At Home With Our Family - DIY Rose Perfume

Cameron Mathison’s daughter Leila shows him how to create a perfume at home using John Paul II roses from her mom’s garden.
At Home With Our Family - Rose Perfume - Home & Family


  • Distilled water
  • Vodka
  • Mason jar
  • Unscented Jojoba oil (or fragrant free essential oil)
  • Perfume bottle
  • Strainer


  • Medium size glass, plastic bowl or measuring cup to hold liquid
  • Wooden Spoon
  • A small funnel


  1. Pick flowers from your rose garden or local florist. Note: A very fragrance hybrid tea rose, John Paul II, was used to create this particular perfume.
  2. Add a cup of rose petals into your mason jar.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup of vodka to the mason jar.
  4. Let the mixture sit in the jar for 24 hours. This helps break down the petals and pull out the essence, or scent of the roses.
  5. After 24 hours take a wooden spoon or similar tool and smash the rose petals in the mason jar to release their oils.
  6. Add 3 drops of unscented jojoba oil (or essential oil) to the jar.
  7. Add 3 cups of distilled water to the jar and let the mixture sit for 7 days in a cool dry place. Note: After a few days open up the jar and smash the rose petals to release more oil. Wait another few days and repeat.
  8. After a week of setting, strain the rose petals out of the mason jar mixture.
  9. Add the resulting liquid to an empty perfume bottle.

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