“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck”.
~ Emma Goldman
Perhaps no flower is more recognizable and no aroma more evocative than that of the Rose. This delicate flower has inspired poets, lovers and royalty for centuries with its majestic and enchanting qualities. Roses are the source of an exquisite oil that has a delicate, uplifting fragrance and a healing, rejuvenating effect on the skin- an oil considered precious by cultures around the world. The earliest known rose oil distillery dates back to the year 1612 in Shiraz, in what is now Turkey. Today Bulgaria, Morocco, Turkey, Russia and France are still the main producers of commercial roses. The difficulty of extracting rose oil from the plant has always caused it to be a very expensive substance. A rose blossom contains only about 0.02% essential oil—as it takes approximately 60,000 roses to produce just 1 ounce of oil, and ten thousand pounds of rose blossoms to produce 1 pound of oil.
Rose Otto is one of the oldest and best known of all the essential oils. Traditionally used to calm and uplift, its cooling and soothing properties are excellent for treating stress related conditions. Known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activity, rose oil is great for soothing dry, hot, inflamed or itching skin—and is excellent for scarring, treating broken capillaries and for mature skin types. Starflower’s Rose Creme Cleanser and Rose Almond Exfoliant both provide soothing and calming properties to stressed skin with Bulgarian Rose Water, Rose Otto, and Rose Absolute essential oils–while Starflower’s Royal Rose Honey Enzyme Mask nourishes tired skin with vitamin-infused food grade royal jelly.
The rose plant also yields two other oils: Rose Leaf Absolute, which is used purely for flavor and fragrance, and Rosehip Seed Oil, which is effective for treating burns, scars and wrinkles. It has the dual effect of both soothing the skin and promoting tissue repair with its high concentration of Vitamin C. Rose Absolute works best when diffused, inhaled via steam, or applied topically. As it can be very strong, it is best to dilute this oil first—blending well with bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, lemon, ylang ylang, and lavender. Rose Water, recovered from the distillation of rose oil, possesses the sweet, delicate scent of the roses from which it is made. Refreshingly fragrant, it is a natural mild antiseptic and is recommended for acne and for dry and sensitive skin.
Post by Sandra Emmanouilides, Licensed Aesthetician at Fabriq Spa