12 Things to Make With Roses
Here are a dozen pretty and useful DIY bath and beauty recipes that you can make with roses.
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.
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 from online vendors such as Mountain Rose Herbs.
Before You Begin
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.
For more information, check out my article “How to Harvest & Dry Flowers & Herbs From Your Garden“.
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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 Petal Salve
This rose petal salve recipe is made with real rose petals along with rosehip seed oil, which has amazing benefits when applied to mature, sun-damaged, dry, or irritated skin.
I like to dab it around my eyes, forehead, and mouth, to help offset little wrinkle lines that appear as we age.
Find the full recipe in my article: Rose Petal Salve Recipe!
3. Rose Lotion Bars
Lotion bars are simple to whip together and are fantastic at healing damaged skin. They also make wonderful gifts!
To make rose lotion bars, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1/4 cup (52 g) rose infused oil
- 1/4 cup (28 g) beeswax pastilles
- 1/4 cup (44 g) shea, mango, or cocoa butter
- a few drops of geranium (or rose) essential oil
You can find the full recipe in my article, Rose Lotion Bars.
4. 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.
5. Rose Bath Salts
These rose petal bath salts are quick and easy to make and smell so wonderful!
To make them, you’ll need:
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- several drops of rose or geranium (rose) essential oil
- a handful of dried rose petals
- (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.
6. Rose Bath Bombs
These beautiful heart-shaped bath bombs are naturally colored with rose clay and scented with a relaxing blend of essential oils, while creamy cocoa butter and milk powder are added for their extra skin-loving benefits.
They’re topped with a sprinkling of ground rose petals.
To use, run a comfortably warm bath then drop a bath bomb into the water. Watch it fizz and enjoy a luxurious skin-softening bath!
Find the full recipe in my article: How to Make All-Natural DIY Rose Milk Bath Bombs
7. 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.
8. 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 in my print book, The Big Book of Homemade Products.)
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Aloe Rose Soap
This lovely soap features rose tea and rose-infused aloe. All measurements are by weight, even the liquid.
To make it, you’ll need:
- 8 ounces rose infused water (rose tea)
- 4.01 ounces sodium hydroxide (lye)
- 15 ounces olive oil (infused with roses, if possible – see how to HERE)
- 8 ounces coconut oil
- 3 ounces meadowfoam (or castor) oil
- 3 ounces apricot kernel (or sunflower) oil
- 1 ounce rose infused aloe (see HERE to make) or plain aloe vera gel
- 1 teaspoon rose clay (use less for a lighter pink)
- 1 tablespoon geranium or rose essential oil (For a light scent. Add more, if desired.)
Make according to regular cold process soap instructions. If you’ve never made soap before, you can find more information in my Soap Making 101 post, or check out my Natural Soap Making ebook and pacakge.
You can find the full recipe at my article: Aloe Rose Soap.
Looking for more creative ways to use flowers and herbs? Check out my Big Book of Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home!
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