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botanical print of wild roseOrigin: Chile

Our organic Rosehip Oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of rose fruit known as ‘hips’.  The hips are collected from a rose bush called Rose mosqueta, located in Chile. The seeds contain approximately 10% oil rich in essential fatty acids including up to 30% omega 3 (linolenic). These fatty acids are perfect for moisturizing the skin and help to carry nutrients deep into the layers of the dermis. The most extraordinary component of rosehip oil is tretinoin (the animal/synthetic version is known as retinol or retinyl palmitate), an anti-aging, regenerative bioactive that is known to combat acne and fine wrinkles. This is an ideal method of delivering tretinoin because it doesn’t have the side effects of the synthetic versions. It also contains skin-healthy amounts of antioxidants in the form of carotenoids and polyphenols and other nourishing vitamins and minerals.

Cold-pressed, also known as ‘virgin’, means that the oil was extracted by squeezing it out of the fruit rather than extracting it by using solvents. It has higher levels of carotenoids (with a red colour to the oil rather than the regular golden hue) and 700% more tretinoin (vitamin A acid) than the conventional solvent-extracted version.

Rosehip Oil is used on the skin to treat acne, sun damage, fine lines and scars. Rose hips have been used for ages as a tea to treat common colds because it has a very high level of vitamin C (up to 20 times higher than oranges) and is a very nutritious food. Rosehip powder is used to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

It is the number one natural beauty ingredient in the world and can be found in our Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream and straight up in our Rosehip Oil.

 

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Rose ProfileOrigin: 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 hydrosol is the water that is created when extracting essential oil from the petals by steam distillation. It contains water with a soluble amount of essential oil. The therapeutic components of the hydrosol are approximately 80% phenetheyl alcohol, an antimicrobial. It is produced from the pink rose plant called Rosa Damascena, member of the rosaceae family indigenous to Europe and the Middle East. Rose hydrosol has high levels of antioxidant polyphenols to fight aging and cellular damage in the skin. It is soothing, cooling, anti-inflammatory and very astringent, making it ideal for aiding puffiness in the eye area.

Rose hydrosol or ‘water’ has been used in beauty preparations for thousands of years all over the world. In Ayruvedic medicine it is used as an eye wash and to tone and cool the skin.

Organic rose hydrosol can be found in our Rose Dew Facial Toner and our Eyewaken Eye Cream.

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Rose ProfileOrigin: 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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I grabbed this from Facebook with the permission of my lovely ecofeminist friend, Dawn Dietrich.

Bees are responsible for pollinating more than 30 per cent of the food that we eat and 90 per cent of trees, flowers and other wild plants (Ontario Beekeeper’s Association). Powerful insecticides, called neonicotinoids, are considered to be the cause of massive honey bee deaths occurring all over Ontario (Ontario Association of Beekeepers; Ministry of Agriculture). These are not isolated incidences, however, as this insecticide has been wreaking havoc across the globe for years, with the EU even placing a moratorium on its use. In Ontario, as a Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs entomologist points out, “virtually all corn seed is treated with neonicotinoid”. Indeed, just a few weeks ago, over 30,000,000 (MILLON!) bees were found dead in Elmwood, Ontario and the cause appears to be acute neonicotinoid poisoning. Over fifty years ago Rachel Carson tried to demonstrate the fallacy of using synthetic chemical pesticides, but apparently we weren’t ready to listen, because not only are we still applying these poisonous chemicals, but (and this brings me to the sheer absurdity of it all) when this pesticide is banned another will just come along and replace it. Today, as I walked past a strip-mall lawn being sprayed with pesticides, I couldn’t help but think about the fate of honey bees, trees, and general human/nonhuman health. I couldn’t help wonder why we continue to allow this to happen? Is this the world you really want to live in, people? Are cheap, poisonous grains worth it? Are toxic lawns and rivers worth it? I know my answer – not a chance in hell!!! If you agree, do something about it! Say no to chemicals! Buy local, organic fruits and vegetables when possible. Contact your local MPP/MP and tell them you don’t want toxins in your food and cities/towns (see your municipal regulations – most cities allow for pesticide use on parks, golf courses and commercial properties). Join your neighbourhood association and start lobbying your local government as a collective. If you care, do something…anything. But please, whatever you do, don’t remain silent anymore.

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