How to Get Cleopatra’s Skin: DIY Rose Petal Bath and Face Mask

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Roses represent mystery and magic. They conjure images of romantic vacations, candlelit dinners, and birthday celebrations. Still, these silky flowers promise more than beautiful bouquets. Roses and and rose oil also work magic on skin, smoothing texture, tightening pores, and erasing signs of age.

This is why Cleopatra bathed in rose petals and milk, and people worldwide have followed her lead for centuries.

Now your skin can look just as radiant. Read below to learn more about roses’ healing properties, or skip to the DIY rose petal bath and face mask recipes.

rose petals: Cleopatra's skin
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Roses and Rose Oil: Skin and Healing Benefits

Not only does rose oil nourish skin, but almost all parts of the rose plant contain skin-friendly nutrients. Even rose petals are packed with antioxidants that keep skin healthy and young.

According to the NIH and Byrdie Magazine, most rose oil comes from Rosa damascena, the most aromatic rose species.

Furthermore, Rosa damascena contains potent healing compounds that strengthen skin and improve heart health.

Rose Oil vs. Rosehip Oil

Both rose essential oil and rosehip oil come from roses, but these oils differ in important ways. Not only do these oils come from different types of roses, but they also come from separate parts of the plant.

These oils have different uses, too.

rose oil for Cleopatra's radiant skin
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Rose essential oil comes from rose petals, but rosehip oil comes from the rose bulb, according to Herbal Dynamics.

In addition, rose essential oil combats anxiety and wrinkles, whereas rosehip oil fights acne and eczema, says Healthline.

So, with all these beauty benefits, why not treat yourself to a Cleopatra-style rose petal milk bath?

Milk’s lactic acid softens and exfoliates, and rose petals energize skin and rewind the clock. You’ll leave the tub feeling and looking brand new.

So, see below for two DIY rose bath and face mask recipes. If you’d like, make the mask first and then luxuriate in your rose petal bath while the mask is working its spell.

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DIY Milk and Rose Bath

Note: You’ll need about ten rose petals per recipe (20 total). To begin, soak the rose petals in filtered water for an hour, and then gather the items below.

Ingredients / Items

  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1/2 cup crushed rose petals
  • 1 1/2 cups of full-fat powdered milk
  • 8-10 drops rose essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender oil (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • unscented bubble bath (optional)
  • extra rose petals for decoration (optional)


  • In a bowl, mix the Epsom salt and powdered milk.
  • Then, add the rose petals and essential oil.
  • Next, add the contents to the bathwater.
  • Finally, grab a spa soundtrack, light some candles, and then step into the tub. Also try these YouTube spa tunes for six hours of musical bliss.

You can also use the leftovers as a body exfoliator.

Rose Face Mask: Rose Petal Yogurt and Honey Mask

DIY rose mask ingredients
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Now, gather the items below and whip up this decadent DIY rose mask.

Ingredients / Items

  • 1 medium bowl
  • 2 tablespoons full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup dried rose petals
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons of rosewater (optional)


  • First, place the rose petals in a bowl and then combine them with the honey and yogurt.
  • Next, apply the mixture to your face and wait 20 minutes.
  • Then, rinse with mild water and pat your face dry.
  • Finally, follow with toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Now, enjoy your new skin!

Final Thoughts

Roses make more than beautiful gifts; they work magic on skin, too. So, next time your skin needs a pick-me-up, reach for the roses. Roses and rose oil nourish skin and keep it healthy and young.

So use these DIY recipes as often as you’d like. Before long, your skin will radiate with new life.

Also, try these rose products below to recreate the spa experience at home:

  • Monique Lhuillier Homescent Lidded Candle Pot, Garden Rose/Rose Quartz (A personal favorite)
  • Baggage Claim Eye Masks in Rose Gold
  • Rose Absolute Essential Oil by Plant Therapy

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