Unveiling the Truth: Organic vs. Chemical-Free Rose Water

Unveiling the Truth: Organic vs. Chemical-Free Rose Water

Rose water, a refreshing scent that brings to mind bouquets and skincare routines. Rose water is the steam extracted by cooking rose petals. But it's not just for your face – people have used it for centuries to flavor desserts and even some savory dishes. You can make it at home or buy a bottle at the store.

However, have you ever thought about whether your rose water is organic? "Organic" and "chemical-free" might sound similar, but there's a difference. Let's explore what makes rose water truly pure.

What is Organic Rosewater?

When it comes to using it on our precious skin, purity matters. So, at the store, do you find yourself drawn to the organic rose water section? Maybe you even ask the friendly folks at the market how those roses were grown.

People often think "organic" and "chemical-free" mean the same thing. But even organic rose water can have chemicals – the natural kind farmers use to keep the roses healthy. This is different from harsh synthetic chemicals. 

Conventional vs. Organic Rosewater 

While organic rosewater might be pricier and pose a bigger challenge for farmers, its benefits for your health, lifestyle, and well-being are undeniable.

In India, rose cultivation follows two main paths: traditional. Traditional methods rely on natural fertilizers and pest control, nurturing the soil and creating a sustainable ecosystem. Conventional farming, on the other hand, leans heavily on synthetic chemicals. These man-made, inorganic substances can degrade the soil over time, and the long-term effects they have on us remain under investigation.

Organic farmers embrace natural solutions, opting for naturally derived chemicals from biological sources. As a consumer, you can have peace of mind knowing that only approved natural chemicals are used throughout the entire process – from growing and harvesting the roses to processing, shipping, and finally reaching your shelf.

How To Identify Chemical-Free Rosewater

Check Labels 

Unfortunately, not every "organic" label is created equal. Some companies might label their rosewater as organic even if it contains synthetic chemicals. Using such impure rosewater can backfire, potentially worsening skin conditions, disrupting your skin's natural balance, and leading to long-term dermatological issues.

If a label says "100% organic," all ingredients are organic. If the word "organic" is displayed, 95% or more of the ingredients are organic. Organic rosewater must carry the FSSAI Logo and FSSAI (Food Safety and Standard Authority of India) Logo License number. 

Method of Preparation

Organic rose water should be produced using the traditional steam distillation method. This gentle process involves steaming fresh rose petals, capturing the precious rose water essence (also known as Rose Hydrosol). This method ensures the purest form of rose water, free from harsh chemicals or contaminants often used in other extraction methods.

No Strong Fragrance

True organic rose water, produced through steam distillation, possesses a subtle, woody rose aroma. It's not overpowering or synthetic-smelling. Instead, it should be a gentle and natural reminder of fresh roses. If the scent hits you with a strong perfume-like intensity, it might be a sign of added fragrances or synthetic ingredients.

Should not foam

Shake your rose water bottle well. If a layer of foam forms at the top, it's likely not organic. This foam can indicate the presence of soaps or detergents, often used in non-organic rose water production. Opt for rose water that remains clear and doesn't produce any lather when shaken.

It shouldn't irritate the eyes

Your eyes are delicate, and organic rose water should reflect that. A true organic rose water will never irritate your eyes or skin. It's known for its soothing properties. If you experience any stinging or burning sensation after using rose water, it might be contaminated with harsh chemicals or irritants.

No Colour 

Pure organic rosewater should be almost colorless. It might have a slight sheen, but it shouldn't be pink, yellow, or cloudy. Any color can mean there are dyes or additives, which shouldn't be in organic rosewater.

Nirvana Organic provides sustainable and ethical organic rosewater. We ensure the whole process is clean, from promoting organic farming to making healthy products available to everyone. Our products are chemical-free and certified by India Organic and FSSAI standards.

Ways to Use Rosewater:

  • Remove makeup
  • Use as a toner after cleansing
  • Refresh your face with a mist on hot days
  • Add to desserts
  • Mix with face masks
  • Use as a soothing eye mist
  • Combine with apricot scrub and apply

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