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How to Make Rosewater

Rosewater smells delicious and makes the perfect hydrating face mist and toner. Save a few bucks, and learn how to make your own!
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: DIY Beauty
Cuisine: DIY
Keyword: rose water
Yield: 8 ounces
Author: Stephanie Gerber
Cost: $15


  • Large pot with a lid
  • Tongs
  • Brick or small bowl weighted down with kitchen weights
  • Shallow wide mouth bowl
  • Glass jar or vessel with lid to store rosewater
  • Measuring cup with spout or kitchen funnel


  • 6–8 cups fragrant, pesticide-free fresh rose petals
  • Distilled water
  • Ice cubes


  • Remove the petals from your roses, separating them from the stem, and shaking out any stamen that might have gotten caught up in the petals.
  • Place a brick, heavy bowl, or cup filled with kitchen weights in the bottom of your pan. Then place a wide-mouth bowl on top of the brick or weighted bowl.
  • Add the petals to the pot around the bowl. Then pour 6 cups of distilled water around the sides of the bowl, and lightly submerge the flower petals.
  • Place the lid on top of the pot upside down, and pile a handful of ice cubes in the center of the upturned lid. Keep replenishing the ice as it melts.
  • Simmer on medium-low for 15–20 minutes until the petals begin to lose their color.
  • Remove the collection bowl from the pot with tongs, and then, using a funnel or measuring cup, pour the collected rosewater into a jar with a lid and seal.


Store the rose water in an airtight glass jar. It can last up to 6 months if stored in the refrigerator.