I have always wanted to try a facial spray, but the rosewater variety has always been particularly intriguing. The idea of it seems so luxurious yet natural and home grown all at the same time. "Perfect!" I thought.
While I've come across many facial sprays--Jurlique , Fresh, Boscia, Josie Maran, the idea of paying $25-40+ for a few ounces of ...water...to spray on my face just seemed a little ridiculous. When I realized I could make my own, I couldn't wait to whip up a batch!
Now, I say this is a BOTCHED DIY because, while the video tutorial I found does a great job at explaining the necessary steps, I found the process to be a lot more involved than I had anticipated. For instance, the 30 minute time frame...more like 4 hours. So, in a sense, this DIY was a major fail for me but only because I wasn't properly prepared.
But fear not! I have the tips that you need in order to guarantee you don't screw up your rosewater DIY! If you'd like to try making your own, head over and watch the video tutorial and then come back for my tips/add-ons!
- You need a LARGE pot, not a tiny one like in the video. I think I sized up my pot about 3 times.
- You need a Large bowl
Because I didn't anticipate using such a large pot, I only bought a small bowl to sit on top the rose petals. This caused MAJOR problems. For one, the boiling water overtook the bowl and the rose water bowl capsized :( Which meant I had to start all over and dump the water back into the pot.
- Make sure you are using a level burner on the stove
I noticed that the rosewater bowl inside the pot kept making it's way over to the side of the pot and wouldn't stay in the middle. Eventually I realized this was because the burner was uneven! Also a reason why it took FOREVER for the rosewater condensation to accumulate in my bowl.
- Be prepared for the stench-- "roses really smell like boo-hoo-hoo"
- The color in your rose petals may not fade completely so carefully monitor your pot. If the water completely evaporates, you will end up with burned rose petals that smell even more boo boo.
- Lastly, you will probably end up with 2.5-4 oz of rosewater so make sure you have a spray bottle that is big enough unless you want to waste your precious petals.
So my botched DIY wasn't a complete waste of time. I still produced a bottle and a half of my very own Vday rosewater tonic. So far, it's been making my skin feel nice and refreshed. I use it right after washing my face and right before my moisturizer.
Have you ever tried a facial spray or rosewater spray? Do you think it's worth making your own? What is your all-time favorite skincare item
Happy Hump Day!
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