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Sunday, February 19, 2012

DIY Rose Almond Body Oil + More Uses for Wilting Roses

Happy Monday! After a week my Valentine's Day roses are starting to look pitiful. How are yours holding up? We don't splurge on flowers that often and I can't bear to trash them yet. To extend their life, so to speak, I tried an easy recipe for my dry winter skin.

Rose Almond Body Oil

You'll need 1 cup of rose petals (2-3 roses) and 1 cup of almond oil (rich in vitamins E and D, yay!). I got a bottle at Whole Foods for about $4.50. Put the petals in a jar, crush them up a bit with a wooden spoon, and pour in the oil. Let the mixture sit for 1 week and then strain before using. This feels so good right out of the shower and smells great.

Want a few more ideas for your pretty petals?

2. Have a rose petal bubble bath

Not much explanation needed here. Run yourself a nice, hot bath, adding some bubbles if you want. Sprinkle petals on top just before you get in.

3. Dry petals for potpourri

I'm not a huge fan of dried flowers as decoration (kind of creepy) but you can make potpourri after the petals are dried. Hang flowers upside down in cool, dry place. Once the petals are dry you can remove from the stem and add a scent, like rose oil.

4. Add them to your next meal

Rose petals are edible! Try this yummy recipe for rose petal candies. Or if you're not sure if the petals were sprayed with any chemicals just stick to garnishment or table decoration.

5. Pamper your face

Facial: Put about a cup of petals in the bottom of a large bowl. Add 2 cups hot water. Sit with your face above the bowl - head covered with a towel - for about 15 minutes.

Face mask: Combine 3-4 tablespoons of water with 8-10 petals in a small bowl. Let stand for 2-3 hours then crush the petals into the water. Add 3 tablespoons of honey, stir together and slather on your face. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with cool water.


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