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Rose water that won’t break the bank

November 4, 2009

I’m a big fan of rose facial toner because it’s very soothing for dry/sensitive skin. But, it can be quite expensive (averaging at £10 for a 100ml bottle) and difficult to find one that doesn’t contain alcohol. I started looking for edible rose waters as a cheaper alternative.

My thinking was edible rose waters probably wouldn’t contain ingredients like alcohol and would be very pure. Also a rose water tipple here and there is quite nice!

The first hurdle was finding places that sold edible rose water – I found one in Waitrose but that (surprisingly) contained propylene glycol. I went to the Kensington (London) branch of Whole Foods to do some food shopping and found some ‘Equitable Gourmet Rose Water’. It’s completely natural and distilled from the petals of a variety of rose local to Lebanon. It only costs £3.99 for 250ml, which is over half the price of brands like Pukka and Neal’s Yard Remedies.

“Equitable Gourmet sources responsibly-produced quality foods from some of the world’s most remote regions. We work wuth development agencies to ensure long term sustainable incomes for our producers and their families”.

I’ve been very pleased with this product, it’s mild, gentle and just effective as toners specifically designed for facial use. As a result, I have bottled some up as samples for friends!

Image source: tassiesim on Flickr.

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