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How to make a beautifully scented and refreshing rose petal facial mist with fresh or dried rose petals. Once made, you keep it refrigerated and spray on your skin whenever you’d like rose-scented skin cooling and hydration.
When your skin needs hydrating rose goodness, a homemade rose petal facial mist is there to save the day. The recipe below will show you how to make it, and you can use it whenever you need rosy hydration. That can be any time of the year, but it feels incredible on a hot summer’s day. You can also make this recipe with fresh roses from your garden, or with dried organic rose petals. It calls for just a few more natural ingredients including fragrant rose essential oil, and is very easy to make.
This recipe is shared with permission from the new book, A Woman’s Garden Grow Beautiful Plants and Make Useful Things, which includes recipes for soap, skincare, and natural dyeing amongst other plant-based projects. If you enjoy making beautiful things for your skin and home then I guarantee that you will love it!
Rose Petal Facial Mist Recipe
Hydrating, calming, toning, and beautifully scented – these are some of the benefits that roses can bring to your skin. We’ve grown and probably used them for thousands of years, and rose essence works well in practically any product. From sensitive skin creams to perfumes.
In this recipe, you’ll use rose petals to make a herbal infusion and glycerite. You’ll then bring them together to create a rose-scented facial mist. Use a few sprays to refresh the skin or soothe tension – the scent of roses alone is useful for relieving stress and calming the mind.
You can use most old-fashioned roses in skincare. However, the best are the damask rose Rosa damascena, the cabbage rose Rosa centifolia, and the apothecary rose Rosa gallica var. officinalis. All are intensely scented and used in aromatherapy. Wild roses, such as the sweet briar rose Rosa rubiginosa, are the source of rosehip seed oil.
Rose Petal Facial Mist Recipe
- Lidded jar
- Fine mesh sieve
- Aerosol mister or small spray bottle
For the rose petal infusion
- ½ cup fresh rose petals ¼ cup dried
- 1 ½ cup distilled water 354 g
For the rose petal facial mist
- 1 tsp rose petal glycerite 5 g
- 1 cup rose petal infusion 236 g
- 2 drops Two drops rose essential oil* optional
Make Rose Glycerite at least two weeks before
- Fill a small jar two-thirds full with freshly picked rose petals, then pour in vegetable glycerine to within a quarter-inch of the top. If you’re using dried petals, half-fill the jar with flowers, then fill it three-quarters full with glycerine. Top the rest up with distilled water.
- Seal the jar and let it infuse in a dark, room-temperature place, flipping the jar on end daily.
- After two to four weeks, strain the petals from the glycerine using a sieve, and pour the glycerine back into the jar. It can range in color from clear to pink and will keep for up to a year. Rose glycerite is not just for skincare – it’s sweet and edible, and you can have a spoonful to lift your mood or sweeten a drink.
Make the Rose Petal Facial Mist
- In a pan, heat the distilled water to scalding then add the rose petals. Turn off the heat, put a lid on the pan, and leave for twenty minutes.
- Strain the petals from the liquid and allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Measure one cup of the infusion into a bowl. Add the glycerite and essential oil, stir well, then pour into an aerosol mister. This type of mister is readily available online and excludes air while giving a fine, steady misting action.
- Give it a good shake, and you can begin using it immediately on the face and body. Each time you use it, make sure to shake it vigorously since the contents will naturally separate. Use within a month.
A Woman’s Garden by Tanya Anderson
Lovely Greens is written by Tanya Anderson, and her new book, A Woman’s Garden Grow Beautiful Plants and Make Useful Things expresses the spirit of the blog. In it, you are introduced to eight categories of useful plants to grow at home including plants for skincare. This rose petal facial mist recipe is included alongside other skincare recipes. They include a lavender and alkanet soap recipe, herbal bath bombs, and how to make infused oils for skincare recipes.
You’ll also find sections for edible flowers, culinary herbs, herbal medicine, natural dyeing, and much more. Learn more about A Woman’s Garden here. Here’s more rose-inspired inspiration for you to make too:
- Rose Hand Cream Recipe
- How to make Rose Water Toner
- Old-fashioned Rose Soap Recipe
- Rose & Lavender Bath Bombs Recipe