it evaporates), you can actually leave my DIY face mist formula on your skin! 

All you’ll need to make this recipe is rosewater (recipe for this below) and a bit of vegetable-based glycerin.

make a rose hydrosol with rose petals, glycerin, and water

Glycerin is a humectant, so it helps draw moisture into your skin. It also seals in the rosewater so it can do its work underneath.

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.

Making your own rosewater is surprisingly easy, and is a lot cheaper than buying it. 

There are two ways of making rosewater — simmering and steam distilling.

Distilled rosewater has a shelf life of up to 6 months — perfect for a portable spray — so that’s the method we’ll be using today.

You’ll need the following to make rose hydrosol:


  • 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)


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.

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'll need a glass bowl, ramekin, and stockpot to make rose hydrosol
  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). ice cools the steam and creates condensation
  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 rose hydrosol. Let the hydrosol cool before transferring it to your spray bottle.
  9. Add a few drops of glycerin to the rose water and shake well to mix.

pour the rose hydrosol into 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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Oh, and if you’re interested in making rosewater by using the simmering method instead, here’s how:


  • 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.


There you go! This method is much simpler, but the rosewater only stays fresh about 5-7 days.

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.

Stay Beautiful


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