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7/4/12

Spotlight on Rose in Skincare


Who doesn't like roses?  I am sure that there are a handful of souls out there who aren't fans but they are few and far between. 

Rose is pretty awesome for your skin (though synthetic rose will do nada for you) as it diminishes general redness in the skin as well as hyperpigmentation and acne redness.  It also softens skin and soothes and heals any irritations.  It's ideal for anyone from sensitive to dry skin types. 

This is about two dozen roses.  Imagine 60,000!!
Like the post on Lavender from a month ago, I am not into "fake" rose scents. They are often too sweet or too heavy and I'm not a fan.  But there's a reason we get a lot of fake rose fragrances added to things - rose is a seriously expensive oil! It literally costs over 15 times as much for 1 oz. of Rose Oil vs. most other flowers/herb oils because in order to get said 1 oz. they have to use 60,000 fresh roses - yep, you read that right - 60,000!



So I investigated Rose Distillate Water, also known as Rose Hydrosol or Rose Water, and it is kind of the bomb.  The people from Mountain Rose Herbs explained it way better than I can -

"Hydrosols, also known as flower waters or distillates are products from steam distilling plant materials. Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. When a distiller brews plant material with water in a large cooker the steam fills the pot and, as it rises, it causes the glands of the plants to burst and release the oils and essence of the plant into the steam. The oil rises through a condenser and collects in a separate vessel. This is what we know as essential oil, but what about all that fragrant water that was steamed with the original plant material? That is our hydrosol, or floral water."

The result is a softer approach to aromatherapy and something, in this case, one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg!  The Rose Distillate Water that I use in my products is from Lebanese roses and it is light and lovely!



My vegan Rose Quench Serum has a Rose Distillate Water base combo'ed with Aloe Vera Water so it is super soothing however, it's packed with the active ingredients of Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinimide, DMAE, Vitamin A, B, C & E, CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid, along with multifruits and the wonder oil, Meadowfoam.  It is super lightweight, crazy hydrating and nutso antiaging. 




My Glycolic Rose Peel and Rose Hydrating Mask use Rose Distillate Water to hydrate and soothe skin.  In the 10% Glycolic Peel it balances the glycolic acid that can be irritating if not coupled with something hydrating and in the Rose Hydrating Mask it does just what it says - force feeds all of that yummy skin soothing happiness and is great for all skin types. 

Other favorite rose goodies are:

Mario Badescu's Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater -
AMAZING for setting makeup or just for feeling yummy after you wash your face or are just plain hot because it's summer


Shoba's Rosewater Calming Gel for post-shave/wax experiences on the bikini line - lovely!

Tea Rose Eau de Toilette by the Perfumer's Workshop - SUPER cheap and it smells like you are sitting in a bush of roses - literally.
Top fragrance notes: bergamot, rose, and lily. The middle notes are tuberose, jasmine, and cedar while the base of the fragrance is amber, rosewood, and sandalwood.


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