Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

Rose Face and Body Cream Recipe

Here’s the recipe to a cream I’ve been working on for part of my mom’s Christmas present. She absolutely adores all things roses and the color pink, so I think she’ll love this! (Update: So, I never can wait to give gifts to people & already gave my mom some of this. She LOVES it. Success!)  :)

There are a few things to remember when making homemade creams:

  • First, since they lack the preservatives and chemicals common in store bought creams, they are quite perishable and have a short shelf life of around a month or so, when stored in the refrigerator.
  • Use the utmost care in sterilizing everything that touches the cream. I use the sanitize cycle in my dishwasher to pre-wash all utensils, bowls, jars, everything!
  • Use clean fingers, or better yet a sterile spoon, to scoop out your finished cream, avoiding any “double dipping.”
  • It may take a few times to get the hang of making creams. Don’t get discouraged if the first batch doesn’t turn out quite right. Make sure to follow the directions and beat for the full 15 minutes. The cream will thicken up more once it settles into the jar. If you still have problems, leave me a note in the comments and I’ll try to help you troubleshoot!

 

Ingredients for Rose Face and Body Cream

Rose Cream

You can buy all of these ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs (affiliate link), or you may be able to source them locally.

To begin, place a handful of dried rose petals (or fresh, if available) into a small heat proof jar. Pour simmering hot water over them, cover with a saucer and let this steep while you gather your ingredients together.

Measure out 2 1/2 ounces of sweet almond oil into a heat proof measuring cup. I infused mine with dried rose petals several weeks ago in anticipation of this recipe, but you can skip that part if you’re crunched on time.

Add the mango butter, beeswax pastilles and stearic acid. Set the cup into a saucepan filled with a few inches of water and heat on medium-low heat until everything is melted.

Remove from the pan and let cool to body temperature then add the 1/2 ounce of rosehip seed oil and a few drops of rosemary antioxidants.

Strain the rose petals from the water and measure out four ounces of liquid. (Any leftover rosewater makes a nice hair or face rinse or addition to your bathwater.) Make sure it’s about body temperature then pour into a mixing bowl.

Using a hand mixer, turn the beaters on low and slowly drizzle in the sweet almond oil mixture. As the oils start to thicken, increase the speed to high.

Adding Alkanet Root for Color to Rose Cream

Beat on high for a full fifteen minutes. Don’t skimp on this part or you may end up with a runny cream.

I used alkanet-infused olive oil that I keep on hand for making lip balm to add a pale pink tint to the cream. If you don’t have the time to make this up, just thoroughly mix a pinch of alkanet root powder with a bit of olive or sweet almond oil and use the resulting paste to color the cream, a few drops at a time.

You can add color at any point during the mixing, so it’s better to start out with less then add more if needed.

During the last minute of mixing, add your essential oil. Rose essential oil is expensive and is sometimes found diluted with carrier oil in order to make it more affordable (like this under $15 version available at Amazon.com.)

For this reason, I suggest that instead of putting in a certain amount, just add a few drops at a time until you reach the level of rose scent that you desire. You can also add a few drops of a complimentary scent such as lavender, bergamot, jasmine, patchouli or ylang ylang, if you wish.

Also, thanks to a comment by Elizabeth below, I learned that you can use Geranium (Rose) essential oil to lend a rosy scent at a fraction of the cost. I tried this and it was a wonderful addition to the rose absolute that I will continue to use. Thank you Elizabeth!

Rose Absolute Oil is solvent extracted and strictly used for fragrance rather than therapeutic uses (and should also be avoided by pregnant women) while Bulgarian and Chinese (rosa rugosa) rose essential oils are steam distilled and have quite a few purported health benefits (along with being safe for pregnant women to use.)

Once your fifteen minutes of mixing is done, scoop the cream into clean jars (don’t use metal tins for recipes that contain water), leaving as little air space as possible and cap right away.

Homemade creams are perishable and should be made in small batches, refrigerated, and used within a few weeks.

Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

 

If you love roses, check out my Things To Do With Roses ebook!

