“A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.”
Sitting here, I’m enjoying the wonderfully uplifting and calming scent of rosa damascena, sometimes known as rose otto. You can’t write about this facial oil from British eco-luxury brand bodhi & birch without the feeling. The scent wraps itself around you as soon as you open the box.
But first, a bit of background. Rose is possibly the first plant used in distillation and is credited to a 10th century Arabic physician called Avicenna. Its believed the Turks introduced the plant to Bulgaria in the 17th century and it is this variety of rose that is in bodhi & birch’s Desert Rose facial oil. Rose is a versatile oil; it soothes mind and body and in skin care, works for all types but is particularly good for mature, dry or sensitive skin. As a tonic, it is helpful for soothing inflammation. Its constricting action on the capillaries makes it a valuable treatment for thread veins.
Reading the ingredients list, you can see Desert Rose is absolutely packed with good things; vitamins A and E, Omega 3, 6 and 9 and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid. One of the fatty acids and wonderfully hydrating). Bulgarian Damask rose Otto is blended with evening primrose oil, starflower oil, prickly pear oil and rosehip and organ oils. All organic (100% natural ingredients of which 95% are certified organic) and working together to leave skin hydrated, soothed and radiant.
Warm one or two pumps in your palms then gently cup your face, slowly inhaling and exhaling, before pressing the oil into the skin. Don’t forget your neck, upper chest and the back of your hands. You can also massage a tiny amount into the ends of your hair to smooth and protect it.
Desert Rose facial oil launches early April. 15 ml is £38.00 at bodhi & birch and selected retailers.
*product kindly provided by bodhi & birch for a no-obligation review