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How to Make Rose Oil at Home? Time to Crush Some Petals!

The cheaper and easier version of rose oil is only 3 ingredients away. Pluck, swirl, and strain are all you gotta do.

Written by Manal Yahya

On Apr 21, 2023 – 8 minutes read

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If you knew how to make rose oil at home in a quick and easy method, would you spend so much on an expensive yet tiny bottle of rose oil? Unless you are super-lazy or super-rich, I don’t think so.

The best news here? If you know how to make rose oil at home, you don’t need to use rose oils so sparingly that you don’t even feel fully satisfied with how much you use. So, why not?

In this article, learn about the easiest method to make it at home by yourself. You do not need many ingredients either. Just a few steps and you get your new huge bottle of rose oil —to use generously without feeling guilty! Now, time to crush some petals!

Learn How to Make Rose Oil Easily With 3 Ingredients!

Thanks to the popularity of aromatherapy(1) and its abundant benefits, oils are insanely sought out now more than ever. One particular oil among the many is rose oil with its soothingly therapeutic and heavenly-sent aroma. I mean, who wouldn’t want such a lovely scent lingering on you?

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Most of us don’t go for rose oil because of its hefty price tag, right? So, if you can cut the cost and smoother your skin and hair with this scent without losing any of the therapeutic benefits, why not take the shot? If you wish to learn how to make rose oil at home, keep reading.

Rose Infused Oil VS Rose Essential Oil

Before we get into the details, let’s clear up the common confusion regarding rose-infused oil and rose essential oil. Although they sound the same, they are not the same.

Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil, as you already know, is the most expensive essential oil commonly used in manufacturing perfumes and the majority of commercial cosmetic products. If you have wondered why rose essential oil is so overpriced, here’s the reason.

Rose essential oil uses low content of oil in the rose blooms, meaning they have to harvest 3 l of rose petal for each ml of oil. This also means they have such a strong odor that stays with you for a longer time.

But most importantly, the potent aroma requires sophisticated technologies. And, store-bought essential oils use distillation to concentrate the intense aroma.

Rose Infused Oil

Rose infused oil, on the other hand, does not require any such advanced methods. It includes a simple process anyone can do at home.

Unlike rose essential oil, infused oil carries a much gentler and milder scent but smells lovely nonetheless. Not to mention, you can certainly use it on your skin and hair without worrying as the gentle formula won’t harm sensitive skin.

In fact, using infused rose oil hydrates and heals the skin. Many more reasons to make rose oil at your home!

Now that’s cleared up, let’s get into the important chunk.

How To Make Rose Oil at Home?

Making rose oil at home is not a big deal. All you have to do is follow a few steps in the right manner. Rose oil ingredients include a few rose petals—(pick them after the morning dew evaporates from them to be free of chemicals or pesticides), water, and unscented oil.

How To Make Rose Oil At Home

Now, how to make rose oil at home?

  1. After you pick up roses, wash them in cold water to remove insects and dust.
  2. Let them dry for at least 1 hour or more.
  3. Bring a few inches of water to a boil. Then, remove the pot from heat.
  4. Pour a cup of unscented oil—jojoba or grapeseed oil—into a glass jar. 
  5. Shred and crush a cup of rose petals and place them in the oil. Swirl the jar around without shaking it to coat the petals completely.
  6. Cover the jar tightly. Then, place it into hot water to help release the scent from the petals.
  7. Once the water cools, move the jar to a warm place and let it sit for 24 hours or longer for stronger results.
  8. Optional: Strain the oil using a sieve or through a cheesecloth, pressing the petals to extract as much oil as you can.
  9. For a stronger scent, add another cup of shredded petals into the jar and let the petals infuse overnight. Repeat the step until you get the scent you desire.
  10. Strain the oil and pour it into a dark glass container (to block out sunlight and keep the oil fresh) with a lid.


Screw the bottle tightly and keep it away from light and children so as to not knock it over. Normally, the oil has a shelf life of about 1 year.

If at all it starts to smell bad, time to throw it away! Otherwise, you get to use this DIY rose oil for a year without worrying. 

Now that you know how to make rose oil at home for your skin or hair, learn why you should use it, what are the benefits, and how to use it.

What Are the Benefits of Rose Oil?

Obviously, this flower is more than just pretty to admire and take a whiff of. Or to give your special person on special occasions. It comes with several benefits, apparently. Although there are many research studies to support these benefits, they are based on small trials.

