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One of my issues with natural ingredients is that they tend to be sourced from different places. For instance, the antioxidant level in one company’s orange extract is likely to be different from the antioxidant level of another company’s orange extract, whereas if both companies used L-ascorbic acid as the source of vitamin C, the antioxidant level would be more consistent.
Regardless, this especially comes into play with ingredients like rose. It is a decent source of ingredients like vitamin C, geraniol, and quercetin, all of which together have some mild anti-inflammatory, soothing, antioxidant, antibacterial, and even mild photoprotective properties (Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients, International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2003). When topically applied, rose was found to have preventative effects against oxidative DNA damage (Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients).
The issue with most rosewaters is that they usually contain a simple solution of water and a few drops of rose oil. That’s a problem, because instead of getting, say, a 10-20% vitamin C serum, you’re getting more like a 0.1% vitamin C serum in some cases (not kidding). That’s why I was excited when I found Purvari Rose Mist: They actually incur the significant time and expense to steam distillate, or steam, the leaves of a rose. This means that you’re actually getting the effects of using real roses on your skin, not just using a spray that does nothing but feel good, like so many rose waters out there.
I like using Purvari Rose Mist (or another rose water) after cleansing or exfoliating, and before a vitamin C serum. Since it is a source of not only vitamin C but also quercetin and geraniol, it’s a good way to allow for other antioxidants to be introduced to the skin. Overall, I like it a lot, and I do recommend it.