How to Make Rosewater Makeup Setting Spray

how to make homemade setting spray

Did you know you can make your own makeup setting spray for a fraction of the cost of the most popular brands AND it works! Best of all, you can personalize it for your own preferences. Today I am going to show you the simple steps for this diy setting spray.

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I am a lover of the Urban Decay’s version of makeup setting spray and use it often. When I’m heading to an event, or for a day with little room for breaks, OR spending time outside in the summer at an event, I find that makeup setting spray is almost essential.

Urban Decay’s costs a pretty penny for an itty bitty jar of the stuff, however, it works great but isn’t so great on my pocket book and, frankly, my face.

My homemade setting spray is far less expensive than the big brand’s, makes a larger amount, and contains my favorite…rose water. It’s easy to make with ingredients found at your local health food store or I’ve included the shopping links to Amazon (where I grab all of my ingredients). Although I have to buy a bottle of rose water for every recipe, the glycerin and witch hazel last me through several recipes.

Cost Per Setting Spray Recipe: $12.00 (after purchasing bottle) for 4 ounces
Cost for the big brand’s version: $24.68 for 1 ounce. $98.71 for 4 ounces.

Did you know you can make your own makeup setting spray for a fraction of the cost of the most popular brands AND it works! Best of all, you can personalize it for your own preferences.MAKEUP  SETTING SPRAY INGREDIENTS:

(quick links to ingredients are included)



Using a funnel (or very, very carefully :-) ), pour the veggie glycerin, witch hazel, and (optional) tea tree oil. Gently stir them together.
Fill the bottle the remaining way up with rose water leaving a bit of room at the top.
Replace the cap and gently roll the bottle to mix the ingredients together.

To Use your Homemade Setting Spray:

Gently shake the bottle and spray about 12 inches away from your face.

Note: I don’t add tea tree oil to my spray but if you struggle with acne, adding a bit of tea tree oil to your spray will be a great help! I would start with only 1/2 teaspoon to start and add more, if you like, in later recipes.

Note: Adjusting the amount of witch hazel will increase or decrease (depending on your adjustment) the toning effect this spray has. Adjusting the amount of glycerin will increase or decrease (depending on your adjustment) the staying power your makeup has as well as the “filmy” feeling you may find. If the rose water is too strong for you try using filtered water as a substitute. 

Make your own setting spray for makeup with three easy ingredients at a fraction of the cost of the big brand's versions. Easy to make and works great!

I still keep a small bottle of theUrban Decay’s of setting spray in my purse for when I need a quick refresh on a busy day. But, this homemade setting spray is my go-to version I use quite a few days a week. I love the rose water for its refreshing quality and the witch hazel as a quick toner.

If you are looking at this list of ingredients and instructions and feeling overwhelmed, here are some natural setting spray’s you might want to check out…



  1. Teya Lawton
    November 14, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Can I use water instead of rose water?

    • Nellie
      November 15, 2018 / 9:36 am

      I’m not positive. I’m sure that you could use it but it may not have the same results. Rose water refreshes your skin and is a great use for beauty. You would probably get the same setting power, though. If you try it…let me know how it works!

  2. Mariska
    October 17, 2018 / 10:43 am

    In SA we have a mix of Witch Hazel & Rose water already. So I would then just add the glycerine!!!😏

    • Nellie
      October 17, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      That’s super handy!

  3. Christina Harris
    August 19, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I was just wondering I clicked on the link for the rose water, and I was just wondering if it had to be that brand?

    • Nellie
      August 22, 2018 / 9:49 am

      Oh gosh, no! Use any that you like. I just like to make it easy for people to find what they need, if they like.

  4. Kayla
    July 8, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    What is the shelf life of this recipe?

    • Nellie
      July 9, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      Good question! I haven’t had any longer than 6 months. But I’ve used it for that time. I hope that helps ;)

  5. Kris
    May 8, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    What do you think of adding carrot oil to give it a bit of SPF?
    Also …. I’ve heard that using essential oils with a plastic container isn’t a great idea. Do you use a plastic spray bottle or do you use a glass one? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a glass spray bottle that small.

    • Nellie
      May 10, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      This is a glass spray bottle. I’ve never thought of using carrot oil and I think this is a great idea!!

    August 2, 2017 / 8:50 am

    i wanted to do a 150ml bottle, is it ok to fill up the rest of the bottle with rose water?

    • Nellie
      August 4, 2017 / 11:50 am

      Sure, If you find that you aren’t getting the setting power that you would like simply add a bit more of the glycerin and other ingredients to offset the additional liquid. But many use straight rose water as a refreshing beauty spray. I bet you’ll love it.

  7. Natalie
    May 9, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Half a tea spoon is too much tea tree oil, it would smell and may sting, but a few drops should be potent enough. Nice recipe otherwise!

  8. May 3, 2017 / 11:11 am

    I love this spray! I use it almost everyday!

    • Nellie
      May 3, 2017 / 11:22 am

      Yay! So glad to hear!

  9. Chase785
    January 7, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    You mentioned that you keep the UD version in your purse. Is this because you haven’t thought to put some of your recipe in a small spray bottle or because it’s a diff product? The UD version is a good choice for oily skin, then? I’m dissatisfied with elf set spray, and am looking for alternative. I’d go with either diy or UD, whichever WORKS. thanks ☺

    • Nellie
      January 9, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Yes, it really is because of the smaller bottle. Also because I haven’t found a bottle I’m confident won’t leak in my purse. I really should stop being lazy and find a good one.

  10. Lisa
    June 26, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    This is a great recipe that I have been using for a couple of years. I use just regular glycerin and instead of the tree oil, I add about 2 drops of Vitamin E oil.
    This spray is an excellent primer as well. I start and finish my daily make-up routine with this wonderful spray.

    • Nellie
      June 27, 2016 / 9:56 am

      I wouldn’t have thought to use it as a primer…great idea! Mmm, the Vitamin E oil sounds like it would feel wonderful and be a good option for people that don’t have acne prone skin. Thanks for the comment and extra info…it’s appreciated!

      • Rachael
        April 17, 2018 / 7:24 pm

        Thanks for this recipe! I too have just started DIY setting spray and was disappointed in the outcome. I have been searching for weeks and finally have found a great recipe here!!! Just to add to your conversation here, I use a touch of JoJoBa Oil and aloe vera to mine as it is not greasy, a great moisturizer and it also helps fight acne for my kids! I cant wait to whip this up tonight and test it out tomorrow morning!

  11. June 20, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Do you have to use veggie glycerin or can it be regular glycerin?

    • Nellie
      June 21, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Good question! You know, I think it’s probably just fine. The one difference I know of is the way that the two react to humidity. Veggie glycerin performs better in low humidity which would be more beneficial to the skin. Other than that, I don’t know another difference (besides the ingredients they are made with)

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