Enjoy the alluring scent of roses with luxurious rose diffuser blends! Learn the benefits of rose aromatherapy and 9 rose oil recipes for relaxation, mood support, and home fragrance. Included are tips for choosing the best rose oil and a handy list of essential oils that blend well with rose.
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Rose essential oil recipes
Are you something of a rose lover and can’t get enough of the lush, alluring scent? Then I have just the thing for you: 9 exquisite rose diffuser blends that are truly luxurious.
Roses are more than just pretty flowers. Rose oil is brimming with wellness benefits and has a wide range of uses and advantages. The floral oil is soothing for the emotions and can elevate your mood in the midst of emotional unrest.
In this post, you’ll also learn the difference between rose essential oil and rose absolute. We’ll also talk about what essential oils blend well with rose.
If you just want to see the rose oil recipes, click the Jump-To-Recipe button at the top of the post or scroll to the rose diffuser blend section.
Benefits of rose oil
Here’s a brief overview of the potential rose aromatherapy benefits:
- Uplifting: Rose essential oil is a wonderful mood booster and has an uplifting effect.
- Balancing: Rose is known to provide balance and grounding in moments of unrest and emotional uproar.
- Relaxing: The beautiful rose scent can also help to alleviate feelings of anxiety and stress.
- Comforting: In aromatherapy, rose can also provide solace and aid with grief and sadness.
- Refreshing: Diffusing the scent of roses will refresh and brighten any space.
- Romantic: With their floral, feminine aroma, rose diffuser blends are sure to evoke a romantic ambiance.
Rose essential oil vs rose absolute – What’s the difference?
Before sharing my rose diffuser blends, I want to start with the basics. Rose oil comes in 2 varieties, rose essential oil and rose absolute. How are they different and which one is best for aromatherapy? Let’s find out!
- Rose essential oil is made via hydro-distillation. The petals of the rose bush are harvested before sunrise and the precious aromatics are extracted with a distillation process.
- Rose absolute is extracted with a chemical solvent that is later removed.
- Rose essential oil is pale, yellowish, and slightly viscous and will solidify at temperatures below 72°F / 22°C.
- Rose absolute has a deep orange or red color and is only semi-transparent.
- Rose essential oil has a rich and full-bodied rose scent similar to old English garden roses. It’s sweet, a little spicy and with a lovely honey note.
- Rose absolute features a strong floral fragrance withgreen, hay-like undertones.
- Rose essential oil: Since the production is more labor intensive, rose essential oil is far more expensive than rose absolute. You’ll find 2-ml bottles offered for $80 and upwards.
- Rose absolute is more affordable. A 2-ml of product usually cost $20 to $30.
If you’d like to learn more about the differences between rose essential oil and rose absolute, refer to the Types of rose essential oil section at the end of the post.
What is the best rose oil for aromatherapy?
Essential oils are preferred over absolutes for aromatherapy. Absolutes may still contain trace amounts of the chemical solvent and thus they are not seen as pure for aromatherapeutic applications.
However, rose essential oil and rose absolute both offer aromatherapy benefits. While pure rose essential oil is your best option, it’s perfectly fine (and more affordable) to create these rose diffuser blends with rose absolute.
And if you’re ready to invest in rose essential oil, you’ll be pleased to know that the EO is incredibly potent. Just a few drops are enough to scent a whole room, so you need less rose essential oil than absolute.
Where can I buy rose absolute and essential oil?
You can easily find rose absolute and essential oil online. The following manufacturers and shops offer rose oils and I trust their quality completely:
- Plant Therapy: essential oil – absolute
- Mountain Rose Herbs: essential oil – absolute
- Eden Botanicals: essential oil – absolute
- Tisserand: essential oil – absolute
When buying rose oil make sure it’s made from actual roses and 100% pure. What some of the cheaper brands offer as rose scented oil is often a dilution or synthetically created rose fragrance oil, not a real plant essence.
Substitutes for rose oil
- Bourbon geranium essential oil is the closest substitute for rose essential oil. Rose germanium has a soft floral aroma that smells warm and rich.
- Egyptian geranium essential oil has a strong, green floral fragrance.
