Entice your senses with fragrant rose bath salts! Formulated with sea salt and infused with an intoxicating rose scent, this homemade bath soak recipe is relaxing and rejuvenating. The tutorial comes with printable labels for gifting and includes tips to make a rose petal bath, too.
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Rose petal bath salts
Today I have a true wellness treat for you, my friend! My DIY rose bath salts recipe will relax your body and calm your mind. It’s made with nourishing sea salt, muscle-soothing dead sea salt, fragrant rose absolute, and gorgeous dried rose petals.
You’ll also learn to dry rose petals for bath salts and how to make a rose petal bath with fresh blooms. A rose bath is a wonderful way to relax or to create a romantic spa experience for your bae.
This post is packed with tips and tricks to help you make the best dried rose petal bath soak. If you rather just see the bath salt recipe, click the jump-to-recipe button at the top of the post or scroll down to the printable recipe card.
Rose bath salt benefits
- Relaxing: Taking a bath is relaxing in itself, but this homemade rose bath soak takes it up a few notches. A great choice to unwind after a stressful day and treat yourself to a little luxury!
- Nourishing: Although more research is needed, some say that mineral baths may replenish the minerals in your body and relieve symptoms of acne, eczema, itchiness, and dryness.
- Rejuvenating: Roses are said to have a rejuvenating effect thanks to their high antioxidant content. Including rose-infused products in your skin care may help to reduce visible signs of skin aging and improve the appearance of wrinkles.
- Aromatherapy: Roses not only smell very romantic, their scent also possesses aromatherapeutic qualities. The rose fragrance is calming and can help soothe emotions and provide relaxation amid unrest and stress.
- All-natural: No unpronounceable chemicals and synthetic fragrances here! My recipe is made with wholesome, all-natural ingredients that are good for your body and mind.
- Easy: Even beginners can pull off this gorgeous floral bath salts recipe. You don’t need any special equipment and the materials are easy to find.
- Beautiful gift: This rose bath soak makes a beautiful gift for your loved ones. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, as a new mom relaxation gift, wedding favors, or baby showers.
Materials & supplies
Let’s see what we need to make dried rose petal bath salts! Every ingredient works together to create a seriously relaxing rose bath. This is just an overview. I’ve listed the exact quantities in the recipe card near the bottom of the post.
- Salts make up the bulk of this essential oil bath soak recipe. I used a mix of coarse sea salt and dead sea salt. You can also include Himalayan pink salt, Epsom salt, or magnesium flakes or opt for just one salt variety.
- Rose absolute provides a natural rose scent. The absolute has a rich floral scent and skin-rejuvenating effect. Rose absolute is definitely a luxury because it’s pretty pricey. Try rose geranium essential oil or a skin-safe rose fragrance oil if you need a cost-effective alternative.
- Sorbitan oleate is an all-natural emulsifier and ensures that the rose oil mixes into the bathwater and doesn’t just float on top of the surface. If you can’t find Sorbitan oleate, use Polysorbate 80 instead. Scroll down to the FAQ section for more info.
- Dried rose petals and rose buds are used as decorations and infuse the bathwater with additional benefits. I’ll explain how to dry rose petals for bath salts further down.
- Pink mica (optional): I tinted part of the sea salt with pink mica to accentuate the pink color and create a gorgeous shimmer effect.
- Digital scale or measuring cups and spoons for measuring ingredients.
- Mixing bowls to combine the rose bath salt ingredients.
- Whisk for stirring.
- Glass jar to store your DIY bath soak.
How to make rose bath salts
So how do you make homemade rose bath salts? It’s super simple! You essentially combine the rose absolute with the emulsifying agent and then mix everything together. Let’s take a closer look!
Step 1: Create pink shimmer salt crystals (optional)
Pour 1/4 cup coarse sea salt into a small mixing bowl. Add the pink mica powder and stir until the salt crystals are well coated. Set aside.
Step 2: Mix emulsifier and rose absolute
In another small mixing bowl or glass beaker, combine the Sorbitan oleate (or Polysorbate 80) and rose absolute. Stir until you no longer see any streaks of undiluted rose absolute.
Step 3: Mix bath salts
Add the remaining sea salt and dead sea salt to a large mixing bowl. Pour the rose absolute-emulsifier mixture from step 2 into the bowl. Whisk together until the fragrance is well distributed throughout.
