Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash Recipes

Updated on November 19, 2019
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Suzanne is a qualified beautician with experience as a freelance makeup artist.

Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash.
Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash. | Source

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 skincare 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.

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, in skincare 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.

rose petals and water is rosewater; it's that simple.
rose petals and water is rosewater; it's that simple. | Source

Rosewater Benefits

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Anti-bacterial Properties
  • Antiseptic Properties
  • Mild Astringent
  • Soothing & Calming
  • Cleansing
  • Skin Balancing
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Diminishes Open Pores
  • Reduces Pimples
  • Acne
  • Anti-Aging Properties

You cannot beat the citrus fresh fragrance of lemons.
You cannot beat the citrus fresh fragrance of lemons. | Source

Lemon Benefits

  • Suitable for most skin types (sensitive skin and dehydrated skin need to use with caution)
  • Diminishes Scarring
  • Lightens Age Spot
  • Skin Brightener
  • Acne
  • Pimples
  • Blackheads
  • 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 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.

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.


  • 1 part Rosewater (bought or homemade)
  • 1 part Lemon Juice

You Will Need:

  • Bowl
  • Sterile glass bottle or plastic bottle
  • 4-5 cotton wool Balls or hospital cotton wool (cut into squares)

How to Make:

  1. Measure equal quantities of rosewater and lemon juice and add to a bowl. 1/4 cup of each is what I used.
  2. Mix together; your face wash is ready!

How easy is that?

To Apply:

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

if you have roses growing why not pick some rose petals just before they are fully bloomed and use in homemade rosewater? you could even frost a few with sugar for decoration or as a sugar fix of sweetness?
if you have roses growing why not pick some rose petals just before they are fully bloomed and use in homemade rosewater? you could even frost a few with sugar for decoration or as a sugar fix of sweetness? | Source

Quick Homemade Rosewater Recipe

If you have gorgeous roses growing, us the rose petals for your own floral water or rosewater is very easy to make. This quick method will result in a 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 Bowl
  • Sieve
  • Glass or Plastic Bottle (sterile)

How to Make:

  • 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!

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More Rosewater Recipe Ideas

Rosewater & Glycerine Cleanser: For Mature, Dry or Sensitive Skin

  1. In a small mixing bowl add 2 tablespoons of glycerine to a 1/4 cup of rosewater.
  2. Add 2 drops of rose essential oil and combine well together.

This is a gentle and soothing skin cleanser that aids in diminishing fine lines on the face.

Rosewater and Sandalwood Face Mask: For Acne-Prone Skin

  1. 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.
  2. Apply and leave for 10 minutes.
  3. 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 and Milk Face Mask: For Sensitive Skin

  1. 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.
  2. 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 and Almonds: For Dry Skin

  1. 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.
  2. Mix well together to a paste and apply to the face.
  3. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and remove with tepid water.

Nourishing, moisturizing and re-hydrating for the skin.

Rosewater and Olive Oil Eye Makeup Remover

  1. 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!

Lemon Juicer

makes short work of juicing lemons and other citrus fruits.
makes short work of juicing lemons and other citrus fruits. | Source

More Lemon Recipe Ideas

Lemon, Sugar and Egg White Face Exfoliant

  1. Mix together 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 egg white and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
  2. 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 and Salt Body Scrub

  1. Add 1 cup of kosher salt to a sterile glass container.
  2. Add the zest of one fresh lemon and 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme leaves.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup of organic almond oil over the top and secure a tight-fitting lid.
  4. Give a shake and leave until needed.
  5. Give a stir to mix the ingredients before using.
  6. Store your body scrub for up to 6 months at room temperature.

Lemon and Mint Face Toner

  1. Steep a peppermint tea bag in a cup of boiling water for 3 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bag and allow cool down.
  3. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and ½ cup of witch hazel to the tea and mix together.
  4. Store in a glass jar or spray bottle and use it as a freshening skin toner for combination skin or oily skin.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

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      Rovisa massa 

      3 months ago

      Rosewater and lemon does wonders in face I used it before reading but very nice big up

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      12 months ago

      I loved it a lot

      I am gonna try this face mask for sure

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      2 years ago

      Hii can i use rose water with lemon juice as a moisturizer for body and can u tel me glycerine is too sticky to use so what can be its substitute.

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      Sabahat Ahmad 

      2 years ago

      Love this! Could I mix lemon and rose water together and put into a spray bottle? Would it have the same effect

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      4 years ago

      loved it

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vishakha,

      Many thanks for your welcome visit and comment, much appreciated, glad you enjoyed!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi azrestoexp,

      Great to see you and your comments are so appreciated! Thank you for the positive energy you bring, it is wonderful to receive and cheers for the votes!

