Rose Lotion Bars for Dry Hands
Have you figured out that I really, really love roses yet? Between my constant rose photos on Instagram, to my rose-shaped jewelry in my Etsy Shop, to my Rose Macaron recipe, and Lip Balms—I’d say it’s probably pretty obvious!
Today, I’m going to add another fun rose tutorial notch in my growing, obvious obsession—Rose Lotion Bars!
These delectable little morsels are small enough to throw in a little tin in your purse or gift to friends, but big enough to soothe your dry hands several times before disappearing.
“What is lotion a bar?”
Glad you asked! In many liquid lotions, read: store-bought lotions, there are many emulsifiers that are just not that great for you. Petrochemical derivatives and alcohol—which can actually have you reaching for that bottle more often than not, since many of these agents can be drying in and of themselves.
I like my beeswax to give both a protective coating and make a less-messy version of our beloved moisturizers. I was surprised to learn that the rose hips and petals didn’t do too much color-tinting to the oil. It may have been because I did the “hot infusion,” or perhaps their colored pigments just aren’t that strong.
I left some roses yellow, since my mom’s favorite roses are yellow ones (Texas, anyone?), then added some cosmetic-grade mica shimmers for the pink ones. You could also substitute almond oil for the olive oil, which would give you a lighter, natural color, but the calendula petals have very intense pigment that will color any oil you use.
The infused oil’s scent is almost sickly-sweet from the rose hips, so if you want a traditionally “rose” scented bar, I recommend using a few drops of rose essential oil. It doesn’t take much!! I’ve added a link to the exact one I use in the supply list below.
If you’ve made any of my hand-salve recipes before, some of these ingredients may look familiar! I use a similar “base” recipe, because the consistency comes out perfectly every time, and these ingredients are just so good for your skin.
These would be perfect for wedding favors, Valentine’s Day gifts, bridal or baby shower favors, Mother’s Day gifts—the possibilities are endless! First lets talk about the ingredients:
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The perfect emulsifying agent to suspend all of the carrier and essential oils, beeswax acts as a great barrier from moisture. Which means that it doesn’t want to let moisture in or out. Think really thin, leather gloves for your skin.
Caledula-Infused Olive Oil
Calendula blossoms have been used for centuries in folk and herbal medicine to speed wound healing and reduce inflammation in the skin. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information:
“One of the experiments carried out in 34 patients with venous leg ulcers to determine the therapeutic efficacy of ME on the epithelialization of lower leg venous ulcers revealed significant acceleration of wound healing by producing epithelialization. Research conducted on cream preparations containing seven different types of marigold and rosemary extracts, revealed that such creams are effective in experimentally induced irritant contact dermatitis when tested on healthy human volunteers.”
Not only is it a good healing accelerant, it’s also good for dermatitis (mild allergic reactions of the skin). For these reasons, I always keep calendula-infused olive oil in my herbal remedy cabinet. Almost all of my homemade body products contain it!
Shea Butter and Coconut Oil
I don’t use much of these in this preparation, because sometimes it can feel grainy or greasy, but it adds some nice moisture and smells lovely. These can be left out, but I like the extra creaminess they add to the overall lotion bar.
Long touted as an “anti-aging” agent, rose hips contain many compounds that may improve the elasticity of the skin, as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. This double-blind study (it has a low participant pool, but the results are statistically significant in that small pool, so you can draw your own conclusions), rose hip powder had a great effect on improving the signs of wrinkles, as well as improving skin elasticity. You can read the study yourself here.
Rose petals have some wonderful skin benefits as well! In addition to some wonderful neurological applications, like reducing anxiety and improving mood, rose petals also contain some lovely anti-aging, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antibacterial compounds that make it a perfect herb to add to topical applications meant for aiding in the healing of dry, cracked hands! You can read more about the pharmacological effects of roses here.
Now that we’ve done our homework, let’s get to the recipe!
Before I get to the supplies list, I want to take 2 seconds to let you know that 99% of the supplies listed in ALL of my tutorials, come from Amazon. Their prices are usually equivalent or cheaper than many craft stores (except for basic or heavy supplies, like acrylic paint). I do comparison checks for myself while making the tutorials, to make sure the price is better than craft and hobby stores! For this reason, I very much recommend signing up with Amazon Prime.
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To make your Infused Olive Oil:
- 1/4 Cup Rosehips, Organic
- 1/3 cup Organic Calendula Flowers
- 1/3 cup Organic Rose Petals
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Small Strainer
- Sterilized Jar (I use Recycled Jam jars, but these Weck Jars are super cute!)
To infuse your Olive Oil, there are two ways:
- Stuff a sterilized jar about half-way full with completely dried herbs and cover with olive oil (fill the oil up to the top of the jar, because the leaves will swell), set it in a warm, dry place for about 2-4 weeks, shaking it every few days.
2. Place a 1:2 ratio of herb to oil in a crock-pot and infuse on low for an hour or two.
Drain your infused oil through a cheesecloth or strainer into another sterilized jar for future use. Make sure to label your jar with the date, and use it within a year!
To Make Your Rose Lotion Bars:
- 1 Tbls Organic Beeswax (Carnauba Wax for vegans)
- 1/2 Tbls Organic Shea Butter
- 1/2 Tbls Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 3 Tbls Organic Infused Olive Oil (this link is to calendula-only infused olive oil if you don’t want to infuse your own oil)
- Vitamin E Oil
- Organic Rose Essential Oil (10%)
- **Optional: Cosmetic-Grade Mineral Shimmers
- Rose Shaped Silicone Mold
- Pyrex Measuring Cup
- Storage Tin
- Mix all butters, oils, and wax in your Pyrex jar, and set it in a pan of simmering water (use canning tongs or an oven mitt to protect yourself from the steam and hot glass!)
- Stir with a bamboo skewer or silicone spatula until completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat (with your tongs or mitt).
- Add desired shimmers (1/8 tsp is good for just color, more for sparkle), 1-3 drops Vitamin E oil, 1-4 drops rose essential oil (even diluted, it is a VERY strong scent)
- Carefully pour your mixture into your mold and set in a place out of reach of children to cool.
- Once completely cool, pop them out (you may need to stick them in the freezer), and store them in a clean glass jar or metal tin.
Make sure to do a spot test before applying to large areas of the body!!
These would make cute teachers’ gifts for Valentine’s Day or for giving to aunts and grandmas. Have fun with mixing your colors and feel free to comment any questions! If you like this recipe, feel free to subscribe to this blog or follow my “DIY Natural Beauty” board on Pinterest for more recipes and ideas!
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