18 Amazing Ways Rosewater Can Change Your Beauty Routine

At the first sign of the sun each year, we get totally amped to surround ourselves with all floral everything. And, while sunflowers and daisies are great, it's all about the rose for beauty purposes. The strong-smelling bloom is perfect in a perfume or body lotion, but a simple bottle of rosewater can do so much more.
“Rosewater is a great gentle, natural ingredient with many skin-enhancing benefits,” says Maria Barry, a medical aesthetician at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City. “It can help hydrate, refresh, soothe, and cleanse your skin.”
The most fabulous of multitaskers? Absolutely. But, perhaps best of all, the stuff is affordable; this writer recently picked up a four-ounce bottle for less than $10. Just check out the ingredients list before picking one for yourself: Excessive additives might mean you’re getting a lower quality, less versatile batch. Once you've made your pick, get ready for it to revolutionize your beauty routine.
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Click ahead to see our favorite ways to use it.
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This rose-infused hand cream doesn't just smell incredible, it's loaded with rose butter and rosehip oil to hydrate rough hands.

By Terry Baume De Rose Hand Cream, $50, available at Barneys New York.
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We had no idea just how great rose was for hair until we tried Christophe Robin's rose-infused conditioner. Hair types that suffer from tons of tangles or a sensitive scalp will crave the kind of gentle volume this stuff delivers — unlike many volumizing formulas that can leave hair feeling incredibly dry.

Christophe Robin Volumizing Conditioner With Rose Extracts, $43, available at Sephora.
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Not only does Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser smell amazing, but the rosewater-rich formula removes makeup and hydrates skin.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, $18, available at Glossier.
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This gentle body wash is packed full of aloe vera juice, calendula extract, botanical cleansers, and, of course rosewater.

Jason Natural Rosewater Body Wash, $9.45, available at Thrive Market.
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Irritated, reddened, or sensitive skin will adore this floral toner. With a gentle amount of witch hazel, cornflower, and rose, this is the ideal start to your daily routine. You'll quickly notice a brighter complexion and softer skin in no time.

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion, $103, available at Sisley.
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Gentle enough for all skin types, this cleansing gel is formulated with the pure essence of rose petals and makes your routine feel decadent without breaking the bank.

Roberts Florentine Rose Water Cleansing Gel, $16, available at Anthropologie.
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Your coworkers will think you're the coolest one in the office if you keep this chic hydrating mist on your desk. And your skin will love you, too, thanks to the rose essence and coconut water you'll be feeding it with.

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist, $32, available at Sephora.
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There’s a new cleansing agent in town, and it goes by the name rose. It’s incredibly effective at whisking away even the harshest of waterproof eye makeup, yet gentle enough that it’ll never irritate the skin or burn the eyes. Plus, any lingering rosewater will keep the skin soft and hydrated.

We love this cleansing milk from Nuxe that's formulated with rose petals to keep skin hydrated even after you rinse.

Nuxe Cleansing Milk with Rose Petals, $20, available at Nuxe.
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Rosewater has similar calming effects on the mind as it does on skin. “It has many of the same benefits as witch hazel, clary sage, or neroli, easing anxiety, encouraging self-love and release from past pain, and even a little aphrodisiac twist,” says Sarah Villafranco, founder of Osmia Organics. One of the easiest ways to revel in the scent? Add a cup or two to a bath, and make sure to breathe deeply. You’ll feel instantly at ease and, again, you’ll smell delicious for hours.

Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap, $15, available at Osmia Organics.
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"I most commonly recommend products with rosewater or rosehip oil for acne- and rosacea-prone patients, because it reduces bacteria on skin, decreases inflammation, and simultaneously hydrates and soothes the skin,” says Jessica Weiser, MD, a dermatologist at New York Dermatology Group in New York City.

After cleansing, simply dampen a cotton pad with a few drops of the stuff and apply to the face. You’ll notice any redness go down almost instantly, and your nose will be happy, too.

Burt's Bees Rosewater Toner, $11, available at Burt's Bees.
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We can’t state it enough: Rosewater is a winner at banishing redness and discoloration. Don’t freak if you wake up with puffy bags or dark circles. Simply soak a few cotton pads in the magic juice and apply around your eyes for five minutes. Not only does it feel absolutely amazing, but you’ll look like you somehow managed to get a full eight hours.

Don't have any pure rosewater on hand? This gel and cream hybrid packs on the moisture and keeps the under-eye area plump and wide-awake.

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, $41, available at Sephora.
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Who doesn’t hate looking in the mirror post-lunch, only to find that the day’s makeup looks dull and cake-y? Try this facial spray formulated with soothing aloe and sweet rosewater. Spritz on the face whenever the dreaded moment strikes. Your makeup will be revived, and you’ll even see a lovely new glow, too.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, $35, available at Sephora.
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Another classic rosewater spray to serve numerous purposes, this chic bottle has a bonus hit of sweet orange peel oil for a deeply refreshing scent.

Beautycounter Nourishing Rosewater Mist, $35, available at Beautycounter.
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Set your makeup with this rosewater mist in the morning, or spritz it on before bed for some hydration and relaxation.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $7, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Got dry, dull tresses? Start incorporating a nourishing treatment mask made with Rosa Damascena Flower Oil to ensure softer strands and a healthier scalp after just the first rinse.

Want to DIY? Bring a cup of rosewater into the shower with you and, after shampooing, use it as a final hair rinse. It’ll condition your strands like no other, as well as add a shine that you didn’t know was possible. Another option: “Add rosewater to your shampoo to get soft and refreshed hair,” advises Barry. Be prepared, though: the gorgeous scent will last for hours after, prompting strangers to compliment you all day long. It’s a hard life, eh?

Aesop Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque, $35, available at Aesop.
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Rosewater has similar calming effects on the mind as it does on skin. “It has many of the same benefits as witch hazel, clary sage, or neroli, easing anxiety, encouraging self-love and release from past pain, and even a little aphrodisiac twist,” says Sarah Villafranco, founder of Osmia Organics.

One of the easiest ways to revel in the scent? Add a cup or two to a bath, and make sure to breathe deeply. You’ll feel instantly at ease and, again, you’ll smell delicious for hours. Try this bath oil from Jo Malone that flaunts a robust rose aroma you won't want to wash away.

Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil, $65, available at Jo Malone.
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“Rosewater’s benefits stem from natural anti-inflammatory properties, which make it ideal for topical application to calm red, irritated skin conditions,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology in New York City.

If you’re the type that’s riddled with painful irritation after even the most careful of shave sessions, you’ve got to get your hands on some rose calming lotion, stat. Apply it to skin after stepping out of the shower, and you’ll feel instant relief. Bonus: Hours later, you’ll still be soft and silky.

Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Créme Body Lotion, $9.99, available at Shea Moisture.
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Intricate perfumes aren’t for everyone, and rosewater is the perfect scent for a fragrance minimalist. Dab on the neck and wrists, and enjoy as peoples’ noses perk up when you step into a room — and not in that, “Whoa, what’s that heavy smell?” kind of way.

If you want something with a bit more scent to it, this floral fragrance is so refreshing that people will have to turn their head when you pass by. It quite literally smells like a flower market of roses.

Maison Margiela Replica Flower Market, $125, available at Sephora.
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