What is rose water?
Rose water is considered by many to be the world’s oldest beauty secret. This distilled liquid has been used throughout the centuries as a natural and effective antiseptic. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties has made rose water a popular medicine with which to treat skin conditions like acne and eczema. The hydrating and soothing powers of rose water, meanwhile, is what has made this floral remedy the most popular of all natural skin care remedies. Rose water balances and restores oily skin, while revitalizing tired or dry skin.
Its significance to ancient aromatherapy and homeopathy can not be understated. The benefits of rose water have been enjoyed by iconic figures from Cleopatra to Michelangelo. Trust in this natural remedy has only strengthened in time as studies have come to demonstrate its medicinal, beautifying and calming effect. Today, Hollywood’s top stylists swear by rose water as an essential staple of their daily skin care regimen.
In its purest form, rose water is created through steam distilling rose petals. It’s a beautiful, rose-coloured and wonderfully scented liquid that is a by-product from the distillation process for making rose oil.
What is a rose water body spray?
Imbue proudly supplies the highest and purest grade of authentic 100% pure & natural Lebanese Rose Water (Rose Hydrosol), carefully blended by hand with hints of the finest essential oils. All our rose water body sprays are completely natural, packed with Vitamin E and made only with roses from sustainable farming.
Each revitalizing variant follows a theme to fit any mood or occasion, from the seductive notes of patchouli and cardamom in Imbue Lust to the fresh and invigorating scent of Imbue Muse. If you prefer to keep things simple, you can treat yourself to Imbue Pure - nothing more than 100% Lebanese rose water.
Imbue Goods sprays can be spritzed over the body and face for a quick pick-me-up, or can be misted over clothes for a subtle but irresistible scent. Each body mist comes in a stylish travel-sized spray bottle, meaning you can quickly freshen up and revive your skin anywhere and anytime.
What are the top ten benefits of rose water?
Rose water is known for its lengthy list of health benefits - most of which relate to skin care. In alleviating irritated or inflamed skin, rose water has shown to be effective in helping ease skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis and eczema. Packed with the powerful antioxidant known as Vitamin E, rose water is also a natural wrinkle-fighter. By replenishing skin cells and protecting the skin against sunlight and free radicals, rose water keeps the skin looking youthful and glowing.
There have even been studies to show that the Vitamin E in rose water helps maintain skin elasticity while preventing skin discolouration such as age spots. Dabbing some cool rose water under your eyes will also help reduce puffiness - an especially welcomed benefit on rough mornings!
Unbelievably, that’s not all rose water has to offer the skin. This floral liquid is a natural astringent and pH-balancer, making it an excellent cleanser for removing clogged oil and dirt in pores. Coupled with its antibacterial properties that helps ward off infections - rose water is the perfect substance with which to keep your skin clean and fresh. Dry skin is especially receptive to rose water’s healing effects. As a natural moisturizer, rose water will help hydrate and nourish dry skin to help it stay smooth and soft.
All of these amazing rose water benefits have made it the most ancient and trusted skin care ingredient of all - but that’s not where the amazing effects end. Did you know that conditioning with rose water can help soften your hair while stimulating its growth? Pouring even just small amounts of rose water over your hair after each shampooing has shown to promote silky and strong hair texture.
Drinking rose water, meanwhile, is believed to hold equally wonderful health benefits. The liquid’s wealth of nutrients help relieve bloatedness, indigestion and constipation. Many believe that rose water has purifying properties that aide in a detox.
Finally, the scent of rose has been scientifically shown to alleviate stress by reducing blood pressure. Several studies have indicated that exposure to a rose’s aroma induces relaxation - hence why spa masseuses and aromatherapists favor the fragrant flower as an effective mood-enhancer.
What do the experts say about rose water?
Dr. Tabasum Mir, a skin care physician in cosmetic dermatology, explains why rose water is such an important product for people with sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea;
“It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, has antioxidants and it hydrates. It’s also good for those who are acne prone because people don’t realize that acne is caused by bacteria on the surface of your skin,” says Mir.
