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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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rock candy suckers

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Rock candy is so pretty…so why wouldn’t you want to make them at home!? I thought they would be a super easy project that I could enjoy, no problem….but I wasn’t successful the first time I tried making these. I did something wrong and they did not form crystals…they didn’t do anything. Darn it! But the second time I made sure I let the sugar-water reach a rapid boil and it was a success! I love the way they turned out.

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Supplies:

  • 8 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Cups Water
  • Candy thermometer
  • 5 Jars
  • 5 Clothes pins
  • Food coloring
  • 5 Candy sticks

The night before, soak sticks in water for about 20 min then roll in sugar. Place on paper towel or plate and let dry overnight.

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Gather jars and designate a remote area to place them. (They need to sit untouched for 1 week for crystals to form)

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In a medium sauce pan bring water to a rapid boil.

One cup at a time add sugar and let dissolve completely before adding next cup. Once all the sugar is added and the sugar-water is clear, remove from heat. (I let my sugar water boil for a while, like 10 min…..my water temperature was anywhere between 250 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit)

Add food coloring drops to jars.

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Once cooled, pour sugar-water into jars…this mixture will make 5 suckers. (I doubled it)

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Put stick through a clothes pin and place into filled jar. Make sure the stick is not touching the sides of the jar.

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Cover and leave alone for approximately one week or until crystals are at desired size.

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….and TADA!!

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Enjoy!

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diy facial toner


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Creating  your own products is fun, and you know what is going into them. If you really look into what you are letting your skin absorb from store-bought items, it can be scary. Green tea is great for your complexion…it improves the skin’s elasticity, helps draw out impurities and reduce large pores. Plus its cost-effective, and great for gift giving!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Green Tea bag or 1 T loose tea
  • Lavender Essential Oil (90 drops total, 15 per bottle)
  • Boiling Water (2 1\2 cup)
  • Bottle for storage (6)
  • Labels (6)

Method:

  • In a large bowl pour 2 1/2 cups boiling water over 1 tea bag or approximately 1 T loose tea.
  • Let steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Strain with cheese cloth or remove tea bags.
  • Put in the fridge to cool.
  • Put 15 Lavender drops in each bottle.
  • Funnel cooled tea into bottle.
  • Attach label

Let me know what you think!

Side note: the inspiration for this post comes from- www.xovain.com

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