3 Recipes For Lovely Rose Beauty Aids
Roses are appreciated for their beauty and fragrance but did you know they can make luxurious aids for the skin and hair too?
Here are a few different recipes to try (bath oil, dusting powder and a vinegar that is a lovely hair rinse or facial splash/skin freshener).
First some tips:
- If possible, select the freshest flowers by picking them on the day you’ll be making these.
- Use organic or pesticide free blooms since these will be applied to the body or consumed (the vinegar).
Homemade Bath Oil
2 oz grapeseed oil
5 drops jasmine oil
5 drops ylang-ylang oil
- Put petals into a glass bottle and top with the oils.
- Shake and allow to sit overnight.
- Add 1/4 oz. to bath.
Source: Womans World Magazine Oct, 2007
4 roses (medium size)
1 cup cornstarch
3 TBS baking soda
3 dried roses
- In a small cardboard box, layer the petals and cornstarch. Fit the cover on but don’t seal tight, the contents should still have a bit of air. Leave for 24 to 36 hours.
- Sift the pieces from cornstarch then add the baking soda (may have to sift a few times). Combine well then split the mixture into two batches. *See tip below
- Next take the dried flowers, remove the stem and leaves and add the heads to one half of the mixture. Pour into a blender and grind until they are fine.
- Add the fine ground mixture to the other half of the powder mixture, and blend with a wooden spoon.
- Pour the scented powder into a decorative box or shaker jar, allow to sit for a day before using.
- If a stronger scent is preferred, add another batch of fresh petals and allow to sit another 24 hours (first sift out the initial batch).
- Can substitute with lavender or other scented flowers if desired.
Ideas For Use:
- Dust body with a puff after showering
- Lightly sprinkle on bedding for a nicely scented sleep
- To scent lingerie drawers or closets
- Great to give as homemade gifts
Ideas for using:
- Salad dressing or vinaigrette*
- Facial splash and skin freshener (dilute with water)
- Headache soother (soak cloth, squeeze out, then place on forehead)
- Shampoo rinse
- Tub soak (approx 1 cup per full tub)
2 cups white wine vinegar (heat to near boil)
1 cup petals
3 or 4 whole cloves
- Gently wash and drain petals thoroughly then carefully remove the white/yellow part from each (just snip with scissors). Gently crush them to bruise a bit.
- Place them in a sterilized jar with the cloves. Pour hot vinegar over top, roughly mash a bit with a wooden spoon and seal immediately.
- Set aside for 10 days (room temperature and dark). Shake occasionally.
- Strain and discard the bits.
- Using small decorative jars (sterilized), pour and seal.
Toner: This is made with dried hips and distilled or filtered water. Recommends using as a makeup setter, help soothe sunburns and wounds as well as a natural way to help balance skin.