California Rose - Single Farm Hydrosol
– All Skin Types
– 100% Whole Plant Organic
Roses are incredible for hydration, barrier repair, antioxidant activity and plumping and firming the skin – to name a few things! What most of us are not aware of is that Rose is a beauty crop that is incredibly vulnerable for forced labor, unfair wages, and unethical treatment. Growers have staged protests against distillery houses demanding fair wages, yet prices for Bulgarian Rose remain low, which points to unethical practices, and unfortunately the Fair Trade organization is not able to visit anywhere close to every farm, even though their intentions are good. As a company, Laurel Skin is responsible for close to 4 tons of fresh Rose petals per year (close to 2 cars in weight!). While we have not yet been able to completely free ourselves from the Bulgarian Rose supply entirely, we have been working on cultivating multiple sources for California grown Roses for years now, and we are finally able to offer this beautiful California Rose hydrosol in limited quantity. While this single-farmed, artisan-distilled hydrosol is no doubt drastically more expensive than its Bulgarian counterparts, here is what you are buying:
– The moral understanding that this is what Rose petal distillations cost, if not more. We are doing our best to raise awareness in the industry towards more ethical labor standards, and this is a part of that. There is also the moral understanding that this ingredient was grown domestically, therefore drastically reducing the additional carbon footprint most cosmetic botanicals leave behind.
– Quality and potency. The essential oil has not been removed from this distillation as it is in all commercial beauty distillations. 1 drop of Rose essential oil contains 60 roses, and is valued close to $40 per ml. This hydrosol will be richer, more moisturizing and hydrating than any Rose hydrosol you have ever used. This hydrosol is also not adulterated or diluted, which is all too common with Rose since it is so expensive.
– The scent of this California Rose hydrosol smells fresher – like a fresh rose garden after a rain, and less like an intensely floral perfume. The scent is more well-rounded, herbacious, and fresh earthy notes can be picked up alongside the intoxicating scent of rose petals.