Roses are one of my absolute favorite flowers to make things with!
Besides being enjoyable to look at and smell, their cooling, soothing, anti-inflammatory and mild astringent properties make them ideal ingredients in many body care products and herbal remedies.
In this blog post, I’ve gathered 10 pretty project ideas you can make, but if you’re looking for even more creative ideas, be sure to check out my newly updated eBook, Things to Make With Roses.
It includes 40 of my favorite rose-themed recipes & projects, a full color photo for each project so you know just what you’re making, a companion set of printable black & white recipe cards (to help save on ink when you want to print out a recipe), plus a bonus set of pretty printable labels for 10 of the projects.
Types of Roses to Use
When it comes to making medicinal home remedies with roses, old-fashioned or wild types are the best option.
However, if you only have access to modern-day hybrids or something like knockout rose bushes – they’ll work just fine for any of the DIY bath and beauty projects below.
If you don’t happen to have fresh rose petals available, look for high quality organic dried roses like THESE from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Before You Begin
1. Some of these recipes call for dried rose petals. To dry flowers and herbs, I usually just spread them out in single layers on paper towels or clean dish towels and let them air dry for several days. You could also us a dehydrator set to very low heat for a few hours.
2. To print this post, scroll down until you see a green “Print Friendly” button.
3. The links to Mountain Rose Herbs in this post are affiliate links. That means if you click on one and make a purchase, I earn a small commission for sending a customer their way. I only recommend products I personally use and trust. Affiliate links allow me keep the site ad-free and lets me keep doing what I do. Thank you! :)
1. Rose Infused Oil
Rose Infused Oil can be incorporated into salve, lotion, cream, balm and soap recipes. Shelf life of the strained, infused oil is around 9 months to a year.
To make it, fill a canning jar about half-way up with dried rose petals. Cover with about twice as much as your favorite carrier oil, or to the top of the jar. (Some oils I like to use include sunflower, olive and sweet almond.) You can buy high quality organic oils from Mountain Rose Herbs, or your local grocery or health food store may carry some as well.
For a quick infusion, or if infusing coconut oil: Set the uncovered jar down into a small saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Heat over a low burner for a few hours, keeping a close eye that the water doesn’t evaporate out. Remove from heat and strain.
For a slower, more traditional infusion: Cap the jar of dried rose petals and oil and tuck away in a cabinet for around 4 to 6 weeks, shaking occasionally as you remember to. When the infusing time has passed, strain.
For a third option: You could also place the jar of dried rose petals and oil in a sunny windowsill for several days to a week to jump start the infusion. (Don’t store for long periods in sunlight though, as it tends to fade flowers and herbs over time.)
2. Rose Lotion Bars
Lotion bars are simple to whip together and are fantastic at healing damaged skin. They also make wonderful gifts!
3. Peppermint Rose Lip Balm
This lip balm recipe incorporates the rose infused oil you made above. (See #1.) Peppermint essential oil is added to give a great flavor, but you can leave it out if you wish.
My full recipe and instructions for making this delightful Peppermint Rose Lip Balm can be found RIGHT HERE.
4. Rose Bath Salts
These rose petal bath salts are quick and easy to make and smell so wonderful!
To make this, you’ll need: 1 cup Epsom salt, several drops of rose or geranium (rose) essential oil, a handful of dried rose petals and (optional) 1/4 cup sea salt. Combine the Epsom salt with sea salt, if using. Rub the dried rose petals between your fingers to crush into tiny pieces. Stir into the salt. Add several drops of rose or geranium essential oil. Stir well and pour into a pretty jar. To use: Pour into a cotton muslin bag or tie up in a clean sock. Drop the bag into comfortably warm water as it fills your tub.
5. Rose Face & Body Cream
I created this rose face and body cream as a gift for my mom. She absolutely adores all things roses and the color pink, and loved this handmade cream as well!
You can find full directions on how to make Rose Face & Body Cream, HERE.
6. Basil & Rose Kombucha Toner
Cooling, soothing roses combine with basil, a powerful herb with impressive anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects, in this mild facial toner. It also features kombucha, which has been shown to have benefits for your skin that are similar to apple cider vinegar.
To make, place 1/4 cup of rose petals (dried or fresh), plus 1/4 cup fresh torn basil leaves in a glass canning jar. Pour 8 oz (250 ml) kombucha over the roses and basil. Cap the jar and place it in the refrigerator to infuse for around 1 week. Strain and store in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 months. To use, apply the toner to a cotton ball and gently wipe over your face at night, after washing. (This recipe is also featured on page 46 of my book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home).
7. Honey Rose & Oat Face Cleanser
This soap-free cleanser features wrinkle fighting rosehip seed oil, soothing rose petals and skin-regenerating honey, making it ideal for dry, damaged or aged skin. The ground oats acts as a gentle exfoliator to slough away patches of dull flaky skin, leaving a soft, clean feeling behind as it washes away.
8. Aloe Rose Skin Soother
Aloe rose skin soother can be used for sunburn, bug bites, rashes, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, razor burn, radiation burns, minor cuts and scrapes.
Rub on skin irritations in small amounts, as needed. The natural soothing properties of aloe and rose petals, combined with its coolness from being stored in the refrigerator, will usually offer rapid relief.
9. Rose Petal Vinegar
This stunningly beautiful rose petal vinegar is super easy to make and has tons of great uses! It will keep for at least a year, though the color is most brilliant during the first few months.
To make, gather fresh rose petals and fill a canning jar quite full of them. (If you don’t have fresh petals, use half as much dried petals instead.) Heat up some vinegar to almost a simmer and pour over the rose petals in the jar. Any type of vinegar will work with this recipe. Let cool, cover the top of the jar with a plastic lid (vinegar erodes metal) and store in a cabinet for four to six weeks, shaking periodically. After that time, strain out the petals and it’s ready for use. Seven ways to use this lovely rose vinegar can be found HERE.
10. Old-Fashioned Rose Soap
This lovely soap features real roses, creamy shea butter and nourishing rosehip seed oil.
You can find the recipe, along with full instructions for both cold process and hot process soap, HERE, over at Lovely Greens.
Did you enjoy reading about these 10 lovely things you can make with rose petals? If so, be sure to sign up for my newsletter HERE to get my best herbal projects, soap ideas, and DIY body care recipes sent straight to your inbox, once per month. (No spam ever, unsubscribe at any time.)
You may also like: