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How to make rose water

by Cybele
The very first Valentine’s letter I received went something like this:
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Cashews are nuts
And so are you.
As you can see, my formative years were full of romantic gestures. Maybe that’s why I always sympathise with all those roses left standing in the shops the day after Valentine’s and feel like rescuing them. Not because it’s the cheapest day of the year to buy roses… However, if you were lucky enough to be given a bunch of home grown or spray-free roses, you can make rose water.How to make rose water | Blah Blah Magazine

The uses for rose water

Rose water is my favourite facial toner in the world. It is great for people like me who are prone to having wrinkly, pimply and sensitive skin.  Also, I have been mixing it in this homemade face scrub. That’s all without mentioning, how divine it is to cook with rose water. It is beautiful in lots of cakes, jams, fruit compotes and desserts.

It’s actually pretty straightforward to make

The problem with instructions for making rose water is that it all sounded really confusing. I think because I was obsessing over the idea that you put a stone or a brick in a saucepan. That’s right people a brick in a pan was my cognitive unravelling. This is not the recipe for your darling Teflon pot unless you have a fancy pants stand to sit in the saucepan instead of said brick. My pot has some kind of stone non-stick and it was fine afterwards. Basically, it took me ages to realise that making rose water is boiling some water with rose petals and trying to collect the steam. This little making rose water movie helped me find my way.You will need:How to make rose water | Blah Blah Magazine
Petals from a spray-free bunch of roses
Big pot with a lid
Stone, brick or stand that fits inside the pot
Bowl that fits inside the pot

How to make

1. Wash the rose petals.
2. Place the stone, brick or stand inside the pot.
3. Fill the pot with water until it almost covers the brick.
4. Sprinkle the rose petals in the water.How to make rose water | Blah Blah Magazine5. Place the empty bowl on top of the brick (this is where the rose water will collect.)How to make rose water | Blah Blah Magazine6. Put the lid on the pot upside down. The steam will collect on the upside down lid and drip off the handle into the bowl.
7. Place ice in the middle of the upside-down lid. This is not essential, but it helps the steam to collect in the centre of the lid.How to make rose water | Blah Blah Magazine
8. Turn the heat up until you have a good rolling boil and keep it going for about an hour. Check the water level in the bottom of the pot every now and then. You will need some very serious oven mitts on to do this, as it all gets stupidly hot. Turn the heat off when you can no longer smell the rose fragrance in the steam.
9. Let it cool.
10. Pour the clear and heaven-scented water out of the bowl and into a bottle. You should get about 2 cups or 450 ml worth. I put a ‘Store in fridge and best before three months’ date on mine.
Now I have so much rose water I think I might try something decadent like Deli News’s bed sheet spray.
Cybele x
What is your favourite rose water dish or treatment?

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Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine

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  1. I’ve always wondered how they make rose water and now I know. I don’t think my pans would like the brick – but maybe the camping one might! What do you use rosewater for?

    Thanks for linking up with #TUST

    Annaleis – Blogs and PR Team Member

  2. That is awesome! I grew up in NZ and always had HEAPS of spare rose petals from my mum’s garden. But now I’m in QLD not so much! But I’ll send this to her, she’s quite the home maker 🙂 Emily\
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  3. Oh wow I am so going to make this – tomorrow in fact!!! I am an aromatherapist (although I havent practised for a while) and I just adore rose water but never knew how to make it.

    Thanks for this little gem of a recipe xx

  4. ooh very romantic!! Love the recipe!

  5. Auntie Blah Blah, I did not know you have mastered the art of making rose water. Coffin on the car, driving through Pitt St, now rose water?? You make my life feel boring! 😀 I am going to try this out next!

  6. Gosh, what a lovely idea! I wish I could say I have a truckload of wilting Valentine’s gifts that need using up, but sadly not. Might need to raid my parents’ rose bushes though to try this out.

  7. This is an awesome idea! I had no idea how it was done. Spewing now that I threw mine out, although they weren’t very fragrant to begin with.

    • It’s funny, because mine weren’t that fragrant either, but the rose water still came out smelling a treat, which makes me think it must smell amazing with a really fragrant bunch x

  8. Home made facial toner! Perfect! We have a rose bush here in our garden. It’s barren at the moment but will collect some petals as soon as I can!

  9. Can you use dryed out petals ???

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