Whether you received one rose or two dozen this Valentine’s Day, I have compiled a list of health and beauty hacks that will put your love gifts to greater use!
Don’t let your roses sit in a vase and wilt. These tips will make the Valentine’s Day romance last all year long!
1) Rose Water
If you’re still buying your rose water from Whole Foods you need to stop. Immediately. Don’t let the big man swindle you out of your money! Rose water is one of the fastest, easiest things to make at home. The Healthy Maven walks us through her 2-step process. You’ll never go to the store for this stuff again!
2) Lip Scrub
Have your roses already dried up? Excellent! Lip scrubs are meant to be rough! This hack is amazing because, with just a few household ingredients, you are able to make a product that rivals the $15 lip scrub at Lush!
I’ve attached an amazing video from Dariia Day. Her recipe is a definite winner. Want to simplify it even further? Feel free to substitute the coconut oil for honey and leave out the raspberries!
3) Rose Oil
For those of you who aren’t hip, rose oil is one of God’s gifts to mankind. The uses of this oil exceed reasonable expectations.
Got a cut? Rose Oil. Dry Hair? Rose Oil. Feeling Sad? Rose Oil. Acne? Rose Oil. Need to Poop? Rose…
Too far? Sorry. Anyways, the best part is that it’s super easy to make and Lavendaire does an amazing job showing us how.
4) Rose-Honey Face Mask
There are few things I love more on a lazy day than a homemade face mask! Somehow, face masks have a way of making my Top Chef binge sessions feel hyper-productive. Want to try? Hop up! The ingredients are probably in your kitchen right now!
Rose-Honey Face Mask
1 tablespoon of honey
5-7 fresh rose petals (torn up)
2 teaspoons of rose water (which you now know how to make)
1 tablespoon of plain yogurt (optional)
Combine the honey, rose petals, and rose water. Use a fork to muddle the petals in the honey. Add in the yogurt. Stir Thoroughly. Apply to face and let sit for 20-25 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Afterward, moisturize your face with a natural oil like coconut or olive.
5) Rose Tea
Disclaimer: Only attempt this recipe if you’re confident that your roses are pesticide-free.
If you’re sure that your roses are chemical free, then this tea recipe will absolutely blow your mind. It’s so simple, so easy, and so delicious.
Rose Tea Recipe
Boil 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan
Reduce water to a simmer and add in 1/2 cup of fresh rose petals
Add 1/4 cinnamon stick (optional)
Simmer for approximately 5 minutes– until the petals became clear/white
Strain into mug
Garnish with Fresh Petals & Enjoy with Honey!
**Bonus Hack: Freeze this tea in an ice tray and use it to add unexpected flavor to your favorite cocktail**
6) Rose Perfume
This is probably my favorite post-Valentines Day hack. Until I did some research, I never knew how easy and affordable it is to make your own perfume. Furthermore, this perfume is a wonderful alternative for the people who are sensitive or allergic to commercial products. All you’ll need are your leftover Valentine’s Day roses and some vodka. Boom!
Krista Burton shares her super simple, step-by-step process on Beautylish.
7) Sugar Body Scrub
I’m tempted to suggest making this body scrub before Valentine’s Day because it will leave your body so soft and… touchable. You get it.
Anyways, it is almost laughably simple to make. Honestly, I’m upset that I didn’t think of this myself! Allison Anderson provides the best tutorial though, so I can hardly complain.
8) Rose Infused Honey
I wish I could find a video detailing this process step-by-step. But it’s so easy, I’m sure that if you follow my directions you’ll be able to make it yourself. (Feel free to make a video while you do! There’s a gap in the tutorial community!)
Rose Infused Honey
Generously fill a mason jar with freshly washed rose petals (ensure they are pesticide-free)
Cover the petals with your favorite, organic honey
Stir to combine with a wooden spoon
Push the petals down in the jar
Top off the jar with more honey
Seal the jar and store in the cupboard for 6 weeks
After 6 weeks, extract the rose petals and…
According to The Grow Network, rose infused honey is a powerful cure for a sore throat. Personally, I just think that it tastes wonderful on toast!
9) Rose Milk Bath Bomb
Who doesn’t love a good bath bomb? If you don’t… I’m not sure we have much in common anymore! Much like rose water, bath bombs are surprisingly easy to make and significantly less expensive to craft than to buy.
As a lover of bath bombs, DIY, and roses, you can only imagine how thrilled I was to discover A Pumpkin & A Princess’ Rose Milk Bath Bomb tutorial! It might require a trip to the grocery store, but it will definitely be worth it!
10) Potpourri Pillow Pouches
Before you say it, yes. Potpourri is incredibly old fashioned. I, too, used to find it in little dishes around my grandmother’s home. However ancient, potpourri is actually super easy to revamp and customize. When made with a tasteful combination of natural ingredients, it exudes a mind-blowingly relaxing scent.
BTW, this recipe will work wonderfully with any fragrant Valentines Day flowers.
So, if you didn’t receive roses this is the hack for you!
Now, let’s convert this from Grandma’s dish potpourri to a modern potpourri pouch.
First, ALLOW THE POTPOURRI TO COMPLETELY DRY OUT. This step was skipped in the video but here it is important. Next, take an old tube sock– maybe one that the was divorced from its mate by the dryer…. (moment of mourning) … and fill it 1/2 full with potpourri. Tightly secure the sock with a rubber band. This recipe will probably make 2-3 potpourri pouches. Insert 1 pocket into your pillowcase. Trust me, if you use the right dried flowers– I recommend roses, lavender, and chamomile– you will sleep like you’ve never slept before.
** In the comments of this video, cinnamon was suggested as an alternative for orris root powder. Use this information as you see fit **