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Jillian Harris


DIY Refreshing Rosewater Face Mist

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I go bananas over face mists! They are something I have always had on hand for a quick spritz to keep me feeling fresh throughout the day. Not only do I use them throughout the day but they are also great to have on hand for travel, post-workout, or right before going to sleep. Face mists are life. In my world. LOL!!

Normally when I’m doing some online shopping I find myself stumbling across face mists and they somehow always end up in my shopping cart (strange how that happens!! LOL!) … a few of the culprits are below … LOL …

However, lately I’ve been on the DIY train and the girls and I are always brainstorming ways to replicate the things I love at a lower cost, like my Everyday Invigorating Body Scrub, for example. Welp, while I was away, Mackenzie (knowing my love for rose water face mists), whipped up a DIY Refreshing Rosewater Face Mist and it was waiting for me upon my arrival back home from Mexico (along with some frickin UNREAL vegan cookies … this recipe coming soon!!) … I tested it out … and fell in LOVE with it and I knew we HAD to share it with you!!

Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, help to get rid of acne, dermatitis, and eczema. It helps maintain the skin’s pH balance, and also controls excess oil. It hydrates and moisturizes giving your skin a refreshed look (there are seriously SO many benefits) … and not only is rosewater so luxurious … while buying face mists is convenient … making it at home is surprisingly easy and a fraction of the cost! Plus, they make the CUTEST little gifts for the holidays! I don’t think you need any more convincing, do you?? LOL … let’s get to the deets!

Jillian Harris DIY Rosewater Face Mist

DIY Refreshing Rosewater Face Mist

This recipe makes enough for about 8 small bottles of face mist!

You’ll need:

  • 7 Roses
  • Filtered Water
  • 6-8 Small Spray Bottles (this recipe makes almost 1L of rose water!)
  • Essential Oil of your choice (optional – we used lavender!)
  • Ribbon and Tags (if you plan on gifting!)


  1. Start by taking the petals off each rose. An easy way to do this is to hold the base of the petals and carefully tear the stem off. The petals should separate easily.
  2. Place petals in a large pot and cover with filtered water. Only add enough water to cover the roses. Press gently on the rose petals to submerge them.
  3. Turn stove to medium heat and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and let simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the petals have fully lost their colour.
  4. Place the strainer over a large bowl and pour rose water into the strainer. Cover rose water and let cool.
  5. To assemble face mists, add 1 oz rose water for every 3 oz water to spray bottle. Add 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil and screw on lid. Shake to distribute to the oil and mix the rose water.
  6. Add hand-written tag or ribbon if gifting.

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A few tips:

  • Make sure you use FRESH roses. The first two trials I did I used roses that had a few petals that were starting to die, and when I made the rose water the water turned yellow and smelled awful. Be sure to use the roses the day you buy them and ensure they are in good condition when purchasing.
  • You can use red, white or pink roses. I preferred the red roses as they created the most beautiful coloured water.
  • Ensure you only use enough water to cover the roses. Any more and you’ll dilute the rose water and compromise it! Some florists sell bags of rose petals!

What do you think?? Will you give this a try?? Let us know in the comments section below!



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  1. Heather

    November 22nd, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Hey Jillian! How long is it good for after it’s made?! Such a great idea!!

  2. Jillian Harris

    December 5th, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    About a month!! XOXO

  3. lynne

    November 22nd, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for showiing and talking about rose water. This is a must try and will be on my gift list for the ladies this year. Have a wonderful day.

  4. Shawna

    November 22nd, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I’m not a very good DIY’er but this I could do! I’m definitely going to give this a go for some Xmas gifts for a few friends and family this year. Looks simple enough. Thanks for the recipe Jillian. Wish me luck!!! ?? lol

  5. Ashley

    November 22nd, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I am totally going to try this! I always love rose water toners, but hoo-haa they can be pricey! Thanks for the tips Jill and team <3

  6. Dana

    November 22nd, 2017 at 11:31 am

    How long will it last? Do you have to store it in the fridge?

  7. Jillian Harris

    December 5th, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    It should last about one month … you don’t need to store it in the fridge but I DO love storing mine in the fridge because it feels EXTRA refreshing when it’s chilled!! XOXO

  8. Melissa

    November 22nd, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Great idea! How long does it keep? Can I make it now to gift at Christmas?

  9. Jillian Harris

    December 5th, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Yes!! It should last one month approx! xo

  10. Linda Jensen

    November 22nd, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    How long will the rose water last for before it “expires”?

  11. Jillian Harris

    December 5th, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    It should last for about one month! XOXO

  12. Celia

    November 22nd, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I will be try this today!! I have a few people to shop for this Christmas and money is tight!

    Thanks Jillian

  13. Chantelle

    November 22nd, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I would love to make these for Christmas gifts, what do you think the shelf life is?

  14. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    They should last for about a month!

  15. Amy

    November 22nd, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    This is such a great idea! Do you know how long the face mist is good for? ( not sure if they go bad…)

  16. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    They SHOULD last about one month! xoxo

  17. Katie

    November 22nd, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Do you have a Canadian link for spray bottles ? Or an ounce size so I can look for some ☺️☺️

  18. Jillian Harris

    November 22nd, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    You can find them on Amazon!! XOXO

  19. Katie

    November 23rd, 2017 at 9:51 am

    That specific link doesn’t ship to Canada ? But I’ll keep searching for some! Thank you so much!

  20. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Try and there should be some!! XOXO

  21. Lucia Martin

    November 22nd, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    The bottles are plastic or glass?

  22. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    These are plastic but you can use either, glass would be better, if you can!

  23. Alison

    November 22nd, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I’d love to give this a try! How long should the bottles last? Thank you!!

