Everything You Need to Know About Your New Beauty Superhero: Roses

It is possibly the most ubiquitous fragrance and the most recognized flower in the world, but the rose should never be underestimated. Rose oil and Rose water are two of the most beneficial and powerful ingredients in natural skin care, and the process of how they are harvested is nothing short of amazing.

Harvesting roses for distillation is a labor-intensive process that must be done before the sun rises. The flowers must then be processed the same day.

Mahalo Skin Care founder Maryna Kracht detailed the process on Instagram:

Aloha beautiful flower, hello bella Rosa 🌹 Did you know that there are over 5,000 varieties of roses, and that only two of them are used in aromatherapy? ⠀ ⠀ The harvesting of rose flowers is a backbreaking and detailed process. It generally takes place from mid-May to mid-June only. I remember when I was spending a summer in Bulgaria and Turkey in my younger days, I observed the rows of workers zooming to and fro the rose fields at sunrise, collecting the freshest flowers still covered with morning dew. Methodically, they give a sharp tug on the base of the rose so the petals remain intact. They then place the flowers in big bags tied to their belts. Each bag contains about 40lbs of roses. These bags, once full, are transported by the farm workers in vans, scooters or even muleback to the factory. ⠀ ⠀ Over hundred thousand pounds of rose petals get process at that factory in Turkey. They first get carefully spread on the ground, and then tossed in the air by pitchforks in order to guarantee the perfect ventilation and avoid possible fermentation. Flowers are then ready to be placed into the large vats or hoppers, which hold about 1,100lbs of petals and 1,400lbs of water to obtain the precious essential oil and rose water. Amazing, isn’t it? ⠀ #mahalocare #roseessentialoil #roseoil #roseotto #rosedemai #roseflower #greenbeauty

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Amazing, indeed.

Rose can be found in many of Mahalo’s products, but probably most notably in the Petal Hydrating Mask,  a luxurious, glow-inducing treatment that can be used daily to add moisture to and reduce inflammation in even the most sensitive skin.

Pretty in Glow ✨ You are loved ✨ today The Petal Mask turns 1 year old 🌺 Thousands of these thoroughly feminine indulgences have been shipped all over the world, caring for your complexions in most gentle and sensual ways. 🌹 ⠀ ⠀ The Petal 🌹 is created using the most luxurious synergy of rose in forms of hydrosol, petals, clay and essential oils. 👸This esteemed queen of flowers helps to brighten, balance and enhance youthful appearance of your beautiful complexions. ⠀ The Petal’s 28 active ingredients nourish your skin with active enzymes and replenishing nutrients, among which are the sophisticated blend of natural and organic essential oils known for their therapeutic properties, mineral-rich amazonian white clay known for it’s skin toning and revitalizing abilities, and the low molecular weight hyaluronic acid known for it’s ability to sink deep into the dermis to deliver intense hydration. ⠀ Indulge your skin and spirit to The Petal ritual to celebrate Valentine's Day today. 🥂🌹🥂 Indulge any day after to celebrate you!, because you are loved, 💕 anyway, everyday, always! ⠀ ⠀ #mahalocare #thepetal #petalmask #hyaluronicacid #honeymask #pinkmask #mahaloskincare #greenbeauty

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It takes an enormous volume of petals to produce a small amount of rose oil and given how difficult it is to gather the flowers and produce the oil, it's no wonder many manufacturers have taken to using synthetic versions of rose oil for scent and function.

But if you have ever smelled both, you know the difference between the real thing and the lab-produced imitation, and the disparity in effectiveness for skin-healing benefits is noticeable, too.

Weleda, a brand founded in 1921 in Europe on the foundation of being natural and sustainable, has long used roses in their personal care products. In fact, they are the world's largest single purveyor of the two types of roses used for personal care and fragrance, rosa damascena and centifolia roses.

Weleda has partnered with local farmers in Turkey, where they harvest the more than 400,000,000 roses they use per year, in a commitment to fair trade practices.

They work with the Sebat cooperative to ensure fair wages for the farmers, sustainable practices to meet the demand of so many roses, and financial support for education in Turkey.

Profits from another fair-trade brand, Kahina Giving Beauty's Moroccan Rose Water are being put back into the community. The company is donating $1 from each Rose Water sold on the Kahina website to the High Atlas Foundation, an organic agricultural project that aims to transform the Moroccan entrepreneurial ecosystem and lift family farmers out of poverty through building a green economy.

Kahina’s Rose Water is pharmaceutical-grade—the strictest guidelines of the FDA, ensuring potency and purity— and can be used to clean, treat, soothe, and nourish hair and skin. It can also be taken internally. They list 10 uses on their blog, and it's seriously mind-blowing how useful this product is.  File under: Things You Didn’t Know You Needed But Now Must Have Always.

Munemi Imai, Founder of MŪN Skincare and freelance makeup artist, writes regularly about the many benefits of using Rose Water in skincare.

✏Time for a mini skin care science lesson!✏ | Most (non-oil formula and non pH balanced) cleansers and tap water are alkaline (our Akwi Purifying Cleanser is pH balanced), so your skin’s natural pH is compromised by constant cleansing. However, because cleansing can’t and shouldn’t be avoided, pH balanced toners need to be used as a follow up to hydrate the skin’s surface and restore pH balance. pH level refers to how acidic or alkaline something is, on a scale of 1-14, with 1 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. It is estimated that the 'natural' skin surface pH is, on average, below 5 and that the pH of tap water is 7 in the US and 8 in Europe. In addition to balancing the skin’s pH level, toners actively help to clean, smooth, soften, hydrate and clear the skin. Toners also prepare the skin for whatever you apply to it next, which is why they work so well in tandem with moisturizers and serums. | 🌹Our Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner was specifically formulated to deliver on all of these fronts, not to mention it smells heavenly!🌹

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About her line's Aknari Brightening Youth Serum, Munemi writes, "Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil: Giving Aknari its signature soothing scent, Bulgarian rose essential oil (the highest-quality rose oil in the world) has great antibacterial properties, ridding skin of harmful bacteria and pollutants that can cause acne and irritation.

"Rich in antioxidants, rose oil also helps diminish signs of aging, treats acne, and decreases redness. Once absorbed, rose essential oil allows other beneficial nutrients to better absorb into the skin, making it a great complement to the antioxidant-rich argan oil and prickly pear seed oil in our serum. Easing stress and relaxing the mind, the oil’s aromatherapeutic qualities make Aknari an ideal addition to your bedtime ritual."

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