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. 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 which roses produce water and oil along with a few recipes to try the next time you’re in the mood for a DIY beauty remedy.
Rose petals are as beautiful as they are fragrant, which may explain why the Ancient Greeks and Romans used them in perfume baths. Egyptian queen Cleopatra sprinkled her love of rose petals on the floors of banquet halls and in her bathing and beauty rituals as well.
🌹Rose Petals bath
If you want to channel your inner goddess and indulge in a rose petal milk bath, you only need a few things: Epsom salt, a few drops of rose essential oil, dried rose petals, and powdered coconut milk.
🌹Rose Petals bath mitt
Bath Mix to Hydrate and Soothe Mix a ½ cup of rose petals with a handful of mint and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. This bath helps remove excess oil. If you find lemon juice irritating, you can substitute the citrusy fruit with white vinegar.
🌹Anti-Inflammatory Rose and Sandalwood Face Mask
Mix the mashed rose petals, sandalwood powder, rosewater, and a tablespoon of honey into a paste. Next, you’ll apply the mixture to the face and neck like a mask. Leave the paste on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water. For additional benefits, replace the honey with turmeric, as it is said to remove dead skin cells, reduce discoloration, and brighten the skin.
🌹Rose Petal and Yogurt Mask
Mix the rose petals with gram or chickpea flour, yogurt, and rose water to make a thick paste. Apply to the face. Then, let the mask dry and rinse with milk, followed by cold water.