Appearing at least 35 million years ago in the fossil record, roses have a long history of use in medicine and beauty since their domestication. In fact, they were considered so valuable in the 1600s, they were often used as payment and were highly prized by royalty.
Roses have become increasingly popular as an ingredient in skincare, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Legend has it that Cleopatra used to fill her chambers with rose petals before visits from Marc Antony, ensuring that he would think of her every time he smelled one. Cleopatra even soaked her ships’ sails in rose water before traveling to ensure the scent followed her wherever she went!
For centuries, roses have been a symbol of love. A bouquet of roses along with a heart-shaped box of chocolates has become synonymous with Valentine's Day, no matter what you think of the holiday. Similarly, the fragrance of roses is hypnotic. Something about it is both calming and sensual. But roses aren't just pretty. The oil and water extracted from roses has numerous skincare benefits.
Bulgaria, Turkey, and Morocco are among the top producers of rose essential oil in the world. Their communities have used roses in the name of beauty and self-care for centuries. Here we'll share a few recipes to try the next time you're in the mood for a DIY beauty remedy.
- Rose Scrub: Besides their beautiful fragrance, roses can actually benefit the skin. Roses contain Vitamin C which can rejuvenate the skin and prevent future damage. Their natural oils can help add moisture and also have some anti-inflammatory properties. Sounds like the perfect addition to help your parched skin isn’t it? Also use honey for its humectant properties (meaning it draws water from the air and into the skin) and Vitamin E because it is moisturizing and helps preserve the scrub. You don’t have to use either of these extras if you don’t have them. You will still have a great scrub! Making your own natural, skin nurturing scrub couldn’t be easier. Just combine your sugar and rose petals into a food processor or blender. Pulse until petals are finely chopped then add oil, Vitamin E, and any essential oils you may like. You can add a touch of Lavender Essential Oil because it complements the rose so well. Process until fully combined and store in a jar or container with a lid.
Use approximately 2 times per week for naturally soft skin! Or you can save some time and buy AROMATIC BODY PEELING ROSES from Aroma Dead Sea Minerals to enjoy the benefits of real roses for healthy glowing skin!
- Rose Bath Salt: Hate having flowers go to waste? Have some extra flowers laying around? Then just removed the petals from the stems, dry them out, and turned them into a spa-inspired DIY. Start by Mixing the epsom salt, baking soda, and himalayan sea salt into a large bowl or container in equal proportions. Then, add in the drops of essential oils. Depending on how fragrant you want the bath salts to be, add between 4–8 drops of essential oils. Next, pour your dried rose petals into a blender or food processor with sharp blades. And set the blender or food processor to the pulse setting until the petals resemble confetti. Once the petals are ready, pour them into the salt bowl and mix together with your hands or a spoon. Pour into decorative containers (one that has an airtight lid is best). Add 2 ounces or so to your next bath and you’re feel like you’re hanging out in a fancy spa. These would be really good gifts too, for a bridal shower, birthday party, or spa day with friends. They smell so good and look pretty too with all of the flower petal confetti pieces. Or you can buy AROMA BATH SALT ROSES from Aroma Dead Sea Minerals to indulge your senses in the romantic scent of roses!
- Rose Body Lotion: Roses have many skin beneficial properties and extracts from their petals are shown to be anti-inflammatory and moisturizing. That means that while it’s working to soothe redness, it locks moisture in making your skin appear just as smooth and soft as the rose petals themselves. Rose extract also works as a gentle toner, balancing your skin’s pH while leaving a lingering rosy fragrance. Using homemade rose water, let’s make DIY rose petal body cream. From start to finish it will take you about thirty minutes and can be very inexpensive to make. Continue on to making the lotion below.
You’ll need- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/2 oz (1/8 of a cup) shaved beeswax or beeswax pastilles, 1/4 cup aloe vera gel (avoid the heavily processed green kind you see everywhere), 1/4 cup rosewater, 5-10 drops rose essential oil or rose geranium essential oil. In a double boiler, combine the sweet almond oil, coconut oil and beeswax. Allow the coconut oil and beeswax to completely melt. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to come to room temperature. You can speed up the process by putting the mixture in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. It will be the consistency of salve when it's ready. Add the oil/beeswax mixture, aloe vera gel, rosewater and essential oil to a blender. Blend until your mixture is the consistency of lotion. Or you can leave the job to the exerts and buy BODY LOTION ROMANTIC with real rose extracts from Aroma Dead Sea Minerals and pamper your skin!
- Rose Cleansing Milk: Each one of us loves to use cleansers because this is one among the essential products that helps to clear the dust and debris from the face easily. Well, instead of using cleansers from the market, here we've brought to you a short recipe of how to make your own rose cleansing milk at home. This cleanser is budget friendly and is extremely beneficial for your skin. So, let's get started. You’ll need Few rose petals, One cup of milk, 2 spoons of glycerine, 2 spoons of rose water. Take one rose and carefully remove the petals (you will need 5-7 petals for this). Now, take a bowl filled with milk and then soak these rose petals., wait for 6 hours, Now the milk starts turning pink, mash the rose petals in it properly. The milk will slowly turn pink in colour, add two spoons of glycerine to the mixture along with two spoons of rose water. Take a cotton ball and use this mixture as a cleansing milk. You can preserve the rest in the refrigerator and use it later. If you are looking for a good store bought cleansing milk with rose as an active ingredient then, go for CLEANSING MILK FOR ALL SKIN TYPES by Aroma Dead Sea Minerals.