‘I come to you … from the tales of the Damascene rose, that depicts the history of all fragrance,’ wrote famed Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani.
Yet Qabbani, as this blog from the national.ae points out, was neither the first nor the last writer that the rose bloom captivated.
Shakespeare of course, referenced the rose more than once. Its petals unfurled in both Twelfth Night and in sonnet 130: ‘I have seen roses damask’d, red and white’. In similar poetic vein, English poet Thomas Rivers wrote an ode The Damask Rose that captures the dense, fragrant nature of this particular bloom:
‘High, high, above your head, and on every side down to the ground, the thicket is hemmed in and choked up by the interlacing boughs that droop with the weight of roses, and load the slow air with their damask breath,’ he wrote.
There’s more to the Damask Rose though than an intoxicating fragrance. Beyond its scent, this rose has, since forever, been used for rose oil or an attar/ittar of roses.*
*Ittar or attar of roses is an essential oil derived from botanical sources.
A rose by any other name
Rosa Damascena, you’ll not be surprised to learn, is named for the city of Damascus. Yet we can trace its origins to the foothills of Asia. It’s there that this hybrid with Rosa Moschata and Rosa Fedtschenkoana had its conception.
It seems that, between 1254 and 1276 CE, the Crusader, Robert de Brie brought Rosa Damascena to Europe. There, its sweet scent and pretty petals caused Henry VIII to become rather fond of it.
Early in the 11th century CE, an Iranian doctor by the name of Avicenna worked out a process for extracting rose water from its petals and so production of rose water began.
Rose Water for skin care
In another blog about clay and skincare we talked at length about Cleopatara’s craving for a clay mask. The beauty influencer of her day, Cleopatra would almost certainly have embraced rose water in her beauty routines. #Obvs
Rose water’s versatility allows for its combination with other ingredients to suit most skin types.
The reasons they point out why rosewater is so great for your skin are well known to us. That’s why we introduced our alcohol-free, organic floral rose water. As a toner, it’s super soothing – perfect for all skin types – sensitive included. Use after cleansing to tighten those pores and to refresh your complexion.
Rose water promotes healthy and elastic skin. It’s nourishing and hydrating and soothing for acne and skin irritation. It can also calm down sunburn.
Our rosewater comes in two sizes.
The 30ml is handy for your handbag. Fab for when you’re in a sticky situation on a warm day and need a refreshing spritz!
The 100ml size is more economical for your dressing table. Use as part of your daily toilette to freshen, tone and brighten your complexion.