Kreiner Family Rose Petal Skin Cream
Rose Petal Skin Cream
Traditional Family Skin Treatment
My grandmother had beautiful skin and used rose petals as part of her beauty routine. When I moved to the South and saw the amazing rose bushes, I had to try to use the rose's natural properties, just like my grandmother did.
Rose petals - when dried and infused in water - contain tannins which act as a natural astringent for your skin; and tiliroside which rejuvinates the skin (see Cytotoxic, Antioxidant, Antimicrobial... https://www.researchgate.net/publication/244482544_Cytotoxic_Antioxidant_Antimicrobial_Properties_And_Chemical_Composition_Of_Rose_Petals .)
Rose petals have been a foundation of luxuriant skin care for centuries. In China, roses were used for skin and beauty practices as far back as the Tang and Sui Dynasties. Ancient Greeks and Romans used rose petals in their baths for radiant skin. In medieval Europe, roses were a form of currency. Lucky for us, they are plentiful.
How To Make
YOU WILL NEED:
- .75 Cup Mineral Oil
- 1.5 Cups distilled water
- 2 Cups rose petals
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa butter
- 1 Tablespoon Shea butter
- Half an ounce of beeswax
- Stick blender
- Sanitized containers
I picked rose petals from the bushes in front of my house and washed them gently. Then I made a hydrosol by boiling water, putting rose petals in it, and then placing a heat proof bowl in the middle, and place a lid on the pot. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for an hour or more. Keep checking the water level to ensure that it doesn’t boil down too much.
Drain the water and measure out one and a half cups into a sanitized container and set aside to cool.
In a saucepan, pour one-cup mineral oil, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, one tablespoon Shea butter, and one tablespoon Cocoa butter. Grate half an ounce of beeswax and add it to the oils.
Gently heat until all the ingredients have melted. This can be done in the microwave in small increments. Stir occasionally. You can remove from it from the heat with a few solids remaining, and then stir to complete the melting period. The heat of the other oils will finish the work for you.
Set aside and let cool.
When both mixtures are a little above room temperature, pour the oil/beeswax into the container and use a stick mixture to start blending. Slowly pour rose-infused water into the container as you mix.
You will notice a cream starting to form. Continue mixing. Add rose infused water until it is fully absorbed and additional mixing will not incorporate it.
Let it rest for fifteen minutes.
Use spoon to transfer into sanitized container.
The result is a pale pink moisturizer (If you use rose petals). For a pale brown color, use plain water and sprinkle one teaspoon of cocoa powder into the cream just as you start mixing it. Smells delicious!
I like to use either variation after a bath or shower by slathering it on my clean skin and lying on a couch in a terrycloth robe for half an hour to let my skin absorb this natural treat.