Amanda’s note: In another recipe from her coconut plantation in India, Ramya describes a traditional use of rose for cosmetic purposes. For more ideas from Ramya, check out her website WildTurmeric.net.
I love using rose water for making cosmetic preparations as it gives amazing results. Rose water made from pure pesticide-free roses has health benefits as well. It treats dry skin effectively and maintains the skin’s pH balance. It also prevents skin aging and fights off wrinkles and fine lines. The smell of pure rose water is so very relaxing and, especially if used at night, it relaxes you and assists with a good night’s rest. With all these skin benefits, it is no wonder that rose water has been a favorite for centuries, especially here in India.
We use rose water in rituals, in cooking, and it occupies a special place in our beauty regimens too.
Always try to make your own rose water — it is much cheaper and gives amazing results. I describe how to make your own rose water here.
The color of this cream depends on the color of the rose water you are using. Damascus variety roses produces the best rose water as the rose water made with it gives the best fragrance and color — the cream smells wonderful and looks beautiful. Here on my property, there is a dark variety of Damascus rose and I always try using it for making my rose water for the beautiful pink color. If you want a beautiful pink color and a beautiful natural fragrance for the cream, try making the rose water using Damascus roses.
This recipe for a rose facial cream is made with almond oil, apricot oil, and pure rose water. Organic beeswax is used to bind these ingredients. Both almond oil and apricot oil nourishes the skin. Always try using organic beeswax pellets for the recipe — beeswax pellets make the recipe easier to measure and melt. The rose essential oil is an expensive ingredient but it is worth it. (You can make it without in a pinch.)
This cream is best used as a night cream as it nourishes the skin. It can be used even for the most sensitive skin as it does not have any skin irritants.
Last time I made this recipe, it stayed well for over a month at room temperature. If you want a longer shelf life, you can store it in the refrigerator. I would suggest making smaller batches because the smell stays fresh that way. This recipe makes a perfect small batch that can be used within a month. This recipe also makes great gifts. If you want to make larger batches for gifting it to others, simply double the recipe. If you are making large batches, use a electric mixer to mix the ingredients together.
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