DIY Rose Oil & Rose Water (2024)

What’s blooming here on the hill? Roses! Making our own DIY rose oil & rose water is how we harness this intoxicating blooms scent for use throughout the year. After all, who doesn’t love the aroma of roses?

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How many times do I stop in the midst of my outdoor chores to smell the roses? Literally. Smell them. Take a moment, stop, and inhale their beauty? If you asked me that question I would answer, often! When my roses are in bloom, they are a draw to my senses.

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The problem with roses is that they are fleeting. How can we capture all that delicate beauty & aromatherapy that roses have to offer? By creating an infused oil or water preparation that is simple to make.

“The world is a rose, smell it, and pass it to your friends.”

persian proverb

Will your homemade diy rose oil be as potent as those expensive store-bought options? Not likely. This is not a rose essential oil. But will it be a delicately scented rose oil? Yes.


To understand the differences between a diy rose oil and rose essential oil, we first need to understand what essential oil is.

Essential oils are derived by distilling plant parts (flowers, leaves, roots, & other parts) into oil. This process is far beyond the capability of most home diy’ers unless expensive equipment is purchased.

Used for centuries for their medicinal properties, essential oils have recently made a comeback for their aromatherapy benefits, and this is what we are aiming for.


Rose essential oil is extremely expensive to purchase. Why? Because it takes only certain rose varieties to make (damask, cabbage, & the white rose of York) … and a lot of them. According to dO-Terra, a popular essential oil company that most are familiar with, it takes a ton. Literally 🙂

“It requires about 242,000rose petalsto distill approximately 5 mL ofrose oil. It requires 6,000 pounds of melissa plant to distill just a single pound of melissaessential oil.”


Although diy rose oil will not carry the therapeautic, medicinal qualities of the essential oils, it will carry a mild rose scent, great for capturing the aromatherapy of the rose.


In a nutshell, yes. You can make diy rose oil using dried rose petals. Will it be as potent a scent? I don’t believe so. When blossoms are dried much of their scent & oils are dried as well, leaving an even more faded scent behind.

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We recommend using fresh for making your infused oil, capturing its scent at its highest point, & harnessing the petals natural oils to boot.


If you hate to see anything go to waste during the growing season like us, gather those rose petals as the bloom fades, dry them by simply laying them out on a screen or use a dehydrator, and put them to use.

Here are a few ideas of what to do with organic dried rose petals.

  • Homemade Potpourri
  • Add To Relaxing Bath
  • Create Sachets
  • In Lieu Of Rice At Weddings
  • Add To Homemade Paper
  • Decorate Cakes & Cupcakes


When it comes to making your diy rose oil you have several options. The quick method or the slow. Both are easy to do & will result in a mildly aromatic oil that is beneficial.


As with any project, your end result will only be as good as the ingredients or supplies you use. DIY rose oil is no different. Anyone who knows IMSL knows that we are strong proponents of living an organic & sustainable lifestyle. So when choosing your ingredients, we strongly feel organic is best.

When making your own personal care products such as our lotions, oils, toothpastes, deodorants, & infusions, only the finest organic ingredients will do. Choose your products & supplies wisely. Your body & the earth will thank you.

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To make your own infused rose oil you will need the following:

  • Rose Petals – Use only the most fragrant petals from roses that have been sorced without harmful pesticides & herbicides. Remember, this oil will be used directly on the skin
  • Oil – Choose a mild or no scent oil. You want the delicate rose scent to come through, not that of the oil itself. We love jojoba & sweet almond oil combination, but grapeseed oil is a wonderful option as well
  • Jar
  • Pot or Double Boiler (should you choose the quick method)


To harvest we recommend picking the rose blooms in the morning once the dew has dried. Remove any unwanted visitors, or debris from the bloom.

Should you be blessed and have access to freshly grown, rose petals, ones with no harsh chemicals used, harvest away!

Remove the petals, one-by-one, and gently pat dry. The petals are now ready for use in your diy rose oil.

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Some things just get better with age. DIY rose oil is no exception. We love to make our infused oils via the cold method, or a sun method. If you have 4 weeks time, cold maceration is an option.

For the slow method, simply take your petals, slightly crush to release the natural oils, and place them into a jar of choice. Cover the petals with oil & place a cover on the jar. Store the jar in a bright or direct sun location for 3-4 weeks, gently shaking the jar every few days. Strain the petals from the oil using either cloth or cheesecloth, leaving only the pure, scented oil for use.

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Looking for a faster option? Use the heat method for extracting beneficials from the rose. Using a double boiler your rose oil will be complete within a matter of hours.

Place the slightly crushed rose petals into a jar, cover with oil & place in a double boiler (you could also utilize a slow cooker). Bring to a slow simmer. Heat the mixture to about 125 F to 140 F (50-60 degrees celsius) and continue to heat slowly for 5-6 hour time period. Remove the oil from the petals, place fresh petals into the oil and repeat the heating process once again.

Complete this process 3 to 5 times to fully release the roses benefits, or until the desired scent & color of your oil is achieved.

We recommend letting the oil & petal mixture remain intact for several days after using the heat method to further intensify in scent. Strain one last final time & your oil is now ready.

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Not looking to make an infused oil? Rose water is another option that is easy & quick. To make, simply place your petals as in the previous methods into a jar & cover with boiling water. You will need approximately one part rose petals to two parts water.

Another option is to make a rose hydrosol (aromatic water). Keep a look out for an upcoming article on how to do just that!

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Strain when water has cooled, resulting in a very mildly scented, less potent water which can be used in cooking as well as a refreshing spritzer for the face. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.


