Uses for glycerine and rosewater

Updated April 14, 2017

Glycerine and rosewater have been used by women in beauty products for generations. Glycerine is an alcoholic byproduct of the soap-making process and is known for its ability to lock moisture into the skin and hair. Glycerine is used as an ingredient in many skin and hair products. Rosewater smells good and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. The two products can be combined for use in many personal care products.

Facial cleanser

Rosewater can be made at home by infusing rose petals in boiling distilled water. You can also purchase rosewater from your local beauty supply shop. Pure vegetable glycerine or glycerol can also be purchased from beauty supply shops in addition to health shops. You can make an effective facial cleanser by mixing 227 g (8 oz) of rosewater with two teaspoons of glycerine. Rosewater can sooth many skin irritations such as dermatitis. Rosewater balances the pH of the skin and can be beneficial to both dry and oily skin.

Facial toner

An effective facial toner can be made by combining the cleanser solution with witch hazel. The witch hazel acts as an astringent and it can be applied to the skin with cotton balls after cleansing and before moisturising. Both solutions should be kept refrigerated between uses.

Aromatic spritzer

Pure rosewater mixed with a little glycerine in a spray bottle can make a refreshing body spritzer with a pleasant fragrance. Used after sun exposure, it can be very soothing to the skin. Its antiseptic and ant-inflammatory properties can help to prevent skin irritation and infection. Rosewater on its own without the glycerine can be used as an air freshener and to freshen up carpets and bed linen.


Glycerine can cause allergic reactions in some people. For this reason, it may be beneficial to conduct a 24-hour patch test on an inconspicuous body part before using it on your skin. Look out for any signs of extreme dryness or other skin irritation at the site where you did the skin test.

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