Though the ages, roses have been symbolic of the celebration of love, particularly on Valentine’s Day.

Although the precise origin of this romantic event remains unclear, it can be traced back to the Roman feast of Lupercalia, which featured a fertility matchmaking lottery. Modern Valentine’s Day was first mentioned and romanticised by Chaucer and Shakespeare – in particular the gifting of red roses as a sign of devotion and love.

Today, with consumer requirements and demands changing, the focus is shifting to incorporating high quality and naturally sourced rose ingredients into new product developments and formulations. According to industry reports1, products containing rose-scented fragrances and ingredients are showing steady growth and this is set to continue throughout 2023.

Two of the most well-known ingredients derived from roses are rose oil and rosewater; both have a long history tracing back to Persia or latter day Iran.2 These fantastic and often underrated raw materials offer a host of beauty, fragrance, and functional benefits, whether used on their own or as part of a new product formulation. In fact, rosewater is viewed as one of the best ways to add rose scent to a product!


Kerfoot Rosewaters

Manufactured from a single distillation process, our high-quality rosewater, also known as Organic Rosa Damascena Water, is a fragrant and healing product, naturally sourced from Bulgaria.

The rose petals used are grown in an organic valley in keeping with organic principles. They are GMO-free, and no pesticides, agrochemicals or preservatives are used during the growing season and subsequent processing. Furthermore, our rose waters do not contain BHA, BHT or heavy metals and score >10ppm for pesticide residues >1.01mg/kg. They are also free of irradiation and completely vegan as they do not come into contact with any animal substances.

Read on for more information on how this great multi-functional ingredient can uplift your beauty and personal care formulations.



As a soothing agent, rose water can reduce redness and puffiness when used in skincare and its natural antibacterial properties have been cited in the reduction of acne and the discomfort associated with the condition. With a high antioxidant count, it is believed to slow down the ageing process by reducing the level of free radicals – protecting healthy skin cells from damage.3

In addition, rosewater…

  • Acts as a soothing and anti-inflammatory agent for the throat
  • Can be used as an eye drop to moisturise and revive tired and dry eyes
  • Reduces skin redness and prevents and treats skin infections
  • Contains antioxidants for great anti-ageing benefits
  • Heals cuts, scars, and burns with its antiseptic and bacterial properties
  • Enhances mood as the compounds in rosewater can reduce anxiety
  • Is believed to induce and enhance the quality of sleep
  • Can assist in relieving tension headaches
  • Soothes digestion by increasing bile flow


So, whether used in a facial spritz, a cool and refreshing skin tonic, rosewater floral water or a toner, the formulation possibilities for rosewater are boundless.

To share the love of this unique ingredient, we are offering stunning deals on this product, so please contact our National Account Manager, Jody Turner, today to place your order!


1 Rose Water Market | Global Industry Report, 2027 (

1 The Sweet History and Benefits of Rose Water – Amaki Skincare

3 Rose Water: 10 Benefits and How to Use (