Rose water toner recipe

July 22, 2012
A garden rose - the basis of rose water toner
I’ve long been an advocate of natural skincare and always scoured the internet to look for beauty products which can be made from ingredients in your kitchen cupboard.
One thing I was keen to try and make was my own rose water.  I’ve used rose water before as a toner – but it’s been the kind that you get from the food section of a supermarket, and I do question how much ‘rose’ actually goes into it.  Especially as they list the key ingredient as ‘rose essence.’
You can also buy rose water toner, but like the former, the bulk of it is made with anything but real roses.
So I decided to produce my own, and t just so happened that I have a beautiful climbing rose bush in my garden, which was waiting to be made better use of.  So I took off a few stems, and followed the recipe below…

Rose water toner recipe

Pile a cup full of rose petals – the rose petals work best when dried.  I dried mine by keeping in a brown paper bag on top of my cupboard for a few days.  If you’re using fresh rose petals that haven’t been dried, you’ll need more, as you compress them down into the cup.
A bowl of dried roses for making rose water
Dried roses
Then, pour boiling water into the cup until the petals are immersed.  Cover, then leave for 30 minutes before straining the rose water into another container.  Then put the water in the fridge to cool and there you have it – you’re very own rose water toner!
Boiling water with roses to make rose water toner
Rose water
One thing I’ve noted with this rose water toner is that it is deep red in colour, while shop-bought rose water is clear.  This adds to my theory about shop bought toner not being the real deal.  But be warned, the colours stains – it’s stained my sink, cupboard and anywhere else it’s made contact, but this can be wiped away.  For the record, the staining has had no effect on my skin.
If you don’t have any roses in your garden, you can still make your own rose water toner by using bought roses – even from a bouquet but be sure to wash them thoroughly as they’ll
contain pesticides.
I’ve been applying my rose water for about a week now, and I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin’s texture and tone.  Best of all, I know I’m not using anything harsh on my skin –such as alcohol, which forms part of most toners.  It’s all natural so you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.
I’ll be using this rose water toner as part of a pared down beauty regime, and of course, keep you in the loop as to how I get on.

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