Discover clinically-proven benefits of Rose for your skin & its potency for your heart & emotions...
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
“Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.”
W. Somerset Maugham
“There was something rather blousy about roses in full bloom, something shallow and raucous, like women with untidy hair”
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
One of the most-loved botanical extracts that we have worked with since 2007, is Rose. We love it, our customers love it. Rose can evoke comfort, romance, gentleness, sweetness, femininity… it is known as the Queen of Essential Oils. Energetically considered cooling & moist, rose is used in aromatherapy to clear stagnancy, to heal the heart, to cultivate self-love, to soothe grief, loss & sadness.
There are different extracts of Rose in the world of aromatherapy & perfumery. Cabbage Rose, White Rose, Distilled Rose (Rose Otto), Rose Absolute … all with impressive properties yet with differences in aroma. Then we have Rosehip, in a different category, a plant oil with some incredible properties of its own.
Like many a precious substance, with Rose, it’s “all in the dose”. Rose essential oils & absolutes vary in their natural, chemical constituents. (“Chemical”, as you see isn’t necessarily “synthetic.” In fact, the chemicals that plants contain are the exact root of their power). When formulating products with Rose, the dose is to some extent dictated by the chemical constituents.
Because Rose is so precious (read, expensive!), it is often adulterated, diluted with cheaper oils. So if you are looking for Rose essential oil & it isn’t costly, please don’t trust it.
Rose Otto has a clear, delicate aroma. For the skin, we love Soil Association certified organic Bulgarian Damask Rose Otto Essential Oil steam distilled from millions of petals. Bulgarian Rose Otto is considered the finest quality. So many petals are needed to create just one tiny drop, making the distillation process extremely expensive. Even just one little drop of Rose Otto can be worth pounds, not pennies. It’s not an oil you want to spill! Rose is clinically proven to soften wrinkles, help reduce inflammation & the appearance of broken capillaries.
With a rich & rounded aroma, Damask Rose Absolute’s extraction process uses solvents, preserving as much of the natural aroma of the petals as possible. This may leave a barely-there trace in the final product, however, this is considered acceptable in aromatherapy as we are only talking parts per trillion. It is believed that Rose Absolute’s fragrance is much closer to nature, although it does vary depending on harvest, weather, country of origin … Rose Absolute also helps reduce the appearance of scars and demonstrates anti-acne potential. It contains Farnesol which is antioxidant, anti-irritant, skin protector & has been used in the treatment of dermatitis.
Rosehip Seed Oil is extracted from the fruit & seeds & yields a much higher content of oil – this is a plant oil as distinct from an essential oil. It can range in colour from a beautiful dark red to a brighter pinky-scarlet to a deep golden colour. We love Soil Association certified organic Chilean Rosehip Oil. Extracted from the Rosa Canina (Dog Rose) hips it is cold pressed to preserve vital phytonutrients & contains high levels of Omega 6 (50%) & Omega 3 (25%) , essential fatty acids which keep skin soft and supple & the strenghtn the skin’s protective barrier. Omega 6 helps reduce microcomedones in acne-prone skin. An emollient (softening & soothing for the skin), Rosa Canina has been shown to contain valuable phytochemicals such as protective antioxidant carotenoids beta-carotene, lycopene & phenolic compounds, high levels of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) & phytosterols (the vegetable equivalent of cholesterol which is essential cell membrane components). Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants because of its ability to penetrate the skin through small molecular weight. Cold-pressed Rosehip Oil is clinically proven to be anti-inflammatory, reducing heat & discomfort in the skin. A “dry” oil, it absorbs quickly with no greasy residue.
So, now for the OV naturals Rose Edit:
VITAL Botanical Facial Oil with Triple Rose
Perfect for Dry & Sensitive* skin
100% natural & over 99% Soil Association certified organic ingredients
TREAT YOUR SKIN
CALM YOUR HEART
Nurturing, sustaining, luxe, deep, rich, rosy
Our hero product. VITAL has an authentic rosy aroma. Revitalise your skin with this tried & tested formula, adored by customers and the beauty industry since 2011. Rapidly absorbed & nourishing. Aromatherapeutically designed to nurture the heart. Works wonders for all manner of skin conditions.
*if your skin is sensitive a patch test is always sensible
LUSTROUS Botanical Facial Oil
Perfect for Dry Skin
100% natural & over 93% Soil Association certified organic ingredients
BOOST YOUR SKIN
Brilliant, silky, vernal, sure, smooth, striking
Plump & brighten your skin with this luxurious formula. A wealth of nutrients help to soften & soothe, lock in hydration & improve the appearance of signs of ageing while protecting against further damage. Aromatherapeutically designed to reveal your inner glow.
GOLDEN Eau de Toilette
Fresh, warm, bright, soft, reassuring, tenacious
OV's artisan Eau de Toilette, 3 years in the making. GOLDEN is a composition of 19 exotic essential oils, absolutes & isolates, bringing you citrus & floral notes with a lingering warmth & spice. Created with a proprietary blend of naturals including Pink Grapefruit, Pink Pepper, Italian Bergamot, Damask Rose, Magnolia Leaf, Neroli, Tuberose, wild Frankincense & Ambrette Seed.
Contains 99.9% natural ingredients, including natural aromatics, over half of which are wild/certified organic.
SUPPLE Luxury Body Oil
Perfect for all skin types
100% natural & over 84% Soil Association certified organic ingredients
SOFTEN YOUR SKIN
OPEN YOUR MIND
Elegant, sparkling, awaking, open, delicate, clear
Limber up with this light, rapidly absorbed, beauty-boosting body oil to keep your skin soft & supple, locking in hydration & adding a healthy glow. Aromatherapeutically designed to calm, balance & release negativity.
RELAXED Body Polish
100% natural, 75% organic. A luxurious, exfoliating body scrub to luxuriate & unwind, with gently exfoliating Cane Sugar, fine Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt, Damask Rose, Blood Orange, Coriander Seed, Wild Frankincense, Grapeseed oil & nourishing antioxidant Vitamin E.
RELAXED Botanical Body Oil
100% natural. A nourishing & protective botanical body oil which sinks in without a trace, leaving your skin rejuvenated & glowing. With relaxing essential oils to luxuriate & unwind - Damask Rose, Blood Orange, Coriander Seed & Wild Frankincense.
I hope you enjoy your rosy days...
Lucy Stevens, 2019.