This past winter, I’m not sure what my skin would have looked like without my Rosewater Toner:
Used by women around the world since the beginning of time (approximately), rosewater has tons of benefits:
- rose oil has anti-inflammatory properties
- rosewater also has astringent properties, which opens and unclogs pores
- rosewater helps your skin maintain its natural pH balance
- rosewater also has antioxidant properties, which aids in cellular regeneration (which is why I use it at night)
The toner I’ve been using is Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water. Not only is it 100% organic, the only ingredient is steam-distilled Rosa Damascena Flower Distillate.
This is actually my second go at rosewater toner. The first I tried was by Boots Botanics, and I wasn’t impressed. Though it smelled AMAZING, I found it to be drying and a bit irritating to my skin. Then I looked at the ingredients and it contained alcohol. Alcohol can actually be quite drying to skin (which defeats the purpose of using a toner to hydrate and refresh skin post cleansing). So I decided to try a rosewater toner that was JUST rosewater, and my skin rejoiced.
Overall: Lovely. Alteya’s version smells a bit sweeter and more concentrated than the Boots version, but is far more hydrating. Packaging tends to vary, but I picked up my 3.4oz bottle at Whole Food’s Whole Body for about $12. An unanticipated bonus: it pairs really well with my moisturizer, Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion, which also contains Rosa Damascena Flower Water.