This DIY homemade rose lotion body bar recipe is so easy and makes the best lotion body bar from beautiful rose petals. Using it on your skin makes it feel soft and silky! These lotion bars are great for dry skin, irritated skin or itchy skin and good for all skin types. The diy rose lotion bar can be used as massage bars for rough elbows and knees and do not have a greasy feel.
Health Benefits of Rose Flowers
As stated in the articles, rose petals are known to be good for the skin, have possible anti-stress and anti-depression properties, possibly help ease menstrual pain and contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. It is amazing what roses and other wild flowers and plants can do!
How to Make Homemade Rose Lotion Body Bars
To make salves, balms, lotions and lotion bars, you need to start with an infused oil.
How to make an Infused Oil
The first step to make an oil infusion is to dry the rose petals. You can let the plants air dry by spreading them in a single layer on a dish towel or paper towel and let them dry for several days. The other option is to use a dehydrator set at a low setting.
I used my dehydrator to dry the plants.
The next step is to make an infused oil with the dried flower or herb by steeping the flower or herb in a carrier oil. Different kind of oils can be used including sweet almond oil, olive oil, sunflower, jojoba oil or coconut oil.
Add the dried rose petals to a glass jar. The amount of oil you want will depend on how much lotion that you want to make. You will add about twice as much oil as your dried flowers or herbs. For example you can add the flowers or herbs to a pint jar about halfway and then fill the jar almost to the top. If you want less, you can fill the jar about 1/4 up with herbs and then 1/2 way with oil.
There are several options for making the infused oil:
Slow option: Just add the lid to the jar and put it away in a cabinet for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake the jar every once in a while. You can also put the jar in direct sunlight for a couple weeks to infuse the oil.
Fast double boiler method: Place the jar in a saucepan of a couple inches of hot water and heat the water on low for about 2 hours
Fast crockpot method: Add your dried herbs or flowers and oil to the crockpot, make sure that the oil covers the herbs. Heat the oil slowly and keep the crockpot on warm. Try to keep the temp between 120-130 F. Let it heat for several hours.
I used the slow option for my rose petal infused oil.
Making the Rose Lotion Bars
The next step is to strain the rose petals from the infused oil.
Once you have the infused oil, you add the amount desired to a double boiler, then add the beeswax and shea butter. The measurements for lotions bars are equal amounts of oil, beeswax, shea butter. A lot of recipes for lotion bars and salves that I have seen use measurements in grams and oz. I feel it is easier with simple measurements. I wanted to start with a small batch to see how this turned out, so I used 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup beeswax and 1/4 cup shea butter. Cocoa butter can be substituted for shea butter.
Stir until the beeswax and shea butter are melted.
After the mixture sits for a few minutes add a couple drops of any type of essential oils if desired. I added this rose essential oil.
Pour the mixture into small silicone or heatproof candy molds. I used flower molds.
Let the homemade lotion bars set up. It does not take long!
The finished product!
I am so excited about these new lotion bars as this is the first time I have made them and it was so easy and I love how they turned out. Like I said in my About Me, I am trying new things and sharing what I learn! The speckles in the lotion bar are there because I tried to add red food coloring and it did not quite blend in, but I like how it turned out! Added some interesting specks of color.
Since roses are so abundant, at least on my rose bushes, I plan to dry many of the petals and make these rose lotion bars as gifts.
Enjoy making and using this rose lotion bar recipe made from natural ingredients and rose petals from nature. It is very easy to make small batches of these lotion bars. I plan to continue to explore making salves, balms, lotions, and other similar items from plants and flowers found in nature and also from herbs and flowers that I grow.
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- Dried Rose Petals and Carrier Oil, which can include sweet almond oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil to make infused oil
- 1/4 cup infused oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- Optional: Essential oil of your choice
- Create the rose petal infused oil with the dried rose petals and the carrier oil- See Notes
- Heat the infused oil in a double boiler
- Add the beeswax and shea butter
- Heat and stir until the beeswax and shea butter are completely melted
- Pour the liquid into small silicone or heatproof candy molds
- Optional: Add essential oil of your choice, such as rose essential oil
- Let the lotion bars set up
There are several methods for creating the infused oil which are described in the article.
This was a small batch, that made 2 lotion bars. It can be increased as needed using equal parts oil, beeswax and shea butter.