Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia)
Located on the French Riviera, the Grasse region is considered to be the world’s capital of perfume and where Rose centifolia is known to originate. Roses are a traditional symbol of romantic love, and the centifolia genus is prized for its opulent and distinctly sweet scent. The rose has been renowned throughout time for its use in cosmetics, food, perfumes and aromatherapy.
What does Rose Absolute oil smell like?
The scent of a Rose is complex; beyond what your imagination may recall as the floral and warm scent of a rose there are also sweet aspects of citrus, musk and spice. What you will smell will differ slightly from harvest to harvest because the elements the roses have been subjected to can make an impact on the delicate fragrance, however despite this, good quality Rose Absolute should always smell divine.
Where does Rose Absolute centifolia oil originate from?
Historical records date Rose centifolia to 16th century France, however it is now mainly grown in Morocco in a town called El Kelaâ M’Gouna, also known as The Valley of the Roses. A three day festival takes place here annually to celebrate the rose harvest and to give thanks for the beauty of nature. The roses are carefully hand picked in May and in the morning to carefully preserve the fragrance which is said to be more potent in the morning before the scent dissipates later in the day. Harvesting the roses is a labour intensive job as it reportedly takes up to 240,000 roses to make 5mls of rose oil.
What are the properties of Rose Absolute oil?
Roses have been cherished for their beauty, sweet smell and health properties in cultures throughout history. Ayurvedic medicine has used roses more than any other flower for its ability to balance feelings, the heart and the mind, and in ancient Rome roses were used as an astringent and in medicines
Rose Absolute oil properties are attributed to the treatments of:
- Depression, stress and anxiety
- Heavy and irregular periods
- Menopause symptoms
How to use Rose Absolute oil
Use Rose Absolute as part of your skincare regimen to promote soft skin and ward off the signs of aging. For a quick fix add a drop of Rose Absolute to your daily moisturiser to experience the exquisite effects of this oil. For skin imperfections dilute and apply topically to the affected area.
Make a rose oil spray by mixing water and Rose Absolute in an atomiser to instantly uplift and re-energise skin on your face and body (making sure the mixture doesn’t come into contact with your eyes).
Diffuse Rose Absolute oil to uplift the senses and relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Inhale the oil from cupped hands to absorb the aroma more intensely and reap the healing benefits.
Infuse Rose Absolute in a warm bath and massage (diluted in your favourite carrier oil) the essential oil into your body, when to help fight menstrual cramps and tension. For additional relief, rub the oil on your feet before bed to help you relax and drift off to sleep. Use Rose oil for menstrual issues in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise to reap the full benefits. You will feel better and smell scrumptious.
Rose oil recipes
Romantic Rose Face and Body Scrub
Rose oil is great for reducing redness in your skin, particularly around the cheeks and nose, while lavender oil helps to balance oil production.The pairing of lavender and rose makes our scrub perfect for combination skin, but the gentle ingredients are safe enough to use on even the most sensitive skin.
To make your own gentle scrub, mix all the ingredients together and store in a sealed container, in a cool, dark place. To use, take pinch of the scrub, and mix with a few drop of water until it turns into a paste. Gently massage into your skin in small circles, and rinse thoroughly for soft, soothed and balanced skin.
- ⅛ cup of white clay
- ¼ cup of ground almonds
- ¼ cup of oatmeal
- ¼ cup of powdered Lavender
- 2-3 drops of rose essential oil
If you suffer from oily, acne-prone skin, try adding 2-3 drops of Ylang-Ylang essential oil to soothe inflammation and balance hormones.
Restorative Rose Bath Salts
Create your very own bath salts using Rose Absolute to get naturally soft and gorgeous smelling skin.Combine the following ingredients together and store in a glass jar. For extra luxury add some dried rose petals. A beautifully natural way to treat yourself, or to offer as a gift to someone you love.
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda (use baking soda if you’re in the States - it’s the same thing!)
- Add 10 to 15 drops of Rose Absolute
Oils to compliment Rose Absolute oil
Rose Absolute blends well with most essential oils, but here are a few of our favourites to get you started. Remember, you only need a few drops of Rose Absolute as it has an extremely potent fragrance.
- Clary Sage
- Ylang Ylang
Anything to note?
Avoid during pregnancy and if nursing. Always dilute oils before using on your skin, and use sparingly to gain the most benefit. Keep out of reach of children and store in a cool, dark place. Do not ingest.