Top Essential Oils for Skincare - Rose - Rosewood - Rose Geranium

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Would you like to add essential oils to your skincare? There are many top essential oils for skincare: Frankincense, Helichrysum, and Blue Chamomile to name a few. In this post I'll share three essential oils, Rosewood, Rose Geranium and two different Rose oils;  Absolute and Otto. Although they all contain the word "rose" only the Rose is from the flower. 

Rosewood is derived from the leaves and twigs of the Rosewood Tree, and Rose Geranium is from the flower and leaves. We will also discuss application and how to use these oils in your skincare practice. 


The skin loves Geranium! There are hundreds of Geranium varieties hybridized to emit different scents, but Rose Geranium is the most popular and therapeutic. While the Rose Geranium shrub's delicate flowers do not resemble roses, the rosy-scented leaves give Rose Geranium its slightly misleading name.

Benefits for the skin:

Rose Geranium Essential Oil's purifying and balancing properties can help rejuvenate the skin, while its antioxidant components aid in reducing the signs of aging. As an astringent, this oil helps tone, brighten and exfoliate; it is also calming for bacterial or fungal infections when applied topically. A potent beauty tool that boasts antibacterial attributes as well as detoxification benefits, Rose Geranium Essential Oil has become a sought-after ingredient in many modern cosmetic formulations. It also helps in healing wounds and soothing skin inflammations such as eczema. Rose Geranium balances sebum production, making it useful in skin conditions associated with both excessive dryness AND excessive oil. 



Rosewood  Essential Oil is treasured by many people due to its rejuvenating skin properties. Its natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it a lovely skincare oil.

Benefits for the skin: 

Used for wrinkles, acne, oily skin, burns, and infections, Rosewood soothes and regenerates the skin cells. 

Due to over-harvesting, Rosewood has faced extinction since the 1950s. However, since the 2000s, many Rosewood trees have been planted and the extraction method has been changed. Today, instead of using the entire tree, only the leaves and branches are used for the oil and regulations have been put in place for its harvest and use.

JANE is currently creating a skincare line that will include Rosewood as a primary ingredient. You can currently find Rosewood in our limited edition HEARTWOOD PERFUME, made from Organic wood in Brazil. As well as its numerous skincare benefits, Rosewood immediately calms and soothes the mind, making it of great benefit to aromatherapy and botanical perfumes. 


Rose Otto and Rose Absolute

Revered as the embodiment of love, youthfulness, perfection, and even immortality, she has adorned ancient artworks, captivating the imaginations of generations past. Today, the enduring legacy of the Rose persists, as Rose Oil and rosewater remain beloved ingredients in countless skincare products found across the globe.

Rose Otto Oil is distilled from the petals of the Bulgarian Damask Rose, and it takes about thirty roses to make one glorious drop of essential oil, making it one of the most expensive oils available. Steam distilled Rose Essential Oil is known as Rose Otto and solvent extracted Rose Oil is known as Rose Absolute. Both are beautiful, intoxicating oils, but there are some differences. Rose Otto can be lighter in color and thinner in viscosity than Rose Absolute. Aromatically, Rose Absolute traditionally can have a heartier, more intense aroma than Rose Otto. Still, Rose Otto is incredibly concentrated and just a little goes a long way.

Rose Absolute is produced from Rosa damascena also known as Damask Rose. It has deep, rich, sweet exquisite fragrance has been valued throughout recorded history for its heart opening, relaxing and aphrodisiac qualities. It takes approximately 4000 kilograms of petals to produce 1 kilogram of pure rose oil. 

Benefits for the skin: 

Rose Absolute is also cherished for its skincare and aromatic benefits; it is reputed for its anti-aging and skin-rejuvenating effects.

Rose oil is a natural humectant that draws moisture from the air and locks it into the skin which makes it excellent for use in hydrolats, mists and toners. This can help with dry, cracked, or sensitive skin, and prevent flakiness.

Rose oil can also help rejuvenate the skin by promoting new cell production and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

JANE loves Rose and nearly every one of our skincare products contains both an infusion of the rose petals and oils. You will find Rose Absolute and Rose Otto in these products: 

French Rose Mist     Hibiscus Rose Skin Care Trio  Pink Pearl Moisturizer    Radiance Skin Care Trio 


Rose Geranium, Rosewood and  Rose essential oil can also be a luxurious addition to your skincare routine. Here's a simple guide on how to incorporate it for skin benefits:

Carrier Oil Dilution: Never apply essential oisl directly to the skin. Dilute with a carrier oil, such as jojoba, following a general rule of 2-3 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil.

Facial Application: Blend a few drops of the diluted oil with regular face cream or lotion to help soothe and tone your skin. Gently massage your face and neck in circular motions.

Bath and Body Use: Enhance your bath by adding several drops of diluted rose oil or a few tablespoons of hydrosol to the water. For moisturizing, apply the oil blend to damp skin post-shower, which can help lock in moisture, especially for dry skin.

Skin Sensitivity Test: Before using extensively, conduct a patch test. Place a small amount of the diluted oil on your forearm to check for any allergic reaction.

Remember that less is more with essential oils. Start modestly and enjoy the sensory and skin-nurturing properties of essential oil.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Additional source: Amrita Aromatherapy

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