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Capture Plant Essences From the Garden For Long-Lasting Enjoyment: Rose Geranium Dusting Powder

Learn how to make your own scented body products straight from your backyard.
By Theresa Loe
June/July 2001
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Rose Geranium Dusting Powder 

MAKES 1 1/4 CUP

Body powders are a very inexpensive, yet luxurious way to wear a light fragrance. They are made up of just a few ingredients found in most grocery or health-food stores. A 50-50 ratio of rice flour to cornstarch produces a silky powder that does not cake up. The optional addition of arrowroot provides an extra softness to the mixture. Body powder can be stored in a shaker jar, canister, or a small box with a powder puff.

This recipe calls for fresh leaves of rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.). If you do not have any scented pelargonium leaves, you may substitute the fresh petals of two very fragrant roses. For a minty refreshing powder, try substituting leaves of a peppermint-scented pelargonium (such as P. tomentosum or ‘Peppermint Lace’) and peppermint essential oil for the rose scents. Mints are cooling to wear on hot summer days.

• 4 fresh rose-scented pelargonium leaves
• 1/2 cup white rice flour
• 1/2 cup cornstarch
• 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (optional)
• 15 drops rose geranium oil
• 1 shaker jar or powder puff container

1. Use a paper towel to pat pelargonium leaves completely dry.
2. Tear leaves into 1-inch pieces.
3. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar.
4. Cover and shake well. Set aside for one week. Sift out the geranium leaves and spoon powder into a glass shaker jar or other container.
5. Keep container closed between uses to preserve fragrance.
6. Keep for up to six months.

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Theresa Loe tends an herbal cottage garden in southern California with her husband and two young children. She is the author of The Herbal Home Companion (Kensington Publishing, 1996)








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