12 Things to Make With Roses

Here are a dozen pretty and useful DIY bath and beauty recipes that you can make with roses.

tin of salve and fresh rose petals

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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rose petal infused oil

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.)

tin of salve and fresh rose petals

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!




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roses and lotion bar

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:

You can find the full recipe in my article, Rose Lotion Bars.

Peppermint Rose Lip Balm

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.

rose petal bath salts

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.

How to Make Rose Bath Bombs

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

rose infused face cream

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.

jar of rose petals and basil in kombucha

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.)

Rose Honey & Oat Face Cleanser

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.

You can find the full recipe HERE at Stranger’s & Pilgrims on Earth.

Aloe infused with fresh rose petals

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.

Click HERE for my full directions on how to make Aloe Rose Skin Soother.

jar of rose petal vinegar

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. 

Seven ways to use this lovely rose vinegar can be found HERE.

Aloe Rose Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe

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.

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  1. Jan, love, love LOVE this post. Thank you for the recipes. Also, the updated “Things to Make with Roses” book is gor-GEE-mous! Thanks for that, too. It is so very kind and generous of you to have posts such as this one. Thanks a ton! Have a blessed day.

  2. Newbie to making natural beauty products, your blog is such an inspiration to gals like us :)



  3. Hello Jan

    I am so excited to receive the package offer of three electronic soap books which I purchesed today through your web page. Unfortunately I could not download all three books as there appeared to be an error in the downloading process. My email is hesterdaisy@hotmail.es. Please contact me as soon as you can to resolve the problem. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Hester! I’m so sorry that the files wouldn’t download correctly! I just sent you an email from honeybeehillfarm @ gmail.com with new links to the files. If you don’t spot it in your inbox, check your spam or trash folder too. Talk soon! :)

      1. Hi Jan
        I have checked my mail and trash mail and have still not received your email with the link. Please could you kindly resend it and check my email in the last note I sent you. Thanks so much.

        1. Hi Hester, Thanks for letting me know! I’m so sorry about that happening! I just sent another message from a different email address, in case my other one is getting stuck in email filters somewhere along the internet.
          This time I sent you an email from hello @ thenerdyfarmwife.com.
          If you don’t spot that one soon, then you could also try sending me a Facebook message, if you have an account there:
          Again, my apologies for the technical snafus and the delay in getting your ebooks! I appreciate your kind patience while we get everything straightened out! :)

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  5. Hi Jan. I love all of your recipes, and follow your blog and FB page to stay updated. ?
    I’m looking at making the “Basil & Rose Kombucha Toner.” Can you recommend a place to get kombucha for the recipe? I do buy it as a beverage, but I’m not sure I’d recognize something worthy of use inf for the toner.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Jamie! I’m happy to hear that you enjoy the recipes & I appreciate you following the blog and FB page too! :)
      I’ve only used homemade kombucha, so I’m not quite sure of the best brands available. If I had to purchase some though, I’d check my local health store or Fresh Market (like a Whole Foods store) first, looking for one that’s as plain as possible without added flavors and such. :)

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  8. I just finished infusing rose petal in oil and the oil is wonderful! I now have lots of oil soaked rose petals. Is there anything I can do with the used petals?

    1. Hi Elaine! So glad you’re enjoying your rose infused oil! I’ve had a few people ask me that before & I have yet to come up with a practical way to reuse them. Often, I end up leaving the petals in the infusing oil for months since it seems a shame to throw them away. Perhaps someone will see this and know of an idea to share with us! :)

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