The day before Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend surprised me by spelling out ‘I love you’ with rose petals. It was super cute, and, of course, (like a crazed girlfriend) I made him leave the petals alone for a couple of days. I guess I just wanted to admire the beauty and subtle scent a bit longer?

After a while of stepping around the petals (and some pestering from Alex), I realized we had to pick them up, and I started thinking of what I could make with them.

I decided on rosewater, which is very easy to make. I put the petals (I had the equivalent of a dozen roses) in a 4-quart pot, and then poured almost 2-quarts worth of boiling water over them. I let this stew for a little while.

What's cookin' good lookin'? Roses...
What’s cookin’ good lookin’? Roses…

Then, I bottled it into a travel-sized spray bottle I found at the dollar store. The rest I put in a container and stored in the fridge. I use rosewater as a facial toner. My skin is very sensitive and oily, but the sensitivity trumps the oiliness…so I have to use gentle products.

rosewater1Rose water seems to work like witch hazel, only gentler. I spritzed it on a cotton round and wiped away the oil on my face. It seems to work well with my skin. Of course, if you want to try out rosewater, you should test for any skin sensitivities. I also have a bottle of Vitamin E oil and considered adding a few drops to the water.

After looking through my beauty products, I discovered a consistent theme. I have rose body wash, rose bar soap and rose eye cream.

You don’t just have to put roses on your face, though. There are lots of delicious recipes and craft products that involve rose petals and rosewater.