15 Amazing Ways Rose Water Benefits Your Beauty Routine

Don’t you just love natural ingredients that can efficiently multi-task like one of those Swiss Army knives with a million gadgets? You know, ingredients that can hydrate and help control oil; or soothe skin and neutralize free radicals; reduce pain and help kill bacteria.

Now I could be talking about aloe vera, or apple cider vinegar, baking soda, or even shea butter, but this one, though just as versatile, actually smells good naturally. Like, really, really good.

Even if you don’t love the smell of roses (*raises hand*), rose water has this really appealing soft, feminine, and pretty rose scent.

Meanwhile, rose water comes with several lovely benefits and properties that I bet you aren’t aware of.

Keep on reading and we’ll go through exactly why it is so good for our health, how to actually make rose water (if you’re so inclined), and how it can legit replace about 6 things in your beauty routine.  

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What is Rose Water?


Rose water is a hydrosol, which is floral water made from the steam distillation of flowers or other botanical ingredients. So, rose water is made from the distillation of rose petals.

 And though rose water is primarily water, it generally contains between 10%-50% of rose oil.  

Which is a very good thing, because rose oil contains so many healthy goodies that we’re going to get into in just a minute.

Fun fact: Roses and rose water have important symbolism and cultural significance in Iran, and rose water is generally thought to have originated there. But actually, rose oil and water were first used in Greece


 Rose Water Benefits


  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial + antimicrobial
  • Antiseptic:
    • These anti’s that I just listed make rose water great for acne. The compounds in rose water can help reduce bacteria on the skin, and cool down inflammation from active breakouts.
  • Antiaging:
    • This is an interesting feature of rose water. A study published in the Journal of Inflammation showed that rose water significantly reduces collagenase (an enzyme which can break down healthy collagen in the skin), and elastase (another enzyme that can reduce elasticity in the skin). These attributes, along with its antioxidant ability to neutralize free radicals, make rose water an invaluable tool in your antiaging skincare regimen.


  • Antioxidant:
    • vitamins C, E, and other phenolic compounds
  •  Ph balance:
    • Healthy skin has a ph of around 5.5, which is slightly acidic. When the ph rises, you start to see dry patches, acne, wrinkles, eczema, rough texture, and psoriasis. Many things can raise your skin’s ph, including soap and conventional cleansers, tap water, and overwashing. Rose water also has a ph of 5.5, so using it after cleansing can help bring your ph back down to its normal, healthy level.
    • Aromatherapeutic: Research has shown that the scent of rose water can lessen anxiety and depression.
    • Analgesic: Compounds in rose water, including quercetin and kaempferol, can lessen pain. So rose water, with its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, may work well on cuts, scrapes, and burns, even painful acne, to lessen pain and heal the skin.
    • Great for all skin types:
      • Because of the great benefits of rose water, all skin types can benefit from it. It works well on sensitive skin, and mixes with other active ingredients in your skincare regimen, like vitamin c serums, exfoliating acids, and retinol.


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    Rose Water DIY Recipe Mini Ebook

    7 easy + elegant rose water recipes for your skin and hair

    • Rose + Sandalwood Linen Spray

    • Rose Sugar Scrub

    • Hair Perfume

    • Shimmer Setting Spray

    • Rose Water + Aloe toner

    • Rose Water Body Wash

    • Coconut Oil + Rose Water Hair Spray

    15 Everyday Uses for Rose Water:

    Now that we know some amazing rose water benefits, here are some ideas how to use this beauty multitasker every day.

    My first suggestion? Buy 100% rose water (really affordable and organic here), and either use it straight from the bottle, or pour it into a pretty, frosted mister and keep it in the fridge, ready for all the great uses below!

    1. Toner & face mist: You can purchase conventional rose water toner (see product recs below); purchase 100% rose water,  pour it into a pretty glass bottle and keep in the fridge or your self-care fridgeor you can DIY it. Download the free Rose Water Mini Recipe Ebook above for a soothing, elegant (and extremely easy to make) face toner recipe.  

