Rose and Honey For Skincare: an Experiment Continues


Not too long ago, I started a bit of an experiment (this kind of thing seems to happen to me a lot). The experiment: pair up raw honey with rose.

Why?

Because they are both fabulous skincare ingredients and I am slightly addicted to both.

Correction: hopelessly addicted to both.

My first thought was to pop some quality dried roses into honey and simply let them infuse to their hearts desire. So that's what I did.

But First, Eye Candy

If you let your gaze drift to the top of this post you'll get a proper peek at what honey and rose look like when they are combined.

They obviously love each other – otherwise they just wouldn't look that fabulous.

Some of you have asked me if I have an expert photographer guiding me and what kind of fancy equipment I use to take my pictures, but I don't, and I don't. (no April Fooling!)

Seriously, it's the ingredients.

They literally do this all by themselves. I am just extremely lucky to capture them. Admittedly, I do keep a careful eye out for when they want to be photographed (which seems to be quite often), but that's practically it.

Back to the Experiment

So far, pairing rose and raw honey has proved to be an excellent idea.

As this is an exploratory experiment, I let my nose be the guide as to infusion time. It turned out 10 days was enough to produce an beautifully rose-scented honey.

But I did run into a bit of a snag when this batch was ready to be strained. The very thought of discarding even the smallest amount of honey or rose made me physically ache.

After contemplating options, I decided not to strain it at all. Instead, the entire contents was emptied into a bowl.



My handy dandy stick blender was produced and put into action until the mixture looked happy.

And this is how it turned out.

What we have here is a honey rose mixture that smells fabulous, offers gentle exfoliation and cleanses beautifully.

But there are a couple of downsides. The contents is a hard to dispense and more messy to use than cleansers that let themselves be pumped out of a bottle.

Also, the honey will (unsurprisingly) tend to migrate to the bottom.

But then, this is just phase one.

Phase Two

A few ideas are beginning to take form as I have started new infusions. I promise to update as soon as there is more to report!

Do Tell

Have you worked with rose and honey in your skincare? How do you use them?

How This Experiment Began

Check this post for the beginning of this experiment and if you're interested in some links to more info, you'll find some at the bottom of the post. 

Comments

Ieva said…
Hello :)
About packaging - maybe silicone travel tubes would be suitable? Much more leakproof caps than most lotion tubes and easy to squash separated ingredients together again. Not the prettiest packaging but might be useful for work in progress?
Lise Andersen said…
Hi Leva — Thanks for the input! Very clever idea and Inam on my way to check it out !
akoh said…
This is the most. gorgeous. thing. I would wonder about adding a suspending agent so the honey doesnt sink; or would this require an emulsifier? Obsessed with your work btw -- I'm the one (@adelinekohphd) who posted my glycerite inspirations via your book yesterday
LisaLise said…
Thank you Ahoh — I’ve pretty much cracked the suspension issue and am in the process of tweaking 🙏🏻💗