A Love Note to Rosewater
Rosewater is one of those ingredients that can be utilized just about everywhere: It can be misted onto your face, applied to your hair, or even incorporated into your favorite culinary creations. It’s also one of the world’s most ancient health and wellness treatments, having first been documented in ancient Iranian love stories.
I was first exposed to rosewater a few years ago, but our new DIY Skincare Essentials Rosewater Spray (made from steam-distilled Bulgarian roses) has spawned my own little love story with this beautiful ingredient. For one, I find it amazing that a plant that has been revered for centuries has a distinct place in our current climate. In a world where complex lab formulas and “cutting-edge” synthetic ingredients tend to dominate the beauty market, rosewater continues to captivate, a testament to the tremendous restorative and healing properties of this powerhouse ingredient.
A spray of rosewater seems to lend itself to exactly what I need at different moments of the day. I love the enlivening quality of a quick spritz before leaving my apartment in the morning, while a midday spray at the office offers some afternoon rejuvenation. And before bed I’ll spray some on and I swear it has helped me sleep more soundly. Because I am such a devotee, I am sharing some of my favorite ways to use rosewater, below!
For your face
On the skin, rosewater acts as a hydrator, balancer, and revitalizer. It has strong anti-inflammatory benefits, and imparts a plethora of antioxidants and minerals to the skin. Moreover, its antibacterial qualities make it an amazing makeup remover or toning treatment that won’t leave your face parched or aggravated. Use it throughout the day – whenever and however you often you feel you need to.
On your hair
Rosewater can also be used as a gentle yet effective hair treatment. Apply it after shampooing to wet hair; it will moisturize the hair shafts, plus impart some extra shine. You can also spritz rosewater directly onto your scalp to help with dandruff and dry skin. A skeptical friend of mine has recently starting spritzing rosewater onto his scalp then massaging it with tea tree oil, and has experienced a noticeable decline in his chronic dandruff. The wonders of naturals strike again!
In your food
Flowers in food typically elicit strong “yay” or “nay” responses. I personally can’t get enough of it, and love the idea of internalizing the external benefits of roses. Rosewater works beautifully in sweets like pudding and cakes, and you can even use it as a vanilla extract substitute in more traditional recipes. Feeling extra adventurous? Take a cue from Middle Eastern cuisine and use rosewater in lamb and rice dishes. Be sure to exercise the art of subtlety, though. You don’t want your food smelling (or tasting) like potpourri.