I was handed this free product by a Turkish company in Naturals Foods Expo. I was not sure at that time if they had a US presence. I told them I would give this product a try but couldn’t promise to talk about it to my readers. I only talk about products I really like and have safe ingredients. What you apply on your skin gets into your bloodstream, so it is important you pay attention to the ingredients in your skin product. I have tried so many natural and expensive creams on my sensitive, acne prone face and no matter how great they are, most of them irritated my sensitive skin. So I rarely recommend skincare products due to the nature of my skin. I was not really expecting anything big from this simple rose water spray. But I was wrong!
When I reached home, I sprayed this on my face and immediately fell in love with the smell and the refreshing feeling. I thought I could use this as a perfume and mood enhancer. I used this product on my face for a few days and noticed my skin looking brighter and dewy. I usually get skin breakouts with any skin product no matter how natural, organic and expensive they are. But this product did not give me any skin breakouts. My teenage daughter has also started using this product.
Skincare Benefits of Rose especially as a sunscreen
While we associate rose with the pleasant smell and bright colors, rose petals are a popular ingredient in skin care in eastern countries. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties they can be used to reduce redness and Rosacea. Because of its antibacterial properties, they are useful for healing and preventing acne. The Vitamin C found in rose water also can reverse photo-aging, the damage done to our skin by years of sun exposure. Other benefits include promoting collagen synthesis, lightening hyperpigmentation, and improvement of a variety of inflammatory dermatoses. And it is a great moisturizer due to the nourishing oils in the petals.
I was surprised to learn that it also acts as a sunscreen due to its high vitamin C. When applied on the skin it is absorbed into the skin and offers protection from damaging free radicals produced when skin is exposed to ultraviolet light or allowed to age naturally. While there are many recipes online to use vitamin C as a sunscreen, the rose water may be used as a mild sunscreen and may not be a good choice for people who get sunburns. I am one of those lucky people who never get sunburn. But my Vitamin D levels are not that great due to wearing modest clothing including a head cover due to religious reasons. Only my face and hands are exposed to sun whenever I am outside. Although I wanted to wear a sunscreen to prevent sun damage I did not like the idea of blocking sunlight. Vitamin D is only produced by the skin via sun exposure and commercial sunscreens prevent this process. The Vitamin C allows your skin to produce Vitamin D from the sun. I think this is a good choice for me as sunscreens give me acne and interfere with my Vitamin D production. With all these benefits, what more can I ask! I also read that they can reduce dark circles, so I am going to try that by soaking cotton balls in the rose water and keeping them on my eyes for 10 minutes.
There are rose powders, rose masks and rose essential oils available in the market. I feel rose water or rose hydrosols are in a less concentrated, safer form than essential oils making them skin friendly for people with sensitive skin.
According to Mountain Rose herbs,
Hydrosols, also known as “flower waters,” are produced by distilling fresh leaves, fruits, flowers, and other plant materials. With similar therapeutic properties to essential oils, these aromatic waters are much less concentrated. Their aromas are often soft and subtle when compared to their essential oil counterpart. These aromatic products usually have a scent similar to their essential oil, but also can have a greener note. This comes from the water soluble constituents in the plant material that are not present in the essential oil.
In the book Farmacology by Dr. Daphne Miller, there is a chapter that talks about hydrosols and how they help to achieve youthful skin. She talks about a funny discoloration on her face and how a hydroquinone lightening cream made things worse. Finally, she cured it with a rose geranium hydrosoul. Ever since reading that I wanted to try a hydrosol but when I got this rose water or hydrosol I was not really connecting this to that. Hydrosols and flower waters are almost same with some subtle differences. You can read more about it here if you are interested.
I found out that there are many rose water sprays available online. If you are buying one, look for organic, no alcohol rose water that has only rose and water with no chemical ingredients in the form of fragrances, preservatives or additives. I am glad to tell you that the brand (Rosense) I am using is also available on Amazon at this link.
I am glad I tried this, and I don’t want to keep this beauty secret to myself.
This is how rose water is made by Rosense
Production Method of Rose Water and Rose Oil – Distillation
Rosense rose water is produced by using a distillation technique from the damascena rose petals.
There are no chemical preservatives added during distillation and the product is completely free from any petrochemical derivatives and chemicals.
In the process of distillation, large stills, traditionally of copper, with 3 tons capacity, are filled with 500kg of fresh blossoms and 1.5 tons of water. The still is fired for 90 minutes. The vaporized water and rose oil exit the still and enter a condensing apparatus and are then collected in a flask. This distillation yields a very concentrated oil (direct oil), which makes up about 20% of the final product. The water which condenses along with the oil is drained off and redistilled (cohobation), in order to obtain the water-soluble fractions of the rose oil such as phenethyl alcohol which are a vital component of the aroma and which makes up the large bulk, 80%, of the oil. The two oils are combined and make the final rose otto.
The hydrosol (Herbal distillate) portion of the distillate is known as rosewater.
Rosewater is the natural water that is obtained through the mixture of the oily water (ferment) with rose scent, which is an outcome of the production of rose oil with pure, clean hot water, distilled in the proportion of 1 /1.
Rose water, which is produced using natural methods, is filtered several times.