|Described as a perfect skin oil by cosmetic artisans, and referred to as the “ultimate” heart note by perfumers, the oil of rose has been highly valued as a cosmetic and perfume by many cultures for thousands of years. Steam-distilled from fresh rose petals, just 1 oz. of pure rose essential oil requires 1,000 pounds of rose petals. Although organic Bulgarian rose oil costs around $718 per ounce, its imposing cost does not easily dissuade those who have experienced its healing effects.
Rose essential oil is a 100-percent pure and natural product that is a mixture of more than 300 organic compounds, some of which scientists have yet to identify. The effect of these natural compounds cannot be reproduced synthetically (Note, although the Morrocan Rosa centifolia has a beautiful fragrance, it is the Bulgarian Rosa damascena that possesses the highest therapeutic value).
To achieve the best results in skin care, look for Rosa damascena essential oil. The word “otto” is often used, too, which simply means steam-distilled.
Rose oil can be used for virtually any skin type. It is particularly rejuvenating and healing for dry, sensitive and mature skin. Rose oil contains powerful, yet natural, anti-aging ingredients that regenerate and tone the skin.
Rose oil also has mild astringent, calming and antiseptic properties. Although it possesses countless therapeutic qualities, the most notable feature of rose oil is its ability to reduce redness, and to heal and prevent broken capillaries.
Vitamin B3, a key ingredient in the rose plant, helps to keep the skin free of broken veins by aiding in circulation and chasing away free radicals. In addition to vitamin B3, roses are also rich in quercetin, polyphenols and carotenoids, which are antioxidants that inhibit inflammation and swelling, strengthen capillaries and inhibit the breakdown of elastin, helping to keep skin supple. Broken capillaries and red, inflamed skin are can be soothed with pure organic rose oil used in commercial products.
Finally, rose oil is the ultimate heart note in perfumery and is traditionally regarded as one of the world’s most potent aphrodisiacs. Interestingly, the tannins found in roses have been found to actually help harmonize hormones, regulate the menstrual cycle in women and increase the sperm count in men
Rose oil is considered the premier oil for treating conditions of the reproductive system for both women and men. Maybe the attraction to roses is more than olfactory!
When using a valuable essential oil, formulators need the perfect carrier oil to complement it. A pure, cold-pressed plant oil is best. Plants are born in the soil and raised by pure sunshine, so their complex and life-giving forces cannot be duplicated in science. Furthermore, the oil chosen will create a synergistic effect with the essential oil. In other words, the therapeutic values of both the essential oil and the carrier oil are raised when blended together.
One particular oil – watermelon seed oil, has long been prized for its light texture, its moisturising capabilities and its neutral aroma.
Watermelon seed oil originates from the Kalahari Desert of Africa and is also referred to as Ootanga or Kalahari oil. The oil is cold-pressed from sun-dried watermelon seeds extracted from the rinds of melons. Watermelon seed oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids (EFAs) – so rich in fact, that some consider the oil to be an “active” ingredient in its own right. Once produced, the oil has a good and stable shelf life.
Watermelon seed oil, light and non-greasy, melts effortlessly into the skin and is a safe choice for all skin types, including dry, oily, acne-prone or maturing skin. Watermelon seed oil provides nourishing moisture but does not clog the pores, so it is great for balancing the skin. The array of potent vitamins and minerals contained in the oil feed the skin and help it flourish. Finally, the high content of EFAs helps to restore and maintain the skin’s elasticity.
A Rose by any other name
Thursday, 13 January 2011