TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE homegrown roses
Celebrate the scent of the rose and create your own signature perfume, skin softening bath products, and more.
Rose colour is strongly correlated with the rose smell, writes Anna from The Smell of Roses (thesmellofroses.com). “Generally, roses with the best scents have darker colours, more petals, and thick or velvety petals. Red and pink roses often smell like what we think of as a “rose”. White and yellows often smell of violets, nasturtium, and lemon. Intense yellow and orange roses often smell of fruits, nasturtium, violets, and clove.”
If using rose petals to perfume homemade beauty products, use the most scented you can find. Pick them in the early morning as that's when the scent is at its most strongest.
To make rose and vanilla perfume you need • 2 vanilla pods • 1 cup dried rose petals • 70ml vodka • 15ml rosewater • 10 drops rose geranium essential oil • 10 drops vanilla essential oil (not the vanilla extract used in cooking)
• 10 drops pettigrain essential oil
• 5 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
Crush the vanilla pods and steep with the rose petals in a glass jar with the vodka for 1 week. Strain the vodka and add the rosewater and essential oils and mix well. Pour into a bottle and leave for 1 month to allow the perfume to develop. Strain again, then pour into a decorative perfume bottle. Make double or triple batches to allow for gifts.
You can also make your own rosewater by steam distillation or hot water infusion. For the latter method, place a good amount of freshly picked rose petals in a double boiler and cover with water. Heat over a low to medium heat and lightly simmer (don’t boil) until the petals lose their colour. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Strain into a sterilised jar and store in the fridge.
Rosewater makes an excellent gift, especially if you include a note with instructions for this DIY face mask.
In a glass bowl, combine
3 teaspoons rosewater,
½ tablespoon bentonite clay and 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil. Apply to face and allow to dry before washing off.
The most powerful rose scents are produced by the first blooms of summer, and the strongest early in the morning. That’s when to pick your roses.
MAKE YOUR OWN