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This is another homemade natural product that surprised me by its simplicity: a homemade natural facial toner, that cleanses and hydrates your face at same time, leaving you refreshed and moisturized. This facial toner is nothing but a rose water made by infusing rose petals into water.

Rose Water

People have used rose water for generations as a natural and gentle facial toner. Probably long before we had commercially produced rose water, the average person would have used this infusion method to make soothing and cleansing skin toners. It’s just so simple! You apply it with a cotton pad and it helps to cleanse and tighten the skin and to reduce redness and inflammation.

It’s also very sensitive and can be used on most skin types making it a great addition to creams and lotions. It’s very good for mature skins, making it my favorite facial toner.

Making a Facial Toner With Rose Petals Infusion

True rose water and most generically hydrolats are made by distillation so this recipe is technically an infusion. However, an infusion of rose petals can provide just as much skin-loving therapy as some of the more expensive products.

Rose absolute and rose hydrosol are beautiful skin therapeutic extracts but they can also be pricey. This recipe will give you a sweetly scented natural skin toner that you can make yourself for practically nothing. All you need is rose petals and distilled water.

I also use a relatively strong natural preservative as this product is mostly water: Euxyl k940. It is sold by Plena Natura and it keeps this product from gaining microbes, germs and fungus, which is the last thing we want to put in our skin. Still, I take extra care with it, keeping the toner in the fridge (away from light and temperature exposure) and only giving it a shelf life of 3 months.

I’ve checked Amazon to find an equivalent preservative – Germaben II: just be aware that this “natural” preservative is actually synthetic, according to this source. Personally, I prefer an effective preservative to a natural one: this product is already mostly natural with no other chemicals; it’s better to have microbe and fungus-safe products than an all-natural unsafe one…

This recipe was taken from the Lovely Greens website, where I usually go to find inspiration for my recipes, information about natural ingredients (herbs, natural colorants) or simply try the ones listed and see how good are they. Click here if you wish to see the original recipe.

If you wish to skip the usage of a preservative, use it only for 1 week, and always keep it in the fridge.

Homemade Natural Facial Toner with Rose Petals

Sofia Matias
How to make a homemade natural facial toner using fresh rose petals. Use directly on your skin as a natural toner or blend it with oils to create creams and lotions.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 1 Jar
Cost $0
Cosmetic Facial Toner
Method Infusion


  • Pan
  • Strainer
  • Sterilized Jar


  • 3 cups fresh rose petals
  • Distilled water
  • 1 % Euxyl K940 or a natural preservative
  • 10 drops essential oil rose geranium (optional)



  • Gather fresh rose petals from your rose plant
  • Let the rose petals rest for 30 minutes to allow insects to leave
  • Put the rose petals into a pan
  • Fill the pan with distilled water until the petals are covered
  • Heat the pan on low heat, keep the water from simmering
  • Turn off the heat once the petals are discolored, should take around 20 – 30 minutes
  • Measure the rose water and add your preservative according to instructions. I use Euxyl K940, and usually add 2g of it to around 200 ml
  • Add the essential oil and mix well, or give it a good shake
  • Place it in the fridge. It has a shelf life of 3 months, but discard it if it starts to smell bad before that.
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