Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash Recipe
Sweet & Sour Skin Care
Rosewater and Lemon are two giants in the world of natural products. Making a face wash or even a skin tonic with these two ingredients combines their skin benefits perfectly.
The unmistakable fragrance of Rosewater is one that brings me back to childhood days.
It was the skin toner of choice my mum would use daily as I watched her go through her daily skin care routine meticulously.
She would buy the rosewater in the pharmacy that was so much cheaper than the big branded face tonics like Clinique and Elizabeth Arden that she would use.
Fresh lemons are a staple to have at home and one that I hate to be without.
There are literally hundreds of ways they are used in cookery, around the home and of course natural skin care products.
I have used them in natural room fragrances, potpourri and even a citrus lip gloss.
The fact that a mere rose petal and a squeeze of a juicy lemon has benefits to the skin, shows just how simple it is to turn to the wonderful world of nature for your DIY beauty products
- Suitable for all skin types
- Anti-bacterial Properties
- Antiseptic Properties
- Mild Astringent
- Soothing & Calming
- Skin Balancing
- Diminishes Open Pores
- Reduces Pimples
- Anti-Aging Properties
- Suitable for most Skin Types (sensitive skin and dehydrated skin need to use with caution)
- Diminishes Scarring
- Lightens Age Spot
- Skin Brightener
- Anti-Bacterial Properties
- Skin Exfoliator
- Melasma (hyper pigmentation during pregnancy)
Word of Caution ~
Before applying all over the face, always do a patch test of a small amount on the inside of the elbow. This is important for ALL homemade beauty products particularly when you have a sensitive skin. The citric acid in the lemon has astringent qualities and can be abrasive so if in doubt do not use. Anyone with allergies or suspected allergies should not use the ingredients without consulting their doctor for medical advice.
A Rose by Any Other Name
Have you used rosewater before?
Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash Recipe
Using organic ingredients is highly recommended whenever possible. Prices do tend to be higher however but the fact that they are free of harmful pesticides, chemicals, synthetic ingredients , fillers and toxins is worth paying a bit extra for.
You could always make your own rosewater (instructions on how to make rosewater below) and grow your own lemons if lucky enough to have the climatic conditions.
Equal quantities of
Rosewater (bought or homemade)
You Will Need:
Sterile Glass Bottle or Plastic Bottle
4-5 Cotton Wool Balls or Hospital Cotton Wool (cut into squares)
- Measure equal quantities of rosewater and lemon juice and add to bowl. ¼ cup of each is what I used.
- Mix together; your face wash is ready!
- How easy is that?
There are a couple of ways to use this.
- Whilst it is a face wash, it is not ideal as a makeup remover so remove makeup with your regular cleanser or why not try a homemade apple cleanser or use Olive Oil for stubborn eye makeup remover.
- Slightly dampen your cotton wool balls or squares in water and squeeze excess water out in-between the palms of the hands. This cuts down the rough texture of the cotton wool and prevents dragging the skin.
- Dampen the skin with tepid water to open the pores.
- Pour a small amount of face wash onto the cotton wool and wipe all over the face starting at the base of the neck and working upwards.
- If you wish to apply more face wash, use a new piece of cotton wool.
- This face wash is soothing, rejuvenating and refreshing whilst taking away the last traces of makeup or cleanser.
- Alternately you can apply the face wash liberally and leave for 15 minutes to dry in.
- Splash with tepid water to remove face wash and finish with a splash of cold water to close the pores.
- Apply your regular moisturizer.
It is great at diminishing large open pores when used daily.
Although this is a face wash, it may be used as a skin toner daily or use the rosewater alone as a toner after cleansing if you find the lemon juice too astringent
Fresh Rose petals
Quick Homemade Rosewater Recipe
If you have gorgeous roses growing, using the rose petals for your own floral water or rosewater is very easy to make.
This quick method will result in light, mildly scented rosewater you can use in the bath, as a face toner or face wash.
You may also use it in homemade skin lotions and potions! With any excess rose petals why not make sugar frosted rose petals that are totally edible, taste wonderful and look fabulous!
This recipe will make 10 oz approximately.
1 cup of firmly packed rose petals (washed and lightly dried with kitchen roll)
2 cups boiling water
You Will Need:
Glass or Plastic Bottle (sterile)
- Add the rose petals into the bowl.
- Pour over the boiling water carefully.
- Allow petals to steep while cooling down.
- Leave to cool down until completely cold. Strain the petals out of your liquid squeezing the petals through the sieve.
- Pour the liquid into your bottle and now you have homemade rosewater!
Cupcakes Work With Rosewater
More Rosewater Recipe Ideas
Rosewater & Glycerine Cleanser – (mature, dry or sensitive skin)
In a small mixing bowl add 2 tablespoons of glycerine to a ¼ cup of rosewater. Add 2 drops of rose essential oil and combine well together. This is a gentle and soothing skin cleanser which aids in diminishing fine lines on the face.
Rosewater & Sandalwood Face Mask – (acne skin)
Add 1 tablespoon of Sandalwood powder to 1 tablespoon of rosewater and mix together to form a thick paste. It needs to be able to be spread over the face but not too runny in consistency, so judge yourself and play with adding a little more rosewater or sandalwood powder as needed. Apply and leave for 10 minutes. Remove with tepid water. This mask is great for any oily skin, pimples or acne and only needs to be applied weekly.
Rosewater, Honey, Oatmeal & Milk Face Mask – (sensitive skin)
Mix 2 tablespoons of each ingredient together in a bowl to a paste. You need a consistency that you will be able to apply and leave on without it dripping or being too runny. Adjust measures to suit if needed. Allow to dry, about 10-20 minutes, and remove with tepid water. This mask is packed full of skin benefits and an excellent one to try for all skins.
Rosewater & Almonds – (dry skin)
Mix 2 tablespoons of ground almonds and rosewater together in a bowl, if you wish you may also add a tablespoon of wonderful moisturizing honey. Mix well together to a paste and apply to the face. Leave for 10-15 minutes and remove with tepid water. Nourishing, moisturizing and re-hydrating for the skin.
Rosewater & Olive Oil Eye Makeup Remover –
Mix a teaspoon of each ingredient together and apply with cotton wool or Q-tip for eyeliner or mascara. You will never turn to store bought remover again!
More Lemon Recipe Ideas ~
Lemon, Sugar & Egg White Face Exfoliant –
Mix together 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 egg white and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to a slightly damp cleansed skin and massage using small circular movements, avoiding the eye area. This natural face scrub will remove all dead skin cells that lead to blocked pores. Remove with tepid water.
Lemon, Thyme, Almond & Salt Body Scrub –
Add 1 cup of kosher salt to a sterile glass container. Add the zest of one fresh lemon and 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme leaves. Pour ½ cup of organic almond oil over the top and secure tight fitting lid. Give a shake and leave until needed. Give a stir to mix the ingredients before using. Store your body scrub for up to 6 months at room temperature.
Lemon & Mint Face Toner –
Steep a peppermint teabag in a cup of boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove teabag and allow cool down. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and ½ cup of witch hazel to the tea and mix together. Store in a glass jar or spray bottle and use as a freshening skin toner for combination skin or oily skin.
© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway