The idea for this Hydrating Rose Water Everything Spray came from watching a makeup tutorial on YouTube. Wayne Goss was chatting about how using a rose water/glycerin mist in combination with powdered mineral makeup let him wear loads of it and still have it look natural. The tutorial was on how to transform your foundation into skin, and while that title might be pushing the truth a bit, I was still intrigued.
The gist of the tutorial is this; mist your face with rosewater after every layer of a powdered mineral makeup/blush/highlight/etc. The added hydration helps the powder really mesh with your skin, giving it a more natural, dewy look. He didn’t say much about the specific rose water he was using, other than it being very expensive, and somewhere in the comments he said it also contained glycerin. Well… that’s easy. And definitely not worth whatever obscene sum he implied he was paying for it!
Rose water is a byproduct of the distillation process that creates rose essential oil—it’s not just water infused with rose petals, so you can’t make it at home unless you have a still and a whole lotta fresh roses. When it comes to buying rose water, you’ll want to look in the international grocery section—that’s where you’ll find the best price. Rose water for eating is about $6–10 for 300mL/10fl oz, whereas rose water for putting on your skin is close to $20 for 473mL/16 fl oz at New Directions! The only real difference is that the grocery stuff is going to be food grade, so you could also include it in cocktails if you wanted to—that’s an easy choice!
It’s said that Cleopatra used rose water as part of her beauty routine. It’s a mild astringent, has antibacterial properties, and is said to be anti-inflammatory. It smells beautifully (though softly) of roses, and is one of the most cost effective ways to incorporate a rose scent into your concoctions (rose essential oil is terrifyingly expensive at ~$100/tsp). It helps tone, cool, and hydrate the skin, it can help tackle redness in the complexion, and I find it downright indulgent (a splash is also lovely in cucumber or lemon water).
With all those lovely things said about rose water, I really haven’t done much to improve upon it. I’ve added some vegetable glycerine to boost its hydrating power—especially useful for drier complexions or climates. I’ve also included some allantoin (USA / Canada)—a soothing, healing ingredient that’s found in comfrey. It’s a great addition if your skin is sensitive, but is totally optional. Last but not least, there’s also a broad spectrum preservative to ward off any nasties (rose water is fundamentally water and it’s better to be safe than sorry when you’re spraying it near your eyes and mouth!). I’ve also put it in a spray bottle to make it easier to use—when my rose water is hidden away in my fridge, I usually forget it exists.
While inspiration for this spray was as a way to really perk up and perfect your makeup, there are so many other things you can use it for! As a mid-day refreshing spray, a pre-bed or first-thing facial toner, a body spray, an aftershave, an after-sun spritz, or even a pillow mist. You could also try making it with a different hydrosol, like orange blossom or lavender, or try raw honey instead of vegetable glycerine.
Hydrating Rose Water Everything Spray
Use a funnel to pour the ingredients into a 60mL (2 fl oz) spray bottle. Cap a shake to combine.
To use, mist over your face while applying mineral makeup and let dry completely before adding another layer or moving onto a different powder.
You can also use it as a refreshing face mist, a pillow spray, toner, aftershave, or anything else you can think of. Enjoy!