This Month’s Featured Natural Ingredient: Rose Oil

This Month’s Featured Natural Ingredient: Rose Oil

It is thought that the first roses originated in China over 5,000 years ago.  Later, the cultivation of roses was heavily popularized in the Middle East.  They were used medicinally and for what would become a major foundational product for the rose—by being used in perfume. 

Topically, rose oil is known for reducing redness and puffiness of skin, as well as being a natural skin healing and protective agent. Rose oil hydrates skin, helps reduce inflammation (therefore helps reduce acne, eczema and rosacea), minimizes the appearance of scars and fine lines. Which is why it’s the start ingredient of our best selling Rose Face Oil. Distilled rose water beautifully balances, calms + refreshes skin and is a great anti-inflammatory agent ( I often spray rosewater on my skin if get hives etc). Rosewater is a key ingredient in our amazing  Rosewater and Aloe Toner and Rosewater Glycolic Mask.  Rose oil is also widely known for its aromatherapy benefits as it stimulates the release of the “feel good” chemical dopamine in the brain which helps reduce stress and uplift mood. Rose oil has been used to help treat depression for centuries. Our Rose Perfume Roll on is a customer favorite.  Now used worldwide, roses and their difficult-to -extract oils are valued significantly, fetching high prices in their purest form.

Originally originating from the word “rosa” or red in Latin, the oil from the rose is known for the following benefits:

  • To promote beautiful skin
  • To relax muscles, and even to assist with the reduction of hair loss if massaged into the scalp
  • For anxiety and depression in aromatherapy
  • To treat acne, using its natural astringent and antiseptic characteristics.
  • To help with cuts, burns, and wounds.

Most rose oil is extracted from the pedals of the rose through steam distillation process but it can also be extracted from the petals through an extraction of carbon

It takes an enormous amount of rose petals needed to extract a single small distilled amount of essential rose oil. It takes about 60,000 roses (approximately 240K rose petals) to make one ounce of pure rose oil (which is the main reason for its high cost). Often, rose oil can be combined with geranium or other fragrant essential oils to address the extraordinary cost of extracting such a small amount of this beautiful and healing natural oil.