- Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan, then remove from heat.
- Pour a cup or so of oil into a glass jar. Look for an oil that doesn’t have much natural odor to avoid competing with the roses. Jojoba and grapeseed oil are good choices, but olive oil (opt for the lighter kind) will work in a pinch.
- Crush, shred or “bruise” a cup of rose petals and place in the oil. Swirl the jar around to coat the petals, but don’t shake.
- Cover the jar and place it into the hot water. Warming the oil will help release the scent from the rose petals. When the water cools, you can move the jar to a warm area like a sunny windowsill.
- Leave the jar alone in the warm area for at least 24 hours.
- Strain the oil through a cheesecloth, pressing the petals to extract as much oil as you can.
- If you want a stronger-smelling oil, you can repeat steps 1-6 with fresh petals. You may need to repeat the process 5 or 6 times to get the desired level of scent.
- Pour clear oil into a dark bottle with a lid (dark glass will help block out sunlight and keep the oil more stable).
How to Make Rose Water
Making rose water is a simpler process but will yield less potent results. To make rose water the easy way, simply pour boiling water over rose petals (about one part rose petals to two parts water) and strain when cool. Store in a sterilized jar in the refrigerator where it can stay good for as long as a month.