Aloe Rose Skin Soothing Gel
Aloe vera & fresh rose petals make up this soothing aloe rose gel that’s useful for sunburn, bug bites, rashes, dry skin, and more!
This week, I’ll be sharing a few project ideas using fresh roses and aloe.
Today’s recipe is for a skin soothing gel, tomorrow we’ll use some of that gel in an anti-aging face cream, and then the next day – we’ll make aloe rose soap!
Aloe rose skin soother can be used for:
- bug bites
- dry skin
- razor burn
- minor cuts and scrapes
- radiation burns
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.
As with all cosmetics, if you develop redness, sensitivity, or signs of allergy then you should promptly discontinue use.
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To make this you’ll need:
- 1 part aloe vera gel
- 1 part fresh rose petals
So, if you use 1/3 cup aloe vera gel, blend it with 1/3 cup petals.
I pack the measuring cup pretty tightly with flowers, but you don’t have to be overly precise with this.
Make sure you’re using a pure aloe vera gel. Most will contain some mild preservatives such as potassium sorbate, and natural thickeners such as guar gum. T
I buy aloe from Mountain Rose Herbs, since it has the least additives of any I’ve seen.
Of course, you can always harvest from your own aloe plants as well, keeping in mind though that the shelf life on homemade gel will be very short without a preservative.
Place the petals and aloe vera gel in a mini food processor (like this one.) Blend them together thoroughly.
You’ll notice that it gets a little frothy in the process, but that’s not a problem.
After blending, strain the now pink aloe juice from the rose petal pieces. Because the mixture is so thick, you’ll need to rub it through a mesh sieve or something similar.
Squeeze and press on the petals to get every last drop of goodness out.
Store your finished aloe rose gel in the refrigerator. Depending on the level of preservatives in your purchased bottle of aloe, it should stay fresh for around a week.
For longer storage, freeze the gel in ice cube trays, then store individual cubes in the freezer for future use.
thank you for sharing these awesome recipes Jan
I’m glad you enjoy them Kathy! :)
Can any rose petal work with this recipe? I have yellow knock out roses.
Hi Michelle! Yellow will work in the same manner other than the aloe won’t be tinted pink.
Beautiful! Can dried rose petals be rehydrated and used?
Hi Lesley, That’s an interesting idea! I haven’t tried it though, to be sure how it would work. It’s certainly worth a small experiment though – if anyone gets to it before I do, we’d love to hear how it works out! :)
Can you use Rose Water with this recipe?
Hi Renee, You could try stirring some rose water in with the aloe to make a skin toner of sorts. It won’t be as thick and gel like as this version, but I bet you could dab it on with cotton balls or put it in a bottle and spritz it on. It sounds like it would be nice and soothing too!
Any suggestions on how to make a more manly scent? Not to sure my hubby would like to smell like roses. ;)
Yes, I can relate! The gel actually smells more “green” like aloe than roses, but I added two drops of peppermint essential oil to my last batch so it would be universally accepted around here. :) The peppermint is so nice and cooling, you just wouldn’t want to use it too close to your eyes. (They’ll water a lot.)
Thank you! I need to try this.
I’m glad you like it! :)
Hi, do you wash the rose pedals first? They could have pesticides. I love your recipes by the way.. Thanks for sharing them. Terry
Hi Terry, I don’t rinse my rose petals since I pick them at home where I know no pesticides are. You are right – you don’t want any that have pesticides going on your skin! Washing won’t really help, so it’s good to start with chemical free ones.
This sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing it.
Hi Lea, I’m glad you like the recipe! :)
Would any color rose work? What about wilted petals? Don’t know if I’d have enough fresh blooming at one time. I know mine are pesticide free.
Hi Amy! Any color rose should work. If you don’t have enough roses fresh at the time (though I only used three mediumish ones to make the amount shown), you can pick one at a time and put them in a bowl in your refrigerator with a bit of water in the bottom. Cover them with a damp towel and they will stay fresh for many days!
can i put this on my face daily ? i am so in love
Yes, you sure can!
Pls how do we apply the gel, is it as a body cream or body scrup and how long can it stay in d body. Thk for ur care.
Hi Laide! Just rub on your skin in small amounts, as needed for things like sunburn or bug bites or rashes. It can stay on your skin and doesn’t need to be washed off.
If I freeze a batch, how long do you think it would be “good” for?
Thanks for the recipe!
Hi Julie! The frozen cubes should be good for about six months.
this is gorgeous! I have to make this!
Glad you like it! :)
The only aloe vera gel I can find is green. yours looks clear. banana boat probably is not pure, but can you find pure aloe vera at a place like walmart?
