DIY Rosewater


Something that I have loved for ages, even before my beauty loving days, is rose water. I used to love buying rose water, especially in the form of hydrating facial sprays. Now that I am moving towards a zero waste lifestyle, I was keen to make my own to keep it plastic free.

Rosewater has been used in beauty routines for eons, dating back to early Egypt in Cleopatra’s beauty routine (obligatory YAS QUEEN). It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and has a bunch of anti-oxidants within. It can help clear your pores, remove and prevent dandruff, reduces anxiety and can even help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Phew!

Rose water can also be used in many different mediums. It can be used to make a hair rinse, facial cleanser, facial toner, eye treatment, in face masks, in makeup remover, hair perfume, in cooking, or as an additive to a bath. The possibilities are literally endless! Today, we will just be talking about how to make base rosewater.


  • 1/4 cup Dried Rose Petals
  • Cheese cloth or nut bag (I used one from Ever Eco)
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • Saucepan
  • Jar for storage


  1. Add your dried rose petals to the saucepan. Cover with water.
  2. Place saucepan on stove and bring to a simmer.
  3. Turn to low and place lid on saucepan
  4. Simmer until rose petals have lost colour or are pale pink
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Strain through nut milk bag or cheesecloth
  7. Discard petals and place in a jar to store

Super easy and can be used so many different ways!

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  • The Life of Laura

    I love this so much! Definitely going to try. I need to get through all my mists first haha

    • Kate Flint

      Haha yes I’m down to my last non-zero waste face mist so I will need to make another batch for misting 🙂

  • Made for Madison

    Wowsers I love this!! I didn’t even know how to do this or use. Great post. I love rosewater

    • Kate Flint

      Glad that the post was helpful for you Madison!

  • Dianne Childs

    Rosewater is one of my fave face mists as I love the fragrance.Thanks for the tutorial!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • Kate Flint

      Yes love it in a face mist, and it smells so lovely!

  • Felicia Anastasia Bardan

    I love rosewater, it is one of my favourite beauty ingredients. I love that you’re moving towards a waste-free lifestyle. I’d love to, but my mental space at the moment with finishing up my PhD studies means I can’t dedicate time to making any drastic changes right now!

    • Kate Flint

      I totally understand! When you have a lot going on it’s hard to devote your mental energy to other things. Once you’re finished your studies I might be a bit more knowledgeable about the subject (hopefully) so there might be more posts for you in the future 🙂 If you do want to make little changes, having a keep cup is literally the easiest thing to do and saves so much landfill if you drink coffee out and about 🙂

      • Felicia Anastasia Bardan

        Yes! That’s something I’ve recently done as well in my effort to be a bit more environmentally friendly. Plus, it saves on costs as well, the Uni cafes offer 50c off if you bring your own cup. Small little changes like that is what I am trying to incorporate, but hopefully when I have more time and space soon I can become more involved in it. I’m keen to see your future posts on reducing waste!

        • Kate Flint

          Great news! I love when cafes offer a discount as well, just added incentive to remember! 🙂

  • HerQuarters

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! I will have to try this soon.

    Amy |

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks for reading! Hope you try it out 🙂

  • Rachel

    I can’t believe how easy it is! I hate how expensive it is to buy so this DIY is the perfect solution and looks like heaps of fun!

    • Kate Flint

      So easy! It’s crazy how expensive it is when it is quite cheap to get it done yourself!

  • simplesocialsister

    I love this I’d definitely love this DIY recipe! I’m definitely going to try it out! I’d love to see a follow up post to what you use rose water for in your routine! 🙂

    Rochelle ||

    • Kate Flint

      I’m still testing out a bunch of different natural skincare ideas but routine is coming soon! Hope you do try it out 🙂 let me know how you go! xx

  • I love rose water, it has always been a part of my life since I was little. The diy sounds great, will surely give it a try.

    • Kate Flint

      I’ve only come across it in the last ten years or so but it’s a favourite of mine 🙂

  • Candice Petersen

    This is brillaint, rose water is so good – thanks for sharing

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Kate Flint

      Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 xx

  • Maddy Wilks

    this looks like a great diy idea for rose water love it

    • Kate Flint

      It’s a favourite of mine 🙂 And so easy!

  • Chantelle Jaeger

    I love this! Rose water is my fav! Definitely need to give this a go and try to make some 💗

    • Kate Flint

      It’s so lovely isn’t it? Glad you enjoyed the DIY 🙂

  • Marisa Robinson Beauty

    I love rosewater so much and now I definitely want to try and make it myself, thank you for sharing x

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks Marisa, glad you enjoyed it! Let me know if you give this one a try 🙂 x

  • Tasha

    Awesome! It sounds so easy to make! The Mario Badescu rose spray is one of my favourites so I’d be curious to try and make my own!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Kate Flint

      I always loved that spray too!

  • Chickfreak

    Sounds great, I will try to do it 🙂

    • Kate Flint

      Good luck! It’s super easy 🙂

  • Zerin Hassan

    Rosewater is big in our culture I should really try this I love a DIY x

    • Kate Flint

      Definitely do! Rosewater is so lovely and this DIY is super easy!

  • Chelsea W

    I currently use InstaNatural rose water toner but I would definitely give this DIY a go–especially if it means less waste!

  • Maddie |

    This is a cool idea, I just bought a new rosewater but I’d be interested to try this out!

    I’ll also have to give it a go in my hair since you said it has anti-dandruff capabilities.

    Maddie |