Valentine’s Day is coming up quick and if you’re struggling with gift ideas, I’ve got you covered! This delicate rose petal body scrub makes a beautiful love token your Valentine is sure to love because hey, it’s made with love, isn’t it? To me, a homemade gift speaks louder than words and is so much better than just buying a gift at the store in my opinion.
How to Make Rose Petal Body Scrub
There’s a few versions of this scrub floating around the internet; one that uses fresh rose petals, and one that uses dried. I recommend going with the dried rose petal version mainly because they’re a bit more likely to keep their color and they tend to have a stronger scent. Using fresh rose petals is really nice and all, but you’ll find that they lose color pretty quickly and end up looking like soggy little pieces of paper. Not very romantic unfortunately, but it was a nice thought.
Also, using fresh rose petals may allow mold to grow in the finished product so keep that in mind if you decide to use them.
The good news is, if you only have fresh rose petals on hand, they’re very easy to dry yourself. Simply place your fresh clean rose petals on some paper towels, and let them sit out on the kitchen counter until completely dry. You can also put them in the sun if you’d like to speed things up a bit. I like to purchase mine on amazon so that I’m always stocked up on dried rose petals, cuz y’all know how much I love my rose recipes!
Here’s a few Rose Recipes to check out:
Rose Petal Body Scrub Recipe
Once you have some dried rose petals on hand, it’s time to make the sugar scrub. This recipe is great because you can customize it for any size jar you want to use, so feel free to make more or less scrub. The recipe below makes quite a bit (a whole pints worth), so adjust it as needed. There aren’t any rules when making sugar scrub as far as amounts of ingredients go, so have fun with it.
Here’s what you need to make rose petal body scrub:
• 1 pint sized mason jar
• 2 bowls for mixing – one large and one small
• A food processor for shredding the dried rose petals (you can try using a mortar and pestle too, it’s just a lot more work)
• 1 cup of dried rose petals
• 2 cups of white sugar (I used organic sugar so my scrub has a darker color)
• 2/3 cup of carrier oil (I used fractionated coconut oil but if you don’t want the scrub to have a coconut undertone, use something like sweet almond oil or another favorite carrier oil)
• 5-10 drops rose otto or geranium (or 3-5 drops of rose absolute)
Loving Preparation – Rose Petal Body Scrub
1. To begin, add the 1 cup of rose petals to a food processor and pulse until they become small flakes. If you don’t process the rose petals, they will prevent your shower or bath from draining so I don’t recommend using whole petals.
2. Next, add the processed petals to a large mixing bowl and add in the 2 cups of sugar and mix.
3. In the smaller mixing bowl, add the carrier oil and essential oils. Mix well. Feel free to add more drops of essential oil to meet the strength you’re looking for.
4. Pour the carrier oil/essential oil mixture over the rose petal/sugar mixture and stir well to combine.
5. Take a small amount and test it on the back of your hand with a small amount of water. If you like the texture and smell strength, the scrub is ready to go!
6. If you would like an oilier mixture, now is the time to add more carrier oil until you find the balance you’re looking for. This goes for wanting a drier mixture, just add more sugar.
7. Fill the mason jar with the scrub and cap closed.
8. Label the jar however you like for the one you love!
This scrub will last for over a month with daily use as long as water doesn’t get into it. Water breeds bacteria, so make sure the receiver of this gift knows to use a scoop instead of their hands when using it.
I love how delicately floral this scrub is. It fills the shower with an intoxicating aroma of fresh and fragrant roses that’s perfect during these cold winter months. The oil and sugar help buff away dead skin cells and help stimulate healthy circulation making your skin bright looking and vibrant. You almost don’t need any moisturizer after using this rose sugar scrub.
I hope you make it yourself!
The Benefits of Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oil has long been used in beauty recipes for its uncanny ability for retaining and restoring the skin’s youthful appearance.
It’s cooling and astringent properties make it perfect for skin prone to redness and irritation. There’s no better essential oil to use during the winter months!
The aroma of rose essential oil is also an amazing stress reliever, uplifts the mood, and has the ability to lessen grief and heart ache. So even if someone is without a Valentine this year, this scrub is still a relevant gift for those who may be feeling sad, depressed, or lonely.
Rose absolute has a heavy and intense aroma and is the strongest of the rose oils. It tends to be quite expensive but is well worth the cost as you never need more than a few drops for any given recipe.
Rose otto has the truest rose scent in my opinion, just like smelling the perfect rose in your garden. It’s also a less expensive rose oil to use and is one of my absolute favorite oils.
Rose geranium essential oil has rosy undertones that make it a perfect substitute for rose EO. It has mood enhancing properties and is known to tone and nourish the skin.
What have been your favorite rose inspired recipes? Please share them in the comments!
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