Cleopatra used this as a component in her skincare routine. Yes, the same Cleopatra who ruled ancient Egypt and whose bath and beauty rituals have withstood the test of time.
It’s one of beauty’s most magical potions. Its versatility spans from being used in cosmetics, as a food and drink flavoring, and even for religious purposes. It’s rosewater!
Sit back and smell the roses as we take you through the abc’s of rosewater and explain why it’s so magical. Plus, if Cleopatra used it, who are we to be against giving it a try?
WHAT IT IS
Rosewater is made simply by steeping rose petals in water. After the petals are steeped, the resulting water is filled with the roses’ natural, beneficial oils. It’s also the by-product of the production of rose oil for use in perfume.
If purchasing, make sure you buy only 100% pure rosewater. Avoid products that contain any added chemicals. Choose the all-natural stuff! Or, better yet, make your own (hold that thought)!
WHERE IT COMES FROM
Since ancient times, roses have been used medicinally, nutritionally, and as a source of perfume. And, like with many popular ingredients or materials, the use of rosewater dates back to early Egypt (Heeeyy Cleopatra! ‘Suhh, girl?).
WHAT IT DOES
Rosewater’s antibacterial, antioxidant, astringent, and anti-aging properties all contribute to its ability to control excess oil in hair and skin, hydrate, maintain the skin’s pH balance, revitalize hair growth, and keep lines and wrinkles at bay.
HOW TO MAKE IT*
Now that you have concocted your magical potion, there are hundreds of fun things you can make using rosewater: perfume, room/linen spray, body moisturizer, hair rinse, de-tanner, eye de-puffer, etc.
But, for all you makeup geeks who also love DIYs, stay-tuned for our next post where we’re going to tell you how to create the perfect skincare routine using all rosewater-based products. Learn how to make your own for pennies using the rosewater you just made. See you soon!
*If you wish to use this rosewater for cooking, consider using edible roses, such as these.