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Six Easy Ways to Use {untreated} Roses for Your Beauty

2014-01-01_1832Raise your hand if you, like me, LOVE roses and feel a little sad every time that lovely bouquet starts to wilt? Do you too wish you knew how to use those beautiful petals in some other way?  Well, I have compiled six magnificent recipes on how you can extend the life of those wilted roses to greatly benefit your skin!

One word of caution though: make sure your rose petals are not sprayed because unfortunately those you get from the florists are treated with strong pesticides that you will not want to put on your skin. If you don’t happen to have a garden with organically raised roses and still want to try these wonderful recipes, you can buy dry, organic rose petals from Mountain Rose Herbs.

 

1. Rose Water Toner

2014-01-01_1832Rose water has been used since the antiquity.  I was first introduced to it as a young girl growing up in Brazil where to this day Brazilian beauties use this potent beauty product to soothe, tone and hydrate their skin. With its great anti-bacterial properties, it refreshes, tones, purifies and restores the PH balance of your skin. It’s gentle enough to be used for any skin type and known to help many skin conditions such as chronic redness, acne, under eye circles and early signs or aging. Rose water has also been popular by women all over the world for its beautiful, intoxicating feminine scent.

 

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How to make rose water

Rose water is so easy to make and since it works so well with any skin type and smells incredible you may want to make a bunch for as a popular gift to all your girlfriends.

  • Fill a pot with fresh rose petals and just enough distilled or purified water to cover them
  • Cover pot, on low heat slowly bring it to a boil
  • Turn off heat, keep cover on and let water cool
  • At room temperature, strain out petals and pour into clean, spritz bottle (I prefer glass)

How to use rose water

Since your natural toner contains no preservatives you need to keep it in the fridge and use it within two weeks. You can put the rose water into a small spritz bottle with the mister and carry it with you for the day. Start with spritz directly onto your skin after washing, before moisturizing. Or use as a toner with a cotton ball. You can spritz any time during the day for a boost. You can even spritz it on your hair for that lovely rosy fragrance.

I am trying to stay away from plastic as much as possible and found these mist bottles here along with the mister tops here. For your convenience I have included below the information as to which bottles fit which size Mister:

Large (24/410) Fits 2, 4, 8 and 16oz Plastic Bottles and the 4oz Cobalt Blue Glass Bottles. Small (20/410)Fits 1oz Plastic Bottles and the 1 and 2oz Amber Glass Bottles and the 1 and 2oz Cobalt Blue Glass Bottles.

2. Rose Oil

2014-01-01_1832If you happen to grow roses in your garden and have the kind that has a really nice fragrance, you may want to try making rose oil as well. Using oil as a moisturizer is a good idea because not only does it leave your skin feeling soft – it hydrates your skin at a cellular level! Oil contains omega fatty acids, which help build strong cellular tissues to retain the skin’s moisture and integrity. Plus it feels fantastic right out of the shower and smells so pretty.

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This is how you make it:

Gather a bowl of the most fragrant roses you can find.

Spread them out in a single layer over paper towels, and let them for a day or two to remove excess water which will help your oil last a lot longer.

  • Fill a glass container with rose petals and olive oil to cover the roses
  • Push rose petals down with a wooden spoon
  • Cover and store away in a dark cool place for two weeks
  • After two weeks strain the oil into smaller bottles and seal
  • Keep refrigerated until usage to soften skin, hands, feet etc.

PS: you can even use it on furniture to give it a nice scent of roses!

3. Rose Petal Scrub

2014-01-01_1832How about a recipe that you can do in just minutes? This delicate scrub will exfoliate dry and/or dead skin, while the coconut oil will leave your skin feeling wonderfully soft and smooth. With so many unique glass jars and small containers available at flea markets and craft stores, you can personalize them for great gift-giving when you are short on time and want to give something made by hand.

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 4. Rose Petals Bath Salts

2014-01-01_1832Another super easy and great way to put rose petals to good use once they start to lose their freshness is to make rose petal bath salts. You can make it look really luxurious by placing the salt mix in a unique vintage glass or even a mason jar that you embellish with ribbons and pretty name tags. Or, if you are in a super rush, you can just add any or all ingredients to your bath water.

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  •  2 cups Epsom Salts
  • 1/3 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Rose Petals
  • a few drops of essential rose oil (optional)

 5. Luxurious Rose Milk Bath

2014-01-01_1832You have probably heard about Cleopatra’s extravagant habit of bathing in milk but many other sophisticated ladies from the past have enjoyed this lavish beauty treatment for centuries. While it may seem a little decadent, there’s actually a reason why milk is so good for your skin. The lactic acid in milk is an alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps cleanse the skin and release dead skin cells. This simple recipe is be easily customized to your own royal taste. You can modify the type of salts, milk, and fragrance and add other ingredients to give you just the bath experience you want.

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  • Mix 1 cup dried rose petals with 2 cups of dry or regular milk
  • Add some rose water or a few drops of rose essential oil  – see recipes above (optional)
  • Scoop the milk-mixture into jars or other air-tight containers.
  • Add a half cup or so to bath water and soak for 15-20 minutes.

 6. Rose Petal Tea

2014-01-01_1832Now that you are done pampering your skin with roses, how about a treat for your taste buds? I found this wonderful article about 10 Extraordinary Medicinal Uses for Rose Tea in case you want to learn more about it.

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Here is the recipe or 4 servings:

  • Mix 2 cups fresh fragrant rose petals (about 15 large roses) that are free of pesticides with 3 cups water and add Honey or granulated sugar to taste
  • Discard bitter white bottoms from the rose petals
  • Rinse petals thoroughly and pat dry
  • Place the prepared rose petals in a small saucepan over medium-high heat
  • Cover with water and bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes until petals become discolored/darkened
  • Remove from heat and strain into teacups. Add honey or sugar to taste

2014-01-01_1832Did you enjoy learning about how to use roses for your beauty? Leave me a comment below about how YOU can used this information. And please SHARE this with anyone you feel could benefit!

To your eco beauty!

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Carmen Estrada | Eco Beauty Look
Email: ecobeautylook@gmail.com

 

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply Melanie July 7, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Dear Carmen,
    I absolutely love roses and their scent!
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I am totally trying these recipes starting tomorrow!
    Looking forward to more of your posts.
    Melanie x

    • Reply Carmen Estrada July 7, 2014 at 1:03 am

      Dear Melanie,
      So happy that you enjoyed reading about my rose recipes and can’t wait to hear about your results trying them out 🙂

  • Reply Mora September 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I figured at this price, how could I not just give it a try.

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