DIY // Make Your Own Rose water

Even if you love it or hate it, Valentines day is here in full force. Roses are being given left, right and centre this time of year, but they don't have the greatest shelf life. Instead of throwing them away, this year why don't you try making rose water with them? I listed the many reason's why Rose is great for your skin in my previous post and its so easy to do! Whether you get given them from your Valentine or pick them up the day after when they are reduced, you have no excuse not to try this!

Start off by removing the petals from your roses and put them into a strainer, I used about 5 bulbs. Rinse them thoroughly with warm water for a few minutes to remove any pesticides and chemicals. Organic is ideal for this, but don't worry too much if they aren't! 

Place your rinsed petals into a saucepan and cover them with distilled water. Use just enough water to cover the petals. 

Turn your hob onto a medium heat and cover the saucepan. Its important not to let the water boil, just let it simmer until the petals loose their colour - this should take around 10-20 minutes. Once the petals have lost their colour remove the saucepan from the heat. Strain the water into your container of choice and let the water cool. 

And here you have it, your very own rose water for a fraction of the cost that you find in stores. I like to store mine in a mason jar with a lid and fill up a little spray bottle as needed. This should last you for a few weeks!

I love using mine as a toner and in my bath water to soften my skin. 

Let me know if you give this DIY a go!

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