a super food for the skin
The iconic rose.
In food, drink, perfume, tonics and skin care.
Lately rose has become one of my favorite treats as a scent and as a treatment for maturing skin. Sometimes the nostalgic scent of false roses has us thinking 'old lady' - and for good reason.
In the 1800s the rose became a popular medicinal for 'complaints' of women - everything from a menstrual tonic to rosewater creams for beauty (partly for prestige: it takes thousands of petals to make a few drops of rose otto).
And it turns out, the rose is effective skincare! Modern skincare companies are extracting specific constituents from the leaves, the flower and the fruit (the rose hip). Because the plant is packed with natural antixidants (called polyphenols), the rose has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
Trans-retinoic acid from the rose hip regenerates cells and reduces redness. And research in the last few years has shown that our Grandmothers were wise to put their faith in the rose: it balances hormones, hydrates, and helps to maintain a healthy acid mantle.
The Roses I'm Loving right now:
Providence Perfume: Rose Boheme
LVNEA: Rose, Sandalwood and Patchouli Body Serum
Alchemy: Rose & Saffron Anointing Oil
Floracopeia: Rose Flower Essence
... and a rose infusion for a limited edition fragrance by Alchemy for Valentine's Day 2017
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician