DIY,  Skincare

DIY Rose water and Witch hazel facial spray

What you will need?

Rose water

Witch hazel

Essential oil

200ml spray bottle (or any size spray bottle)

Rose water:

I used the Natures Nourishment Rose water from Dischem, it retails for about R40 a bottle. The problem with store brought rose-water is that there are added variants that are not completely natural. Making your own rose-water is quite simple. I will add the recipe at the bottom of this post. Rose water is an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce redness and swelling. It works very well as a cleanser and can treat acne, dermatitis and eczema.

Witch Hazel:

Witch Hazel is a natural anti-septic, it helps fade blemishes and brightens the skin. This also retails for around R40 a bottle.

Essential oil:

I use Palma Rosa essential oil as it has a really beautiful floral scent and it has hydrating properties, it helps balance the oil production and heals cuts and blemishes. Any essential oil can be used, many have very good healing and soothing properties that will be very beneficial to your skin. Lavender and Tea tree are 2 very good options.

Lavender: anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial

Tea tree: eliminate dry, dead skin cells that layer on top of the skin, antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic

Step 1

The bottle contents will be split up into 3 parts:




Step 2

Measure 100ml of rose-water

Step 3

Add 70ml of witch hazel

Step 4

Fill the bottle up with purified water about 30 ml.

Step 5

Add 4/5 drops of your chosen essential oil.


Make sure to give the bottle a good shake and you are ready to go. I use this spray throughout the day. After I shower I spray it on before applying my moisturizer, I use it right before bed and after I apply my make up as a setting spray/ to make my make up look more natural and dewy. It is a cost-effective replacement for other hydrating sprays out there. It can also be used as a toner.

Home-made rose-water

Fresh petals

What you will need:

A bunch of fresh roses

Still water

Making sure the petals are clean place the fresh rose petals in a pot and cover with water, just enough to cover the petals so they just start to float

Simmer the petals until they have lost all colour, become droopy and almost translucent.

Once the water has cooled strain the petals and place the water into a sealed jar and place into the fridge, this allows it to be kept for longer.

Dried petals

Place the dried petals into a jar and fill with boiling water and set aside, I left mine for 24 hours and the next morning the colour had come out of the petals and the water was a dark red. Depending on the colour of your petals will determine the colour of your rose-water. This can then be used alone as a toner or facial spray or can be used in the above recipe.


I really hope you enjoyed this DIY! There will be many more on their way!


Meraki x

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