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8 Uses for Rosewater

My roses are just starting to bud.  Within a few week's time, they will be covered in big, beautiful blossoms.  Roses are easily one of my favorite flowers (although I do love the daffodils, tulips, and sweet paperwhites this time of year too!)

You don't have to wait until the roses bloom.  You can get that amazing scent all year long with rosewater. 

Rosewater is an all-natural product, the "leftover" liquid after roses are distilled to make rose essential oil.  And while pure rose essential is exorbitantly cost prohibitive for most of us, rosewater is reasonably priced and can be bought at nearly every health food store.

And leftovers have never been so sweet!  Not only does the rosewater keep all of the lovely scent of fresh rose blossoms, it also has amazing benefits for your skin.

Rosewater is toning and firming, so it's a no brainer for anti-aging treatments.  It helps the skin hang on to moisture, so it hydrates without being oily.  It also anti-inflammatory, and helps to reduce redness and skin irritation.

Antioxidants?  Rosewater has a ton.  It can help strengthen and repair your skin.

Let's not forget about the amazing scent.  It doesn't just smell good -- the scent of rose helps bring balance to the body and can relieve feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Just make sure you're buying 100% pure rosewater.  Some companies like to put synthetic rose scent in some distilled water and call it "rosewater" (sneaky things!)  This stuff won't have any therapeutic qualities for your skin.  So, if you see an ingredient listing on your "rosewater" that lists fragrance, know you're not getting the real thing.    

It's super easy to incorporate rosewater into your daily skin care routine.  I always have a bottle on hand.  Want to know what you can do with yours?  Here are 8 of my favorite ways to use rosewater.

1.  Splash it on your face.

After cleansing, add a bit of rosewater to a cotton ball and smooth over your face and neck.  You can use this in place of a toner.  This is how I most often use rosewater, just because it's so darn simple.

2.  Rinse it through your hair.

Want your hair to have that intoxicating smell of roses all day long?  Pour 1/2 to 1 cup through your hair after shampooing and conditioning.  Don't rinse out.  Style as usual.  Your hair will be super shiny and bouncy.

3.  Use it to hydrate handmade masks.

Substitute rosewater for plain water in any dry mask base recipe.  Not sure where to start?  Try some of these recipes: Super Simple Oatmeal Mask  and this Chocolate Rose Mask (yummy!)

4.  Pour it in your bathwater.

Just 1/4 to 1/2 cup rosewater into your bathwater and soak away.  Mmmm.  Make an extra special tub treat by adding 1/2 cup powdered milk and 1 tablespoon baking soda.  Your skin will be super soft afterward.

5.  Use it in your handmade lotions.

All my lotion making students, here's a cool tip for you.  Instead of using water in your lotion base, replace it with rosewater.  Oh. My. Goodness.  It makes a beautiful finished product.  For those of you who haven't made it to one of my lotion-making classes, no worries.  I'll be posting some lotion basics here soon.

6.  Refresh your skin with a cooling mist.

During our hot valley summers, I use rosewater nearly all day as a refreshing cooling mist.  Just put your rosewater in a spritz bottle and mist over your face, neck, arms, everywhere.  Instant cool!

7.  Set your makeup.

Forget the expensive makeup fixitives!  Use rosewater instead.  Spritz lightly over your makeup to set it, and occasionally throughout the day to refresh.

8.  Use as a linen spray.

I know this isn't a skin care treatment, but I love it so much I had to include it anyway.  Lightly spray your sheets and pillowcase before bedtime and you'll drift off to dreamland quickly.

What's your favorite way to use rosewater?

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