I have a ton of roses! I mean, so SO many! I have about 7 knockout bushes and an old fashioned vine and since spring has finally sprung they have begun to come in beautifully and in full force! So, I decided instead of letting these beauties in all their glory go to waste, why not harvest them in some form? Cutting some also promotes more growth for the entire summer, so it’s a win-win! Hence, this diy rosewater!
I considered making a couple different things with the roses, but i decided rosewater was the most useful for me right now. I have been wanting a new toner as I phase out some old ones and I’ve heard the claims of wonders that roses will do for your skin. After all, they not only smell beautifully, but they are so velvety soft! I’d love my skin to mimic a rose.
This is the easiest DIY I believe I’ve ever completed.
Step 1. Get some roses. Better yet, grow some. Knockouts are literally zero maintenance (with the exception of cutting back once or twice a year) so why not?
Step 2. Cut some roses. Cut back to a healthy leaf and avoid cutting your baby bloom buds. I cut probably 10-15, because my knockouts don’t produce as many petals as say, a long stem rose. So just get a few handfuls and you’ll be fine.
Step 3. Rinse the roses off and check for critters. We don’t want to roast any bugs into our rosewater!
Step 4. Pat the roses dry and break them up into pieces. Breaking them up helps to release their oil.
Step 5. Fill a pot with distilled water just enough that it will cover the roses. Some people like to go ahead and put the roses in, but I like to wait to get the water hot first. Bring to a boil then turn to low and let the temperature come back down.
Step 6. Dump the petals in the water and cook on low heat for about 25 min. Stirring occasionally.
Step 7. The roses should lose their color and you will see the water has turned the color of the original roses. Strain into a bowl, squeeze with wooden spoon to get all the good water out of the roses and pour into your desired jar or spray bottle. There you go!
You now have rosewater! I’ve heard this should be good for about 6 months. So, I’ll be making another batch sometime around fall to get through winter! I’m using the rosewater as a toner. It softens and moisturizes the skin and makes you feel like Marilyn Monroe.
*Extra tip: The bottle I’m using is great! It’s from the dollar tree. You open the cap, take a cotton pad and press down on the “button” and it squirts just the right amount onto the cotton. Perfect for toners!
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