  24. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    About a month!! XOXO

  25. Laura

    November 22nd, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    You posted the best insta story today. At the end pic with Leo’s adorable jacket…I didn’t see a link for the shoes you had on….I love them! I love watching your stories and posts…but I’m loving those shoes more!!! I need them ?

  26. Carrie Bee

    November 22nd, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I’m going to make it this weekend! Would be cheaper to make it in the summer I bet (cost of the roses), but it’s xmas.

  27. Laura

    November 23rd, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Can’t wait to try this! Is there a certain time to use it up before it isn’t as potent anymore ?


  28. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I would say within one month!

  29. Evelyn

    November 23rd, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Jillian…

    Wondering if you can make these right away?
    Will they last to give as Xmas gifts if I make them now?

    Thanks Evelyn

  30. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    They SHOULD last about a month but the longer you can wait to make them, the better!! xoxo

  31. Lisa

    November 22nd, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Does the water stay fresh over time or will it rot in time or does the boiling of petals combat this?

  32. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    It should last about a month!

  33. Lisa Hasted

    November 22nd, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you! I’m going to make this!

  34. Tricia Monahan

    November 22nd, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Totally addicted to Rose Water Face Mist?
    I spray it on like a dozen times a day.
    Definately going to try this DIY.
    True Aromatherapy Products T.A.P in Fort Langley makes a Lovely Rose Mist.
    Olivine Love & Roses is AMAZING too!!

  35. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks Tricia!!!! XOXOXOXO

  36. Tara

    November 23rd, 2017 at 4:15 am

    I needed something else to make for the women in my life for Christmas. Totally going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing

  37. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Awww you’re welcome, Tara!!

  38. Marian

    November 23rd, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Maybe I could do this. Once I watched a video on YouTube, and the girl used an Italian coffee maker to make rose water.
    Thanks for this recipe. Greetings from Spain.

  39. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Oh really??? That’s so awesome!! XOXO

  40. Ruth

    November 23rd, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I love rose water! Can’t wait to make some and try it out, and make some for gifts. Thank you for the great post.

  41. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    YAY!!! Happy to hear that, Ruth!! XOXO

  42. Evelyn

    November 23rd, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Can this be made now?? Just want to make things ahead
    Or should I wait closer to Christmas??

  43. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    They should last about a month but the longer you wait to make them, the better for sure! xo

  44. Kaitlyn

    November 23rd, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Such a great idea. I’m usually not very good at the DIY but this looks somewhat easy. Thanks for sharing Jillian. Perfect for the holidays!

  45. Rachel

    November 24th, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Great idea! But important note- use organic roses if you can find them!! Normal roses are COVERED in pesticides, preservatives, and all kinds of nasty stuff that you probably don’t want on your skin. Seriously- I’ve visited a few rose ‘factories’ and they dip each rose in several different vats of chemicals! Yuk! Just something to keep in mind 🙂

  46. Rachelle

    November 25th, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Loved making this tonight! Made it for all the staff at my work <3 thanks for the recipe and idea!

  47. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Awww yay!!! That’s so awesome!! XOXO

  48. Heidi

    November 25th, 2017 at 4:33 am

    It sounds so easy! I haven’t found the perfect face mist yet, so I might give this a go next month. I’m so sensitive to scents, so hopefully, this would be good!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

  49. Jillian Harris

    November 26th, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Let us know what you think!!! XOXO

  50. Amber

    December 7th, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Thanks Jillian!!
    Love this idea for Christmas gifts! Plan to try it out today.
    Please keep posting these DIY ideas ?

  51. Jillian Harris

    December 7th, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Soooo glad to hear you love it!!! XOXO

  52. Miranda Nellie

    December 8th, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    JUST finished making this! Instagram storied during the DYI (so many friends interested)… what a fun and quick little project! I found small glass spray bottles off of Amazon. Perfect for a unique Christmas gift for the ladies in your life. Thanks, Jill!!

  53. Jillian Harris

    December 8th, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    AMAZING!!!!! Don’t you just love it?!?!

  54. Jamie

    December 11th, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for this recipe, Jillian! Made these last night and they turned out amazing. I found the perfect bottles at the dollar store (travel pack empty containers). You are so right about ensuring the roses are fresh – it makes a huge difference.

  55. Meagn

    December 12th, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Making this tonight- my tiny bottles finally arrived from Amazon! I bought distilled water but then re-read the directions to see it calls for filtered… Would the water from my Brita be better then distilled?

  56. Meg

    December 22nd, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Hey! So I JUST made this Rosewater.. and it does NOT smell …”rosey” LOL! I used fresh roses I bought this evening from Whole Foods, the color is gorgeous but the smell I just dont know !! Maybe it will improve after it cools??? + the Lavender oil? I try to be DIY but something ALWAYS goes wrong LOLL.
    Any tips would be fabbbbb

  57. Jillian Harris

    December 23rd, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Hi Meg!! You might have to add more essential oils?? xo

  58. Sandy Alguire

    January 25th, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I am going to make this for my girls this valentine’s day 🙂

  59. Kiran P

    March 7th, 2018 at 9:44 am

    What size bottles did you use?

  60. V

    September 26th, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Jilly, I’m excited to make this for my family and friends! I also thought about adding some aloe vera or whitch hazel for my friends with troubled skin. What do you think?

  61. Yayang Zainal

    November 29th, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    How long this face mist can use? Have a expired? And how to keep It long lasting? Can you share with me

  62. Luz

    December 9th, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for something that will naturally moisturize my face. Specially in winter. I’m definitely going to try this.

  63. Charmaine

    June 26th, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    LOVE. This!!
    How do we store the rose water? Does it need to be stored in a fridge or is it ok to leave in handbags? X

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