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stop & smell the roses

diy rose water homemade rose petals

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DIY rose-water because…..well…..I LOVE ROSE WATER!

Rose water has moisturizing and anti inflammatory properties making it refreshing on hot days – use it on your face as a toner – put some in your bath water – use it to mop your floor – pour some into your rainbow vacuum water – use it to freshen up bedding or furniture – want a natural perfume? bam rose-water – or even use it to cleanse unwanted / stagnant energy!

It can also be used to flavor certain dishes such as tea or lemonade (but I find myself using it most frequently in my skin care routine.

diy rose water homemade rose petals
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To make rose-water you will need to choose a rose that is fragrant. (I used (what I believe is) pink fragrant roses originally from the Hand Rose Farm in Tyler, TX)

Pluck the petals from the roses – discard the bulb and stems.

diy rose water homemade rose petals

Place the rose petals in a large pot and fill with just enough purified/distilled water to cover the rose petals – too much water will dilute the rose-water and you want it to smell as strong as possible.

diy rose water homemade rose petals

Place a heat safe bowl in the center of the petals, and cover the pot with a lid.

Place on a medium heat.

As the petals simmer, steam will collect on the lid of the pot and drip into the bowl – that rose-water will be a more pure form than the rose-water that is in the pot (but the rose-water in the pot is still good stuff).

diy rose water homemade rose petals

Simmer until the petals lose their color.

Drain/strain the liquid into a jar and voilà! That is your rose-water!

diy rose water homemade rose petals

Store in the refrigerator.
diy rose water homemade rose petals

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Homemade Bath Bombs

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I absolutely love laying in the bathtub. In my opinion, nothing is better than a nice relaxing bath at the end of a long day. Dropping one of these balls into your bath water will instantly create a scented sanctuary. They bubble, fizz, and moisturize while the epsom salt helps restore magnesium and detox your body. These bath bombs are as fun as they are therapeutic.  It is like taking a bath in champagne! You will emerge from the tub with softened, lightly perfumed skin.

One of the exciting things about making bath bombs is being able to personalize them with oils and dried herbs. The possibilities are endless and once you start making them tons of new ideas come to mind. Make extra and save them for birthdays and holidays! My go-to essential oils for bath bombs include lavender, camomile, jasmine, grapefruit, mint and eucalyptus. I took pictures of several batches, but the listed ingredients will make 3 bath bombs using the large mold and 6 with the smaller mold.

Side note: the dried herbs were a fun experiment but very messy and will float in the water. If your plumbing is bad I recommend leaving them out.

Here’s a look at the supplies I used


  
  
  

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
  • 3 tsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tsp Essential Oil
  • 3/4 tsp Water
  • 10 drops Food Coloring
  • Mold (the bigger mold is 2 3/4″ diameter) (the littler mold is 2 1/4″ diameter)
  • Sugar flower or dried herbs (optional)

Directions

  • In a bowl mix baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, and epsom salt.
  • In a different bowl mix coconut oil, essential oil, water and food coloring.
  • Slowly whisk the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. (Note: Pouring too fast will cause the citric acid to activate)
  • The consistency should be like wet sand.
  • If you want to garnish or add a sugar flower make sure to put that in the mold first.
  • Add a heaping amount of the mixture to both sides of mold and press together.
  • Lightly tap the top of the mold with a spoon and place bath bombs on wax paper.
  • Let dry for 1 to 2 days.

 

Let me know what you think!

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