For my first product review I would like to start with something pure and simple, but that feels refreshing and smells lovely. Let me introduce you to–> Rose Water. As I was researching different natural skin care products, I kept reading about the benefits of rose-water. People raved about this simple product; that it naturally soothes and moisturizes your skin. So one day as I was in my local health food store I saw a bottle of Heritage Store Rose Water, and couldn’t resist picking up a bottle to try for myself. This is as natural as you can get; just water and Rose extract. Let me just say.. I’m in love!
So actually I got two bottles. One is just pure rose-water with a regular top, and the other is Rosewater with glycerin and a misting top. The first one I use on a cotton ball as more of a toner, while the one with glycerin I spray directly on the face when I want some hydration. :) Both leave the skin feeling soft and supple. I particularly love this product because it is summer time, and considering the humid weather I don’t need a very heavy moisturizer. Also when it’s really hot this just feels really refreshing misted on your face. …and it smells like a garden of Roses. If you love the smell of roses you will be in heaven.. if you don’t.. then it’s probably not for you. (The smell reminds me of my mother’s garden.)
So here is a little research: Rose water has actually been used in skin care for generations, (especially popular during the Victorian era) and can often be found mixed into the ingredient lists of many of our 21st century creams and potions. (Maybe someone still has a granny that speaks of its benefits??)
Here are a few ways rosewater works wonders:
1. Rose oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Thus rose-water can help to reduce redness from irritation or heat.
2. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.
3. It has astringent like properties, which is why it is often used after facials to close pores and tighten capillaries. (Applying rose-water after steaming or a shower is really good)
4. The aroma of roses is said to be a powerful mood enhancer. (Some people spray it on their pillow so that they feel calm and sleep better.)
I find the that the best and easiest way to use it is to apply it as a toner at night. It helps clear any impurities left on your face after cleansing and soothes and tightens the skin.
Lastly I want to say.. When you start looking for rose-water, you will find many different brands out there. Some of them quit expensive. Usually you are paying for a fancy glass bottle and not so much the product. Though Heritage Store’s rose-water doesn’t come in the most fanciful packaging, I am happy with the quality of the product. ( It’s food grade..so you can even drink it if you want ;)) So be wary of anything too expensive.. and look out for ones that have other stuff mixed in. Oh and I forgot to mention.. Glycerin adds a bit more substance to the spray rose-water so that it stays on your skin a bit better… that’s why I purchased that one in the misting bottle. Pure vegetable glycerin actually has some health benefits for your skin too.. but that’s another subject for another day.
Stay calm, cool, and collected.
P.S. Heritage Brand rose water can be found on Amazon and your local Whole Foods or health store. (I purchased mine at Choice Health)