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Everything’s Coming Up Roses

A few of our favorite rose beauty products, including rosehip oil, prized for its moisturizing benefits.

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Much of the allure of the rose lies in its delicate scent, and many organic beauty products rely on the flower in lieu of artificial fragrances. But the rose’s beauty benefits are much more significant.

Damask rose (known for its rich, potent scent) and cabbage rose (characterized by a light, sweet scent) are the most common species used in beauty products. Both are valued for their oils, which are extracted from the flower. Rose essential oil is expensive-it takes tens of thousands of rose blossoms to yield one ounce of pure oil.

But rose essential oil is one luxury item worth its steep price tag: The oil, which is rich in vitamin C and other nutrients, is an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. Many aestheticians believe it’s ideal for mature skin. Rose essential oil also contains anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent qualities. This makes it helpful for treating certain skin conditions, including acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.

Rosehip oil is another popular beauty ingredient. Extracted from the seeds of the wild rose bush, rosehip oil is packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These beneficial fats can help repair and regenerate skin cells, improving the appearance of scars, burns, blemishes, and age spots. Rosehip oil also contains beta-carotene and tretinoin, a retinoic acid that helps diminish lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.

Rose water is made by steaming small batches of rose buds to release a volatile therapeutic compound. The essential oil is drawn off, and micro molecules of essential oil and constituents from the flower are captured. Rosewater has antibacterial properties and helps balance skin. As a natural astringent, rosewater helps tighten pores without causing dryness. This sweet-smelling water naturally conditions hair and helps promote hair growth.

Pacifica Persian Rose Roll-On Perfume is made using natural denatured alcohol and essential oils. The scent is delicate with the essence of classic rose-very sophisticated! We love the easy-to-use roll-on form, great for travel or throwing into a purse. Just swipe over your wrists or behind your ears.

Soothe and revive your skin with Annemarie Borlind Rose Blossom Revitalizing Care. Precious plant oils and rose blossom extract from the organic Damask rose moisturize and protect delicate skin, while tannins in the rose blossoms firm the collagen structure. This light, fresh facial lotion is easily absorbed, leaving just the sensuous fragrance of rose.

Pamper normal to dry skin with Weleda Wild Rose Body Lotion. Antioxidant-rich organic rosehip seed oil nourishes skin with essential fatty acids and protects it from free radicals and environmental influences. Organic jojoba seed oil moisturizes dry skin, and witch hazel refreshes and refines skin tone. This creamy lotion absorbs easily and leaves skin soft and smooth with the fragrance of fresh roses.

Aura Cacia Organic Rosehip Oil with Vitamin E is a minimally refined oil sourced from the southern region of Chile. Try it as a face serum after cleansing or use all over to soften skin and nourish your hair. You can also combine it with Aura Cacia’s essential oils for added benefits.

Cleanse dry and sensitive skin with John Masters Organics Rose Foaming Face Wash. Steam-distilled pure organic rose damascena oil moisturizes and improves blood circulation; linden blossom extract softens and soothes; plantain leaf extract relieves sensitivity and irritation; and aloe vera promotes cell growth and healing. This mild cleanser washes away dirt and oil without drying your skin, and is gentle enough to remove eye makeup.

Nourish and strengthen your hair with Aubrey Rosa Mosqueta Conditioner. Organic rosehip seed and sweet almond oils, which are rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, deep condition hair and leave it soft. Apple stem cells nourish the scalp and fortify hair follicles. This gentle conditioner is ideal for color-treated hair.

Add a few drops of rose essential oil to a diffuser to soothe emotions and calm down.

DIY rose face mask
Create a calming facemask from rose petals. Soak 8-10 petals in 3 Tbs. of water for three hours. Then mash the petals into the water and add 3 Tbs. of honey. Mix well, and apply to your entire face. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.