Things To Do With Roses eBook

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67 Responses to Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

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  2. Tammie says:

    this sounds incredible
    i love roses too ~
    so pretty as well
    lucky mom ;-)

  3. Tricia Kauffman says:

    Your mom is one lucky lady! I really liked the idea of this recipe and even started adding the ingredients to my ongoing shopping list at Mountain Rose Herbs – that is until I came to the rose essential oil. Holy cow! You weren’t kidding about the high price tag! I think I need to win the lottery before I can make this!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Tricia! I’m so glad you mentioned that – I used a diluted version of Rose Absolute oil from Now Foods. They are a reputable company that I like and I was very pleased with the end result. I can’t afford pure essential rose oil myself! I updated the post to reflect that there is an economical alternative. ( http://amzn.to/ThIF3i )

      Thanks for the reminder! :)

    • Diane says:

      Try looking on Ebay for bulgarian rose otto essential oil. I won 10ml for 26.59. This is pure theraputic grade from Sun Pure Botanicals. This is the best price I’ve found yet.

  4. Tricia Kauffman says:

    Well, I checked it out again and just an FYI – Your link to “this under $10 version available at Amazon.com” takes you to a 1 oz bottle of Now Rose Absolute for $11.31. I read the reviews and it scored fairly high on the scent but low on its lasting power. Since this is what you say you used in your recipe, I’m assuming you are happy with it. How would you rate it? MRH Rose Absolute is $46 for 1/8 oz. What a huge difference in price from the Now brand! Does this mean it is that much better? In the descriptions on the MRH website, Rose EO is therapeutic grade, but the absolute is not for therapeutic use. So I’m confused about this. What constitutes a “therapeutic use”? Lots of questions, I know. But my biggest question is, who in the world actually buys genuine rose essential oil? If you have that much money, you aren’t handmaking your own beauty products!

    • Jan says:

      Oh my, I was sure it said $8.98!!! Thank you for pointing that out!

      I am happy with the NOW brand in this cream. I also added a few drops of ylang ylang (MRH brand) as a complimentary scent. I didn’t want it to be overwhelmingly rosy, just a hint of scent and I think the NOW brand achieved that nicely. However, I’ve tried the same product in soap before and found that I needed almost the whole bottle per batch just to get a barely-there rose scent (though it did last for months.) In that case, were I to decide to make a lot of rose soap to sell or give away, it would probably be more reasonable for me to buy the pure stuff since a little would go a longer way.

      I would give it a 4 stars for sure. I think it is a thing similar to how people think super market tomatoes are good until they bite into their first heirloom tomato fresh from the garden and are like WHOA, what a difference in taste! and smell! and quality!

      The NOW is great in this cream because you’re going strictly for the scent; the expensive MRH would add skin benefits and probably a truer, stronger, longer lasting rose scent, but at a greater cost to your wallet. It’s really a personal choice of what would satisfy you! :)

      The price is crazy expensive, isn’t it! It takes 10,000 pounds of rose petals to distill 1 pound of rose essential oil and since the ones from Mountain Rose Herbs are either organic or cultivated without chemicals, it’s a supply and cost of production thing. I agree with you though that it’s outside of the scope of being affordable for a lot of people who just want to make things for themselves without investing a lot of money in supplies.

      For therapeutic use they refer to it being useful for certain conditions such as dry skin, eczema, nervous tension, etc. Because they steam distill the petals, you are getting the pure rose essence & all of the benefits of the flower in its most concentrated form. Each type of flower/herb requires special handling, temperatures, etc – so the distiller is sort of like a master wine maker; it’s an art of sorts. The Absolute is solvent distilled which means they extracted the scent using alcohol – it’s not as pure and you might not keep all of the benefits of the herb/flower but you will get a good scent.

      Sometimes, MRH is sold out of the essential oil I want, so I try another online place or local. I can tell a big difference in the quality of some things, like their Blue Chamomile Oil (it’s the best), whereas for something like Lavender, I’ve found other options that are just as good but less costly.

