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How to Make Rosewater

Date: 18 Oct 2007 / Category: Face care / views: 3824

The use of Rosewater dates back to Victorian times when it was mixed with glycerin for use as a skin softening treatment.
It is still used today in many beauty products from toners to soaps to lotions to sea salts.

Spray cool rosewater on your face at the end of a long day to moisturize your skin and revitalize your spirits.

Instructions for making rosewater:

If possible, it is always best to make rosewater from freshly picked roses from your own garden. However, if you lack the time or space, ask your local florist to give you a call when they receive a fresh shipment. Thoroughly rinse in cool water any rose petals that you have not grown yourself to remove any pesticides.

Supplies:

Depending on the size of your roses, between three and five roses
2 cups of spring water
Heat resistant glass bowl and cover.
Wide mouthed glass jar
Cheesecloth, cotton gauze or kitchen strainer.


Pluck the roses to gather one, packed cup of rose petals.
Put the roses petals in a heat resistant glass bowl and cover with two cups of boiling water.
Cover the bowl with a plate or cover to a pot. Let the rose mixture sit for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes has elapsed, pour the water into the wide mouth glass jar using either the cheesecloth or kitchen strainer to collect the rose petals. Discard the rose petals.
After the rosewater has cooled you can add 1 tablespoon of alcohol, such as vodka, to the water as a preservative - shake to mix. Your rosewater will keep for about 4 weeks - longer if you store it in a refridgerator.
If you prefer to not add the alcohol as a preservative, your rosewater will keep for about 7 - 10 days.
Mix the rosewater with glycerin in a 50/50 mix and put the rosewater in a pretty bottle for a gift.

It can be stored in a plastic spray bottle for a refreshing mist. This is a wonderful way to keep your skin hydrated.

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