As for the smell, many brands add a rose-inspired scent to the petals as the preservation process takes away the natural smell. And some preserved rose fans will use a rose-scented oil diffuser close by to mimic the smell of fresh-cut roses.
How to Care for a Preserved Rose
Climate, such as high humidity or temperature can affect preserved roses. But, in general, to get the most mileage out of your preserved roses, follow these cardinal rules:
- Never water your preserved roses. Some specific brands will indicate whether or not you should spritz the petals with water after a couple of months, but as a general rule, they’re like Gremlins. Don’t get them wet.
- Keep preserved roses out of the sun. Direct sunlight will zap the life of your roses, so make sure to keep them away from windows.
- Don’t touch preserved roses. The oils on our hands can wear down the treated petals, so as a general rule, it’s best not to touch them. Make sure you buy packaging that you’ll like for a year(s) because attempting to move or transfer roses from the original box into a different vase can destroy them. They are long-lasting, but they’re still delicate.