- Rose hydrosol: You can also use rose hydrosol to make rose diffuser blends. To do this, add 1/8 cup / 30 ml / 1 fl oz rose hydrosol to the water tank of your diffuser and fill the rest up with filtered or distilled water. To make your own, try my DIY rose water recipe.
What scents blend with rose?
Rose is a delightful floral fragrance all own its own. However, when you combine rose with other scents, you can create incredible fragrance combinations and rose diffuser blends. If you’re asking yourself “What essential oil blends well with rose?” then look no further!
Rose essential oil blends well with oils from the following scent families. You’ll find most of these ideas in my rose diffuser blends, too.
Floral & herbal oils
Not surprisingly, rose pairs beautifully with other floral and green scents.
- Clary sage
- Ylang Ylang
If you love fresh, energizing smells, combine rose with citrus oils.
Woody, spice & resin oils
And for deep, moody scents pick oils from the wood, spice, and resin families such as:
- Clove bud
- Peru Balsam
- Tonka Bean
Rose diffuser blends
My rose diffuser blends offer a simple way to achieve balance and harmony, relax your mind, and scent your home naturally. I have tried countless blends in preparation for this post, and these are my favorite 9 rose oil diffuser recipes.
#1 Rose Bouquet
Inspired by a lush bouquet of roses, this rose scented blend has jasmine and vetiver notes to balance the sensual rose aroma and rich geranium scent.
- 5 drops rose
- 4 drops jasmine
- 2 drops geranium
- 1 drop vetiver
#2 Lavender Rose
Lavender rose is one of the most popular scent combinations for good reason. This lavender rose diffuser blend is incredibly fragrant and will transport you to the sunny Provence hills.
- 7 drops rose
- 3 drops lavender
#3 Vanilla Rose
Next, up is an incredibly comforting and soothing rose essential oil recipe full of warming vanilla, romantic rose, and sweet Peru Balsam.
- 5 drops rose
- 5 drops vanilla
- 2 drops Peru Balsam
Use this rose scent oil blend to find inner calm and balance. This woodsy concoction pairs rose and sandalwood and is rounded out with aromatic ho wood.
- 6 drops rose
- 2 drops sandalwood
- 2 drops ho wood
#5 Citrus Rose
This fresh rose diffuser blend is filled with hints of rose and invigorating citrus. I opted for blood orange, tangerine, and lemon, but you could also include sweet orange, mandarin, yuzu, or lime.
- 5 drops rose
- 3 drops blood orange
- 2 drops tangerine
- 1 drop lemon
#6 Chocolate Rose
This blend is infused with the aromas of rose, cacao, and Peru balsam for a sumptuous scent reminiscent of rosewater chocolate truffles.
- 5 drops rose
- 4 drops cacao absolute
- 2 drops Peru Balsam
#7 Rose Mediation
If you close your eyes and inhale this rose aromatherapy blend you might forget that you’re not in a spa. It’s the perfect scent for a prayer, meditation, or yoga.
- 5 drops rose
- 3 drops spearmint
- 1 drop eucalyptus
#8 Rose Petal
This sophisticated rose oil diffuser combines rose with the soft floral scent of palmarosa, and the sweet, fruity aroma of massoia bark.
- 4 drops rose
- 4 drops palmarosa
- 2 drops massoia bark
#9 Rose Garden
This diffuser recipe evokes images of a rose garden on a sunny afternoon, but in the comfort of your own home. The scent is composed of rose, ylang ylang, and cedarwood with a hint of grapefruit.
- 4 drops rose
- 3 drops ylang ylang
- 2 drops cedarwood
- 1 drop grapefruit
Printable Rose Diffuser Blends
Tab the button below to download a handy chart of my rose diffuser blends!
How to use rose diffuser blends
- Start by adding filtered or distilled water to the diffuser’s water tank.
- Next, add your rose diffuser blend of choice. You can directly drop the oils into the water. It’s also possible to diffuse pure rose oil.
- Switch the device on and enjoy the beautiful floral scent.
- Place the diffuser in any room you want to fragrance.
Can I turn these rose diffuser blends into room spray?
