Make | Rosewater |

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I had such a lovely bouquet of roses but sadly after a few days they were wilting and needed to be tossed out. But when I went to grab them from the vase the rosey fragrance let loose and I just couldn't bring myself to throw them in the trash. I also didn't want to keep watching sad little petals fall all over my table anymore either. So I decided to make some rosewater to capture their lovely scent. It had been a long time since I had made rosewater but luckily it's so simple even I could remember how to do it.

I pulled all the petals off the stems and then rinse them in cold water. Placed them in a small pan and added enough cold water to cover them. I then just let them simmer, covered, until most of the color was out of the petals. After that you let it cool and then drain the rosewater into a clean container. I think keeping in the fridge should make it last longer if you end up with extra. I ended up with about a pint of rose water from only one bouquet of flowers, so you don't need a lot to make a little.

What do you use rosewater for? One of my favorites (and is sooo easy) is to add a couple tablespoons to fresh distilled water and place it in a spritzer to use on your linens. A recipe I have made in the past is to add a few drops of oil, like aragon oil to rosewater to make a facial hydrating toner. It can also be added to lemonade or ice tea for flavor - in fact you can use it in lots of different cooking recipes. But again, using it in food or on your body, I'd be sure to use petals you know are not contaminated with pesticides and be sure to rinse them first!


  1. Oh, Oh! I want to do this! It always seemed like such a mystery to me, but look! So easy you can remember how to do it!

    I;d love some rosewater to use with a little simple syrup in a cocktail, and my mom loves rose scented stuff. How fun it would be to have something waiting for her the next time she visits!

  2. Oh, what a great idea! I will definitely try this, Christine, and I know where I will get the right roses from: my in-laws country garden. I am sure those are not contaminated with pesticides.

  3. Mmmm, rosewater. I had a cocktail once (gin based, I think?) with rosewater in it, and it was divine. I think it actually had rose petals in it, too. I probably ingested a ton of pesticides that day, oops. These photos are stunning. Of course you would think to be this creative with dying flowers! I love your creativity. xo

  4. I have to confess that i´ve never try to do it, but I think is a great a idea :)

  5. Ah what a great idea! I will certainly try this, it couldn't be any easier.

    I just "liked" your post on Bloglovin. I never knew you could do that and just discovered this a few days ago. And you can share too!

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  6. Christine I love this post. Not only do you explain how to make the rose water, but go on to give a great tip on how to use it. I'm so bookmarking this...

  7. I love that you had to keep them in some way and couldn't just toss them. I never realized how easy it is to make rosewater and I think it would be a great addition to my lilac fabric freshener (a gift - not actually made by myself!). I adore rose scent and taste so much. I've definitely got a thing for floral flavors/scents, which is why I'm all about lavender!

  8. wow, I had no idea making rose water was so simple. Thanks for sharing.

    These photos are so gorgeous, and calming. Really, truly beautiful.


  9. This is a great idea Christine! I get roses on very rare occasions and when I do, it’s usually a very special event. It always makes me a bit sad to throw out something I have gotten so much enjoyment out of so this is the perfect solution! Can’t wait to try this… now just to pester my husband to buy me some roses! :)

  10. What a great idea to make your own rosewater! Your images of the process are amazing, you made the wilted flowers look pretty again.

  11. Rosewater is one of my favorite things, and for some reason it never occurred to me that I can make my own! Thank you for sharing!


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