It is common for me to hear people say that the scent of rose reminds them of their grandmother. I think it should remind you of your grandmother and your great grandmother and your great, great, grandmother. It is the scent of the divine feminine. It adorned flower garlands that were offered to Isis, then to Venus, and then to Mary. The rose garland has changed over the years to become the rosary, still made with powdered rose and scented with its soft, powdery fragrance. When we think of roses, we often equate them with romantic love but there is something much more powerful in their meaning. They represent The Great Mother, universal love, beauty, birth, death, comfort, and healing. When I was in labour and desperate for it to be over, I closed my eyes and meditated on a rose opening in bloom. I don’t even know where this guidance came from but I know that it was a feminine source. It’s a flower we connect to on a primordial level. The rose itself is at least 35 million years old. In the Great Lakes area where I live, roses are called Oginiiminagaawanzh in the Anishinaabewaki language and are offered to Spirit as an acknowledgement of the beauty that is bestowed on us. Their thorns and blooms are to remind us of the fine balance within the whole of creation. Rosehips, the fruits of the rose, are a part of traditional North American medicine containing high levels of vitamin C to boost the immune system. Rose is also for beauty. The antioxidants in its hips promote healthy skin functions while the rose petal extract has a multifaceted purpose of having a calming scent as well as topical nourishment in the form of beta-carotene, vitamin E, and terpenoids. The water that comes from rose as a hydrosol has polysaccharides to increase hydration levels in the skin.
The rose is a celebration of feminine beauty and power, one that makes skin care more of a ritual than a chore. Our rose skin care includes:
Rose Dew Facial Toner - rose hydrosol
Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream - rosehip oil, rose petal extract
Rosey Cheeks Facial Serum - rosehip extract, rose petal extract
Eyewaken Eye Cream - rose hydrosol
Carotene Glow Antioxidant Serum - rosehip extract
Ancient Mud Facial Mask - rose petal extract