Natural Health and saw they had a recipe for Rose Toner. I've made it before, but it's been a while, so I was really excited to be reminded of it again and it just so happens to be that our climbing roses are abounding with gorgeous bright magenta clusters right now. Perfect timing!
So, the Rosewater. Pick about 2 cups of petals and give them a quick rinse off. Put them in a pot with 2 1/4 cups water (I use distilled, but regular filtered water would work as well). You want the petals to be just covered by the water line. Turn on the heat, but when the water starts to boil, move the pot off the burner and let cool for about an hour. I like to stir every few minutes or so.
Here's what it'll look like:
To use, moisten a cotton ball with the rosewater and sweep over a clean face. You could even pour some of the sweet smelling, pretty concoction in your bathwater. The recipe will make about two cups, so shoot, do both! Or share some with a neighbor. :)
Variation: Add a splash of witch hazel in if you have oily skin.You can also throw a few fresh rose petals in with the rosewater for an even prettier presentation.
Now go get to picking some petals! :)