Hi Emma, I would check your local WalMart, Target, or drugstores (like CVS & Walgreens) and you should probably be able to find a clear one. Even Mt Rose Herbs has a preservative in theirs, so I suspect there are several good brands out there that are comparable.
Ask the pharmacist. They have 100%aloe behind the counter that’s clear. I used to work with pharmacists.
This aloe rose skin soother looks simple and beautiful. I think it is very useful in the summer and therefore will definitely try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing :-)
I’m glad you found the recipe useful! :)
Hi! one of my friends and I tried something like this a while ago and loved it. it was basically the same thing but instead of roses you use cucumber. follow the exact same process then refrigerate it for a while and it lasts months. it’s very soothing under your eyes and it helps me wake up in the morning! but remember to keep it in the fridge so it lasts longer and feels refreshing when you apply it. love your site!
That sounds absolutely wonderful – thanks for sharing that idea! :)
Thank you SO much for doing this! finding people or resources to teach me nifty things like this is harder than I’d like to think. My rose bushes have a purpose in life now! :)
Wonderful – I love hearing that! :)
Is it possible to use plumeria petals instead of the rose petals. I have many plumeria plants with lots of petals. Thanks for sharing… sylvia
Hi Sylvia, That’s a lovely idea! If a flower is edible, then I feel like it’s safe to use on the skin. I looked and plumeria flowers are indeed listed as being edible, so I’d give it a try!
I made this exactly how you said and it’s all runny liquidy, not gel like at all. :(
I can’t figure out what I did wrong. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
Hi Amanda, I’m sorry that happened! What type of gel did you start out with? Was it thick or more water like? Some brands have thickeners which make them a better consistency for these types of projects. I’ve also read that because it’s a natural product, there are variations between batches. So, I don’t think you did anything wrong – perhaps if you try a new brand or different batch of aloe gel? You also want to keep it refrigerated. What you made is still fine to use too!
I am about to make your fabulous Aloe Rose Anti-Aging Skin Cream therefore I need to make the rose infused aloe. I guess it’d be best to use organic rose petals, wouldn’t it? Do you use regular flowers or organic? I don’t even know where to buy organic flowers (i live in the District of Columbia). Thank you for your kind help and have a lovely weekend. Beatrice
Hi Beatrice! I do use organic/unsprayed roses since the ones from the florist usually have pesticides on them that aren’t tested for safety on human skin. One option is to check with your local Whole Foods or Fresh Market type of store. Their produce manager may be able to set you up with some unsprayed roses (or they may even have some in stock.) You can also leave out the rose petals for the skin cream recipe and use plain aloe instead (but keep in the rosehip seed oil since it’s one of the anti-aging powerhouses.) I hope you enjoy the recipe and have a wonderful weekend too!
Wonderful! thank you for your super quick reply :)
is this good for acne?
Hi Liyah, You could try it and see. Another idea though: my teenage daughter and a friend of hers has had the best luck washing their face with raw honey, to treat acne flareups. It works great!
can you make your own aloe gel from an aloe plant? I have nearly unlimited amounts of organic aloe growing around my yard and am wondering how to use it.
Hi CMJ, You sure can! The biggest drawback though is that the shelf life will probably be very short without some sort of preservation (or freezing).
Can you use rose powder instead of rose petals?
Hi Mistie, I haven’t tried that, but you could make a small test batch and see how you like it!
When I found this interesting recipe at Affimity’s Beauty Channel, I was particularly inclined to read your post because our new home has a rose bush! I absolutely love the idea of fresh roses and aloe vera as burn or eczema relief. I am going to make this for my husband (his skin is particularly bothersome in the Colorado winter). I’m excited! Thanks for the share!
Hi Stephanie, I’m happy you like the recipe! I hope it helps your husband’s skin!
hi I love the recipe and would love to try it. I do have a lot of dried rose petals from bulk herbstore. can I use those for it? if yes do I need to soak them in water and then use them? thanks much
Hi Pooja! I haven’t tried making this recipe with dried rose petals, though I like the idea! I’m not sure if the petals would work better dried or soaked in water, but you could experiment with a small bit and see what happens. When I get a new supply of aloe, I’ll try to remember to test that out myself. It would be quite convenient if dried petals would work too!
Since this is winter and I don’t have any fresh herbs I made a tea out of rose and calendula and wizzed it up with the aloe. It turned out amazing and my horrible dry flaky scalp loved it!!
What a great idea Kristy! Thanks for sharing!
i’ve been searching around for something soothing for my daughter’s face. she’s going thru chemo & radiation & has been getting “pimply/rashy” break-outs on her face.
any ideas are most certainly welcome…
thank you, lisa
Hi Lisa! I’m so sorry that your daughter is going through such a tough time. Has she tried a face wash of raw honey? Honey is soothing to irritated skin (and burns) and is an excellent treatment for breakouts.
