Did you know that it takes 1,000 rose petals to get a single drop of essential oil? So it’s no surprise that this oil is highly valued (and often quite expensive).
It’s time to think beyond the traditional bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day and ask for a little bottle of rose essential oil instead! No doubt, after you inhale the enchanting aroma of rose essential oil, you’ll never go back to synthetic rose fragrances again!
You can get rose oil in a couple of different ways. Rose absolute, which is extracted using a solvent, and rose otto, which is steam distilled. Both of these rose extractions are a quite a bit more expensive than most other essential oils (rose petals aren’t cheap!) so you’ll often find rose otto pre diluted in a carrier oil.
This is a great option for those of us on a tighter budget. The aroma is heavenly, and it has so many incredible uses for wellness and skincare.
Rose oil mind + body benefits
Traditional uses of rose oil oil include using it to help hydrate and moisturize the skin. Some animal studies have been done to support this use for rose oil, however, human studies are lacking at this point.
However, there is no doubt that rose contains number of beneficial properties and it would make an excellent addition to your moisturizing routine, without any potential chemical side effects. Additionally, rose oil is believed to be a natural substitute for hyaluronic acid-a common ingredient in anti-aging beauty products.
Rose oil has a long history of use as an astringent and anti-inflammatory oil. It’s often used in situations of skin irritation and redness-including eczema, sun damage, scars or stretch marks.
To use on irritated skin, dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil – bonus points for using rose hip seed oil! – and rub it directly on the affected areas.
Rose is an incredibly popular essential oil for anti-aging formulations. It’s often found in recipes for mature and aging skin and can easily be utilized in your custom facial oil or to make a serum with rose hip oil. Rose oil is a potent antioxidant, meaning it works to scavenge free radicals that contribute to the visible signs of aging.
The aroma of rose oil has been prized for centuries. Not only is the aroma completely intoxicating, it’s also relaxing as well. The sweet floral aroma naturally helps relax the mind and the body as well as reduce feelings of stress.
6 ways to add rose oil to your beauty routine
1. In the bath
Rose essential oil is especially lovely in times of stress. Pure rose oil or rose absolute can be pretty expensive, but a little goes a long way so you don’t need much to take advantage of its mind-soothing properties. Plus it has therapeutic benefits for many other issues including menstruation and libido!
One of the most relaxing ways to use rose oil is in the bath. Taking a bath is great for promoting relaxation, but when you up the ante with essential oils, you can increase the benefits even more! Relax in a rose milk bath or add 15 drops of rose absolute and 10 drops of jasmine or ylang ylang to your fizzy bath bombs.
2. In homemade deodorant
Some natural deodorants can be pretty irritating to the skin, especially if your skin is sensitive. That’s where this recipe comes in handy! This DIY deodorant spray recipe is tough on odors but not your skin.
The essential oil mixture of florals with a bit of lavender and orange will make you feel happy and keep you smelling fresh. Plus, the heavenly aroma will make you swoon! So, if you’re having trouble finding a DIY deodorant recipe that works for you, go ahead and give this Homemade Deodorant Spray a try.
3. In a massage oil
Massage has many benefits, including improving circulation, easing tension and helping with sore muscles. And when massage is combined with aromatherapy, a happy synergy happens.
As I mentioned above, rose is a great essential oil to use for libido and it’s also one of our favorite essential oils for love, so set the mood with a Love Potion Massage Oil. Or, if you’d prefer to use the oil for self-care, show yourself some love and give yourself a massage! The feet or hands is a great place to start!
4. In a face oil
Just choose the carrier oil that works for your skin and combine it with a few drops of rose oil. Bonus tip: If you have leftover facial oil on your hands, put the extra on your wrists and behind your ears for a simple personal fragrance!
5. In an aromatherapy room spray
Just remember though, that ylang ylang is especially suited for blends because of the overpowering aroma, so combining it with rose and other florals to create a floral room spray is a great idea.
6. In a multipurpose salve
Soothing, moisturizing, and colored in the most gorgeous shade of pale pink, a rose salve can replace most of the products on your vanity. Use it as lip balm when you have flaky lips, as highlighter for your cheeks and nose or as blush for a subtle rosy glow.
Not into make-up? You can still use this rose salve as moisturizer, would healer, cuticle oil or frizzy hair tamer.80