Watercolor Illustration: Rose Water for your Beauty, Culinary Adventures, and Home

Watercolor Illustration: Rose Water Bottle | By Yaansoon Illustration

With summer fast approaching, rose water with its lovely scent and endless beauty care and culinary uses is a must-have product to be placed strategically in both your pantry, and your makeup bag! I’ve been using rose water for years now, and I thought I’d create this watercolour illustration to celebrate one of my most favorite natural ingredients!

Rose water is the distilled essence of rose petals. There are different grades of rose water – and so it is important to buy a brand that is all natural and that is known for using the best of ingredients. Look for Lebanese brands as those are known for making some of the world’s best varieties. And make sure the bottle you are ordering is in a glass bottle or container, not a plastic one.

Rose Water and Natural Beauty

Let’s start with the marvelous natural beauty benefits of rose water.

I for one like to spritz a little rose water on a cotton pad and like to use it as an all natural makeup remover and toner. My grandmother once told me that rose water can add a nice warm glow to one’s skin if used for at least once a week. That’s because the antioxidant properties of rose water can actually help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues. It can also help heal a number of other skin conditions, such as scars, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Rose water can also help hydrate, revitalise and moisturise your skin giving it an unmistakable refreshed look.

Watercolor Illustration: Rose Water Bottle | By Yaansoon IllustrationRose Water and Middle Eastern Cuisine

In Lebanese and other Middle Eastern cuisines, rose water has been used as a flavouring for centuries. Confectioneries have traditionally used it to scent sweet syrups, puddings, pastries, and ice creams. Lebanese Baklawa (aka Baklava) and the most delicious Turkish Delight (also called “Rahet el Halkoum” or “Raha” in Arabic), are two dishes that have rose water as an essential ingredient.

Watercolor Illustration: Rose Water Bottle | By Yaansoon IllustrationRose Water and Your Home

The aroma of rose water is said to be a powerful mood enhancer as it can rid you of feelings of anxiety and can also promote emotional balance and well-being. That’s why pouring rose water into a spray bottle and using it as a natural home freshener can not only add a beautiful scent to the air but also positively affect the mood of the people in the house.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to seeing you in my next illustrated story!

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Watercolor Illustration: Orange Blossom Water

Watercolor Illustration: Orange Blossom Water from Anjar, Lebanon | By Yaansoon Illustration

Orange Blossom Water reminds me a lot of my grandmother, who used to give us a small cup of this bitter-sweet liquid whenever we had an aching tummy. I have a bottle of this aromatic water in my pantry. Marveling at its vintage shape, today seemed the perfect day to create an illustration inspired by one of my childhood’s memories.

Orange Blossom Water (eau de fleur d’oranger in French, and Ma Zaher in Arabic) is one of Lebanon’s famous culinary creations. It is used to scent locally-made Baklawa (aka Baklava), sweet syrups, pastries, ice creams, and puddings.

 

Watercolor Illustration: Orange Blossom Water | By Yaansoon Illustration

This particular bottle is made in Anjar, a small town located in the Bekaa’ Valley in Lebanon. I once saw a documentary about the making of Ma Zaher and the location of the distillery was up in the mountain somewhere in Lebanon. So it seems Ma Zaher is distilled in more than one location in this beautiful Mediterranean country. But I have a nagging feeling that one particular town is famous for it; I’ll try to find out more about that and will fill you in!

Watercolor Illustration: Orange Blossom Water | By Yaansoon Illustration

Orange Blossom Water for Beauty

Ma Zaher is distilled from the petals of orange blossoms. It has so many uses including as a beauty toner for your skin. Just add a dab of this lovely aromatic liquid to a cotton ball to freshen up your face.

Just a quick note before I go; the colour palette in my illustration is quite different from the colours of the original bottle. I thought I’d add a summery twist to it.

Well, folks, thanks for stopping by and looking forward to seeing you in my next post!

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