Uses for Glycerin & Rosewater

By Adelaide Damoah

For many centuries women have used glycerin and rosewater to pamper their skin. Glycerin is an alcoholic byproduct of the soap-making process and is known for its ability to lock moisture into the skin and hair. Sweet-smelling rosewater is an additive used in personal care products that has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Rose-infused water has many benefits when used in personal care products.

Skin-Soothing Facial Cleanser

You can make rosewater at home by infusing rose petals in boiling distilled water. You can also purchase rosewater and vegetable glycerin from your local beauty supply store. You can make an effective facial cleanser by mixing eight ounces of rosewater with two teaspoons of glycerin. 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.

Moisturizing Toner

Make an effective moisturizing toner by combining the cleanser solution with witch hazel. The witch hazel acts as an astringent; and you can apply it to the skin with cotton balls after cleansing and before moisturizing. Keep both solutions refrigerated in between uses.

An Aromatic Spritzer

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


Glycerin can cause allergic reactions in some people. Therefore, you should 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.