These are organic coral Miniature Rose blooms. The bush is not quite two years old. Last year we used the petals and hips to make tea and syrup. We’re also making a batch of astringent sugar scrub this year.
To make the sugar scrub you’ll need:
1/2 cup Olive oil
at least 1 cup Rose petals
up to 1 cup coarse sugar (We’re using Zulka. We picked it up at wal-mart.)
1. Clip the rose blooms at peak.
2. Separate the petals from the roses, you need at least 1 cup.
3. In sauce pan add petals to 1/2 cup olive oil. Simmer, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the petals.
4. Meanwhile, slice and dice the rosehips. Reserve for tea or other recipes.
5. After simmering, let cool to room temperature completely.
6. Slowly add up to 1 cup sugar to the cooled rose and oil, until desired consistency.
7. Package sugar scrub in jar with tight-fitting lid. It will keep for up to a year. (If you don’t use it first!)
To use: Wash hands. Splash clean skin with water. Scoop small amount out of jar with two fingers. Rub onto skin in circular motion. Rinse with tepid water.
My daughter uses this scrub every other night. She has developed some prickly acne (just like baby acne) on her cheeks and upper arms. She has T-zone teenager skin and the dry patches seem to be flaring up. The rose scrub moisturizes, exfoliates and tightens the pores to help reduce the breakouts.
I have combination skin and use the scrub once a week for micro dermabrasion. Just scrub gently, all over the face, in a hundred small circles. The sugar scrubs, the oil moisturizes, and the rose tightens the skin and pores.
It’s a win-win for both of us!