How to Make Perfume From Roses


Roses have been used in perfume since the 1600's in France. Originally, perfume was made by steeping fresh rose petals in a mixture of water and alcohol. Modernly, most perfumes are created from essential and fragrance oils which are extracted directly from dried plants.

Step 1

Pick 3 cups of rose petals in the early morning, before the dew dries on their petals. Wash the petals and gently pat them dry with a paper towel.

Step 2

Place a layer of roses and a thin layer of salt in the ceramic jar. Repeat this process until all the rose petals are used up. Seal the jar and allow the rose petals to sit undisturbed for two months.

Step 3

Pour out the contents of the jar and strain the liquid through a cheese cloth. The liquid is rose attar, a highly concentrated oil that is naturally extracted from rose petals. Place the liquid into an air tight amber dropper jar.

Step 4

Bring some water to a boil in the small sauce pot and place the glass spray bottle and funnel into the water. Allow the bottle to boil in the water for ten minutes. Remove the bottle and funnel using the tongs and allow to cool completely.

Step 5

Pour 1/4 cup of vodka and 1/4 cup of distilled water into the bottle. Add two to three drops of the rose attar. Close the bottle and shake well. Spray some into the air to test the scent. For a stronger scent, slowly add additional drops and retest, smelling some coffee beans in between sprays to remove the previous scent from the nose.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups fresh rose petals
  • Course kosher salt
  • Paper towels
  • Ceramic jar
  • Cheese cloth
  • Small sauce pot
  • Tongs
  • Funnel
  • 4 oz. Clean glass spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • Coffee beans


  • The History of Perfumes
  • "Natural Beauty from the Garden;" Janice Cox; 1996
Keywords: rose perfume, rose attar, make rose perfume

About this Author

Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.