You have probably heard about the benefits of rose hydrolat. And as we are in the midst of the blooming roses, you may be tempted to make your own rose hydrolat. So let’s test one of the many recipes of hydrolat that we find online. This recipe is one of the easiest – it requires only 10 to 15 minutes of preparation.
You may have noticed that I titled this article homemade “Rose Water” and not homemade Rose Hydrolat. Rose hydrolat in its strictest sense is achieved by distillation using an alembic.
What is distillation?
Distillation is the process of separating a mixture of liquid substances whose boiling temperatures are different. It makes it possible to separate the constituents of a homogeneous mixture. Under the effect of heat or low pressure, the substances vaporize successively, and the resulting vapor is liquefied to give the distillate. The distillate will therefore contain substances rich in virtues.
There are methods to try and reproduice distillation at home. However, they require some material and… patience (not something we have when we are busy taking care of kids or working full time. Before testing an elaborate recipe, I decided to try a much simpler one, which involves infusing the roses. Since the process is totally different from distillation, the solution obtained can not be called a hydrolate.
The benefits of this Rose Water:
Although the benefits of the rose water obtained by this recipe are lower than the hydrolate obtained in the laboratory, this rose water captures some of the interesting molecules contained in the rose petals. The benefits of these are therefore similar to the hydrolat but in a less concentrated manner. We will focus here on the benefits of rosewater for the skin and hair.
Applied daily, it helps tone and revitalize the skin, moisturize and smooth the skin. It also helps soothe the skin against stress and anxiety. Finally, it is renowned for its antioxidant properties: it helps strengthen skin cells and regenerate tissues. The vitamins C it contains help slow the aging of the skin while blurring wrinkles and fine lines. These are the reasons why it is regularly found among / in anti-aging cosmetic solutions.
Rose water is also excellent for the hair. It helps, for example, to treat inflammation of the scalp and dandruff caused by fungal infections.
Ingredients and equipment:
- 400ml of mineral water;
- Two big handfuls of rose petals from your garden. Roses should not be treated as pesticides may be harmful to your skin;
- A pan (that you sterilised)
- A container to let your petals infuse (previously sterilized)
You rose water step by step:
- Boil your mineral water in your pan;
- Rince your rose petals to remove impurities and eventual insects;
- Transfer washed petals to your container, making sure to pull well and remove any small insects;
- Pour boiling water over the rose petals and let infuse at least 30min.
- Filter your rose water with a coffee filter or by removing carefully all the petals.
- Keep your hydrolat in the fridge and use it within 1 month.
What we think about this recipe
As previously mentioned, this rose water does not replace the rose hydrolat. My recommendation would be rather to use this rose water in addition to the hydrolat. For example, it is more advisable to use the hydrolat in your cosmetic recipes – unless the care you are making will be used right after its preparation and it is not intended to be kept for several months. The hydrolat is much better preserved.
If you have roses in your garden, it would be a shame not to enjoy their benefits. This recipe costs almost nothing and even if the active molecules are less concentrated, it’s still a won! If you have never used rose hydrolat, then this rose water can only be a bonus!
The advantage of this recipe is its simplicity in the realisation.
How to use your Rose Water?
This rose water can be used in several ways:
- As a toning lotion: spray your face every morning with your rose water, using an atomizer to give a touch of tonic to your skin. In the evening, after your makeup removal, replace your usual tonic lotion with this rose water, always using your sprayer. Then use a washable cleansing wipe to distribute the particles all over the face. Feel free to refrigerate your rose water to boost its revitalising benefits.
- As a cleansing lotion: in addition of its toning benefits, your can use your rose water to eliminate traces of cleanser
- As a make-up removal lotion: combine your rose water with your usual make-up removal oil. For this, soak your washable makeup remover wipe with rose water, then add a few drops of your makeup remover oil. As it is light, you can apply it on the eye contour without danger, and it would even get rid of stubborn mascaras.
If you too have tested this method to do your DIY rose water, do not hesitate to share your opinion.