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A Rose by any Other Name would Smell as Sweet

Friday, June 07, 2013

Written by Marijo Cuerrier,
Brand Manager Ste. Anne's Skin Nourishment


Ahhhh… Romeo and Juliet. The relationship between romance and roses is a strong one, and for good reason! Tell me, who likes to get carnations on that special day from your loved one? Not me!

 
I voiced my feelings on carnations vs. roses early in my relationship with my husband. As a result, I have a large glass jar full of dried roses that I have collected over the span of our relationship to remind me of the richness of our love.
 

The rose, despite its romantic nature, is also very good for your skin. There are many varieties of roses, as you will discover visiting any nursery this time of year, but one of our favourites at Ste. Anne’s Spa is rosa rugosa. There are several mature rosa rugosa shrubs on our property that date back to when the Blaffer’s owned the property. Just last year we planted another 300 plants to accommodate the demands of our product line, rose a main ingredient in the heart note of Ste. Anne’s Skin Nourishment, and rose extract is in nearly every product.

 


Rose oil and rose water are derived from the flowers of roses, and have many valuable properties. As I started to research this powerful plant, it quickly became apparent that to write about all of the amazing qualities of the rose would become an essay, so in this blog I decided to focus on the oil that comes from the seed in the rosehip and referenced some further reading for those who are interested.

 

Rose hip seed oil has been well researched for its skin rejuvenating properties. Applied topically this lovely oil has been found to be effective in tissue regeneration. It reduces the appearance of hyper pigmentation (dark spots), scars, stretch marks, fine lines and premature aging of the skin. Rosa also has anti-oxidant qualities and is a source of Vitamin A. It penetrates the skin easily - – which makes it a powerful moisturizer and emollient. It is used for a variety of skin conditions, including dermatitis, acne and eczema, for mature and sun burnt skin as well as brittle nails and wrinkles. It is a diuretic (which reduces puffiness) and has astringent properties.

The next time you visit us be sure to ask to be pointed in the direction of the rose field. Also, I encourage you to walk the property and see if you can identify the beautiful rosa rugosa bushes scattered throughout. The scent alone is worth the hunt!
 
For more reading on this incredible ingredient check these articles out: