Rose (Rosa Damascena, Rosa Centifolia, Rosa Alba)
History and Anecdotal Information: Everyone loves roses - the most beautiful flowers in the world. Human cultures, past and present revere roses. Petrified rose wreaths were found in Egyptian tombs. Cleopatra filled her living quarters with rose petals. The rose is mentioned in Christian and Buddhist religious documents. Rosa Alba, used in luxurious skincare preparations today, is the descendant of the ancient Rosa Gallica, cultivated by the Romans and used to crown newlyweds. Roses were used as currency in ancient Rome, treasured for their youthful affect on the skin. Legends about the rose live in every culture from Greek mythology to Arabic tales. 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. I like to add Rosa Alba and mix varieties within each species, like Rose de Mai and Rose Maroc. I also alternate their growing and distilling source locations. Rosa Damascena, grown in Bulgaria, is different from the rose grown in Egypt, Russia, Morocco, Turkey or France—all great locations for amazing rose essential oils, hydrosols, rose concrete and 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 a truly exquisite rose oil.
Chemical Composition: More than 440 compounds were identified in at least one analysis of Rose oil, making it one of the more complex essential oils, with many benefits for all skin types. Some of its major components are:
- Phenyl Geraniol
General Benefits: Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Aphrodisiac, Astringent, Bactericidal, Cicatrisant, Emenagogue, Hepatic, Nervine and more. Rose has effects on almost every system and organ, including the glandular and nervous system. It balances the uterine system plagued by various feminine problems associated with menstruation, and assists in delaying menopause and aging. Rose Oil regulates hormone production throughout the body. Considered one of the best oils for healthy skin, it promotes circulation, reduces blood pressure and is emotionally uplifting.
Skin Care Benefits: Antiseptic, Astringent, Antioxidant, Toning, Heals Scarring, Hydrating, Contracts blood vessels and strengthens gums and hair roots.
Skin Care Applications: Rose Oil can be used as a Hydrosol, Oil, or Wax.
- Antiseptic: Topical application of Rose Oil helps protect wounds from infection
- Astringent: Tones the skin
- Bactericidal: Treats digestive bacterial disease and skin infections.
- Antioxidant and Cicatrisant: Speeds fading of blemishes and discolorations from acne. Healing for stretch marks, surgery scars and acne scars.
Rosemira Products containing any Rose Components: Hydrosol, Wax, Concrete, Essential Oil or Absolute: Moroccan Red Rose Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser, Roses in Bloom Hydrating Toner, Spring Flowers Calming Toner, Beauty Revitalizing Serum, Eye Love You Eye Serum, See Me C Repair Serum, Divine Age-Defying Serum, Skin Fugue - Advanced Recovery Serum, Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Divine Honey Rose Replenishing Cream, Bella Rose I-Renew Eye Cream, Green Clay & Rose de Mai Gentle Masque, Frankincense & Rose Exfoliating Facial Scrub.