      I think I answered all of your questions; let me know if I missed one! :)

  5. Karin Funke says:

    Hello,
    I read your note on the limited shelf life. Would citric acid help to prolong it? Or would it chemically react with the other ingredients, or maybe it is not even good for the skin. But I know that you would use it in cooking (cordials for ex.) to make it last.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Karin!
      That’s an excellent question! I haven’t personally used it, but I see Mountain Rose Herbs says it can be used cosmetically:
      http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/citric-acid.php
      Another way to help preserve creams is to stir in the contents of a liquid capsule of vitamin E into your cooled liquid oils (those usually contain wheat and/or soy though – something to keep in mind in case of allergies.) :)

  6. Cora says:

    Love this recipe! But what exactly is the purpose of adding Steric Acid? Is it necessary to use? Do you know of any alternatives to it?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Cora! The stearic acid acts as an emulsifying agent, binding the water and oil together so that they won’t separate. Previously, I used sodium borate (cosmetic grade borax) but I wanted to move away from using it, so switched to stearic acid instead. There may be other emulsifying agents that you can use, but I’m not familiar with them right now. (If I read otherwise, I’ll definitely update this comment thread to let you know though!) If you leave out an emulsifier, the cream will probably separate out a lot faster. I once made a foot cream for my niece with just the oil and water – I used a lot less water and it was still pretty runny, even after a lot of mixing. It’s very possible though, that it can be made without one; if so, I just don’t have the know-how yet! :)

  7. Carole says:

    Jan, thank you for following Carole’s Chatter. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hi have been following your thread re the scent of your rose oil fading, just add one drop of geranium oil to your blend will slow this down and increase the rosey smell.
    You can get plant derived steric acid if it is the chemical sourced you are trying to avoid.
    Hope this helps.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks for the tips! That is great to know about geranium oil; I’ll be restocking essential oils soon and I’ll add it to my list. I use stearic acid from Mountain Rose Herbs; it’s palm derived (they source only sustainable palm ingredients.) I really love the texture it lends the cream!
      Also, your site is lovely!

  9. This sounds amazing! My mom loves rose scent and we are doing homemade holidays this year! I will have to make her some.

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! As always your post is one of my favorites.

    I am excited to see what you have to share this week!

  10. Angela says:

    What an amazing cream! Love the beautiful color.
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  11. This is lovely! I love making creams! Thanks for sharing with Natural Living Monday! You are one of our featured posts!

    http://mexicanwildflower.blogspot.mx/2012/11/natural-living-monday-12.html

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  13. Gina says:

    This sounds lovely, running a commercial embroidery shop I don’t have time to make all this cool stuff, can’t I just buy it from you? :-)

  14. Gina says:

    Well I’m a dummy…just found the tab to your shop…ok here I go

  15. JL~ says:

    Yum!!!! I love making stuff like this!! We have alot in common! I homeschool my babies too and love anything to do with herbal, natural stuff! I am adding your blog to my bloglist ok?? http://www.fruittreehillhannibal.blogspot.com

  16. Donna says:

    Great recipe, and thanks for sharing. I’m saving this one to try for sure.

  17. What a thoughtful gift, I’m sure she’ll love it!
    Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

  18. Lisa Costello says:

    Love the recipe! I just made rose water the other day and love it.

  19. Rodi says:

    Hi! I adapted your recipe a bit so I’m not sure if my mistake was due to not using certain ingredients (which it probably is) but I noticed that the next day water started to separate from the cream… have you had any problems with this before? thank you.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Rodi! I haven’t had that trouble with this recipe. If you tell me what adaptions you made, I might be able to help you troubleshoot. Right off the top of my head, I would think that if you left out the stearic acid, it would cause the most problems with separation since that’s what helps bind the oils and water together.

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  21. Leah says:

    Hello! I am a beginner in Body Cream making. Can you teach me a basic recipe to making one ? And one that I can use with Goat milk & honey base cream? Thanks, that would be great!
    I love your page, very helpful! ;) Thanks!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Leah! I’d like to make up a tutorial like I did for lip balm and show how you can make your own personalized creams. I’ve never tried making a goat’s milk one – I’ll have to research that and experiment!! Hopefully, I can get that post going in the next few weeks. I have so many ideas to share – it’s hard to focus on them sometimes!! :)

      • Leah says:

        That would be great, thanks! And the Goat milk & honey is a base already made, they sell it like that to use in Lotion making. But yeah i want to learn how to make it from scratch & for the cream to be non-greasy cause where I live it’s really hot all the time. I am from Puerto Rico ;)! Thanks again! Good Day to you!

