Rosa Damascena, Rosa Centifolia, Rosa Alba
Everyone loves roses — the most beautiful flowers in the world. Fable has it that Aphrodite, the goddess of love, while tending to Adonis, her wounded lover, turned his blood drops into roses. Two species of rose are most common in skincare: Rosa Damascena and Rosa Centifolia. Rosa damascena, grown in Bulgaria, is different from the rose grown in Egypt — both good locations that produce amazing rose essential oils, hydrosols, rose concrete and the floral wax. Tens of thousands of rose blossoms picked during early dawn are used to yield one ounce of rose essential oil. Hence the high price of an exquisite rose oil.
With more than 300 components, Rose oil is healing for all skin types. Rose balances the uterine system plagued by feminine problems associated with menstruation, and assists in delaying menopause and aging. Rose oil promotes circulation, reduces blood pressure and is emotionally uplifting. Rose oil can be used as a hydrosol, oil, or wax. Rose oil tones the skin and heals infections, blemishes, and scarring.