I'm so happy to share this recipe with you!! I use this rose oil twice daily and love it. It's super moisturising, cheap and best of all easy to make! It has a strong, super feminine smell and every morning and evening time when I use it, I feel like I am papering myself!
The not so secret, secret to this recipe is castor oil. Castor oil is made from the pressing of castor beans. It contains a special type of fat that prevents moisture loss when applied to skin. It takes a few minutes to absorb into the skin, but leaves it super soft and with a beautiful sheen.
By intensely moisturising the skin, this simple formula minimises the appearance of stretch marks and wrinkles.
The other great thing about this rose oil spray is that it has no preservatives or added chemicals in it.
I use this oil in the place of water to cleanse. I do not use soap or water. I use the rose spray to remove excess oil residue, before applying make up. Check out my other blog post if you would like the recipe for the rose oil spray.
I've given this recipe in simple proportions, so you can make as much or little as you need depending on the area of your body you wish to apply it to.
This oil has an intense rose fragrance, made by gently warming and infusing dry rose petals. If you don't want to dry your own roses petals at home, you can buy dried rose buds in health food stores, online and even in some supermarkets. Dried rose buds are used as an additive, especially in Middle Eastern cooking and are inexpensive to purchase, compared to the cut stem variety!
Not all fresh roses have a scent- especially the varieties used in commercially sold flowers as cut stems (in bouquets), as the scent shortens the bloom time of the flower. So be sure to find a rose with a scent that pleases you!
For shop bought dried roses, I always choose the closed rose buds over the dried rose petals, as I find the scent of the petals stronger.
The petals are ground finely and then left to soak in the castor oil before straining, leaving behind a pleasantly scented clear liquid. I usually set the ground rose petals aside and use them to make a body scrub, which is amazing to treat stubborn dry areas like elbows and knees. If you could like the recipe for this as well, let me know!
I hope you enjoy trying this rose oil!
If you decide to give this recipe a go, please share your thoughts, pictures and recipe tweaks. Good luck!
Remove the dried rose petals from the closed buds. Discard the stems and centres.
Grind the dried rose petals into a fine powder. Transfer to a clean pan.
Add the castor oil to the pan and heat the mixture very gently (do not simmer or boil).
Remove from the gentle heat and transfer the mixture into a clean jar.
Let the mixture cool. Cover and leave to infuse for 2-3 days.
Separate the oil from the ground rose petals by pouring through a strainer with a fine mesh.
Transfer the filtered oil into a clean jar.
Add 1 drop rose essential oil (if using).
Shake well before use.
Apply to face and skin at your leisure! This mixture is good for 6 months.
I usually set the ground rose petals aside and use them to make a body scrub, which is amazing to soften stubbornly dry skin on areas like the elbows and knees. If you could like the recipe for this as well, let me know!
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