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How Rose Water and Glycerin Can Work Wonders for Your Skin and Hair

Glycerin and Rosewater
Glycerin and rosewater benefits range from revitalizing the skin, bringing back its lost sheen, giving it a soft texture to rejuvenating aging skin, etc.
Priya Johnson
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2018
Glycerin and rosewater have been valuable to women for centuries. Moreover, this combination is also used in various cosmetic lotions and creams claiming that the application of such products will conduce to glowing and soft skin. Well, glycerin is a wonderful oil-free moisturizer and rosewater does have skin nourishing properties, thus the combination is certainly nothing less than a miracle potion. Let's have a look at their individual benefits at first.
Glycerin Benefits
Glycerin is a transparent, viscous liquid that can be prepared from either vegetable oils or propylene alcohol. It has been used in cosmetics for centuries in various forms such as solvent, humectant, lubricant, plasticizer, emollient, etc. Glycerin has become such a hit in the cosmetic industry because it helps to maintain the skin's homeostasis, by regulating the water balance in the intercellular matrix. It attracts moisture and water towards the skin, thereby keeping the skin hydrated and supple. The best aspect about glycerin is that it moisturizes the skin without making it oily.
Rosewater Benefits
Rosewater's anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic properties have made it an all time facial cleanser. Moreover, its lovely scent pleases the body and the soul, which is probably why it has been used in traditional facial cleansers. Rosewater is prepared from rose petals and consists of scores of components that have the ability to stimulate blood circulation in the blood vessels. So what's so great about increasing blood circulation? Well, since blood in the blood vessels of the underlying skin cells gets stimulated, the skin condition improves. For example, thread veins, scars, sunburns, aging skin and other such conditions get reduced.

While rosewater is easily available in all pharmacies and supermarkets, one can also try making rosewater at home. For this one needs dried organic rose petals, a sterilized jar and boiling water. Drop the dried rose petals into the jar and pour boiling water into it. Place the lid on the jar and leave it to stand overnight. Next morning, strain the petal-water solution and discard the petals. Your rosewater is ready. Refrigerating it will help the rosewater to last for a month. If you want to store it for longer, add one tablespoon of vodka and then refrigerate.
Rosewater and Glycerin Benefits
When rosewater and glycerin have such awesome toning properties individually, imagine how much benefit their combination can bring about. Glycerin and rosewater for skin and hair is seen to be great. To rejuvenate aging skin and reducing wrinkles, apply a mixture of sandalwood powder, rosewater and glycerin. Allow it to stay for some time, then rinse with cold water. Moreover, to reduce the darkness of the skin and skin tan, applying a mixture of lemon juice, rosewater and glycerin (in equal amounts), is believed to help lighten skin tone within one month. One can also prepare a lotion by mixing a few drops of glycerin, rosewater, olive oil in a tablespoon of milk and apply it onto the face, hands and neck. Wipe with tissue in the morning and bathe in tepid water.
Glycerin and Rosewater Uses in Creams and Lotions
Since the combined benefits of glycerin and rosewater are well-known, we find several bottles available in stores. You could either apply the product available in the stores or prepare your own rosewater and glycerin mixture by buying them separately and then combining them in the way you desire. You could also prepare a lotion with rosewater and glycerin and apply it to have soft, shiny skin. Rosewater and glycerin lotions are creams are great in those cold, skin drying winter months. Below are some simple recipes with the help of which you can prepare natural skin lotions or creams.
Glycerin and Rosewater Lotion

• 4 ounces of organic rosewater
• 4 ounces of vegetable glycerin (food grade)
• 6 drops of rose essential oil
• Glass bottle (sterilized)
• Small Bowl

Preparation Procedure:
Into the small bowl, pour 4 ounces of rosewater and glycerin each. Whisk the ingredients together with a whisk or spoon. Add 6 drops of rose essential oil and mix gently. Decant this mixture into the sterilized glass bottle. Moreover, since this lotion is prepared from glycerin that lacks any kind of preservatives, it is important to refrigerate the prepared lotion. When required, apply some lotion onto your hands and body as you would do with any other lotion.
Glycerin, Rosewater and Milk Lotion

• 4 ounces of organic rosewater
• 4 ounces of vegetable glycerin (food grade)
• 4 ounces of olive oil
• 2-3 tbsp of milk
• Small bowl

Preparation Procedure:
Into the bowl, pour the glycerin, rosewater, olive oil and milk. Stir well to form a thick lotion like consistency. Add a tablespoon more of milk if required. Then apply this lotion onto your face before going to bed. Store the remaining lotion in a sterilized glass bottle and refrigerate. Next morning,
Glycerin and Rosewater Cream

• 3 cups rosewater
• 6 teaspoons of glycerin
• 1 ¼ cup aloe vera gel
• 12 - 20 drops of rose essential oil
• 2 teaspoons royal bee jelly
• Vitamin E oil from 4 vitamin E capsules
• 2 teaspoons grapefruit seed extract
• Sterilized bottle
• Clean medium-sized bowl

Preparation Procedure:
Take 3 cups of rosewater into the clean bowl and add glycerin, rose essential oil, grapefruit seed extract, aloe vera gel and royal bee jelly to it. Nip the tips of the vitamin E capsules and squeeze out the vitamin E oil from them into the mixture in the bottle. Using a whisk or spoon, whisk the mixture well. Dollop the mixture into the sterilized bottle and refrigerate. When needed take a cotton ball and apply some cream on it and then, massage the face with the natural glycerin and rosewater cream before going to bed.
Glycerin and Rosewater Hair Spray
Besides softening and moisturizing the skin, glycerin and rosewater are also great for hair softening. Hair spray with rosewater and glycerin is perfect after an exciting day at the beach, whereby one's hair has been affected by the sun and salt of the beach.


• 8 teaspoons rosewater
• 4 teaspoons of glycerin
• 7-9 drops of rose hip seed essential oil
• sterilized spray bottle

Preparation Procedure:
Pour the rosewater, glycerin and rose essential oil into the spray bottle and shake well. Spritz a little of this hair spray onto your hair strands and spread it evenly with your fingertips. The glycerin rosewater mixture will hydrate one's hair, soften it and impart a sweet smelling fragrance to one's hair.
Glycerin and Rosewater Hair Conditioner
This rosewater and glycerin combination can be used to prepare a hair conditioner as well.


• 8 teaspoons rosewater
• 4 drops of glycerin
• 3 drops of vitamin E oil
• 3 drops of Jojoba oil

Preparation Procedure
Mix the above-mentioned ingredients in a clean bowl and apply it as a conditioner on wet hair. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse your hair. Shampoo your hair with your regular shampoo and rinse again. This conditioner leaves your hair shiny and smooth.
Glycerin and Rosewater Body Spritzer

• 8 teaspoons rosewater
• 3 drops of glycerin

Preparation Procedure:
Mix rosewater and glycerin and pour it into a spray bottle. This solution is very useful after a day of exposure out under the sun. Spraying this solution onto your body will help soothe your skin. It also soothes skin irritations if any. Make enough and refrigerate. It will last for about a month when stored in the refrigerator.

Just like using any beauty product on oneself, even rosewater and glycerin should be tested on the hand, before use. While rosewater has no adverse effects and is suitable for all skin types, glycerin in rare cases is seen to develop skin irritations. To be on the safe side, test before using!
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