Step 4: Add dried roses
Gently fold the dried rose petals, rosebuds, and shimmer crystals from step 1 (if using) into the bath salt mixture. Dried rose petals tend to accumulate on the surface since they are lightweight. You can give the mixture a quick stir to re-mix.
Step 5: Package
Transfer your rose bath salts into a glass jar or storage container and seal airtight. Optionally, decorate the container with a printable label. Your natural rose bath soak is ready!
Tips for making bath salts
- Dried florals. Feel free to jazz up this rose bath recipe with other dried botanicals such as cornflower petals, jasmine buds, peony buds, hibiscus petals, or gomphrena (Amaranthus) buds.
- Layered bath salts. To create a beautiful, layered bath soak, skip mixing the components together. Instead, scent the different salts with rose absolute. Starting with the salts and finishing with the dried roses, arrange each ingredient individually into your glass jar.
- Test tubes are a great packaging solution if you need lots of small gifts. Rose bath salt favors are sweet for wedding, bridal shower, or Galentine’s Day gifts. Look at this post for more tips on assembling bath salt test vials.
- Double the quantities to make a larger batch. The recipe is easy to scale up in case you want to prepare the dried rose petal baths salts for sale.
- Lavender rose bath salts: Combine 1 cup dead sea salt with 1 cup coarse sea salt and 1/3 cup dried rose petals + 1/4 cup dried lavender buds. Mix the emulsifier with 75 drops rose absolute + 25 drops lavender essential oil. Stir everything together.
- Vanilla rose bath salts: Prepare the recipe as described but with 50 drops rose absolute + 50 drops botanical vanilla extract.
- Rose milk bath: Add 1 cup milk powder to the dried rose petal bath or coconut milk powder for a vegan rose milk bath.
- Rose petal foot soak: Blend 1 cup dead sea salt with 1/2 cup Epsom salt and 1/3 cup dried rose petals. Scent with 75 drops rose absolute. Use 1/3 cup per foot bath.
- Rose honey bath soak: Stir 1/2 cup honey powder into the finished rose bath soak.
- Rose charcoal bath: Compose the rose bath salt recipe with 1 cup dead sea salt and 1 cup Hawaiian black lava salt. Also, check out my other activated charcoal bath salt recipes.
How to use rose bath soak
Using your rose petal bath salts is pretty easy! Follow these steps:
- Fill your tub with warm water. Choose a temperature that feels pleasant to you.
- When the tub is half full, sprinkle the rose bath salts into the warm bathwater.
- Swirl with your hands to distribute the product.
- Let dissolve for a minute or two.
- Enjoy your aromatic and soothing rose bath soak.
- Please use caution as the tub may become slippery.
- Rose petals won’t dissolve. To avoid clogging your pipes, cover the drain with a drain cover to catch them when you flush the water.
Can I use rose otto essential oil instead of rose absolute?
Absolutely! I recommend this diluted rose otto essential from Plant Therapy.
What about a rose fragrance oil?
If you prefer a rose fragrance oil, visit Wholesale Supplies Plus. They offer a variety of rose fragrance oils that are sensibly priced and of high quality.
Why do you need an emulsifier?
The emulsifier ensures that the rose absolute mixes properly with the water. Without an emulsifying agent, the essential oil will accumulate on the water surface and cause skin irritation.
Can I use Polysorbate 80 instead of Sorbitan oleate?
Sure! If your rose bath salts don’t have to be 100% natural, swap in Polysorbate 80 instead of Sorbitan oleate. You’ll need 1 tbsp / 10 g / 0.35 oz.
Can I omit the emulsifier?
Yes. If omitting the emulsifier, be sure to mix the rose essential oil really, really well with the salt mixture.
Packaging & gift-giving
Since salt is prone to absorbing moisture, be sure to keep your rose-scented bath salts in an airtight storage container. Mason jars, flip-top jars, small milk bottles, or these jars with cork lids are great options for storing your rose bath soak.
If you want to make these rose bath salts for sale, consider a lightweight option like these kraft paper pouches or these elegant reusable pouch bags.
Small bath salt jars and glass vials are good options to create small gifts and favors.
Printable Rose Bath Salts Labels
Cyna designed a selection of printable rose bath salt labels. The labels come in different sizes to fit a variety of storage vessels and can also be used as gift tags. Download them below!
