The red rose, a symbol of passionate love, has a long and storied history. It has been used as a symbol of everlasting love and passion since the early Greek and Roman times when it was associated with Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Later, Shakespeare regularly featured the Rose in his writings about love, most famously in Romeo and Juliet. And today, that symbol and association is as strong as ever, with an estimated £21 million spent on roses in the UK alone last year.
The Rose has a long history of being used in skincare too. The early Babylonians made and used Rose Water, and Cleopatra used Roses in her famous milk baths. It has been used for centuries for its incredible skin boosting ingredients.
Rose oil, or Rosa Damascena, has been shown to be a moisturising oil with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties. What this means for your skin is that it moisturises and helps skin to retain moisture, it can calm and reduce redness, and it helps to tone skin and reduce fine lines. When used as an aromatherapy oil, Rose oil is a very grounding scent. It calms and reduces anxiety and stress, and is even reported to reduce headaches and nausea.
We add Rose oil to our Anti-ageing Moisturising Oil for its amazing skin boosting properties. It balances well with the Frankincense we add in, to make a hydrating oil that smooths skin. Plus, as facial oils tend to be used in the evening, massaging in a rose oil helps to relax the mood and take away the worries of the day.
We also love a good dose of Rose oil in our aromatherapy bath bomb, complete with scattered Rose petals.
As beautiful as Roses are, I won’t be waiting for a bunch of them this Valentines day. I will be adding them to my bath and enjoying my facial oil though.