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DIY Rose and Honey Face Wash (For Dry & Aging Skin)

If you have a rose bush, you may be wondering if there’s anything that can be made with the rose petals. Though there are many medicinal uses for roses (and rose hips), one of my favorite ways to use rose petals is in this homemade rose and honey face wash.

Vertical view of rose face wash in a mason jar next to fresh roses and a mortar and pestle.

One of my favorite plants in the cottage garden is my Damask rose bush. It’s so pretty, smells incredible, and it comes back year after year, producing more beautiful blooms that I can harvest, preserve and use medicinally.

Rose bushes were one of the first things I thought about when designing my old-fashioned cottage garden. Not only are rosehips packed with vitamin C, which is great for boosting your immune system naturally, but I also love using rose petals for tea, to steep in white wine for a natural headache relief, and especially for this rose and honey face wash. (Source)

It’s important to note that I am not a certified medical practitioner. This post is not intended to diagnose or treat but is for informational purposes only. Please contact your healthcare professional before introducing new herbal and natural remedies into your wellness routine.

Learn more about planting roses and their medicinal benefits here. In that post, I share my tips on rose varieties, planting, the many medicinal uses for roses, and even how to harvest and dry rose petals.

Why I Love This Recipe

As I get older, I’m noticing that my skin needs a bit more attention than it used to. If you ever experience dry or sensitive skin, or notice that your skin seems to be maturing, this face wash is incredibly soothing and moisturizing, and I think you’ll enjoy the anti-aging effects that come from the natural ingredients. (Source)

Since roses are slightly acidic, this face wash also adds a toning effect to help reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines.

With the nourishing and moisturizing effects of honey and rose hip seed oil, this recipe is like a cleanser, toner and moisturizer in one.

Ingredients for rose face wash, three bowls with honey and oil, dried rose petals, and oatmeal next to a mortar and pestle.

Supplies Needed

In order to make this rose and honey face wash, you’ll need to have a few supplies on hand. I like to keep the dry ingredients on hand so I can mix up small batches as needed. If you’re not yet growing your own roses, be sure to check out our affiliate, Farmhouse Teas, and purchase dried rose petals for this recipe.

  • Dried Rose Petals – Learn how to harvest and dry rose petals here. If you don’t have access to rose petals, you can purchase dried rose petals here. To get 1/4 cup of crumbled rose petals, you’ll need to start with about one and a half cups of fresh petals.
  • Raw Honey – I recommend using raw honey if you have access to it. It includes many wonderful benefits. (Source) Anytime you’re working with honey, it’s best if it’s slightly warmed up, but don’t heat it too much or you’ll kill the good properties.
  • Rolled Oats – Good old-fashioned rolled oats that you’d eat for breakfast will do. Nothing fancy!
  • Rosehip Seed Oil – I like to use rosehip seed oil because it’s great for maturing skin. You can use any good quality facial oil you have on hand. Sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, olive oil, or whatever you like using on your skin. Just keep in mind each individual oil has different properties, some oils can actually be drying to the skin, so choose one that will work best for your needs.
Rose face wash in a mason jar next to fresh roses and a mortar and pestle.

How to Make Rose and Honey Face Wash

  1. Gather all your ingredients.
  2. Grind the dried rose petals and oats in a coffee grinder until it’s the texture of coarse flour. You want to keep some texture as this will give a gentle exfoliating effect to the face wash.
  3. Add honey and oil into a small bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Add the powdered rose petals and oats to the honey mixture and stir until well incorporated.

Homesteading Hack: Most people will tell you to have a designated coffee grinder to use for herbs and spices, but I’ve found that grinding some whole grains through the coffee machine to clean it out works great. As long as you’re not grinding something like garlic, you should be just fine.

How to Use the Face Wash

To use this rose and honey face wash, with dry hands, scoop out a quarter-sized amount onto your fingertips. Using circular motions, gently rub the rose and honey face wash all over your face and neck. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry.

If you want even deeper effects of this face wash, you can use it like a face mask. Simply apply the face wash as directed above, leaving it on your skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

A basket of fresh rose petals and a pan of dried rose petals with a woman's hand holding a jar of ground dried rose petals.

How to Store the Face Wash

Once your face wash is mixed thoroughly, store it in a small Mason jar with a lid. The face wash can be stored at room temperature for one to two months.

Homesteading Hack: Be sure to keep water from getting into the face wash. This will diminish the shelf life.

Did you make this recipe? If so, snap a photo of your DIY rose and honey face wash and tag us on social media @homesteadingfamily so we can see!

Vertical view of rose face wash in a mason jar next to fresh roses and a mortar and pestle.

DIY Rose Face Wash (Moisturizing + Toning)

This moisturizing and toning face wash is simple to make and has the added aromatherapy benefits of dried rose petals. It's easy to make and will leave your skin toned, hydrated and smooth.
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Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Carolyn Thomas


  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dried rose petals
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp rose hip seed oil or other facial oil


  • Combine the rolled oats and dried rose petals into your coffee or herb grinder and pulse until coarsely ground.
  • In a small bowl, add honey and rosehip seed oil, stir to combine.
  • Add ground oat and rose petal combination and stir well until combined.
  • Store in a sealed glass mason jar.



  • To get 1/4 cup dried rose petals, you’ll need to harvest about 1 1/2 cups fresh rose petals.
  • Use a coffee grinder for easy griding. You can use a mortar and pestle as well. 
  • To easily clean your coffee grinder between uses, grind some whole grain and grind for about 10 seconds.
  • It’s easiest to work with honey that’s slightly warmed up, you can do this by placing your bowl of honey in about an inch of water in a pan on the stove and simmer until honey is a soft liquid.
  • If you can’t find rosehip seed oil, you can use any other good quality facial oil.
  • The face wash can be stored for about two months as long as no water gets into the jar. I recommend making in small batches so it’s nice and fresh.
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