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Rosewater DIY! Do you use rosewater?

I made rosewater! Color me pink excited. The rose at my parents house were blooming, so I decided to try making rosewater, which the internet claims to be very easy. (I've no idea how big these pics are going to appear, so apologies in advance).

 

...and it is, but the first step is sooo tedious. You have to make sure to use rose without pesticides/chemicals, then wash all the dirt/bugs off the petal. It's like a mini-world between the layers of petals...dense miniture spiderwebs, giant ants, tiny green bugs that I wouldn't know were bugs until they moved, and dead bugs. You really have to wash the petals one by one, which take foreeeeeever. I would've given up if it didn't look so pretty and smells so heavenly.

Once they are washed, put then in a clean pot and cover with distilled water. Too much and you might dilute them, so just until it covers the petals. Then simmer until all the colors are gone:

The more fussy method is putting a bowl in the middle, invert the lid, and the condensation that drips into the bowl is the purest rosewater. I tried. Meh.

If you boil it too long, the rosewater become diluted and start losing its scent but it still works wonderfully on the skin. In any case, I put some in a toner bottle, then the rest in a spray bottle as a refresher for after exercise/on hot days:

I intend to use it as a toner, but the water actually left a purple stain on white napkin/bowls when it dries (washes off pretty easily) so now I'm hesitating about putting it on my face, but I poured 2 cups into the bath and I didn't come out purple/pink (feel like a princess, with the rosewater bath and petals floating on top <3). I finally tried it as toner on my skin, wiped on with cotton pad, and it left my skin hydrated but clean and SO VELVETY SOFT!!! Most rosewater toner sold in store have a water+glycerin base with rosewater added in, it makes your skin feel nowhere as good as pure rosewater.

 

With that said, it is kind of tedious to wash petals one by one. It's a fun (and very pretty/nicely scented) project if you've got time to spare. Since you washed it yourself, you can also use it in cooking if the recipe calls for it, but in terms of skincare, I might be too lazy for it....anyways, just a random share.

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Fun fun fun!!!!!!! Those pink petals look so gorgeous!

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I've never tried rosewater. Looks intense to make! I'll have to try it next (I'm afraid it'd attract bugs--not sure how true the fragrance thing is, but my mom claims it all the time haha. If anybody has information on this, like more mosquito bites when wearing perfume, please let me know). Thanks for the idea, beautytester! Smiley Happy

 

I'm trying using green tea as a toner and drinking it based on its antioxidant content and reviews on an acne website that said it helped calm and soothe--and it's really good for the immune system either way. It hasn't irritated anything and it doesn't have a strong smell, which is good. I'll try to post info if the results are worth mentioning.

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Oh green tea! Do you use the tea from tea bags? or something special? I know green tea and rosewater are good, but both of them stains white paper. They don't stain on my arms, but I'm kind of tentative about putting them on my face... o.O

 

As for fragrance and bugs....I think it's partially true. Especially if it's super natural/floral/true to actual plants. I have never attracted bugs when wearing perfume, but I don't spray so much that I'm a moving toxic cloud. However, I have this lavender/chamomile foot soak. You know how sometimes you get fruit flies over the summer? well, I forgot to dump out the water and found a bunch of dead bugs in the lavender/chamomile water the nxt day (no bugs in my drinking water, tea, etc). So.....yeah, I don't know.

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I use Trader Joe's green tea. I haven't noticed any staining on my stuff or bugs attracted to me (Don't think that would happen unless sugar or honey were added, but I could be wrong). The smell is pretty mild and goes away quickly, so that doesn't bug me. I do try to stay away from delicate/fancy/white clothing in the summer or only apply things when I won't be out and about/active because it's typically humid and hot where I live.

 

As for staining, I haven't noticed any of that or a notable greenish tinge to my face. It's slightly green/yellow when I put it on a cotton pad and dab my face with it. I wouldn't recommend using it directly in conjunction with targeted treatment products that are meant to deeply penetrate the skin (I don't really know enough about chem or skin cell reactions to say if the pigmented part of green tea would get absorbed into the skin haha).

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I really love rose water! Thanks for sharing this DIY project beautytester! Might have to try it.

Whimsically yours,
Janine

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Wow, that is so cool! I mix rosewater with witch hazel and use that as a toner after I cleanse my skin. 

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Thanks! I rather like using it as a toner (did not turn my face pink/purple). I kept it in the fridge and it feels sooo good in the summer!

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Not found at Sephora, but wanted to share.... 

I had a coupon for BeautyBar and was looking at all their cleansing waters (new addiction?) & I stumbled upon....  NUXE Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals

I got the small bottle for $13 but after I use up the Sephora brand one (yuck) I'm going to get the full size for $24. I like it better than the Koh Gen Do. 

E-mail NUXE, they might be able to send you a sample of it. 

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Woah, better than Koh Gen Do?

hmmmm..........*jots down NUXE cleansing water*

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enabling... sorry Smiley Sad 

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