There is nothing I love more than receiving a surprise bouquet of roses. It is sweet, thoughtful, and it makes the house smell great and feel amazingly homey. The only problem is that I can be a seriously nostalgic person, and parting with said flowers once they’ve reached their expiration date can leave me feeling blue. Not to mention I have a total phobia of wasting anything so I get way bummed composting flowers. That is why this year I decided to find a way to utilize my Valentine’s Day flowers as much as possible. I will be posting this as a three part series since I have found three very unique and awesome uses for dried rose petals!
Firstly in this post, I will talk about how to dry your rose petals before we can use them. Always be sure – when you purchase any flowers really – that your roses are organic and do not contain pesticides. You should always do this since they will be in your home, but especially since some of these recipes involve ingesting rose petals, or having skin contact with rose water.
Our first use for roses involves making one of my all time favorite things. Bath Bombs baby. I love a good bath but I rarely indulge in one because they can be a larger waste of water. I also know that if I am going to take one, I want a bath bomb and I don’t know about you, but I cannot drop $8 every time I bathe. I saw a post a while back about how to make full size bath bombs using molds, but I was too cheap to buy the mold. I forgot about the project and sort of abandoned the idea, that was until I went Easter thrifting and realized that these plastic eggs are perfect for bath bomb molds! They even have a super easy storage space in our fridge now, keeping them super fresh and happy!
So how does one make their own bath bomb? By following these super easy steps of course!
Drying Out Your Petals:
The quickest way to dry out your roses is to place them in the microwave. I, on the other hand, am very microwave-phobic, so I place them in the oven. All you have to do is place your rose petals on a wire cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet. Spread them out so that none of the petals are overlapping. Bake the petals at 100 degrees for 10 minutes. They should come out nice and crispy, but not burnt – similar to the texture of a potato chip. If they’re still a little squishy or clearly have liquid in them, then bake them for another 2-4 minutes, monitoring occasionally. Cool your rose petals and store them in an airtight glass container.
How to Make Your Own Bath Bombs On The Cheap:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 3 tbsp epsom salt
- 2 tsp coconut oil, organic, melted
- 8 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 8 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 tbsp dried rose petals
Mix the dry ingredients only in a large bowl using a whisk.
In a smaller bowl, combine the wet ingredients, stirring until well mixed.
Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl until thoroughly combined.
Squeeze a small amount of the mixture and see if it sticks together. If the mixture is crumbly use a water bottle to spritz the mixture with a tiny bit of water, then whisk the mixture again and re-test. Be aware that if you add too much water, you can activate the ingredients and initiate the fizzing. Once this happens you may as well take a bath on the spot, because this will be useless past that point.
Once the mixture lightly holds together, press it into your mold (easter egg). Pack it tightly, but do not overfill the mold. Ensure that the easter egg closes completely.
Allow bath bomb to dry at least 6-8 hours (overnight is best). Very carefully remove bath bombs from the plastic eggs and allow more drying time if they are not fully hardened and dry to the touch. I spun my molds around in circles before pulling them off, this loosened them and then they popped off easier. If one breaks, do not be discouraged! I had this happen the first time I did them too! I just plonked it into the bath that night so I didn’t have to store it 🙂