Rose water beauty secrets

I recently read about rose water and the beauty-boosting benefits of the seemingly simple solution. I kind of forgot about it and then, while pacing the aisles during a weekly grocery shop (one of my favourite times of the week – serious), I saw a bottle of it in the International aisle for – get this – $1.99. It was 100% pure, an imported Mideast brand. I thought, k, I don’t have much to lose. I’m doing this. After all, rose water is a favourite among Indian and Middle Eastern households and these women have their fair share of beauty secrets – and they’re gorgeous – so I will continue to research.

Admittedly, unlike most people, I don’t love floral scents outside of gardens or a vase filled with fresh flowers. I find floral scents found in perfumes, essential oils and even beauty products to be quite overpowering and grandmother-like (not cool 2017 grandmothers, I’m talking old-timey grandmothers from the 1800s). Quick fact: the scent of jasmine makes me want to hurl. Anyway. I am willing to get past my hang-up with the smell of rose water in order to benefit from the multiple offerings this inexpensive and highly effective natural beauty aid has to offer.

Face and beauty

We know that having pH neutral skin is the secret to keeping acne and oil slick situations under control. As an oily-skinned woman, I’ve had my fair share of product trials and I’ve been using a toner that costs me $76 to get my skin prepped for the day – makeup or not. I use it post-cleanse and pre-moisturizing. It is said to be a makeup artist’s secret weapon to refresh oily makeup midday (something I need to deal with) so I wanted to give that a try as well. I’ve purchased products to help lock in makeup and keep it refreshed throughout the day and those have cost me in the neighbourhood of $30. According to my research, I was able to swap rose water in for these two products.

Makeup setting spray and refresher recipe:

Mix this up and take it with you during the day. For a basic fox, just use pure rose water. If you want a fancier option which will give you a dewy glow and perfect finish, try this:

  • 1/2 cup rose water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine (this helps to prevent dehydration and moisture loss)
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil

Mix well in a clean spray bottle and spray on to prime skin and set and refresh makeup. Whatever you choose,  it’s inexpensive, portable and it works.


Soak a cotton pad in rosewater and rub on your face gently after cleansing. Allow to dry – this is a perfect toner and moisturizer replacement. Its mild astringency really goes a long way with balancing skin and it also helps to reduce redness.

Savings: $76 + $30 = $106

Hair Rinse

Rinsing your hair after shampoo and conditioner with a DIY solution can offer up amazing benefits such as added moisture, deep cleansing, calming the scalp and mild scalp irritations (dandruff) and even scalp stimulation (that basically means boosting hair growth – hi). And you know me, slight hair obsession over here 🙋🏻. I’ve used apple cider vinegar to do this in the past and while it works, I can’t shake that funky smell.  GROSS. After years, I’m still not over it. Ok, /end rant. While dandruff isn’t a problem for me,  I’ll take anything that moisturizes my hair and helps it grow long and strong and stay shiny and healthy.

Hair rinse recipe:

  • 1/2 cup of rose water
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil (scalp stimulator – great for hair growth)
  • 1/2 cup water

Pour in hair after conditioner and massage through scalp and length of hair. Don’t rinse!

Your hair will smell fresh and look shiny. Keep me posted on the dandruff and hair growth. There’s no real cost savings here since people tend to make their own rinses instead of purchase them (I know I do), but given what I spend on hair products, it’s a great savings when it comes to getting healthy hair.

Hair moisturizing and detangling spray

Now this I love! Need I say more? This is moisturizing, detangling and nourishing for hair. Mix the following ingredients together in a clean spray bottle:

  • 1 cup rose water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet almond oil (adjustable, based on how heavy you want the product to be)
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil

Shake well and spray all over hair after towel drying, focusing on frizzy and dry or brittle areas. Comb gently and style as usual.

A detangler can run you around $10, less or more depending on the brand you choose.

Savings = $10

Moisturizing body lotion

While it seems counterintuitive that a ‘water’ is moisturizing, rose water is famous for its moisturizing properties. I love anything DIY and moisturizing, so when I came across this recipe to replace my post-shower moisturizer, I was totally into it. To balance out the scent of rose, I added in vanilla essential oil which made it smell like actual heaven (at least for me, the coconut and vanilla outweighed the rose scent). If you want to leave the vanilla out, by all means, go for it!

In a clean bottle, mix:

Shake well and allow to cool. You will likely need to give it a good stir before using each time (or a 30 second zap in the microwave), but it’s totally worth it. I keep a plastic spoon with mine to stir it up and dig in.

I’ve seen rose and glycerine body moisturizers for between $20 and $30, so again, huge savings here!

Savings =$25

The possibilities are endless – you can mist rose water on your pillow before bed to help bring you into a calm space, use it to calm red, irritated skin (think: after a wax or shave, sunburn care) and even as a treat for puffy eyes (saturate cotton pads in chilled rose water and apply to closed eyes, sit for 20 minutes and zen out). It’s versatile, inexpensive, natural and beneficial. I love when I find something that works and is inexpensive.

So give this simple yet prized beauty secret ingredient a try. I am confident that you’ll love the results!

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