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Ingredient Profile: Rose Absolute

Origin: Bulgaria

Scent: Romantic, sweet, honey, powder, floral, soft. The scent of rose is uplifting, soothing and anti-anxiety.

Roses have been part of human history for a very long time. They are the symbol of love, beauty, femininity and the Divine. They are used medicinally, culinarily and in perfumery around the world.

Rose absolute is extracted from the petals of the pink rose plant called Rosa Damascena, member of the rosaceae family indigenous to Europe and the Middle East. Rose absolute has high levels of antioxidant tocopherols, phenolics and beta carotenes to fight aging and cellular damage in the skin. It is soothing, cooling and anti-inflammatory making it ideal for sensitive skin, rosacea and broken capillaries. It is antibacterial and astringent keeping pores clean and refined. Its main constituents are phenethyl alcohol, geraniol and citronellol.

The petals are used traditionally in Europe to aid digestion and as a tonic to the nervous system and the endocrine system. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses them to remove blood stagnation, nourish the skin, and improve digestion.

Rose is currently being researched for its anti-cancer abilities likely due to its high level of geraniol, which has be shown to prohibit cancer cell growth.

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