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      Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC 

      7 years ago

      You have the best hubs. I just love EVERYTHING about them. Keep it going Suzie, THANKS!!! Voted up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Audrey,

      Many thanks as always, it is lovely to hear your thumbs up, much appreciated!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Suzie you took an interesting hub and made it beautiful!! Thank you!!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Hope all is good with you! So good to hear you enjoyed this. I love rosewater too but find as a skin toner witch hazel works better for my skin, certainly in the summer. I love using rosewater and witch hazel mixed together to get the best of both! In my latest hub by the way, I have mentioned you as my inspiration for adding patchouli in the recipe as it is true!!! Hope that is OK!! It is the lavender and patchouli body wash. Many thanks for votes and pinning my friend, you rock!!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Another great hub from your beauty series. I like rosewater. It´s very refreshing. Thanks for sharing Suzie. Voted up and pinned.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Riviera Rose,

      Many thanks for visiting. Rosewater is a great skin toner on it's own or use it with other ingredients in face treatments or even in the bath. Hope you enjoy using it more now!! Thanks for your votes so much!!

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      Riviera Rose 

      7 years ago from South of France

      What a lovely hub - I always have rosewater in the kitchen but it's one of those things you don't use that often, so I'd love to follow your recipe and give my skin a treat at the same time - thanks! Voted up and beautiful.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

      Great knowing you enjoyed this, rosewater and lemon I love too. Appreciate your support as always and for votes, pins and shares!!

      I was looking to email you but could not locate a link to mail you. Could you mail me so that i can mail you back? Many thanks!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      Sounds refreshing and love that it helps close up pores. Another great one in your series. Thanks. Pinned, up and shared!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jamie,

      Many thanks for taking a visit here! Lemons are super useful for so much, a must have ingredient according to Jamie Oliver and as far as the home and beauty products goes too!! I love citrus fruit for skincare and delighted you picked up some tips! Bt the way I went over to read your fab DIY contact case hub and it is not showing, just the recent pics section. I will be keeping an eye out as it looks LIPILICIOUS and will be linking it in to my lip gloss hubs and others as I do them!!!

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I'm loving these lemon and rose water beauty recipes. I'm going to have to start buying lemons every week..I love lemons! I knew they were good for cleaning around the house but had no idea they were used in beauty recipes. I always learn something new from your hubs. Thank you for sharing :)

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi debbie,

      Delighted you enjoyed and will hopefully try a few out!!

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      Debbie Pinkston 

      7 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thank you Irish! I love these suggestions!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Seafarer Mama,

      Many thanks for visiting this and how timely when you have the ingredients at hand! Glad you enjoyed this refreshing face wash recipe and have fun giving it a go. Great to see you have had a visit here to Dublin and shopping on our famous Grafton St. Appreciate all your lovely comments!

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      Karen A Szklany 

      7 years ago from New England

      Wow, Suzie...I'm in heaven just reading this hub. :0) Have rosewater and lemons in the house right now...and a ball jar to keep the splash in. I think I'll make it this afternoon. :0)

      So many lovely recipes there. Wish the "bookmark" function was still in operation here at HP.

      When I was in Ireland, I saw some snow when my mother and I were shopping on Grafton St. :0) So pretty. Inspired us to stop somewhere for tea that afternoon.

      Hope 2013 has been good to you so far! :0)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      So glad you enjoyed and rosewater sparked those memories. My mum too was an avid fan of it and I can still smell the light scent of rose from those wonderful times. Lemon water is great even a glass a day so good on you!

      Thanks so much for the up vote, have a great weekend!!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I remember how much my mother's era loved using Rosewater. They were so wise! I love your suggestions. I do use lemon water and it has made a difference. Voted up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi faythef,

      Lovely to have you visit this and I am so glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to roses blooming too which is hard to see right now with the wet, windy dark days at present!! Appreciate you bookmarking!

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      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      I am going to try it soon as the roses are in bloom..bookmarked this page...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi faythef,

      Many thanks for taking the time to read and glad your a roses fan! Hope you try this out sometime, appreciate your votes and support! :-)

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      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Great hub..I love roses as well as rose up and across

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for dropping by! Hoping you too have a good one!! Been a mad week got a bit of snow here, . . .excitement!! LOL Hope you enjoyed this little jaunt down rosewater lemon lane. See you soon my friend!! Appreciate your support :-)

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Irish, I just dropped by to wish you a very happy weekend. I hope all is well with you. Thanks for being who you are!



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