Absolutely! To make a simple rose room spray, fill a spray bottle with equal parts distilled water and high-proof alcohol (e.g. Everclear, vodka.) Add your desired rose diffuser blend and shake the bottle to combine.
For more tips and tricks, read through my guide on how to make room spray with essential oils.
Can I use these rose diffuser blends for essential oil rollers?
Certainly! Rose aromatherapy roller bottles are a convenient way to enjoy the benefits of rose essential oil when you’re on the go or at work.
To make a rose essential oil roller, open the roller bottle. Then add a carrier oil (e.g. squalane oil, fractionated coconut oil, or jojoba oil) and one of the rose diffuser blends. Close the bottle and shake vigorously.
To use, roll the dispenser a few times over the area you want to treat. Apply to your wrists, temples, back of the neck, and forehead.
Are this rose diffuser blends safe for skin care?
Yes, you can use these blends to scent skincare products. It’s a beautiful scent to fragrance creams, body lotion, soap, and sugar scrubs.
Although rose is very mild, always dilute it in a carrier oil and stay within a usage rate of 1%. If you have sensitive skin, perform a patch test to see how your skin reacts.
More recipes with rose
If you love roses as much as we do, be sure to check out our other rose-scented beauty DIYs and air fresheners as well.
- DIY Rose Bath Salts
- Homemade Rose Petal Bath Bombs
- Rose Lotion
- DIY Rose Body Wash
- Rose Sugar Scrub
- Chocolate Rose Lip Balm
- Rose Shower Gel
- Soothing Rose Serum
- Rose Bath Truffles
- DIY Rose-Scented Wax Sachets
- 8 Rose-Themed Gift Recipes (includes lip balm, soap, and more)
Types of rose oil
We already talked about the difference between rose essential oil vs rose absolute. Before signing off, I want to share a little more information about the different types of rose oil.
It probably seems super-nerdy to obsess over essential oils, but I like to have ALL the information I can get. If you do too, you’ll going to enjoy my comparison of the various rose oils.
Rose essential oil
2 types of rose essential oil are available: Rose otto essential oil and Moroccan rose essential oil. Here’s more background information on both oils:
Rose otto essential oils
- Facts: Rose otto essential oil is hydro-distilled from the petals of Bulgarian Rosa damascene flowers. This oil is also called Bulgarian rose essential oil or damask rose oil.
- Scent: Rose otto provides a multilayered and deep floral fragrance that reminds me of a rose garden in full bloom.
- Buy: Plant Therapy offers a pure rose otto essential oil, which comes with a hefty price tag, and a more affordable, diluted rose otto essential oil.
Moroccan rose oil
- Facts: Moroccan rose essential oil is distilled from the flowers of the Rosa centifolia plant, which grows in Morocco. This oil is also known as Rose de Mai, Provence rose, may rose, or cabbage rose essential oil.
- Scent: Rose de Mai essential oil is said to have an evocative, full-bodied rose scent. Since this oil is so rare, I sadly never had the chance to smell it myself.
- Buy: The limited supply makes this one of the most precious essential oils in the world. I couldn’t find any seller who offers this type of rose oil to private consumers.
White rose essential oil
Mountain Rose Herbs also offered a unique white rose essential oil, but it seems no longer available on their site.
Like rose essential oil, rose absolute can be made from Rosa x centifolia or Rosa damascene petals. Here’s a quick overview of both types of rose absolutes:
Bulgarian damask rose absolute
- Facts: Bulgarian rose absolute is derived from the petals of damascene roses in a place called Valley of Roses in Bulgaria.
- Scent: Rose damask features a sweet, deep and hypnotic floral aroma. The scent is perfectly balanced with honey undertones and a lemony-citrus note.
- Buy: Mountain Rose Herbs has a fragrant damask rose absolute in their roster.
Rose centifolia absolute
- Facts: Rose centifolia absolute is extracted from the flowers of the Rosa x centifolia plant that grows in Morocco. This absolute is also called Rose de Mai absolute or Provence rose absolute.
- Scent: This rose absolute has a warm, deep floral scent with subtle honey and green nuances, and offers the delicate sweetness of fresh roses.
- Buy: Plant Therapy sells a wonderful Rosa x centifolia absolute.