The day before Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend surprised me by spelling out ‘I love you’ with rose petals. It was super cute, and, of course, (like a crazed girlfriend) I made him leave the petals alone for a couple of days. I guess I just wanted to admire the beauty and subtle scent a bit longer?
After a while of stepping around the petals (and some pestering from Alex), I realized we had to pick them up, and I started thinking of what I could make with them.
I decided on rosewater, which is very easy to make. I put the petals (I had the equivalent of a dozen roses) in a 4-quart pot, and then poured almost 2-quarts worth of boiling water over them. I let this stew for a little while.
Then, I bottled it into a travel-sized spray bottle I found at the dollar store. The rest I put in a container and stored in the fridge. I use rosewater as a facial toner. My skin is very sensitive and oily, but the sensitivity trumps the oiliness…so I have to use gentle products.
Rose water seems to work like witch hazel, only gentler. I spritzed it on a cotton round and wiped away the oil on my face. It seems to work well with my skin. Of course, if you want to try out rosewater, you should test for any skin sensitivities. I also have a bottle of Vitamin E oil and considered adding a few drops to the water.
After looking through my beauty products, I discovered a consistent theme. I have rose body wash, rose bar soap and rose eye cream.
You don’t just have to put roses on your face, though. There are lots of delicious recipes and craft products that involve rose petals and rosewater.
- Rose ice cream is one of my favorite types of ice cream. Whenever I went to Mallard Ice Cream while I was living in Bellingham, I almost always ordered rose ice cream. So good!
- You can put petals in green salads or fruit salads. Or how about iced tea?
- I’ve heard candied rose petals are good. There’s a teenager in Portland (the City of Roses!) who is trying to open a food cart selling fried roses.
- There are many, many other desserts you can whip up that use rosewater and/or petals. (Cupcakes are pretty.) As well as savory things, like rose petal pesto.
- You can dry the roses and either make potpourri or put the roses in a shadow box.