My Truest True Love: Rose Floral Water

Sunday May 4, 2014 | Beauty Skin Care

Simplicity In Skincare

Aroma Zone Rose Hydrolate

Nothing embodies simplicity and beauty in skincare like a pure rose floral water.

Floral water, more generally known as hydrosol, is the condensate water left over after extracting the essential oils from flowers and plants through the process of steam distillation.

The water retains the aromatic essences of the plant plus many of the hydrophilic parts of the plant that are not captured in the extraction of the essential oil.

Hydrosols carry the scent of the plant, though the fragrance is much softer and more rounded. As such, it is wonderful for aromatherapy.

It is often the first thing you will find in the ingredients list of many natural cosmetic products, though it may go under the name of essential water or water distillate.

There is a whole universe of floral and herbal waters to discover, each with their own unique properties.

But above all, my favorite is Rose Floral Water.

A Rose Is A Rose

A rose is a rose

It’s almost a cliché how much roses have come to symbolize beauty and romance.

But there is something in all of us that knows beauty when we see it.

What may not be so obvious is the many ways roses can be used.

For example, rose water can be used in cooking. Many North African recipes call for rose water. I’m thinking especially of those small rose-flavored Algerian nougats. Mmm

When it comes to skincare, rose floral water has many beautifying properties.

It has a toning, hydrating and nourishing effect on the skin.

It can soothe inflamed skin and calm allergic reactions. Because of this, rose water can be a real godsend for people with sensitive skin.

Before applying moisturizer, your skin should be slightly damp in order to enhance absorption and seal moisture. And rose water is perfect for this.

For hot days, after exposing your skin to the sun, you can take a chilled bottle of rose water and spritz it on your face. Seriously, you must try this! The sensation is incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating.

In aromatherapy, the soothing scent can help relieve anxiety. In fact, the main reason why I love rose floral water is because it smells so divine.

Of course, not all floral waters are created equal. So when looking for rose water, I recommend you look for ones that are labeled as “pure hydrosol” or “pure hydrolate.”

Many products labeled as “floral waters” may be nothing but regular water mixed with essential oils. But true hydrolates are obtained through the process of steam distillation which I described above. 

A True Hydrolate

Aroma Zone Rose Hydrolate
One of the purest rose floral waters I’ve ever come across is the Damascus Rose Pure Hydrolate by Aroma Zone.

The scent is amazingly natural. You can’t mistake it for anything else. It’s rose! In all its glorious watery essence.

The brand, Aroma Zone, is not really a brand but a specialty shop in Paris. They sell the most basic natural ingredients & equipment with which you can make your own beauty products.

Normally, it doesn’t take long for a hydrolate to lose its aromatic properties. But the quality of the roses used in this bottle (grown and picked by organic, fair trade farmers in Morocco) and the technique involved in the distilling process must have been rather superior, because it has managed to maintain its aromatic essences for months.

Also, keeping hydrolates in the fridge helps to preserve them for much longer.

Nowadays, with the proliferation of so many super complex skincare products that boast of the most cutting edge technology and the rarest plant from the remotest corners of the world…

Sometimes it’s just nice to go back to basics…

Rose floral water. Ingredient: Rose.

The June Bracelet. Wearable Skincare Technology, A La Française.

Friday January 24, 2014 | Lifestyle Skin Care

Of course the French would invent a bracelet that measures your exposure to the sun so that you can get guidance on how to prevent premature skin aging.

Although it has not yet been released, the June bracelet by Netatmo made its remarkable debut on the first day of CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

June Bracelet

 

[Image Source: Netatmo]

This bracelet comes with an app for your smartphone or tablet in order to give you personalized sun protection advice based on your skin type and habits.

During the first use, the app takes you through a series of questions in order to determine your skin type.

Then, based on the UV sensors in the bracelet and current meteorological information, the app tells you if you need to protect yourself and with what level of SPF cream. It will even send reminders to wear a hat or sunglasses before leaving the house that day.

As mad as they are about skincare, French women don’t really like to wear sunscreen. So maybe this gadget will finally get them into that habit.

In terms of design, I thought that the rather imposing jewel looks a little gaudy, non?

But after seeing a photo of a real person wearing it IRL, I changed my mind.

June Bracelet / Photo from Wired Magazine
[Photo Source: Ariel Zambelich/WIRED]

I would definitely wear this.

Yo, Netatmo! If you’re still looking for test subjects, I’m your hollaback girl.

My Seaside Skincare Routine (Video)

Saturday November 9, 2013 | Skin Care

Ya’ll! 

I’ve literally taken the plunge and made my first blog video ever.

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The video combines two things that I love…

Skincare + The Ocean.

Basically, it’s a video of me washing my face in the ocean. The absolutely cold and FREEZING ocean.  

Although it may seem like I gripe excessively about how cold it is in the video, what you don’t actually get to see are the other people walking around in parkas and winter gear.  

But that’s how much I believe in the restorative properties of the ocean.

These are the products that I use during my seaside skincare routine

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Oh! There is one thing I forgot to mention in the video.

So I’ll mention it here…

The reason I like natural and organic cosmetics is because

I don’t want to pollute our beautiful planet anymore.