I was in the supermarket the other day and saw a bottle of rose water and grabbed it. I can’t believe I have forgotten one of my favorite skin treatments! I first fell in love with rose water years ago from a “natural” company who provides clean cosmetics.
According to Wikipeia, Rose water is the hydrosol portion of the distillate of rose petals. Rose water, itself a by-product of the production of rose oil for use in perfume, is used to flavour food, as a component in some cosmetic and medical preparations, and for religious purposes throughout Europe and Asia.
Here are some many uses for rose water:
1. You can cook with it. It pairs very well with seafood, oranges and strawberries.
2. I use it for beauty!!! Use it for make-up remover. Just put a little bit on a cotton ball.
3. My favorite: Use on dry skin. During the winter time, my face becomes dried out – especially if I have a cold and blow my nose constantly. I just place some on a cotton ball and it clears it up pretty quickly. It’s a fabulous toner!
4. Because rose water makes your skin very soft, place 1/2 – 1 cup in a nice warm bath – Yes, you will thank me for this one. Your skin will feel VERY soft and leaves a rose scent behind.
5. Taste fabulous in sorbets!
It’s very affordable – I bought my bottle for $2.20. It can be found in the Asian section of grocery stores or you can spend more and purchase some for “cosmetic” purposes in the cosmetic aisle.
You can also MAKE YOUR OWN! Place real rose petals in a bowl and pour hot (almost boiling) water over top. Allow to cool down. Place lid on container and put in fridge for 24 hours. Strain and discard petals. Place back in fridge. Keep for 1 week.