Women throughout history have known to take advantage of the beauty secrets found within roses and elderflowers.
Roses remind us of days past when roses were valued for more than just their beauty. Roses contain a substantial amount of vitamin C which results in an acidic rosewater helpful in reducing thread veins through the rose's tonic effects on the capillaries. Rosewater is created by infusing rose petals in distilled water and letting the sun do its magic as it draws out the flower properties to result in a lovely blush rosewater.
Women still take advantage of the blooming period of the elder bush and collect the lacy blossoms for their mildly astringent and stimulating properties. It was used to keep the face smooth, youthful and free from blemishes. Elder flower water alone is very good as a facial wash and for treating sunburn; infusing it in vinegar enhances the therapeutic value even more. We also have an herbal vinegar facial toner utilizing roses and elderflowers which is a wonderful compliment to use along with this facial moisturizing cream.
The elderflowers are infused in apricot kernel oil, a good alternative for those with nut allergies. The oil is cold-expeller pressed which means no chemical solvents were used to extract the oil.
Apricot kernel oil contains a good source of antioxidants Vitamins A and E, and linoleic acid and oleic acid, which are essential fatty acids. Containing anti-inflammatory properties, acne prone and sensitive skin can benefit.
Rosehip seed oil can often be seen in products advertised for maintaining a youthful appearance. High in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, this precious oil is very effective for healing and rejuvenating dry or damaged skin. It is a very gentle hydrator which means it quickly penetrates skin. It is said to be the only natural oil to contain retinoic acid (Vitamin A), which increases levels of collagen and elastin, necessary for supple, smooth new skin.
Grapeseed oil is also good for all skin types. High in anti-oxidants and containing astringent properties, it is beneficial for oily or blemish prone skin. The gentle, nearly odorless qualities of grapeseed oil help keep the skin hydrated and supple while absorbing easily without feeling greasy.
Coconut oil is added for its cool, creamy texture as well as its help to stiffen the cream. Its unique molecular structure allows it to easily absorb into your skin while not leaving behind a greasy film. The natural antioxidants found in coconut oil fight against free-radicals which damage connective tissue and cause the skin to lose elasticity and wrinkles
For those who prefer a substitution for coconut oil, we use what is called African Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter. The shea nut is harvested and ground into a rich vegetable butter that offers multiple benefits for the skin: protecting, nourishing, moisturizing, soothing, comforting, healing and regenerating. Shea Butter easily penetrates the skin allowing the skin to breathe without clogging the pores. The addition of shea butter is a good idea for those with oily skin. Shea butter offers a little fluff to the final cream.
***Due to personal preference or known allergies, there is the option at checkout to choose which of these solid oils you would like in your cream.
In addition, a touch of aloe vera gel, vitamin E and geranium essential oil add their own healing attributes to this nourishing moisturizer.
Geranium essential oil is used extensively in skin care for its refreshing, skin-reparative properties. Its roselike scent compliments the fragrance of the rosewater and makes for a woman favorite.
These key ingredients are so very beneficial as part of a daily facial skin care routine. Enjoy a little elegance and pampering you can call your own.
Moisturize as needed onto clean skin, ideally while the skin is still moist after cleansing. Use gentle, circular motions with your fingertips, paying special attention to the delicate area around the eyes. If you wear foundation wait a few minutes for the moisturizer to soak in or you could dab any "shine" with a soft cotton square. Due to various skin types, you may need only a tiny bit at a time, or perhaps only the cheeks and around the eyes, or you may just need a moisturizer as a night cream. Keep in mind that this cream has a higher oil:water ratio than you may be used to; very effective for dry skin.
Complaints people often have with moisturizers is that they seem to leave behind an oily residue. Of course a reason could be the quality of the oils used in the lotion, but it could also be because:
1. You are using too much at a time
2. You are applying the moisturizer to old, dead skin cells and it is not penetrating the upper layer of your skin. Exfoliating regularly with gentle scrubs or exfoliating cloths can help with this issue
To minimize the risk of contamination make sure you have clean fingers before dipping into the cream or use the little wooden spatula (included).
Beauty tip: Don't forget to moisturize your neck!
Elegance of Rose Facial Cream comes in an 1/2 oz., 1 oz. or 2 oz. jar
NOTE ON PRESERVATION:
Items are made in small batches as they are needed. The concept behind this shop is for the consumer seeking all natural products with the understanding that the items are not intended to sit around and only natural preservatives are used.
Natural preservatives are antimicrobial grapefruit seed extract, antioxidant Vit. E and the concentration of essential oils. What this means is that while these natural preservatives deter the growth of bacteria and molds, they are not broad spectrum and offer a limited shelf life. Being the risk of contamination and loss of potency over time is present in any perishable product, please try to use the item within 3 to 4 months. Products which contain water such as the creams and lotions are the most at risk for contamination. The salves, containing no water, are very stable as is and are fine for months. Keep any of the products in a cool location, out of exposure to heat and sunlight, and be sure to have clean hands before using. Refrigeration will extend the shelf life of perishable items.
NOTE ABOUT COCONUT OIL:
Ordinarily, in the making of my creams, I use refined coconut oil for the reason that not everyone enjoys the smell of coconuts. To avoid the smell of coconuts interfering with the final scent of the product (either the scent-free cream or the essential oil blends), I use the refined coconut oil unless by request to use the unrefined. Below is a bit of information to explain the differences between the refined vs. unrefined.
The differences between refined and unrefined coconut oils used for my products are in how the oil is processed.
Both the refined and unrefined coconut oils have been expeller, cold-pressed without the addition of any chemicals.
There are refined coconut oils on the market that use a chemical distillation process dependent on solvents such as lye. These products may be hydrogenated using high heat which should be avoided as they create synthetic trans-fats. The refined coconut oil I use are refined using a natural, chemical-free cleaning process involving steam and/or diatomaceous earth. The cold pressed extraction method yields an oil of higher nutritional value than extraction methods that use chemicals or heat.
The smell of coconuts in the refined coconut oil is removed by heat, but the temperatures do not go over 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Some antioxidants are destroyed but some can actually increase.
Antioxidants must still be present and not destroyed through processing in order for coconut oil to fight free radical damage.
As to whether coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it clogs pores, depends on a person’s skin type, pore size, and the quality of the oil itself. Overall, good quality coconut oil can be wonderful in skin care.
Creams made with the unrefined coconut oil do have a noticeable scent of coconut, however it is pleasant and not at all overwhelming.
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