Making Rose Perfume

Things are definitely rosy around here... big ones, tiny ones and old (garden) ones have been blooming practically everywhere which means only one thing, time to make the rose water! This year I also wanted to make a light perfume from all the fresh rose petals we've been blessed with. A somewhat involved gift project which has quite a number of steps and needs time to mature, you might rather go for a speedier version such as previous projects of solid perfume and floral oils, respectively. Otherwise grab some DIY rose water, you'll need that too, and keep reading for the rose perfume...


Making a Natural Rose Perfume
What You Will Need: 

- 2 cups of fresh, organic rose petals
- 5 Tab of vodka or perfumers alcohol
- 10 to 15 drops of rose water
- 10 drops of vanilla essential oil or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 10 drops of neroli (orange flower) essential oil
- 15 drops of Bulgarian rose essential oil (optional)
- Glass jar with tight fitting lit
- Fine mesh strainer or coffee filters
- Glass perfume bottle, preferably opaque

How To Make It:

Place rose petals into a glass jar and cover with alcohol. Cover with a tightly closing lid and allow to sit for at least 1 week. The rose petals will lose their color and the liquid will take on a slight blush or golden color depending on the color of flowers used.

Remove petals and strain liquid through a strainer or coffee filter into a another clean glass jar. Add in rose water one drop at a time. This may cause your perfume liquid to become cloudy which is normal and perfectly fine. The rose water helps to cut the smell of alcohol and also adds another layer of rose fragrance to the finished perfume. Being completely natural, the finished liquid is best kept in an opaque bottles &/or in the refrigerator as opposed to on display.

Finish by adding essential oils &/or extracts and cover once again with a tightly closing lid. Allow to mature for at least 2 weeks to 2 months before using. Once matured, decant into a perfume bottle and, if possible, keep refrigerated.

The neroli adds a hint of fresh citrus and white florals which gives way to the earthy, subtle rose and a sweet vanilla forming the base. A simple top, middle and base note combination that supports the rose in a Turkish Delight (Loukhoum) sort of way. The virgin queen Elizabeth is said to have had something similar created for herself only using sugar water in place of rosewater. Even back then, and later on, royalty lamented the rarity and cost of a good rose perfume. To enhance the scent even further definitely try a drop or two of pure Bulgarian rose essential oil. A tiny bottle is pricey but the results can be magical.


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