  22. Tara says:

    can you substitute anything else for the mango butter…I am allergic to mango

    • Jan says:

      Hi Tara! :) You can use something like shea butter or cocoa butter instead Any solid type “butter” should work in a similar fashion.

  23. Myriam says:

    Hi Jan!
    Can I replace the stearic acid by something else? Maybe an emulsifying wax? exemple Polawax??

    Thanks for your help!
    Myriam

    • Jan says:

      Hi Myriam! I’ve not used Polawax, but just did a quick search on it. It looks like it would work in a similar fashion, but I’ve never tried it to know for sure. You could definitely experiment and see! :) The company you bought it from might have recipes on their site as well that could give you an idea of ratios.

      • Myriam says:

        Thanks Jan!
        Sure I’ll try it, and I’ll give you feedback!

        Have a good sunny day!
        And if it don’t shine at your place today, I send you a part of our sun from Quebec! :)

  24. Candace says:

    I’ve heard that you can use vitamin c (ascorbic acid) as a preservative.

  25. Karen says:

    Sounds good; I must try this recipe. I love the sent of roses and have made my own cream with that in mine for years now. I find that if you use rose water instead of distilled the sent lasts to the bottom of the jar without expensive rose oil.

  26. I am concerned with this recipe. As Vitamin C, Rosemary and Vitamin E are great Anti-Oxidents, they how ever are not Preservatives that would substan a shelf life. They help with a simple bacteria, but not coagulase-negative staphylococci or yeast. Please put this wonderful cream in the fridgerator if you have more of it than two days. There is nothing, I mean nothing that is natural , that will presever something natural. Try putting a picture of tea on the counter and try preserving it with anything natural(Vitamin E, C Rosemary, and Such) and see the growth within a day. These natural ingredients feed off of the natural ingredients and grow fast. You just cant see them in lotion as well as water. They are great anti oxidents but you would have to have more of the anti oxident to actual preserve the life for only one day. I test all these natural ingredients everyday and it is scary what people are using… So please just put it into the fridge for a week and you will be safe.

  27. shea says:

    Getting ready to make this with my Kitchen Witches herbal exchange group tomorrow. We are doing large batches at once. Can you tell me how much in ounces this recipe produces? I was thinking 8 ounces? Thanks so much!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Shea! You are right; it is around 8 ounces. I can fill *almost* four of the two ounce glass jars with one batch.
      Sounds like a fun gathering – I hope you have a great time! :)

      • shea says:

        Thanks Jan!! I will let you know how it turns out. We are using this recipe along with your blue chamomile recipe and putting our spin on it. LOVE your blog thanks for sharing, inspiring and helping us learn. Creating my own body products is my new favorite hobby. Can we share a picture of our group tonight? Thanks again :)

  28. cabianne williams says:

    I would like to buy some of your rose cream.

  29. Kristan Henry says:

    I’ve made a similar cream to this but your recipe looks much better. I’m going to try it since I love making home made bath and beauty products. Thanks for the continuing inspiration :)

  30. Kathy C says:

    Just found your site and have been reading several posts. Love the post on soap making and then saw this about making the creams. This looks like a lot of fun but the ingredients seem so expensive. How long do they last and how many batches do you get out of the one purchase. I see where you say a batch makes 4 two ounce jars but if you purchase the ingredients like you have listed how many batches would that make. I am very cost conscious at this point and am thinking of the holidays so if you can give me any idea I would appreciate it. I do have some lavender essential oil already but this one is roses so I would have to start from scratch with all the ingredients. Also what types of jars are you using. Are they canning jars or specific for creams and lotions.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Kathy! The cost will really depend on where you buy your ingredients from. I often buy some items in bulk online, but some other things from my local health or grocery store. I like to support local, but some things can only be found online or are so much cheaper that way.

      One good way to calculate the price is to see how much an ingredient costs then divide it by how many ounces it contains. So, say you buy 1 lb of mango butter for $15, that comes out to .94 cents per ounce. However, if you order online – shipping is expensive! It will add a few more dollars to the cost so your mango butter might be something like $1.12 per ounce. Since you need 1 1/2 ounces for this recipe, then it will cost you $1.68 just for the mango butter. You should have about 14.5 ounces left over for future projects. Then go through and figure your other ingredients that way. It’s A LOT of math and it does get a little mind boggling sometimes, but that’s the only good way I know of, to get the best idea of how much a project will cost you to make.

