- Nov 26, 2016
- central NC
We know roses have been around for centuries because there has been physical evidence found in Egyptian tombs in the form of wreaths. Cleopatra, a documented lover of roses, was rumored to have filled the floors of entire rooms with rose petals. Stories recount the sails of her barge being sprayed with rosewater so the scent of roses would announce her presence.
Well our Victorian ladies were lovers of rosewater too. They frequently used it as a beauty product and fragrance. Rosewater possesses astringent properties, which leave your face refreshed and clean. And when rose petals are distilled, they create a light, floral scent that is subtle, yet quite appealing.
Rosewater has regained some of its popularity in recent years and can be bought online and at a variety of shops. However, I fancy myself making my own like my Victorian friends would have done so I thought I would share my “recipe.” Hope you like this @grace and @Yankee Brooke!
1 Gather 30 to 35 rose fragrant petals. Make sure the roses aren’t past their prime.
2 Place the petals in a cup and pour water (room temperature) over them. Let them sit for five to ten minutes.
3 Strain the water out, but leave the rose petals behind.
4 Move the moist rose petals into a sturdy bowl and mash them a lot.
5 Pour water over the mashed rose petals and strain out any moisture. Keep repeating this step until the water turns a brownish-pinkish-orangey color. If you are use deep red rose petals, repeat this process until the water is brownish-red.
6 Remove the remnants of the rose petals and pour your rosewater into a bottle with an airtight stopper. Enjoy your rosewater perfume!
* I like to add half of a tablespoon of vanilla flavoring to my perfume.
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