Rosewater, also called rose hydrosol, is the aqueous “byproduct” of distilling rose essential oil (which comes from the Damask rose, or rosa damascena). Given its wide range of uses, we might love rosewater even more than the highly prized (and mad expensive) oil. But don’t be fooled by imitators: there are lots of products out there claiming to be rosewater that are “made” by combining water or aloe and synthetic rose scents or “rose extracts”. Green beauty pro tip: you can’t blend rosewater; it can only be distilled. (Yes, we use the real stuff. Was that not obvious?)
The divine smell is the first thing you’ll notice about rosewater, but we love it for what it does on the skin. Rosewater has anti-inflammatory properties that help calm and soothe the skin, reducing redness and puffiness. As a skin pH balancer and mild antiseptic, rosewater is great for sensitive, acne-prone skin. It also contains anti-oxidants, which help repair damage from free radicals. Rosewater’s mild astringent qualities also help to tone pores and remove excess dirt.
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 Mohammad Hossein Boskabady, Mohammad Naser Shafei, Zahra Saberi, and Somayeh Amini. Pharmacological Effects of Rosa Damascena. Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2011 Jul-Aug; 14(4): 295–307. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3586833/