As with all our beauty & personal care products we make here on the hill, we recommend storing in a darkly colored jar in a dark area (light & sunlight will quickly degrade the product) for best results.


You now have a scented oil ready for use. How do you use it? Here are a few options of how to use directly or to add to your homemade products…

  1. Massage Oil
  2. Lotions
  3. Face Serum (recipe coming soon!)
  4. Balms
  5. Soaps
  6. Bath Bombs
  7. Foot Soaks
  8. Baked Goods
  9. Aromatherapy
  10. Perfume


Due to the stunning scent of roses, the oil derived from them works in a multitude of ways, satisfying the senses on many levels.

Rose oil & rose water help with all things skin related. Used by Cleopatra herself for its beautifying benefits, rose is known to improve skin tone, calm irritated skin, moisturize, and help keep a youthful glow.

Added to our homemade products, rose is a welcomed, beneficial ingredient. One that my face will love.

Give it a try! We would love to hear from you! Join our conversation below & be sure to follow IMSL on all social media platforms.

Love, Light, & Laughter ~

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Hi! I am a 50’ish (shhhh, don’t tell anyone) wife and mother (one human and one canine), certified personal trainer, certified yoga teacher at the 200 hour level, unapologetic feminist, blogger, business manager/co-owner of a small 24/7 fitness facility, family organizer (ok, maybe sometimes dictator), and director of all things domestic. I am a passionate learner and implementer (yes, I use Google A LOT) of all things healthy and holistic, creating a sustainable life one season at a time.

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DIY Rose Oil & Rose Water? ›

You can also try this DIY rose water recipe for shiny hair: Add two tablespoons of pure rose water to a cup of water, and then mix with a few drops of jojoba oil and one capsule of vitamin E.

How do you mix rose water with oil? ›

You can also try this DIY rose water recipe for shiny hair: Add two tablespoons of pure rose water to a cup of water, and then mix with a few drops of jojoba oil and one capsule of vitamin E.

Can you add oil to rose water? ›

Hydrating face spray – Fill a small spray bottle with rose water and add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Evening primrose is a good option. You can add other ingredients that are good for your skin as well, like aloe vera or witch hazel.

What is rose water and rose oil good for? ›

Helps Hydrate and Nourish Dry Skin

Rose oil and rosewater are both naturally occurring hydrators. They help enrich dry or very dry skin with much-needed moisture, creating a healthy, glowing complexion with continued use.

Can I add rose essential oil to rose water? ›

There are three main ways to make rose water: using fresh rose petals, dried rose petals, or rose essential oil. Each of these three methods of making rose water is just as effective as the other but may have different costs.

Does rose oil need to be diluted? ›

Rose oil is usually quite expensive and is highly potent. It should be diluted whether you plan to inhale it or use it on your skin. To make a rose oil bath, add 10 drops of rose essential oil to a carrier oil, then add to a warm tub.

Is rose oil or rose water better? ›

Benefits of Rose Water and Rose Oil

Rose water can also be used to set makeup, giving your skin a fresh and dewy look. Rose oil, on the other hand, is great for those who want to tackle specific skin concerns. As a rich source of antioxidants, it can help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of free radicals.

What is the best carrier oil for rose oil? ›

The Best Carrier Oil for Rose Oil

If you're using it for cleansing, try using jojoba oil or grapeseed oil. If you are using it for moisturizing, try avocado oil or sweet almond oil.

What ingredients should be in rose water? ›

With only three ingredients (roses, ice, and water), you can make your own rose water at home. You can use your homemade rose water to add flavor to pastries and sweets, or in homemade cosmetics and skincare.

Does rose oil need a carrier oil? ›

Remember to always mix your rose essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil to keep your skin safe.

Can you apply rose oil directly to skin? ›

The first (and very important) thing to note is that rose oil should never be applied directly to skin. It should always be diluted by a carrier oil, or added to a bath in very small quantities (just two drops). When we talk about rose oil here, we're referring to it as an ingredient in skin products.

Is it OK to put rose oil on your face? ›

High quality Rose oil is an excellent choice for those looking for a natural way to improve their skin. This oil minimises the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. It can also help to even out skin tone and texture. Rose oil is also known for its ability to fight acne-causing bacteria.

What are the benefits of applying rose water daily at night? ›

The skincare benefits of using rose water include hydration, nourishment, calming irritation and redness, reducing dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, controlling excess oil, minimizing pores, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How long does homemade rose oil last? ›

There are no preservatives so you will need to write an expiration date on your rose body oil. Four to 6 ounces of rose body oil is easy used over the course of several weeks so there should be no waste. Your rose body oil will last about 4 weeks.

How do you keep rose water from molding? ›

I used Preservative Eco (Geogard ECT), a natural, paraben-free broad-spectrum preservative. Preservative Eco is liquid and water-soluble, and you'll need 1% to protect your homemade rose water against bacteria, mold, and yeast.

What can I mix rose water with? ›

With its floral flavor, rose water goes so well with sweet spring and summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, peaches, and rhubarb. Stir it into fruit syrups, mix it into sorbet, or add it to summertime jam.

How do you mix rose water and coconut oil? ›

Mix together three tablespoons of coconut oil and one cup of rose water. Pour the concoction into a spray bottle and store it in a cool place. You can use this mist in three different ways: as a pre-wash hair treatment, a leave-in treatment and an overnight treatment.

What should I mix with rose water? ›

Rice water and onion juice

Using a combination of rice water and onion juice can provide you with powerful conditioning, which leaves the hair shiny and soft. Onion contains powerful elements such as folic acid, sulphur, and vitamin C, which helps reduce breakage, and thinning of hair.

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