Storage & shelf life
- Storage: Keep your homemade rose bath salts in a dry, dark place protected from exposure to direct sunlight. Ensure the storage container is tightly sealed so moisture can enter the product.
- Shelf life: The rose petal bath soak should keep well for 1.5 to 2 years. You can freshen up the scent if you notice it fading.
Rose petal bath
The dried rose petals in these rose bath salts are cute and all. But if you need something extra special, make a full-on rose bath by adding fresh rose petals. It’s super romantic to unwind in a tub full of rose petals floating around you!
How do you make a rose bath?
It’s easy! Let me show you what to do:
- First, gently pick the petals from the roses. Discard browned and wilted petals.
- Then place them in a colander and rinse under running, cool water. Rinsing is important to wash off any materials the roses might have been treated with.
- Fill the bathtub with warm water and add any bath products you wish to use.
- Sprinkle the florals on the surface and enjoy your rose petal bath when the tub is full.
What do you put in a rose bath?
Aside from rose petals, you can add this rose petal bath soak, a bath oil, bath bombs, or a bubble bath to scent the water.
Another idea is to pour 3 cups milk or 1 cup cream into the water. Milk is very moisturizing and will make your skin feel soft and refreshed. And don’t forget to light candles!
Is it OK to put rose petals in a bath?
Yes, you can add rose petals to a bath. Ideally, you want to use petals from organically grown roses. Conventional roses are often treated with chemicals (insecticides and fungicides) that are potentially hazardous.
How many rose petals for a bath?
You’ll need 4 to 6 cups fresh rose petals for one bath, and that’s approximately the petals from 8 to 12 large roses.
What do rose petals in a bath do?
The effects of rose petals in a bath compare to those of rose absolute or rose essential oil, just less potent. The natural oils in petals release into the warm water, where they deliver soothing and toning qualities to your skin.
What do you do with rose petals after a bath?
Chances are, your rose petals will last only for one bath. In my experience, the petals are past their best when you take them out of the water and I recommend composting them after your bath.
Use a fine-mesh sifter to collect the petals from the tub before flushing.
Can I make my own rose water?
Of course! Try my easy rose water recipe with dried rose petals. You can use this homemade rose water to make a rose bath without essential oils.
And in case you need a version with fresh rose petals, try this homemade rose hydrosol from my friend Rebecca of Soap Deli News.
- 1 1/2 cups / 400 g / 14 oz coarse sea salt
- 1 cup / 120 g / 4.2 oz dead sea salt
- 1 tbsp / 10 g / 0.35 oz Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier, can sub for Polysoarbate 80)
- 100 drops / 5 g / 0.17 oz rose absolute (that’s one 5 ml bottle - can sub for rose geranium essential oil or skin-safe rose fragrance oil)
- 1/4 cup / 3 g / 0.1 oz dried rose petals
- 1/4 cup / 20 g / 0.7 oz dried rose buds (optional)
- 1/4 tsp pink mica powder (optional)
- Create pink shimmer salt crystals (optional). Pour 1/4 cup coarse sea salt into a small mixing bowl. Add the pink mica powder and stir until the salt crystals are well coated. Set aside.
- Mix emulsifier and rose absolute. In another small mixing bowl or glass beaker, combine the Sorbitan oleate (or Polysorbate 80) and rose absolute. Stir until you no longer see any streaks of undiluted rose absolute.
- Mix bath salts. Add the remaining sea salt and Epsom salt to a large mixing bowl. Pour the rose absolute-emulsifier mixture from step 2 into the bowl. Whisk together until the fragrance is well distributed throughout.
- Add dried roses. Gently fold the dried rose petals, rosebuds, and shimmer crystals from step 1 (if using) into the bath salt mixture. Dried rose petals tend to accumulate on the surface since they are lightweight. You can give the mixture a quick stir to re-mix.
- Package. Transfer your rose bath salts into a glass jar or storage container and seal airtight. Optionally, decorate the container with a printable label. Your rose bath soak is ready!
- Store. Keep your homemade rose bath salts in a dry, dark place protected from exposure to direct sunlight. Ensure the storage container is tightly sealed so moisture can enter the product.
- Shelf life. The rose petal bath soak should keep well for 1.5 to 2 years. You can freshen up the scent if you notice it fading.