This DIY Rose & Chamomile Gift Set would make the perfect handmade gift for the rose-lover in your life!
It’s made up of:
- Rose & Chamomile Bath Salts
- Whipped Rose & Chamomile Hand Cream
- Rose & Chamomile Lip Balm
The steps listed below are given in the most efficient order so that all three projects should only take a couple of hours to make, from start to finish!
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Step 1: Make an infused oil.
Place a generous pinch each of dried rose petals and chamomile flowers in a half-pint (8 oz) canning jar or other heatproof container. (The flowers should roughly fill the jar half-way.)
Pour oil over the dried flowers until it reaches close to the top.
I used sunflower oil, but you can use other types if you wish, such as sweet almond, avocado, hemp, rice bran and so forth.
Set the uncovered jar of oil down into a saucepan containing an inch or two of water, forming a makeshift double boiler.
Place the pan over a low burner for one to two hours (or longer) in order to allow the heat to infuse the properties of the flowers into the oil.
Step 2: While the oil is infusing, make the bath salts.
- 2/3 cup Epsom (and/or other types) salt
- 1/3 cup dried rose petals
- 1/3 cup chamomile flowers
This amount fits perfectly in a half-pint (8 oz) jar.
For the bath salts shown in this post, I used mostly Epsom salts (from my local grocery store) with a tablespoon or two of pink Himalayan salt mixed in for color and added trace nutrients.
I don’t usually add essential oil, since the salts will already have a scent from the flower petals, but you can add a few drops of rose absolute or geranium essential oil, if you’d like, diluted with 1/2 teaspoon of oil.
Blend the flowers and salt(s) together until finely ground. (I LOVE my mini food processor for this task – mine is 16+ years and still going strong!)
They’ll look something like this when fully blended:
Step 3: Make the lip balm.
- 3.5 tbsp (35 g) rose and chamomile infused oil
- 0.5 tbsp (5 g) castor oil
- 1 tbsp (14 g) shea butter
- 1 tbsp (10 g) beeswax pastilles (or grated, pressed tightly in the spoon)
- pinch of alkanet root (for color)
- optional lip-safe essential oil, if desired
Fills about 7 or 8 lip balm slider tins.
Melt the oils, shea butter, beeswax and alkanet root together in a heatproof jar (or upcycled tin can for easy cleanup).
Once completely melted, remove from heat and let cool a few minutes.
Add a few drops of essential oil, if desired. Good choices for lip balm include peppermint, spearmint, or sweet orange.
Pour into slider tins or small round half-ounce tins.
If you want to make this recipe in lip balm tubes instead of tins, decrease the oil by around 1 tablespoon so it won’t be too soft when pressed on your lips.
Step 4: Make the hand cream.
This whipped hand cream recipe is based off of the fantastic one created by The Soap Queen!
For this version, you’ll need:
- 7 oz (198 g) avocado (or shea) butter
- 2 oz (60 ml) rose and chamomile sunflower infused oil
- 1/2 oz (15 ml) rosehip seed oil
- a few drops of rose absolute and geranium essential oil, for scent
- 2 teaspoons tapioca (or arrowroot) starch
- 1/2 teaspoon rose clay (optional, for a soft pink color)
This recipe fills about 7 two-ounce jars or around 3 four-ounce jars, depending on how much air you beat into your hand cream.
Directions to make:
Place the avocado (or shea) butter in a mixing bowl. Beat several minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the infused oil, rosehip seed oil, tapioca starch, rose clay and essential oils.
The rose clay adds a pale pink tint to the body butter; you can leave it out or replace it with a bit of alkanet root infused oil, if you’d like.
Resume mixing, starting on low then gradually increasing speed.
Beat until the body butter is light and fluffy and the texture of buttercream frosting.
Spoon into jars and cap tightly.
Step 5: Assemble, label, wrap and give to someone you love!
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