I’m sure you all remember how we moved last year – and that I was nerdy-sad to have to leave some of my plants behind.  I did get my 2 lavender plants (and I am happy to say they are doing just fine!) – and my goji bush out of the ground (which I was even more ecstatic to see survive the move).  But my precious elder plant had to stay – we just didn’t have the time to move such large plants, and my rose bush stayed as well.  Again, time didn’t allow, and working around the thorny branches would have been a nightmare!

It’s spring-time now, and I’m missing that rose bush for the sweet fragrance – and for the many things I used those flowers to make!  Rose petal vinegar, rose petal facial toner, rose petal hand lotion, and more!  Once I saw those flower buds appearing, I was right there with the scissors, waiting for them to bloom!

So one thing I noticed when we moved to this house, was that the previous owners had also planted a rose bush!  I was more ok with leaving my plant behind, in the hopes that I could still get the cooling, healing properties of roses in our new home come spring.  But there was the problem of the type of roses that were growing.. small roses with virtually no fragrance whatsoever.  Eeek!  Will they still work?  (They certainly don’t have that lovely scent of spring)

But in the last couple days, as the “new” rose bush began to bud and flower, I was amazed to see it was not just one bush – but 2 side by side!  I had no idea!!  The first variety was the dark roses I saw last summer – the ones I was not too crazy about.  (For the sole reason that they didn’t have that great perfume smell)  But the second variety is a two-tone pink and yellow variety, and I was SO happy to find that they smell absolutely amazing!!!

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So of course I got super excited at the prospects of rose-infused projects, and I wondered, “what should I start first??”  Well, I just LOVE the smell of roses for one, so I thought I’d start there since I already had some rose vinegar from last season – as well as toner and lotion.  I thought to myself, “how can I capture the eau de spring?  I know!  Perfume!”

This project, guys, is going to be super easy.  Remember how to make a tincture?  We’ll be doing the same thing today!

First, pick a few flowers – then pull the petals off, rinse, and pat dry.  Pull off any portions that look yucky.

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Fill up a mason jar with the petals, and fill to just above the plant material with vodka.  Cover, and voila!  All you have to do now is shake the jar time to time – and wait about 3 weeks!  Once it’s finished, you will strain off the petals, and use the infused vodka as your perfume!  (Really?  How easy is that, guys?)

Now, I happen to believe in redundancy.  If one is great – two must be better!  (Especially if something unforseen should happen to said one – which is always a possibility when you have kids)

So I’m going to start another batch using fresh and dried rose petals – as well as dried lavender flowers.  With this easy recipe, you could use fresh or dried herb, so just use what you have in excess!

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Looks great, don’t they?   And in just a few weeks, I’ll have the best of spring in a bottle to enjoy all year long!  So make the most of what spring has to offer, and enjoy it while you can!

Written on May 12th, 2015 , General

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