Roses are quite often described as the most beautiful flower in the world and their skin benefits are widely known across the beauty industry. So it is no wonder that it features in nearly all of Dr Hauschka products due to its astringent and harmonising powers - not to mention the fact that roses also smell divine! Every drop of the rose oil which is used is carefully hand picked from a number of cultivation projects around the world. With this exquisite ingredient featuring in so many of their products, we found out a little more from the team behind Dr Hauschka about what makes rose such an important ingredient in natural skincare.What makes the rose a unique skincare ingredient?
The harmonizing potential of the rose makes it a unique skincare ingredient, this is why we use the rose in our products for both dry and oily skin. Beside the harmonizing effect on the skin, the essential oil and rosewater are also used as a fragrance, which is often the first attraction when someone picks up our rose range.
What parts of the rose are commonly used within skincare and why?
For our products, we have different ways of preparing the rose petal which result in:
Rose wax - this is used to protect the skin and can be found in our After Sun, Liquid Eyeliner and Firming Mask for example.
Rosewater - extracted from the rose petals of the Rosa Damascena, also known as the Damask Rose; this preparation is used for fragrance and is obtained during the production of rose essential oil by steam distillation and has a soothing, non-inflammatory action on the skin. Find this delicate water in the Rose Deodorant Roll On, Tinted Day Cream and Regenerating Body Cream.
Rose petal extract - these roses are hybrid tea roses which are gathered from our medicinal plant garden and can be found in the Rose Nurturing Body Oil and Translucent Face Powder Compact.
Essential rose oil - we source our exquisite essential rose oil from Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Ethiopia, where the rose oil is the concentrated fragrance of countless hand-sorted rose blossoms.
All of these rose preparations are used in the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream which results in an amazing 35 rose blossoms in one single tube.
Dr Hauschka has initiated several cultivation projects around the world, where are these?
We are supporting cultivation projects in Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Iran. These kinds of cultivation projects allow us to help the people achieve a more secure existence and improve their economic and social situation, as well as to help us source the highest quality of raw materials. In addition, we also promote ecological cultivation. We benefit from a reliable supply of raw materials that meet our high standards regarding quality.
The objective of our raw-material projects is to expand biodynamic agriculture across the globe. We support our partners with funding, as well as technical expertise, which gives our project partners security in planning and their employees can be paid wages on a regular basis and work in decent conditions.
Does the scent of the rose have any therapeutic benefits?
The scent of the rose has achieved the golden mean in the world of fragrances.The scent of the rose petal is classified among the heart notes. It has a full, round and lively fragrance – it can truly warm our hearts. It brings joy and happiness and a feeling of well-being.
Traditionally what was the rose used for? Does it have healing benefits?
For hundreds of years rose preparations have been used to treat various skin diseases in traditional medicine and has been used as an antiseptic, antiviral and it is one of the best oils to give you fresh, youthful looking skin.
Apart from health and skincare, what else makes the rose so interesting?
Roses were among one of the early forms of plant life on the earth. Fossil records point to circa 25 million years ago. The wild forms of the rose come from the Orient and it is thought that they spread from Persia and Babylon via Egypt to Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. The holy flower was considered sacred to different goddesses of beauty and love, like Isis, Aphrodite and Venus.
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