“What a lovely thing a rose is!”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is not alone in being seduced by this iconic flower. A symbol of love and beauty, the rose has inspired writers, artists and lovers for centuries.

The thousand-year rose which climbs the walls of the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany, is thought to be the world’s oldest living rose. But, fossil evidence suggests that roses have bloomed for millions of years.

According to Greek mythology, roses were created by Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love from a combination of her tears and the blood of her lover, Adonis.

Cleopatra – the Queen of Decadence herself – is said to have infused the sails of her ship with rosewater to create a fragrant breeze wherever she sailed.

A rose renaissance

Pink roses

Despite its legendary status as a therapeutic and beautifying ingredient, rose beauty products came to be associated more with old ladies than femme fatales.

But in recent years, with our increasing interest in natural ingredients, our love affair with the rose has been rekindled.

As well as its mood enhancing fragrance, rose can help to hydrate, moisturise and revitalise your hair and skin.

Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, rose extract is clinically proven to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It can protect skin cells by acting as a barrier against oxidative damage.

Suitable for all skin types, rose beauty products are particularly good for dry or mature skin and are soothing on sensitive skin.

Precious petals

The Rosa Damascena – one of the world’s rarest flowers – has been grown in the Bulgarian Rose Valley for over 300 years. Also grown in Insparta, Turkey (otherwise known as Rose City). These two regions are said to produce superior oil due to their perfect soil and climate.

Rose oil is made through steam distillation of the petals from newly opened flowers. The petals must be collected by hand early in the morning, before the heat of the day diminishes their fragrance.

It takes about 30,000 petals to make one ounce of this precious oil, which explains why rose beauty products can be a little pricey!

Flower power

Harsh winter weather can really take its toll, leaving hair brittle and skin feeling rough and dry. Rose is the perfect remedy. So, if you want a healthy glow from head to toe, check out some of these gorgeous rose-infused products, which to the best of my knowledge, are all cruelty-free…

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