Herbs, Oils, Spices Series: Rose Oil

Roses are more than just beautiful flowers, their petals contain skin-toning properties that can be helpful for those with mature, dry, sensitive, or inflamed skin. Rose oil is often viewed as a luxurious oil that can improve the health of skin all over the body, especially on the face. Although it can be very costly to purchase commercially prepared rose oil or rose essential oil, you can prepare your own rose oil in three simple steps.

Infused Rose Oil Tutorial

  • Glass mason jar
  • Sunflower oil (This oil is a great choice for cosmetic formulations because it is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog your pores)
  • Organic dried rose petals (Can be purchased at your local herb store or online)

1. Measure 4-6 tablespoons of dried rose petals into the mason jar.
2. Fill the jar to the top with sunflower oil. Make sure the oil covers the dried petals.
3. Close the lid and place in a sunny pot (on a window seal is fine) for 3-4 weeks. Afterwards, drain oil using a coffee strainer and then use all over your body regularly for results.

Helpful Tips:

Make sure your rose petals are organic. This ensures that the petals have not undergone any treatment of pesticides or chemical processing. Do not buy roses from your local grocery and set them out to dry. Most bouquet roses have been sprayed with chemicals during their growth process.

If you would like to dry your own petals, make sure to purchase organic roses. Puck the petals from the flowers and set them for 2-3 weeks in a warm, shady place to dry before infusing.

Use dry herbs instead of fresh/wilted herbs. This is mainly a preference of mine, but I find that fully dried herbs are a safer choice because they do not run the risk of making the oil rancid from any left-over water that the herbs may contain.

If you are new to infusing oils and have questions, leave them below!

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Michalun, Natalia, and M. Varinia Michalun. Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary. Australia: Milady Thomson Learning, 2001. Print

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