     2. Hair perfume: Spritz rose water on your hair for a lovely, soft scent. It doesn’t last all that long, and it’s subtle enough that only someone in your personal space will be able to smell it, but it is a natural way to add scent and freshen your hair. I’ve noticed it makes my hair feel softer, too. Check out the free Rose Water Mini DIY Recipe mini Ebook above for a customizable, 3-ingredient hair perfume recipe, that won’t dry out your hair like actual perfume can.     

    3. Makeup setting spray: Also use to dampen your beauty blender (try this excellent beauty blender dupe for about 1/3 the price!) and to wet your makeup brushes before application. Works great as an all-natural setting spray.


    4. Replace the water in DIY beauty recipes:  Add in face masks and other DIY beauty recipes. Just replace the water in your favorite DIY beauty recipes with rose water for extra benefits!

    5. Body spritz: Refrigerate beforehand, and you will have a cool and refreshing body (and face) mist on a hot day. 

    6. Makeup remover: Mix a little rose water and your favorite natural oil, aloe vera, or glycerin on a cotton pad to quickly remove makeup.

    7. Eye compress: Got a headache or tired, puffy eyes? Researchers have found that rose water vapors can help relieve headaches. Spritz a damp compress with cool rose water, lay it on your forehead or over your eyes, and lie down for 10 or 15 minutes. Ahhhh!

    8. Hair + scalp hydrator: Dry or flaky scalp? Spray rose water on your scalp to help hydrate it, and spray through your hair for a hydration boost. You can also use rose water as a final rinse after shampoo and conditioner. My hair is always softer when I do this.

    9. Scent your clothes: If you like your clothes to smell pretty but you use unscented laundry detergent like I do, or if that top or dress needs a freshness boost, try pouring rose water into the water chamber of your iron when you press your clothes. It leaves a subtle rose scent behind.


    10. Linen spray: Spray straight rose water directly on your sheets and pillowcases before you slide in. Better yet, check out the 5-minute Rose and Sandalwood Pillow and Linen spray recipe in the free Rose Water DIY Recipe mini Ebook above for a sophisticated but super-easy linen spray.

    11. Acne control: Anti-inflammatories + antibacterial action + a slightly acidic ph of 5.5 = a surprisingly effective acne fighter. I’ve been using rose water as a toner religiously everyday for over 3 months, and sporadically for about 2 years before that. When I started using rose water every day and night, I noticed less hormonal acne, much better texture, and softer skin. #Score

    12. Stress reducer: Inhaling the vapors of rose water has been shown to relieve stress and lessen depression. Sniff the bottle, spray it into the air, spritz it on your wrists, or pour it into your bath water when you’re feeling stressed, take a deep breath, and think calming thoughts about your favorite vacation destination 😊. 

    13. Relieve sunburn: Rose water’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties make rose water super-soothing on burns, cuts, and scrapes. Store your bottle of rose water in a cool place like your fridge, and you’ll be ready in case of sunburn!

    14. Aftershave:  More often than not, my underarms feel irritated after shaving.  Now I spray a light mist of rose water right after shaving—rose water soothes inflamed and irritated skin, and lessens the pain from razor burns and nicks.

    15. Drink up for cramps? This is a new one for me. I was reading The Confused Millennial’s blog post about rose water, and she suggests drinking rose water to relieve cramps! She has done it and it works for her. Rose water has also been shown to calm digestive issues.

    I haven’t tried drinking straight rose water yet, but I’m really curious to see if it will help my monster menstrual cramps, so I think I’ll give it a shot.  If you want to dip your toe in rose water drinks, try this summery Rosewater Lemonade recipe in the free Rose Water DIY Recipes Mini Ebook above.

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    Don’t forget your free mini recipe ebook!

    Rose Water DIY Recipe Mini Ebook

    7 Easy + Elegant Rose Water Recipes for Your Skin and Hair

    • Rose + Sandalwood Linen Spray

    • Rose Sugar Scrub

    • Hair Perfume

    • Shimmer Setting Spray

    • Rose Water + Aloe toner

    • Rose Water Body Wash

    • Coconut Oil + Rose Water Hair Spray

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