How to Make Rosewater and Rosewater Facial Toner
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How to Make Rosewater and Rosewater Facial Toner

I’ve been using my rosewater toner for about two months now (experimenting between homemade rosewater and a store-bought option), and I hate it. Just kidding. Totally kidding. I wouldn’t share a recipe around here that I hate.

Course How To
Cuisine Beauty, Body
Keyword Facial Toner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Kristin Marr


Rosewater Facial Toner:

Homemade Rosewater:

  • 2 cups rose petals * lightly packed
  • 3 cups filtered water or distilled water


  1. If you'd like to make rosewater: In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring the rose petals and water to a boil. The petals will float, so I recommend placing a smaller lid on top of the roses during the heating/cooking process. This will keep the petals submerged in the water. Once the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer (lowest heat possible). Steep the rose petals in the water for about 45 minutes. You can steep the roses for longer, but I recommend turning off the heat and just letting the petals rest in the water versus using the heat.
  2. After steeping the roses, strain the rosewater from the roses using a bowl and cheesecloth (or a fine mesh sieve). A large coffee filter may also work for this step, although I haven't personally tried this method. Discard the petals. The water can now be used to make a facial toner. To keep the rosewater from spoiling, I freeze my rosewater in 1/4 cup measurements, using freezer-safe mason jars or baggies. This allows me to make several batches of rosewater toner as needed.

Recipe Notes

Rosewater Toner: To make a facial toner, combine ¼ cup witch hazel and ¼ cup rosewater in a jar or spray bottle. Spray or apply a small amount of rosewater toner on the cotton ball (or directly on your face), and then wipe your face with the cotton ball. I use this toner in the morning and at night, after using my cleanser and before using my vitamin C serum (at night) and oil moisturizer.

The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love.