How to Make Organic Rose Water at Home

homemade rose water recipe

How to make a simple homemade DIY Rose Water using organic fresh or dried rose petals. This hydrosol can be used in recipes, for skin, in beauty products like a natural perfume or deodorant, or even as a scented room mist!

I remember the first time I heard about rose water. It was around 8 years ago.

My twin sister was telling me all about how rose water could help soothe and heal her acne, which I thought was so fascinating.

It’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties make it fantastic for soothing irritated, inflamed skin like acne, eczema, and rosacea.

What’s more, it can also help reduce skin redness, treat infections, prevent further swelling, and help cuts, burns, and scars heal faster.

As rose water is rich in antioxidants, this makes it very helpful in regenerating and strengthening skin cells.

Adding some rose water to your natural conditioner or shampoo may also help soothe an irritated scalp and control dandruff.

When it comes to sourcing ingredients, high quality, organic pre-made rose water can cost quite a bit, whereas purchasing the organic rose petals only cost me a few dollars and I could make my own DIY rose water at home to use in my recipes or natural beauty products.

Before we get started in learning how to make this homemade organic rose water – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

Homemade Organic Rose Water

When making a flower water (or hydrosol), it’s ideal to use fresh flowers from the garden or those purchased from a local organic farmer that you know hasn’t sprayed any chemicals. The best hydrosols are made with flowers that are in season, which is when they’re most fragrant. However, you can make rose water using dried petals, too, and the process is the same.

I’ll often use these dried organic rose petals as they’re much more affordable and still really good quality.

Rose water can be used in countless recipes such as a natural facial toner, in a body moisturiser, and more.

Here’s how to make your very own natural rose water to save you spending a fortune on store-bought varieties.

Note: Ensure that you use organic, food-grade roses for this recipe.

Makes approx. 100ml (on average)


  • 1 cup dried rose petals
  • Water, enough to cover the rose petals in the saucepan
  • Ice cubes

To make:

  1. Place a small, heat-proof bowl at the centre of an empty saucepan and add the dried rose petals around the bowl. Make sure to not get any petals inside the bowl as this is where the rose water will collect.
  2. Add enough water to cover the petals in the saucepan, then place the pan on medium-low heat and bring to a simmer. Place the lid on top, but sit it upside down.
  3. Add ice to the top of the saucepan lid. This distilling process will turn the rose water vapour into water, which will collect in the bowl inside.
  4. As soon as the ice melts, add more ice cubes.
  5. Continue to add ice and allow the petals to simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the colour of the petals fade and some clean, clear rose water has condensed into the bowl inside.
  6. Carefully remove the bowl from the saucepan and allow the rose water to cool completely. The leftover petals can be composted, and the water (once cooled) can be poured over the garden.
  7. Pour the rose water into a clean glass bottle for storage and use as needed. Store in a cool, dry place.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post. 

Have you made your own flower water (hydrosol) before? How did it go? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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