However, some potential physiological and psychological benefits surfaced with rose oils’ recent popularity. All in all, it’s clearly worth a shot.

Relieves stress and anxiety 

It calms down the nerves and relieves stress as a result. Both application and inhalation are believed to reduce stress.

Reduces menstrual pain

Many users praise rose oils for effectively helping period cramps. Along with reducing pain, it gives a soothing effect.

Antibacterial and antifungal properties

Proven to be beneficial in fighting bacteria that cause staph and strep throat. Likewise, it helps deal with such infection-inducing microbes.

Stimulates sex drive

Surprisingly, rose oil is an aphrodisiac(2). It is known for effectively escalating desire, especially for men more than women, by releasing dopamine in the brain.

Stimulates sex drive

Works on pain

Due to the release of endorphins—the feel-good hormone, rose oil inhalation eases pain significantly. This is why rose oil aromatherapy is popular with patients who have had surgery.

Eases depressive symptoms

As it releases dopamine, it is said to treat symptoms of depression. But only if you are patient with it to notice any results.

Moisturizes the skin

You can soften your skin (even sensitive skin) by smothering it all over your body, thanks to its moisturizing and hydrating properties. After all, it is an oil.

Promotes hair growth

Applying infused rose oil promotes hair growth, adds luster to hair, and makes the scalp healthier with its antifungal properties.  

All of these are benefits of rose-infused oil that you get without breaking your wallet by knowing how to make rose oil at home. However, you must use it correctly to avail yourself of maximum benefits. Or worse, to avoid any danger. Ingesting it rather than inhaling is a wrong move.

Or, inhaling it without diluting is another harmful move. Sounds scary, right? Not when you know how to use rose oil for your skin and hair in the right manner.

How To Use Rose Oil?

Incorporating it into your routine is not difficult. You can use it in many different ways. The following are the ways you can use it to reap its full benefits. 

Rose oil bath

If you choose rose oil as a part of your daily bath, chances of having an extremely therapeutic bath are guaranteed. Obviously, bathing relaxes you and relieves daily stress, which is why adding it would be a bonus. You can add a few drops to your shower gel or creams as well.

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  1. Add around 10 drops of rose oil to any carrier oil of your choice.
  2. Add the mix to a tub of warm water.
  3. Take your bath as usual.

Anti-anxiety solutions

It is known to release dopamine and endorphins, both of which calm the nerves. Meaning, you get to relax and relieve your anxieties. Either inhale rose oil using a diffuser or smear it lightly on your wrists, neck, or chest. But only after diluting it with any carrier oil of your choice.

Rose oil for scars

Apply a dab of oil where your scars are healing as it is an anti-inflammatory agent and tissue regenerator. Your skin heals and moisturizes as well.

Rose oil foot bath

To improve blood circulation and ease the nerves, a foot bath when mixed with oil helps immensely. Massaging adds to the benefits, of course. Now that you know how to make rose oil at home, let’s tell you how to do a foot bath with it.

Rose oil foot bath
  1. Take a small amount of warm water for the foot-bath.
  2. Add a few drops of rose oil (diluted or undiluted) to the footbath.
  3. Soak your feet in it for 10 minutes.

Rose oil for full body massage

To reap all the benefits of rose oil over your whole body, you gotta try this good ol’ massage.

Side Effects of Using Rose Oil

Unless you ingest or inhale rose oil without diluting it, there are no severe side effects. But to be on the safe side, always conduct a patch test to see the way your body reacts to it.

Even though it doesn’t have any negative effects, you must consult your doctor first about any current medical conditions, allergies, and possible drug interactions. Also, please note that you cannot use this oil during pregnancy or when you are breastfeeding. And it may be toxic to young children and pets.

Final Words

Rose oil is used in a variety of cosmetic products from skincare lotions, moisturizers, and balms to perfumes, soaps, and shampoos. When its essential oil is so pricey, it’s best for you to turn to the infused version. The benefits are the same after all.

Now that you know how to make rose oil at home, how to use it, and its benefits, the jump would be quick and easy, just like the method.

  1. The Johns Hopkins University. (2020). Aromatherapy: Do Essential Oils Really Work?. (Online). Available at:
  2. National Center for Biotechnology Information. (n.d). Exploring scientifically proven herbal aphrodisiacs.. (Online). Available at:

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