Few things are as refreshing as a cool mist on a hot summer day. Make that a cool mist with a lovely scent and restorative properties? Sign me up! Rose water is not only cooling and cleansing, it provides relief from sunburns and irritation as well as helping to balance oily skin. Here is a simple tutorial that will have you spritzing and relaxing in no time.
- a dozen fresh, organic roses
- a perfume atomizer or spray bottle
- a plastic pipette
- 6 inches of vintage ribbon
- a large stock pot with glass lid
- a small glass bowl
- distilled water
- a brick
Start by plucking the petals off all the roses. The more fragrant the roses are the more fragrant the rosewater will be.
Place the stock pot on top of a stove and put the brick inside the pot. Pack in rose petals around the brick until it fills the sides of the pot.
Pour distilled water into the pot until half of the brick is submerged in water. Place the glass bowl on top of the brick.
Invert the lid and turn the stove on high. Let everything come to a boil. Precipitation will form on the lid and sprinkle droplets of water into the bowl. This is your rosewater! To speed up the process, you can add cold water or ice to the top of the inverted lid.
The smell of roses will start to permeate the kitchen and after about 30 minutes, turn off the stove. Allow the rosewater to cool completely before using a dropper or pipette to transfer into a spray bottle or atomizer.
Wrap a piece of ribbon around the bottle and secure it with a simple straight stitch or fabric glue. Feel free to add any essential oils, such as grapefruit or lavender, to the rosewater base. It should be stored in the refrigerator and will last up to 3 weeks.
Lately, I have tried to be more conscientious about what I am putting in and on my body, and this treatment is wonderful because I not only know, but I control what goes into this product.
Tutorial from here.