The other day I was visiting my sister's house in Portland and I was totally enamored with a gorgeous wild rose bush growing in her yard. She was so sweet to let me cut some blooms to bring home for a bouquet. Of course, I gladly accepted! I love having flowers on my bedside so I happily drove home imagining the bouquet I would create. However, when I got home, I noticed how sensitive the petals were to movement—they were falling off with each step I took from the car to my front door. I was worried the roses wouldn't last for more than a day or two, so instead of arranging them I decided to make a batch of culinary rose water + a facial toner, which would honor their fragrant and beautiful color more than a bouquet. Over the last few months I have been obsessed with all things rose. Remember this delicious little dessert I whipped up a few months ago? I use rose water all the time to add a sweet touch to no'tmeal, salad dressings and sparkling water. I also use rose water toner to keep my face hydrated and skin cool during the warmer months. So instead of buying rose water, I was thrilled to make my own. The process is almost identical for both the culinary use and the toner so I suggest making both during the process. While there are a million different ways to make rose water, I went with the most simple method—a simple steeping of fresh rose leaves....
Culinary Rose Water
+ organic fresh rose petals (find via your own or a friend's yard!)
+ distilled water
+ glass container to store
Gather organic rose petals from your home garden or a friend's. Remove the petals and lightly spritz them with water to remove bugs. Place rose petals into a pot (I used my 4-quart Dansk Casserole Pot) so that there are at least 2" worth of petals. Pour distilled water over rose petals so that it is just barely covering the petals. Too much water will result in a weak rose water. Turn burner to low and let it find its way to a simmer. Let simmer until for one hour or until rose petals have lost their color and water has turned pink and fragrant. Strain liquid into glass jars and store in the refrigerator. Will last approx. one month.
Rose Water Toner
Follow the same instruction stated above for culinary rose water. Once you have strained the liquid into glass jars or spray bottle, add a few drops or 1 teaspoon witch hazel to the liquid to create an astringent property that will aid in toning your face. Use to gently tone and mist your face (especially wonderful during the summer months!) Keep in refridgerator for an uber cooling spray.