      Sweet almond oil is on the expensive side. If you want to cut costs, you don’t have to use that. Sunflower oil is an excellent substitute and you can usually find that in your local grocery store. Rosehip seed oil is a nice, luxurious addition, but since you don’t need a lot of it, you can think about leaving that out and putting in more plain oil instead. Stearic acid is a must in this recipe. It won’t set up correctly without it. The rosemary antioxidants are super expensive, considering you only need a few drops. If you are making this right before giving and if the person can be trusted to refrigerate their cream, then you could leave the rosemary antioxidants out with the caveat that the shelf life might be shortened a few weeks. This is something that no one in my family minds about, but that might not be true for others.

      I use little 2 ounce glass jars from SpecialtyBottle.com (since they were the cheapest I could find) but I also sometimes use the little mason jars intended for canning jelly. They are really cute when decorated up and then the jar is more likely to get reused by the person getting the gift.

      If you already have lavender essential oil, you can use this same recipe and make a lovely lavender cream too. In that case you could just use plain water (or infuse the water with lavender buds instead of rose petals, if you have any.) Instead of rosehip seed oil, just add more plain oil. Leave out the alkanet color and add lavender essential oil instead of rose oil. You can also substitute shea or cocoa butter for the mango butter, if mango butter is harder to obtain. This will likely be a lot more inexpensive, but just as lovely a gift!

      I hope that helped answer your questions, but let me know if you have more! :)

      • Kathy C says:

        Thank you for your response. I really want to get started on making some body and face creams as well as soaps but have been busy with research and watching a lot of videos to gather more information. I am hoping to get started soon but the thought of purchasing all that I need is a little overwhelming. I’m trying to start a small business since I had to retire early due to a medical issue and need some additional income. I’m not sure if this is the way to go since it seems the market is flooded with people making soaps and creams. I do appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions since many people say they want to help but never reply to the comments. Any suggestions you have on books or reference materials especially on starting up a business would be helpful. I will check out where you bought your jars and see if that works for me.

        Enjoy your week and again thank you so much for your help.

        • Jan says:

          Hi Kathy C! I agree that the market is crowded, but if you can find your own niche in it – it can be a fun way to earn a little extra money.
          We have an extremely tight budget as well, so I had to wait until we got a tax return a few years ago and invested a chunk of it into materials & supplies. From there, I was able to make items, sell them, and reinvest the returns into more supplies. It’s not an easy quick money thing because a lot of time is involved, but it does help the budget out sometimes for sure!
          A good overview of starting an Etsy shop can be found here:
          http://www.soapqueen.com/business/business-series-how-to-set-up-an-etsy-shop/
          If you scroll down into the comments, I left one on pricing products. (Things I’ve learned the hard way!) :)
          You can also look into poppyswap.com if your products will have a natural, herbal, healthy bent and you don’t want to fool with Etsy’s sometimes overly strict guidelines.
          Salves and lip balms are among the easiest items to make and are popular, so you might want to start with those.
          If you can, look for small, local shops that will carry your items. Family & friends are good about getting the word out too. This way, you don’t have to worry about shipping your goods.
          I talked to an accountant when I started up my shop and there’s a small level of money you can make up to, where it’s considered hobby money and isn’t taxable. Once you hit that threshold though, you have self-employment tax, so be sure to figure that into your pricing. (I’m not sure if it varies, but for me he said 15.3%)
          Those are a few random thoughts I had… I’d like to write up a good article about it one day! (It’s on my to-do-list!) :)
          Good luck and let me know if you open something up online so I can check it out! :)

  31. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe! I am going to try this with Vitamin E so that it stays longer on the shelf. Any suggestions for prolonging the scent of Rose would be great as I love that fragrance.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Lisa, I’m glad you like the recipe! I think the best way to prolong the rose scent is to anchor it with some geranium essential oil. I’ve found that all of the various batches I’ve made have kept the scent nicely though, even ones I did a rush job (for last minute gifts!) on.

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