I love this!! It has cleared up my acne like nothing else has in 10 years.
My routine now:
AM rinse with water and apply rosewater
PM rinse with AHA cleanser and apply rosewater.
Rosewater is key!
I'm in remote Australia and started off by purchasing from iherb.com. I got the Heritage Rosewater & Glycerin. It was fab but I have combination skin (normal cheeks and oiler t zone) and the glycerin made my t zone look shiny.
Ordering from iherb it took a couple of weeks to arrive. I ordered some more but thought I might run out before more arrived. I found some on the Australian website saison.com.au however it was the gourmet version at AUD19.95 and AUD10 shipping.
I was food shopping in a town an hour a way when I dropped into the chemist and asked if they sold rosewater. The chemist said he would make some for me! Score! It came in a nice chemist style glass bottle and I could choose the size. I got 200ml for AUD5.50. I tried it on my skin and I've found it moisturising, reduces all redness and keeps my skin clear.
Next time I'm in town I'll get 500ml just to stock up. Or maybe use more as a hair rinse and lingerie wash. I'm an addict!
I recommend Australians ask around for a chemist who will make you some as this seems the most inexpensive way to purchase. Not all chemists will, though.
UPDATE 12/02: The Rosewater toner without glycerine ended up breaking me out in little bumps. The one with glycerine made my t zone oily. I still believe in a simple routine and am currently using KenKay Aqueous Cream Cleanser and that's all. It is a soap replacement that doesn't break me out!
I love this stuff!
It smells so nice and it relieves tight dry skin. Im a sensitive acne-prone gal and this helps calm my skin. I still feel like i need a moisturizer after. I've tried to spray a lot in place of using a moisturizer and it made my skin really tacky... so won't be doing that again lol.
Love the light scent this has but other than softening my skin it does nothing else.
I do like it but have no reason to repurchase.
I may use this during the summer months as a spritz to cool down?? Or for powder foundation but I am not sure since it really is not needed.
i get my rosewater from mountainroseherbs.com to use as a toner. it smells great. I am going to try witch hazel next. this one is non-drying and witch hazel will be a little more drying for my oily t-zone
I use this as a toner after I wash off all my makeup, or a setting spray before I apply my makeup. It feels so soothing and refreshing, and the smell is amazing and relaxing. The best part is, it's all natural. It can be found at most health food stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. I picked mine up for about $7-$8. My bottle is more than half used up, and I can see myself repurchasing sometime in the future.
I have been using rose water as a facial toner for as long as I can remember! I purchase it in glass bottles (250mL) from mediterranean/arabic shops (there are so many in London, Ontario!) for around $2-3 a bottle. One bottle can last me about one to two months (longer in the winter).
It comes in a clear glass bottle so I have to empty it into an atomizer. I keep my rose water in the fridge so that it is nice and cool and refreshing. It's amazing to spray on during a hot or humid day when you need a little bit of a cooling sensation, and it doesn't budge my makeup! It's never made my mascara or eyeliner run and I SOAK my face with 10-15 good spritzes when it's really hot.
I have tried some brands of rose water that are specifically for use as a "toner" but they never really were the same quality as the rose water I purchase from these little shops here and there, plus they were usually coloured pink and had a fake smell to them. The rose water I buy is crystal clear and smells just like a fresh bed of roses (leaves me smelling like one too!) which is why I love using it over not-so-good smelling foundations.
Overall, rose water seems to be the best ultra-gentle facial toner and I think it's great for use on all skin types (my sister, my mom and I all use it and we all have different skin types). It has a beautiful scent, and it's very affordable! 5/5
I have the Heritage Rose Petals Rosewater, which comes in a 8 oz plastic spray bottle for about $7.00 dollars at many health food stores. Personally, I don't think rosewater, by itself, is astringent enough to be used as a toner. However, it's lovely to use after witch hazel as a sort or very light weight moisturizer. It's also good to lightly mist over makeup if it looks too powdery. I also like to use this as a natural room spray.
Smells nice, refreshing if kept in the fridge.. but makes my face break out in small bumps all over, even where I normally do not get pimples. :( Have a Sudocrem mask on right now so my skin will calm the f*** down.
Absolutely changed my skin! I have drier-normal skin, and very rosy, blotchy cheeks. Totally changed my routine to a gentle rose cream cleanser, this toner, and 100 % jojoba oil. Made a huge difference to go natural and gentle.
I buy this brand, but the Rosewater & Glycerin formula, because the Glycerin is a humectant and helps trap moisture in.
My holy grail toner. I have sensitive/combo skin, and I've tried many toners, Clinique, Seabreeze (yes, I'm afraid haha) witch hazel, etc. Directly after using most toners, my skin would feel dry tight, and would be an oil slick within the hour. Not cool. I heard rave reviews of rosewater and wasn't sure if it was hype, but got it off Amazon on a whim.
Rose water--where to begin. Okay, first, it smells amazing. Not a gross packaged-plastic-musty-doilies rose, but the smell of airy ~fresh~ roses. +1 points. Sprayed it on, and my skin felt fantastic, but a smidgen tight. So I heard of glycerin being good for drier skin types, and squeezed a smidgen in. All was good and fine, but I (stupidly) dumped in more glycerin in a 'more is better' mindset. Be careful with glycerin, it can be sticky when too much is added. However, rosewater+glycerin is seriously the best combo.
Rosewater (+a *little* glycerin) gives my skin this GLOW. Not as in oily, but a kind of luminescent dewy shimmer. I just got chills typing that as my skin in the past was the complete antithesis of dewiness. And also, I'm not as self-conscious about zits anymore. The rosewater is helping great for my skin, but when I do have an occasional breakout, it doesn't really matter as much to me because my skin looks so glowing and alive. It's been boosting my confidence incredibly, and I don't feel like I need to pile on tons of makeup whenever I go out. My T-zone is not greasy by the end of the day, and my cheeks are drinking up the glycerin moisturizing/protectant properties.
I bought Heritage brand, and it did everything it was supposed to, but I think I'll shop around Indian groceries or distill some myself next time. It wasn't expensive, maybe ~6.00, but I went through it pretty it pretty fast (4oz), and would like to have it more convieniently and economically on hand in the future.