Spritzing rose water directly on your face provides an instantly revitalizing boost and can even help improve your mood with its relaxing scent. “It’s a great pick-me-up throughout the day and can be used to set your makeup,” Dr. Tabasum Mir adds.
Celebrity makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua also recommends using rose water on the face before the first layer of foundation. Bua is the artist behind faces such as Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway, with a signature style of fresh-faced glow and calm simplicity.
“No matter if you have dry or oily skin it is vital to moisturize to prepare the canvas! I start by spritzing Rose Water in my hand and apply lightly to the face and neck,” says Bua.
Skin care experts typically recommend only using products with 100% natural rose water when possible. Impure or artificial rose water carries a risk of skin irritation.
Elizabeth Vislocky is an acclaimed esthetician who hopes to popularise the use of rose water too. “Rosewater’s unique balancing and soothing properties make it ideal for every skin type and season”, she says. “Rose water should absolutely be used on a daily basis, especially after cleansing but before moisturizing the skin...because of rosewater’s gentle nature, it can be mist directly on the skin when you need a quick pick-me-up or refreshing!”
When questioned why there has been a recent resurgence in rose water’s popularity, Vislocky explains that we are becoming more conscious and careful of the products we choose to put on our skin. “As a society we seem to be gaining a new level of understanding about what ingredients we are putting on our bodies….also, generations upon generations have used rosewater as a staple in their beauty regimes because it worked!”
How can I use rose water in my skin care regimen?
There are numerous ways you can apply rose water on your skin to maximise its benefits. Pour some rose water in your bath, or use it in your next facial wash. You can mix rose water into a facial mask or make your own exfoliating scrubs with the distilled floral water.
The most simple way of applying rose water on a daily basis, however, is by either dabbing it onto your skin with a cotton bud or spritzing it over your face and body with a spray. Using a cotton bud may waste some of the rose water, so using a rose water spray is recommended for getting the most out of your product.
With clean hands, you can work in the moisture after lightly spritzing the rose water over your face or body. While rose water facial mists and toners are the most popular means through which to get a dose of the floral goodness, rose water can of course be applied to any skin that needs hydrating and soothing.
Makeup artists recommend applying rose water to your face as a toner or primer in the morning. Rose water works as a secondary cleanser after you’ve washed your skin, so you can also spritz your body with it after stepping out of the shower. Applying the floral liquid to your skin before you go to bed is also a great way to ensure your skin stays moisturized and fresh throughout the night.
Which famous people use rose water?
Many historical figures and modern day celebrities have used rose water for health and beauty purposes. Cleopatra was known to rely heavily on rose water in her skin care so as to ensure her skin remained smooth and youthful. Michelangelo and Queen Victoria also used rose water on a regular basis throughout their life. Modern day celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Halle Berry are the most contemporary examples of icons who love rose water.
Can I drink rose water?
Yes - in fact many nutritionists recommend it! Drinking rose water helps you absorb its many vitamins and minerals which is believed to help relieve indigestion and feelings of bloatedness. It’s also a delicious drink with its refreshing and subtle flavour of rose. A glass of rose water is based served chilled, but can also be consumed as part of a smoothie or juice.
You can buy drinkable rose water online, at some health supermarkets and markets. Alternatively, employ some DIY and make your own rose water with some high quality and clean Damascus roses. Making your own rose water is just one of many ways you can get creative with roses…
Can I use rose water in cooking?
Absolutely. In fact, cooking with rose water is very common in the Middle East, where the sweet taste of rose is the defining flavor in treats like Turkish Delight and marzipan candies.
From Middle Eastern baklava to Chinese rice pudding, numerous recipes have featured rose water as a predominant ingredient for centuries. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate rose water into your own cooking, try adding a few drops of it to your salad for a refreshing kick, or substitute it for vanilla essence next time you bake a cake.
For more information on rose water and its uses and health benefits, you can visit our Rose Water FAQ page where we answer all of the top questions about rose water. Or, you can visit our History of Rose Water page to find out more about rose water and its colorful history, along with information on its medicinal properties and tips on how to get the most out of rose water.