I use it for my 40+ skin and my daughter for her teenager acne-prone skin & it works equally well for both of us. Just rub raw honey on, let it sit for a few minutes if possible, then gently wipe off with a warm washcloth and/or rinse gently with warm water.
You can find raw honey in many supermarkets, usually in the honey/syrups section or natural foods section.
Hi, this looks absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for this simple and fantastic recipe. Is it a good idea to use glycerine as a preservative for increasing shelf life of this soother?
Hi Monika! Glycerin won’t act as a preservative unless it’s a really really high concentration, which would be too sticky for comfort. Bottled aloe comes with its own preservative(s) which coupled with the refrigeration seems to help the rose aloe last a couple weeks, but you could try adding something like Leucidal Liquid SF (a nature-derived probiotic preservative) if you’d like it to help it last even longer.
Can we use aloe vera leaf gel to be sure about it is real aloe?
Hi Negin! You sure can, just keep in mind that without preservatives, fresh aloe will have a really short shelf life. You might want to mix the recipe up, then freeze the rose aloe in ice trays to make single use portions. That way it stays fresh a long time.
I’ll make this sounds lovely
Hi Yasmin! So happy you like the recipe! :)
Hi Jan, I love the recipe. Just wondering if I can leave the petals in the gel without straining it?
Hi Jasmine, I’m happy you like the recipe! I haven’t tried leaving the petals in, but I suspect if you do, it might tend to spoil a lot faster as the rose petals begin to degrade. You could try a tiny test batch & see what happens though! :)
Oh, this looks lovely! I suffer quite badly from a dry skin condition on my hands, and whilst various things keep it at bay, this looks like a much better solution :) Thanks for sharing!
Hi Emma! I’m happy you like the recipe! :)
i love this recipe ! just read this a few minutes ago and immediately grabbed some aloe and some roses and tried to make it ! i chose to freeze them in ice cube trays and i can’t wait for them to freeze so i can use them ! i used fresh aloe vera instead of gel and some dark red colored roses so it turned out to be more watery but the color is really deep, it’s amazing! thank you Jan :)
Hi Eirini! I’m so glad that you like the recipe! It sounds like it turned out beautifully! :)
I will definitely make this. When I make my own Aloe Vera gel, I grind down some Vitamin C pills into a powder and use it as a preservative for the gel. Works really well for me and I find it lasts a good amount of time. I will definitely be trying this.
Hi Joy, That’s interesting to know! I’ve never experimented with Vitamin C like that; I’ll have to give it a test run!
hi jan, if i immediately add the rose aloe gel to soap it would it still need a preservative
Hi Zainab! No, you wouldn’t need to preserve it then, since the high pH of the soap will keep it from spoiling. The pretty pink color won’t stick around in soap, but some benefits likely remain!
Do you have an affiliate link for recommended jars/containers? There are so many to choose from and anywhere from cheap to expensive. I’m starting out and plan on making lots to experiment, but don’t want to invest hundreds of dollars in jars alone. Thank you!
Hi Sommer! I don’t have an affiliate link for them, but I really like SpecialtyBottle.com. They have a great selection & good prices! I love that you can buy just one of a jar/bottle so you can sample it and make sure it will work for your needs before you invest in a whole case. Many places require minimum orders, but they don’t. Happy crafting! :)
I was wondering if other flowers can be substituted for the rose like Calendula for example? Thanks and take care! :)
Hi Melanie, Yes! Some that work particularly well at keeping their color are calendula, plantain leaves and violet flowers. Other herbs/flowers will also work, but not look at pretty.
I love this recipe! Is it pausible to add more preservatives?
Hi Laura! Yes, you sure could add a small amount of preservative if you’d like – just stay within the manufacturer’s suggested usage range. :)
Is there a reason why you must use fresh and not dried? I have a ton of dried rose petals.
Hi Casey! You can definitely use dried, it’s just that it will end up looking speckled instead of creating a smooth pretty color.
Here’s an example using dried plantain instead of fresh plantain in a similar recipe that uses plantain instead of rose petals:
By the description and Pinterest picture used, I was led to believe you were going to show us how to take an aloe Vera leaf and get the gel from it, to “make aloe Vera gel”. I have a LOT of aloe Vera and would like to learn how to get the gel to use in quantity; rather than buy it at a store.
Hi Belyn, Thanks for letting me know!
I wonder if the photo/description got mixed up with my aloe soap recipe article – in that one I talk about extracting aloe from leaves for soap & the photos have actual aloe leaves shown in them.
The shelf life is really short for home extracted aloe, so if you make it for other purposes, it’s a great idea to freeze it until needed.
That’s wonderful that you have so much to enjoy & experiment with! ❤
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