How to Make Perfume From Rose Petals

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How to Make Perfume From Rose Petals
(A. Johnson)

Your rose garden adds beauty to the landscape, provides centrepieces for your table and petals for sachet, and can even be used to make perfume. When making perfume, you will need perfumer's alcohol and distilled water. Perfumer's alcohol is a scentless alcohol, not suitable for drinking, and is often sold by vendors selling essential oils. Some people use vodka or grain alcohol instead of perfumer's alcohol. Always use distilled water when making your perfume from rose petals; do not substitute with another type of bottled water or tap water.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Roses
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 tsp perfumer's alcohol
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 2 glass jars with lids
  • Paper coffee filters

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  1. 1

    Dry the rose petals by hanging the blossom upside down, by its stem.

  2. 2

    Remove the dry rose petals from the stem. Weigh the petals. You want at least 7.09gr.

  3. 3

    Pour 1 cup of olive oil into a clean glass jar. Add 7.09gr dried rose petals. Secure the lid on the jar and shake.

  4. 4

    Set the jar in the sun for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, strain the olive oil and remove the blossom pieces.

  5. 5

    Pour the perfumer's alcohol into a clean jar. Add several drops of the rose-scented olive oil to the alcohol, one drop at a time. You may add just two drops or up to six. Experiment and smell the fragrance.

  6. 6

    Secure a lid on the jar, and let stand for 48 hours.

  7. 7

    Pour the distilled water into the mixture after the 48 hours. Stir slowly, and then filter into a clean bottle.

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