Ingredient Spotlight: Rose

Welcome to Smallflower’s Ingredients Spotlight series! Here, we walk you through the benefits and characteristics of popular ingredients you’re probably seeing pop up in the products you shop for and use. Today our focus is on Rose.

 

Overview

 

We all know Rose as one of the most popular (and romantic!) flowers for bouquets, but there are many beneficial properties hiding behind the beautiful blooms. Here are just a few:

Antibacterial

Studies have suggested that rose extracts can inhibit the growth of microbes. This makes it a great choice for cleansing and treating acne-prone skin.

Antioxidant

Rosehip oil, created from the small fruits of the rose flower, is packed with vitamin A – a natural retinol and anti-ager. It firms up skin and encourages healthy skin production for a youthful glow.

Astringent

Rose water, the product of steam distillation of rose petals, has been used for hundreds of years as a natural toner to balance the skin’s pH and help reduce the size of pores.

Anti-Inflammatory

Rose water also can help with irritation or inflammation, especially in those with sensitive skin. The gentle formulation soothes skin and leaves it feeling refreshed.

Aromatherapeutic

The scent of rose is a classic perfume – legend has it that it was Cleopatra’s fragrance of choice. Aside from just a pleasant smell, rose essential oils carry calming and soothing effects. It’s been shown to ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

 

Smallflower’s Picks

 

Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum

This silky oil is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as a host of essential fatty acids that work to regenerate and strengthen cell membranes. With daily use, it can help to balance oil production, clear up acne, fade scarring and hyperpigmentation, and minimize the appearance of pores.

by evanhealy, $28.50, Shop Now →

Red Roses Lip Rouge

Using a blend of Organic Red Roses and other natural ingredients, this balm soothes and gently tints lips a lovely red. Over several days of use, the balm conditions lips and the color deepens, reacting with your body’s chemistry for a one-of-a-kind hue.

by Beeswork, $19, Shop Now →

Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil

Wild rose petals infuse this serum with vitamin C and omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, providing powerful antioxidant benefits, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps even out skin tone and brightens the complexion for a healthy glow.

by KORRES, $54, Shop Now →

Organic Bulgarian Rose Water

This time-honored remedy helps soothe acne and inflammation in the face when used as a toner. Alteya uses a special distillation process that preserves the biodynamic energy of the rose plant, making this a powerful yet gentle formulation.

by Alteya Organics, $22.95, Shop Now →

 

Rose Day Cream Light

Perfect for dry, sensitive skin, this lightweight cream offers hydration without weighing you down. Dr. Hauschka developed a special mix of rose extracts that soothe, calm, and balance the skin.

by Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, $45Shop Now →

 

Rose Eau de Toilette

If what you’re looking for is the lush, timeless scent of a rose perfume, look no further than this elegant eau de toilette. Its lingering scent will leave you feeling as if you’ve just left a summer garden.

by Outremer, $20, Shop Now →

 

Shop the rest of Smallflower’s Rose collection here →