How to Make a Rose Infused Oil

Pictured above: organic sweet almond oil infused with rose. That golden color came about after 6 weeks of infusion. 

Today I'm going to show you how I made this. And if you decide to make your own, I'll show you a cool little trick – how to use the leftovers as an separate ingredient in another product. 

Are you a little excited? 


Let's get busy!

The Rose Quest

Apart from being a major fan of working with rose hydrosol, essential oil, powder, wax, and every other imaginable kind of rose I can get my hands on, I have also been experimenting with infusing dried rose in different fixed / carrier oils for quite a while.

Powder, dried petals and dried buds of different rose types from a variety of different suppliers around the globe have made their way into my infusion jars.

This has been ongoing for several years.

The reason is simple. 

I've been on a continuous quest to
  1. find which precise components (oil and rose type) produce the most fragrance in the final product
  2. discover optimal infuse time and method for the best fragrance in the final product
This is admittedly a self-appointed 'against-all-odds' kind of a challenge. An oil infusion with rose doesn't normally produce much in the way of scent. 

But, on occasion I have experienced a very discernible and pleasant fragrance. And every good result has inspired me to continue to try and optimize even further.

So here are a few of my rose-in-oil infusion optimizing tips.

How to Optimize the Scent Factor when Infusing Oil with Dried Rose

The solution is deceptively simple: use quality products from start to finish. There is, of course, a hard part or this wouldn't have been an ongoing quest.

The hard part is finding the rose suppliers.

Now, I know there are a lot of suppliers and many who deliver top quality, but there's an additional factor.

Even though you are infusing dried material, you are looking for the freshest (read: most recently dried) and most freshly-harvested dried material.

And there's the rub, because roses have a very short season.

Therefore, your best bet is to source from producers of the raw material.

Many producers of dried roses are also distillers of hydrosols and essential oils. If you can find a company that specializes in rose products, you've hit the jackpot. Not only are the companies I have found who specialize in rose products able to deliver the goods, but they are extremely knowledgeable about the material and have a passion for what they do.

In my experience, this kind of dedication shows through in the quality of the products every time.

So, when you have your dried roses in hand, you're ready to get busy infusing!

Here is the formula

Rose Infused Oil

Ingredient Percentage
Dried Roses 15.0
Oil of Choice 84.5
Vitamin E 0.5

1. Weigh ingredients
2. Place ingredients in a sanitized container
3. Place lid on container and label with date and contents
4. Allow to infuse for 4-8 weeks are room temperature or by sun infusion
5. Agitate daily
6. Strain

Which Oil to Use
There are numerous possibilities but as a general guideline, an oil for infusion is best and easiest to work with if it
• has a long shelf life
• has a neutral scent
• has a function you like, want, and need
• has a skin feel you like, want, and need

There are several oils that fit this category with rose in mind
• Sweet Almond oil
• Apricot Kernel Oil
• Jojoba
• Fractionated Coconut Oil
• Castor Oil

There are scads more and feel free to use any oil you prefer, but if you are on a fragrance-capturing quest, start with something from the list above.

Coming Up
Next time we get busy with rose, we'll use the leftovers from this infusion to make a brand new product.

Do Tell
Have you ever been successful capturing the scent of roses using dried roses in an oil infusion? If you're willing to share your tips, please feel free to drop a comment below!

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Deborah said…
Yes, Lise!! I decanted an oil infusion a couple weeks ago. I infused dried Rose petals and Vanilla beans in an Apricot Kernel oil for 6 weeks. The results were beautiful. The fragrance is lovely and it makes a lovely body oil! :)

Thanks for sharing your process!
LisaLise said…
HI Deborah - that combination sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing :D
The Other Meryl said…
Hello, I am new to your blog and have fallen in love with rose! Do you have links to quality suppliers?
LisaLise said…
Hi Meryl - IThanks so much for your kind words! din’t have a links to suppliers page. General rule: buy from companies who specialize in cosmetics ingredients instead of multi-pupose sales sites such as Amazon. The supplier should be able to answer questions about the ingredients and offer necessary dicumentation. Many suppliers also offer inspirational formulas. I’ll consider setting up a suppliers list page. Thanks for this great suggestion!
The Other Meryl said…
Thank you, Lise! Aromatherapy is my new jam. Your help is appreciated!!
Emanuel said…
Hi Lisa. Do you mind to tell us the name of some of your roses suppliers? Kind regards, Emanuel
LisaLise said…
Hello Emanuel - I have typically ordered from producers of rose hydrosol and essential oils. Many of these manufacturers will also offer dried rosebuds and petals. :)
Sharon Shiner said…
Hi Lisa,
What are your thoughts on using fresh, wildcrafted rose petals to make an infused oil?
Thank you in advance :)
LisaLise said…
HI Sharon - I have done this with wildcrafted rose petals and if you allow them to wilt and dry for a few days before using them and employ a heat infusion method you should be fine. :)
Lena said…
Tôi ngâm cánh hoa hồng khô từ vườn của mình với dầu vừng.
Trong công thức của bạn, có thêm vitamin E 5%. Nếu tôi không thêm vitamin E thì có được không?
LisaLise said…
Hi Lena — the 0.5% vitamin E is an antioxidant and will help keep the oil fresh longer. It isn’t vital if you are using up the oil quickly.
Phineas said…
Hi Lisa, I have fresh rose petals and want to infuse then. What heat infusion method do you recommend please?
LisaLise said…
HI Phineas,

I'm afraid I can't recommend infusing oil with fresh rose petals. I would suggest drying them before infusing into oil.