This highly scented and effective rose oil is a must have item in your household. Our DIY rose infused oil goes a little bit further with ultra rich grape seed oil and petals from Rose Damascena.
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I am very lucky as my mom loves roses and her garden is full of them. Every autumn I wait impatiently for the opportunity to collect all the petals, dry them and keep them for later. She adores Damask rose. They are renowned for their fine fragrance and are commercially harvested for rose oil.
The difference between essential and infused rose oil
I received many requests with regards to the difference between thee two oils. Rose essential oil is the most expensive essential oil which is commonly present in the majority of commercial cosmetic products. The reason for its cost is the low content of oil in the rose blooms so for each ml of oil you need to harvest 3 L of rose petals. This is all done manually before sunrise. The essence has a very strong odor and is used for manufacturing perfumes and other cosmetic products. There are several methods used for its production that are sophisticated and we will not cover them in this article.
On the contrary, making Rose infused oil is a simple and pleasant process that is easy to do at home. Its aroma is more gentle but has many health benefits, mainly for the skin.
Selection of ingredients
To make high quality rose oil the selection of the right ingredients is imperative.
Make sure you select roses that are pesticide and chemical free. If you use roses bought in the shop, make sure they are organic as you don’t want the chemicals to end up in your oil.
I prefer dry herbs as they will not develop mold and you will have a longer lasting product. If you for some reason prefer to use fresh roses make sure you don’t collect them after the rain or after dew has settled in the morning. Best if you leave them dry for 1 or 2 days as its evaporation could cause the oil to fail. When it comes to the selection of species the major species cultivated specifically for the production of oil are Rosa damascena (Damask rose) and rosa centifolia (the cabbage rose)
The use of grape seed oil, which is cold pressed, is used for the preparation of facial oils as well as those for medicinal purposes. The pure Grapeseed Oil prevents premature aging thanks to its fatty acids and polyphenols which protect the skin from free radicals (vitamins E, C, and D). It is also a great moisturizer. You can also reach the dearomatized coconut oil, olive oil, almond or jojoba. Do not forget, however, that coconut oil will solidify in the winter.
If you have 4 weeks time you can go for cold maceration, where you place your herbs in a glass jar and fill it with a carrier oil. Leave it in a cold and dry place for 3-4 weeks Then grind the oil with a soft cloth to get rid of all the petals and get only pure oil with herbaceous substances.
When you are running out of time and want to have your rose oil ready faster, go for the double boiler method. Fill the jar with herbs and a carrier oil, place it in a double boiler and bring to a slow simmer. Heat the mixture to a temperature of 50-60 degrees Celsius and keep the heat nice and low for a longer simmer time (5-6 hours) to help release medicinal properties. Then remove the oil, fill it with the second batch of petals and repeat the process as many times till the oil takes on the color and the scent. Depending on the roses it can be 3x, 5x to 8x. I repeat it 3 times to achieve my desired scent.
By gradual maceration of the rose (Rose Damascea) petals in oil, I obtained a high quality and biologically effective rose infused oil.
Medicinal benefits of rose oil
effectively increases skin tone
relaxes and cleanses
nourishes and regenerates
thanks to the pleasant fragrance, the rose oil will satisfy a lot of
senses. It relaxes you well and regenerates your skin.
Roses relieve irritation, rejuvenate and moisturize skin in conjunction with oil, help stop time and brighten the face.
Do not forget to store the oil in a dark place!
Other products made of roses
Uses of rose infused oil
facial and foot massage
oil for your hair
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