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How to Choose and Use Rose Water
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by Mimi Droeshout 5-minute read January 11, 2024

Rose water stands as a timeless beauty elixir, celebrated for its enchanting ability to rejuvenate, soothe, and impart a radiant glow.

The use of roses, particularly in the form of rose water and rose oil, is steeped in a rich history that dates back centuries. The use of roses in cosmetics can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where it was prized not only for its aromatic qualities but also for its soothing and healing properties. The Romans, for example, were known to use rose water in their baths and skincare routines, while in Persia, it was revered for both its beauty and medicinal benefits.

Rose water, a delicate hydrosol, is crafted by distilling water infused with rose petals. This process, often a byproduct of making rose essential oil, imbues the water with a fraction of the same beneficial compounds found in the oil itself. The primary type of rose utilized for creating rose water is Rosa Damascena, renowned for its fragrance and therapeutic properties. When creating rose water, chemicals such as phenylethyl alcohol, geraniol, citronellol, and nerol are usually incorporated, responsible for rose water’s distinct scent but also contribute to its pharmacological attributes, making it a great use for a more holistic approach to skincare and wellness. 

However, it's important to note that the potency of rose water is directly linked to its essential oil content, which can vary significantly. Some rose water formulations might contain as little as under one percent of rose essential oil, while others can yield a concentration as high as 10-15 percent, which largely depends on the species of rose, the extraction method, and the manufacturer's practices.

Throughout history, roses have symbolized not just beauty but also health and wellness. This legacy continues today, with rose water and rose oil remaining integral components in modern beauty products, celebrated for their ability to rejuvenate, hydrate, and calm the skin. 

Scroll down to explore the myriad benefits of rose water and discover our top picks infused with this enchanting ingredient.

Skin

Rose water, rich in antioxidants, shields skin from damage and boasts anti-inflammatory properties, alleviating irritation like eczema and rosacea. It serves as an inhibitor against elastase and collagenase, enzymes that break down elastin and collagen, thus helping soothe skin, reduce redness, and act as an anti-aging agent by diminishing lines and wrinkles. On top of that, its hydrating nature plumps and restores moisture to dry skin.

Mind

Did you know that inhaling rose water vapors or consuming it orally can uplift your mood? Thanks to its anti-anxiety properties, it aids in inducing sleep and is effective in treating stress and grief. Plus, due to its muscle relaxant properties, it helps with tension and headaches, too! 

Digestion

Feeling bloated or have an upset stomach? Rose water enhances bile flow, which can help your digestion and ease up these feelings, and can act as a laxative to improve bowel movements. Nutritionally, it is enriched with Vitamins A, B, C, and E, flavonoids, and other antioxidants that help your overall digestion, too. 

Eyes

Utilized in eye drops, rose water's soothing and antiseptic qualities combat eye ailments like conjunctivitis, cataracts, dry eyes, and even black eyes.

Wounds

With antiseptic and antibacterial properties, rose water accelerates wound healing by keeping wounds clean and fighting infections, making it effective for burns, scars, and cuts.

Respiratory

Rose water's anti-inflammatory effects soothe sore throats when added to tea or warm water and can relax throat muscles, offering relief from discomfort.

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Santa Maria di Novella Acqua di Rose

Developed in 1381, Acqua di Rose from Santa Maria di Novella uses a unique combination of astringent, refreshing, and toning properties and is distilled from the Damask rose.

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Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment

A treatment for your skin to rehydrate and provide your skin with essential vitamins and fatty acids, deeply nourishing and replenishing parched skin.

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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner

An alcohol-free toner that removes any impurities from your skin gently, Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner is packed with all rose ingredients, such as rose fruit extract, rosewater, rose oil, and an unrivaled amount of rose powder. This will leave your skin feeling as soft as ever. 

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Montroi Rose Water Toner

To be used with care and moderation, as it takes an astonishing thousand rose petals to produce a single bottle of Montroi's Rose Water Toner. Include in your daily skincare routine however you see fit, a toner with essence of roses from the Jabal Akhadar mountains. 

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Nuxe Very Rose 3-in-1 Soothing Micellar Water

Perfect after a long day to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin, and infused with a 100 percent botanical-origin Skin-Respect Complex, this product tenderly caters to enhancing comfort and maintaining the skin's equilibrium.

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Lorena Rose Water

The classic form of genuine rose water can be incorporated anywhere: in tea, on your face or however you see fit. 

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Tealand Rose Buds

With these dried rose buds, you can make your own tea to drink, your own rose water or your own oil! 

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Mubkhar Rose Essential Oil

This essential oil – perfect for use in a diffuser – not only fills your home with a delightful aroma but also helps to alleviate stress, enhancing your living space's ambiance and well-being.

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