Today I have a fun recipe to try that’s totally cool to put on your food, but even more fun to put on your face.
ROOOOSSSSE WAAAAA-TERRRR!!!! (Oprah voice).
“OMG Ew,” you say, “rose water sounds like old ladies.”
Well, I mean, it kinda smells like little clean old ladies, too, but it’s so great for your skin that it’s worth it.
FUN FACTS ABOUT ROSE-WATER:
- Rose water is made by distilling rose petals in a large amount of water.
- The essence (plant oils) is distilled out of the petals and into the water.
- Rose essence contains skin soothing anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and puffiness.
- Rose water is also hydrating to soothe dry irritated skin.
- Additionally, rose water can reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.
- Rose water is mildly astringent, to reduce oiliness in the skin and tone pores.
- It can reduce the inflammation associated with acne.
- You can even use rose water as a cleanser to clear clogged pores and remove excess dirt.
So you totesies want to use some now right?
“But Amber, how do I get some of this natural skin elixir of the angels?”
Well, I have good news and bad news:
The bad news is if you want to buy some, you’re going to have to fork over anywhere from $14 to $40 for eight measly ounces.
You could spend less, and make your own.
Yeah, I said it. MAKE. YOUR. OWN.
AND IT’S SOOO EASY!
Fresh-Face Rose Water :
(What you need for about 12oz of Rose Water)
- About 40-50 Rose petals – I got mine from a local florist for $8
- Distilled water – make it REAL pure
- Big Pot – mine was…less than huge, but I only ever cook for two-ish people
- A brick or flat stones – depending on the size of your pot, you need something that will lift the bowl, but not so high that you can’t add the lid. DON’T USE ANY KIND OF OBJECT THAT WILL BUST IN BOILING WATER!!
- A lid for the pot
- Ice – to make the steam condense back to water and drip into the…
- Stainless steel bowl – to catch the rose water.
- Measuring cup with pouring spout or a funnel
- Containers for rose water
Place your pot on the stove and place your stones in the center of the pot (sorry I don’t have a picture of this, but it’s not hard to imagine).
Place the rose petals into the pot, around the stone/brick (I’m just gonna call them stones from now on).
Add water, but not enough to cover the stones.
A fun story about the stones I used:
I neither had bricks nor a large, tall pot. So I needed something steady enough to rest my bowl on, flat enough to fit under a bowl in the pot, but also safe to boil. Then I remembered, last summer, when we put in our fire pit, we found a bunch of stupid rocks buried in our yard and they were all FLAT! I had these intensions of using them as flower bed border, but that never happened. I set them on the side of my shed to dry out, and forgot them. UNTIL LAST NIGHT. So I trudged out across my back yard in the rain and snow and grabbed a couple of these rocks, brought them in, washed them off, and stuck them in a pot.
Place your bowl on the stones (yes mine is dog bowl that we don’t use, my actual mixing bowl was too tall…DANG POT!)
Place the lid, upside down, on your pot. This creates a surface on the inside that will direct the distilled rose-water droplets toward the bowl. It creates a surface on the outside that will hold the ice to rapidly cool the steam and condense it into water droplets.
Add the ice
Turn on the heat.
Allow the petals to boil down until your rose petals are withered and you have a good amount of rose-water in your bowl.
I didn’t have a funnel, so I put my rose water into a measuring cup and poured it into containers I already had (which are hopefully not the final destination, but I didn’t plan that far ahead because I was SO EXCITED)
There it is.
Rose water to give you a freshy fresh face, all natural, and for only $8.