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The Enchanting Qualities of Rose Water
Rose water, also known as hydrosols, has been a cherished ingredient in skin and body care since ancient times. The creation of rose water is a relatively simple process involving the distillation of rose petals. During this process, rose petals release a distillate which forms the basis of rose water and its essential oil. Renowned for its soothing, invigorating, and hydrating properties, rose water revitalizes dry, mature, or tired skin and tightens the pores of oily skin, infusing them with freshness. This versatile ingredient can be found in various body creams, milk, makeup removers, masks, bath products, and shower gels. With its delightfully sweet aroma, rose water naturally graces niche perfumery.
Rose Water's Alluring Presence in Perfumery
As the ultimate symbol of love, the rose is fittingly referred to as the Queen of Flowers. Damascus Rose (or Rosa Damascena), the most commonly used variety for rose water production, boasts at least 30 fragrant petals. Cultivated primarily in Syria, Turkey, and Bulgaria's famous Valley of the Roses, Damascus Rose is a horticultural treasure.
Rose water seamlessly complements all olfactory families, naturally shining in feminine floral compositions. It often appears alongside roses, as in Chloé's Roses of Chloé, which evokes the sensation of stepping into a rose garden. Rose water is also a key component in Annick Goutal's Rose Absolue, which features a bouquet of various roses.
In addition to floral fragrances, rose water can be found in floral-woody musk compositions such as Issey Miyake's Eau d'Été 2010, L'Eau d'Issey. It also lends its charm to chypre-floral fragrances like Chloé's L'Eau de Chloé and Clinique's Aromatics in White. Furthermore, rose water can even be discovered in oriental compositions like Thierry Mugler's Angel Aqua Chic 2013.
Not only has rose water been celebrated for its body care virtues since antiquity, but it also imbues our perfumes with softness, delicacy, and an ever-enchanting scent, continuing to captivate the senses of those who experience its charm.