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17 Oct '18

The Return of Summer + DIY Rose Water Tonic

Posted by CATHYA LOPEZ in Casa De Gitanas, Life+Style, Mi Vida Gitana, Rose, Summer

Solstice occurred on Monday, June 21st and on this day we officially welcome the return of Summer! During the summertime the days get longer and we spend more time outdoors in the heat produced by the sun and sometimes our skin feels the effects of the sun. Not only does our body sweat more (yuck), we also are prone to get sunburns and/or dull, dry skin! Rose water is an awesome addition to your Summer tote bag! Not only does it help treat blahh skin, it also helps soothe sunburns, and a couple spritz of rose tonic can totally help you feel refreshed & revived on a hot summer day. 

Learn how to make Cleopatra's Top Beauty Secret - an All Natural Rose Water Tonic. A toner made with rosewater is excellent for treating acne and wrinkles. Apply to freshly washed skin with a cotton ball, or spray on lightly avoiding your eyes. Also, you can wash your face with rosewater to reduce skin irritation caused by acne, pimples, redness and breakouts.

Did you know that rose water has traditionally been used since 3000 BC especially in Ancient Egypt & Persia?!

What is Rosewater?

Rosewater is made by distilling pure, fresh rose petals AND it contains over 300 different chemical compounds. It is not only antibacterial, soothing & healing - it also contains many antioxidants and is rich in essential vitamins. Found in many skin care products, all natural rosewater soothes and improves the condition of  dry, dull and aging skin on top of purifying and cleansing the skin. You can also use rose water on your hair to increase blood flow to the scalp and help nourish & strengthen your hair follicles. 

DIY - Rose Water Tonic 

Ingredients: All natural petals from your favorite roses, large pot filled with water from your sink 

Directions: 

  • First you gather your favorite rose petals & you rinse the petals with water
  • Pour the rose petals inside your pot along with 2-3 cups of water and put the temperature at low
  • Cover the pot with a lid and allow the water to boil, and the petals to steep for about 30 minutes until the rose petals lose their color
  • Once the petals are colorless and almost clear let the pot cool down and strain the petals out
  • Place the rose water in a large container/bottle and store in the refrigerator for a couple hours
  • Once your rose water has been refrigerated you can transfer it to a glass spritzer bottle and carry it with you for when you need a little skin pick me up or refresher

Extra/Extra: Other Uses for Rose Water 

  • Eye Makeup Remover: Combine equal parts of rosewater (about 1 ounce) with jojoba oil (1 ounce) in a container and shake well before using
  • Treating Sunburn or Insect bites: Simply spray it over the affected areas and relax while the rosewater works its magic 
  • All Natural perfume: Simply add jasmine oil to rosewater and spray away to get rid of body odor