With their ethereal scent and spiraling silky petals, roses offer a feast for the eyes and nourishment for the heart. Whether fresh or dried, these vibrant flowers serve as lovely additions to moisturizing oils, bath salts, tonics and toners.
Dried Rose Petals:
- Organic rose petals (all colors)
- Dehydrator -OR- baking sheet
Carefully wash and dry the petals.
Spread them across a dehydrator tray without overlapping. Dry on the lowest setting (usually 95 degrees F) for 8 hours. Petals with deeper hues (dark reds) may take up to 12 hours. Smaller petals that are lighter in color may take as little as 4 hours.
Alternatively, on a sunny day without wind, spread the petals across a baking sheet and allow the petals to air-dry outside in the hot sun (this can take between 3-4 hours). Flip the petals halfway through drying to ensure even heat distribution.
If wind is a problem, consider setting your oven to its lowest temperature (usually around 150 degrees). Spread the petals across a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until dry.
- Dried rose petals
- Jojoba (or preferred carrier oil)
- Glass bottle
Gently place dried rose petals in a glass bottle, careful not to let the petals break. Layer the petals as best you can all the way to the top of the bottle. Pour in jojoba or your preferred carrier oil (almond, coconut, etc.), filling the bottle entirely. Use as a makeup remover or moisturizer before bathing.