How to DIY an Easy Anti-aging Rose Water Cleanser and Toner

Luisa Louis
by Luisa Louis
24 Materials
35 Minutes

Bonjour everyone! In this tutorial, I share with you my anti-aging rose water cleanser DIY. Follow along and make it with me!

I’m going to be using a lot of natural herbs in this diy rose water concoction, but don’t feel overwhelmed–you can use as many or as few as you’d like! I’m going to be using fresh sage leaves, dried calendula flowers and dried rosehips.

Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these. You can substitute for other herbs if you know about their properties and they work well for your skin.

Tools and materials:

  • Fresh sage
  • Dried roses
  • Dried calendula flowers
  • Dried rose hips 
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Boiled water
  • Kettle
  • Stove
  • Mason jar
  • 1 wide popsicle stick
  • Stainless steel pot
  • Pyrex bowl
  • Small dish to elevate the bowl
  • Scissors
  • Ice
  • Pot holder
  • Small spray bottle
  • Pipette
  • Funnel
  • Spoon
  • ½ teaspoon
  • Sticker label and pen
Cutting fresh herbs

1. Cut fresh herbs

Cut about 10-15 sage leaves into small pieces and put them in the bowl. 

Adding dried flowers

2. Add dried flowers

Then, use scissors to cut a handful of dried roses, adding those to the bowl as well.

Adding dried flowers

Sprinkle a handful of dried calendula flowers into the mix, breaking them up slightly with your fingers as you add them.

Adding dried flowers

Then add in about a ¼ cup of dried rose hips to the bowl and mix all the contents.

Adding dried flowers

3. Add the dry mixture to boiling water

Place the small dish upside down in the center of your pot, put the pot on the stove and then add about 3 pints of boiling water.

Adding dry mixture to boiling water

Then dump in the herb mixture.

Adding herb mixture

Give the mixture a stir with the wide popsicle. Then turn on the stove to a low heat setting.


4. Infuse

Place the pyrex bowl in the pot, on top of the dish.


Next, cover the pot with the lid upside down. This is to allow the condensation from the mixture to collect inside the bowl.

Add a few scoops of ice on top to speed up the condensation process.


After about half an hour, your bowl should be about halfway full. Grab the bowl carefully with a pot holder and remove it.

Grabbing bowl

5. Transfer to a spray bottle

Once the rose water has cooled, transfer it into a small spray bottle with the help of a spoon and a funnel.

Transferring to spray bottle

Leave a little bit of space in the bottle.

Transferring to spray bottle

6. Add vitamin E, glycerin and essential oil

Add a few drops of vitamin E to the bottle.

Adding vitamin E, glycerin and essential oil

Then, add about a ½ teaspoon of vegetable glycerin into the bottle.

Adding vitamin E, glycerin and essential oil

Then, using a pipette, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the mixture. Finally, close the bottle and shake well to mix.

Adding vitamin E, glycerin and essential oil

7. Store the excess

Pour the rest of the plain rosewater into a mason jar and store in the fridge to use for your next batch of DIY rose water cleanser.

Pouring rose water

8. Label

Lastly, label your spray bottle with what’s inside as well as the date when you made it.


Some information about the beneficial properties from the ingredients of this DIY rose water toner:

Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce redness from irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It helps clean pores and tone the skin.

Calendula, a natural antioxidant, helps soothe irritated skin. It has antiseptic properties which is helpful for treating wounds and preventing acne. It stimulates collagen production in the skin.

Sage is also an antioxidant, so it fights bacteria and free radicals on the skin that could cause premature aging and fine lines. You can use dry sage if you don’t have it fresh. 

I use this DIY rose water 3 different ways. First, I use it for a quick refresh of the skin, especially on the days when I don’t wear makeup. Just a few sprays and my face looks more glowing and feels moisturized. 

Second, I use it to cleanse the skin. After removing makeup, just spray a bit on your face and wipe it off with a cotton ball.

Third, I like to use it daily, after a shower. After drying off, I spray a bit of my DIY rose water toner onto my face and let it air dry. This will allow it to absorb more.

Once it’s completely dry, then I apply my regular face lotion to lock in the moisture.

Skin after using DIY rose water

DIY rose water cleanser

I hope you enjoyed this DIY rose water tutorial.

Let me know in the comments below if you tried this out and if you varied the herbs or essential oils in your version. 

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Suggested materials:
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  • Dried roses
  • Dried calendula flowers
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