Love, beauty, purity. The rose is a symbol of them all. This alluring Queen of Flowers has been used in perfumery, skin care, and healing for thousands of years.
Rose oil production is a fascinating process that transforms the delicate petals of the Rosa damascena plant into an exquisitely aromatic, therapeutic oil. Harvesting begins before dawn by hand-picking rose petals and continues with a careful steam-distillation process to extract the essential oil. The oil is further purified, yielding a deeply intoxicating oil.
Just a single drop of Bulgarian rose oil takes more than 60 flowers to produce. Imagine, a massive bouquet of roses distilled into a single drop!
We source our precious rose oil from the "Valley of the Roses" in Bulgaria, a region with a rich history of producing highly prized rose oil dating back all the way to the Ottoman Empire.
Rose oil contains over 300 active compounds found in rose oil, including fragrant compounds as well as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and antimicrobial compounds. This makes rose oil one of history's most highly prized beauty oils. It also makes it one of the most powerful therapeutic botanicals on the planet.
Here are just a few ways rose oil nourishes and supports skin health.
The scent of rose oil is revered for having a calming effect on the mind, easing feelings of stress or sadness, and providing comfort for those suffering from grief or the loss of a loved one.
Rich in B Vitamins, and especially high in Vitamin B3, rose helps restore skin barrier function and reduce trans epidermal water loss (TEWL). This helps the skin stay hydrated and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Rose oil contains polysaccharides and complex sugars which support skin barrier integrity and function. Polysaccharides work to help to lock in moisture by attracting and retaining moisture in the skin. By forming a protective film on the skin surface, polysaccharides help keep out pollutants, and irritants and protect the skin from environmental aggressors.
Rose oil is rich in lipids and lipid-soluble nutrients, like Vitamin E and Palmitic Acid. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radical damage, while Palmitic Acid is a fatty acid that helps to nourish and strengthen the skin barrier. These lipids and lipid-soluble nutrients keep the skin hydrated, plump, and healthy.
With high levels of linoleic acid, a fatty acid that helps to regulate sebum production, rose helps balance and clarify acne-prone skin.