Beauty Tips and Ad­vice

In­gre­di­ent Spot­light: Rose

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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.

Liv is a pro­fes­sional in­ter­na­tional makeup artist and green beauty ex­pert based in Syd­ney Aus­tralia. Spe­cial­iz­ing in cru­elty- free makeup and skin­care prod­ucts, she also teaches work­shops and makeup mas­ter classes, shar­ing her knowl­edge of any­thing or­ganic and beau­ti­ful. Fol­low her fam­ily’s green liv­ing j our­ney on their blog Liv Life Mag.

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.

Skin­care Ben­e­fits

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.

Aro­mather­apy Ben­e­fits

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!

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