Beauty Tips and Advice
Ingredient Spotlight: Rose
Rose is the super star of the beauty world. Or maybe we should call her the queen?
This classic ingredient has quite a reputation in the beauty industry and it is a key ingredient for many vegan potions and lotions. Now in November, with the weather cooling down, rose is the perfect, nourishing ingredient to keep your skin moisturized and your spirits high. There are hardly any skin concerns that rose can’t correct.
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The Ultimate Natural Luxury
Rose essential oil is one of the most precious essential oils in the world. Harvesting and distilling rose petals is a labor- intense and delicate process. It takes 10,000 roses to fill a single 5ml bottle ( about the size of your thumb)! It takes 60 roses to create a single drop of rose oil. That is five dozen roses, which explains the hefty price tag. The oil can be made from different types of roses but the most commonly used variety is Rosa damascena, the Damask rose, and Rosa centifolia, the cabbage rose. The best way to receive the benefits of roses is by using the essential oil form since it is so highly concentrated.
Roses contain an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which makes rose essential oil great for quenching dry skin. It also offers astringent properties, which help battle acne, and calming effects to reduce redness and inflammation.
It’s astringent and antibacterial properties make it the perfect choice for people with oily and acne- prone skin types. Rose extract is very high in vitamin C, which helps to stimulate collagen production, and is essential for young, vibrant- looking skin. The high vitamin E content also makes the oil incredibly moisturizing.
From an aromatherapy standpoint, rose essential oil is known to inspire mental calmness and emotional stability. The scent of rose can be comforting, balancing and rejuvenating. Rose oil has also been shown to have strong anti- depressant effects. It is sometimes referred to as “women’s oil” as it helps to regulate hormonal imbalances and aids in the relief of menstrual pains. Rose oil is also considered to be one of the most potent natural aphrodisiacs.
Here are some vegan, cruelty- free and toxin- free beauty products that boast the many benefits of rose oil:
For the Face
If you are into DIY skincare try the following recipe which can be used as as a moisturizer, a serum, or even mixed with your liquid foundation for a dewy finish.
Simply combine organic rosehip oil ( made from the rose flower after the petals have fallen off ) and a few drops of pure rose essential oil in a dropper bottle and give it a good shake. Apply as needed.
The ultimate all- in- one face mask with the most heavenly rose scent & Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse by Edible Beauty.
VERED Anti- Wrinkle Eye Treatment: This miracle worker contains both rosehip oil and rose essential oil, blended with a cocktail of the finest botanicals and organic ingredients.
For purists, the Purifying Skin Toner by James St Organics is possibly one of the best quality rose hydrosols on the market.
If you prefer a highly vibrant mix of the purest hydrosols, go for Max& Me The Intuitive
Rose, Rosehip and Rosemary Foaming Cleanser by MuLondon is a gentle foaming cleanser with all the powerful benefits of rose.
For the Body
For a moisturizing boost, you can’t look past the absolute classic Wild Rose Pampering Body Oil by Weleda.
It can also be used on the face and, like all Weleda products, contains only biodynamic, organic ingredients of the very best quality. It’s perfect for nature lovers and eco- friendly beauty enthusiasts alike.
Hudson Made New York just launched a rather luxurious rose body product line with a rich rose- blend fragrance. The body lotion, soap bar, body wash and liquid hand soap are all vegan and cruelty- free. If you follow your nose and are after a beautiful rose inspired scent, this line is for you.
Australian family- owned business, Harvest Garden, is the creator of a fabulous Coconut, Rosehip and Pomegranate Body Scrub, containing rose petals, rosehip exfoliant and rose geranium essential oil, it lacks the rose essential oil but it makes up for it with other natural powerhouses like pomegranate, coconut and Australian pink clay. Certified organic and vegan, this is a toxin- free must have.
Freya’s Nourishment makes a Rose Hand Scrub that is just wonderful. It is highly recommended for anyone who works with their hands a lot. Whether you’re a busy mom, a passionate gardener, a cook or you’re hands just need a little extra love, this is the perfect solution!