Rosewater has been used for thousands of years as a natural perfume and beautifying tonic. (Rumor has it that even Cleopatra used to bathe in the stuff!) While we love to enjoy our roses in tea form, there are a lot of other ways to enjoy rosewater. Today we want to share how to make rosewater from our whole flower organic rose tea, some of its benefits, and ways that you can add it to your beauty routine.
Benefits of Rosewater
1. Has anti-aging abilities
Roses are full of antioxidants, which help fight against cell damage. And anything you can do to fight against cell damage is going to fight against wrinkles. Rosewater can also tighten your pores since it is a natural astringent. (1)
2. Soothes razor burn
Rosewater is slightly astringent and antibacterial, meaning that it helps cleanse the skin and dry out any oil. Since rosewater is naturally calming, its ability to cleanse while calming makes it the perfect option when dealing with razor burn. (2)
3. Balances skin pH
Our skin has a slightly acidic pH that lies between 4.7 and 5.75. Balancing your skin's pH is essential for the proper functioning of your skin's moisture barrier. If your skin's moisture barrier is disturbed, it's much more sensitive to environmental triggers. A lot of cleansers have an alkaline pH that can upset the delicate balance of your skin's pH. Luckily, by following your cleanse with rosewater, which has a pH of about 5.5, you'll be able to rebalance your skin. (3, 4)
4. Hydrates your skin
Rosewater is naturally hydrating since it is mostly made up of water. While rosewater shouldn't replace your moisturizer, you can apply it before your moisturizer for an extra moisture boost.
How to Make Rosewater
There are a few different ways to make rosewater, but simply boiling rose petals in water is one of the easiest ways to make it. If you want to make homemade organic rosewater, you'll find our recipe below.
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- Place 1 Organic Shangri-La Rose in a pot with 3 cups of water.
- Simmer your rose in the water for about 5 minutes or until the petals begin to turn a pale pink color.
- Strain the water through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth and save it in an airtight container.
Hooray! You've made incredibly nourishing, organic rosewater. Now it's time to have some fun.
How to Use Rosewater
While we love enjoying rosewater in tea form, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the healing and beautifying power of roses.
Because rosewater has a similar pH to your skin, it makes a great toner. You can put your rosewater in a spray bottle and spritz some onto a cotton ball and then apply it to your face. Toner works best when used in between your cleanser and your serums/oils/creams.
2. Floral bath
If you want to get some full-body benefits from rosewater, pour a few cups of rosewater or even add a few flowers to your next bath. If you're looking to detox or destress, you can check out our detox floral bath recipe.
3. Rosy ice facial
An ice facial or "skin icing" has a lot of great benefits, including boosting your skin's natural glow, de-puffing around your eyes, and easing inflammation. To do an at-home rosy ice facial, freeze your rosewater and wrap the cubes in a thin cotton cloth. Then, massage your face in small circular motions over your jaw, cheeks, under eyes, lips, and neck. (5)
4. Enhance your at-home masks
If you love a good sheet mask or at-home mask, you can enhance their feel-good powers by adding a little bit of rosewater. With a sheet mask you can spritz a little bit of your rosewater on your face before your sheet mask to boost hydration. For any at-home masks that require a liquid, you can replace the liquid with equal parts rosewater.
No matter how you choose to enjoy your rosewater, we hope it leaves your skin glowing for days. ✨