I think roses are beautiful. I just think the idea of giving them to someone is quite ironic. You usually give roses to someone to show them you love them, or how much you care. Yet a few days later, the roses die. So someone picks roses out of the ground, you buy them for a lot of money, and give them to someone to display on their kitchen table for a few days. The whole idea seems kind of selfish. Not environmentally  but symbolically. How are roses a symbol of love when they are used for display and they die? Love doesn't die, so this doesn't quite make sense to me.

Although I have these opinions, that doesn't change the fact that roses are beautiful and I still receive them on occasions. They were used as the center piece at my grad party. But after, I have a whole bouquet of roses...that were eventually dying. I didn't want to throw it out. They were thirty bucks, after all. They're so beautiful too!

If you ever come across such a situation, don't fret. There are so many things you can do with rose petals. Let me give you some ideas.

1. Sugar Rose Scrub: I guarantee you have the ingredients to this in your house. Sugar, oil, and rose petals. And if you want to, add any other oils you'd like. I added vanilla extract for the scent. However, it's up to you! Basically, it's simple. Put rose petals, oil and sugar in your blender. I didn't measure because I was just waiting until it felt right. This can be used on any part of your body.

2. Rose water toner: I used to have a product like this similar from lush. Toner is not a necessary product for me, but I don't mind spraying rose water on my face every morning.

3. Rose ice cubes: This is probably my favorite. Putting rose petals in your ice cubes not only looks super cute, but is a great addition to water, lemonade, or iced tea. It doesn't add too much flavor - yet it adds a nice undertone of floral goodness. I highly recommend it.

4. Decorate: People pay tons of money just for rose petals. For weddings, parties, and other special events. Maybe you're having a romantic dinner, having a few friends over, or throwing a huge summer party. Regardless, put these on the tables to set the mood for the night!

There are a lot more things you can make with rose petals from tea to phone cases. These are just some of the things I recommend that are easy for everyone to do. I hope you never throw away roses again!

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