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Friday, July 5, 2013

Rose Petal Body Scrub

by Tonya

It's summertime! My rose bushes are full of flowers and I am so excited to use the petals in homemade beauty products. For my first project, I followed this recipe  from The Beauty Department.

I used a mason jar and these ingredients:

Coconut oil
Fresh, scented rose petals
Turbinado sugar
Sweet Almond oil

It's a very simple and quick recipe (so it's easy if you have little kids running around or babies crying for you). Just layer the ingredients in a clean jar. First, the coconut oil, then rose petals, then sugar, and finally the almond oil. You can let the almond oil soak into the sugar for a few minutes and then pour in a bit more to top it off. 

To use, mix it with a spoon and then rub on your skin in the shower. After rinsing, it leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized so you don't need to put on any lotion. Be careful if your shower floor feels slippery from the oils. 

This scrub does not need to be refrigerated and should keep for up to a year. That's great news since I would love to use this in the winter when my skin is always dry. And I can always use a rosy reminder of summertime in the dead of winter. With a cute label and a ribbon, wouldn't these scrubs be great gifts for the women in your life?

At warmer temperatures (like taking photos outside in the hot sun, or maybe in your shower) the coconut oil may liquify. That is no problem and it will turn back to a solid after it cools off. Coconut oil can safely change back and forth with no ill effects at all.

One warning - please be cautious about using rose petals from a florist. Most imported flowers are drenched in chemicals that you wouldn't want to put on your skin. 

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