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The Best Rose-Infused Organic Lip Balm You Should Know About

by Mariana N, August 25, 2018

If you are like me, you can never have too many lip balms. In my purse, on my vanity and night table, in each room of the house, any season - they are a must-have cannot-live-without beauty item! When they are made with clean, organic ingredients and infused with pure Rose Essential Oil, from authentic women- and family-run indie brands - it’s clean rose lip care at its best. Here’s a list of our favorite clean rose-infused lip balms (clear + tinted) we think you should know about! 

First, these are the qualities that we believe make up for a fabulous lip balm:

  1. Clean, safe ingredients, powered by essential oils for scent / flavor
  2. Moisturizing / hydrating + good staying power without the need to re-apply too often
  3. Smooth feel and application (without being greasy or waxy)
  4. Natural scent / flavor to complement the sensory experience but not overpower
  5. For tinted balms - provide a touch of color that complements and enhances the natural color of the lips

Here are our favorites -  presented in order of discovering each one of these amazing lip treats over the last year:

ANITAKO Rose Organic Lip Balm (featured in the Fall ’17 RosePost Box)

From a woman-run Canadian brand, this small-batch bestselling lip balm is made with a few select organic ingredients (see below) and pure Bulgarian Rosa Damascena Oil (otto). The Chinese Alkanet root extract gives it the rosy-pink color that leaves a very slight rosy tint. Love how it just glides on the lips (definitely a silkier, thinner texture compared to the average lip balm), the touch of color and the touch of sweetness from the stevia leaf extract. 0.15 oz / 4.25 g I $5.00

Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Glycine Soya (Soy Bean) Butter, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Eurofaea (Olive) Oil, Beeswax, Eufatoriumrebaudianum Bertoni (Stevia) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Otto, Alkanna Tinctoria (Alkanet) Root Extract, Vitamin E

BADGER Rose & Vanilla Opal Shimmer Lip Tint

Family-run BadgerBalm is not new to the clean beauty space. This Opal Shimmer Lip Tint is one of four colors available. Infused with organic Rosa Damascena Flower oil and Vanilla Fruit extract, it has a beautiful sweet-floral scent. The touch of shimmering color comes from pharmaceutical-grade mica. The pink-peachy shimmer (very slight) adds just a hint of shine and looks natural on the lips, not covering your natural lip color. It is very creamy, easy to apply and the color has a good staying power. Love it as a tinted alternative to clear lip balm that is still hydrating and no-fuss to apply on the go. 0.15 oz / 4.25 g I $4.99

Ingredients: *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *◊Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *† Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *† Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mica, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Titanium Dioxide (and) Silica (and) Jojoba Esters, Iron Oxides, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, *Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract.

* = Organic ◊ = Extra Virgin Olive Oil † = Fair Trade Certified™ by Fair Trade USA 21% of Product

MOROCCAN MAGIC Organic Argan Oil Infused Lip Balm in Rose (featured in the Spring ’18 RosePost Box)

From a Boston-based woman-run indie beauty brand that showcases the benefits of organic argan oil infused lip balm, this little treasure is made with a handful of ingredients, including pure Rose Essential Oil. Its super smooth formula applies like magic, hydrates for hours and the rose infusion creates a luxurious feel, with a true rose otto scent - not overwhelming, just right. This is the perfect everyday lip balm that can be easily layered under lip tints and your favorite lipstick, for easier application and a boost of hydration. 0.15 oz / 4.25 g I $14.00 for 3

Ingredients: Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Organic Rose Essential Oil, Organic Rosemary Blend, Organic Calendula Blend

ALTEYA ORGANICS Organic Rose Lip Balm

From a family-run European brand managing its own rose farms and distilleries in the heart of the Rose Valley in Bulgaria, this organic clean rose beauty lip treat is made with pure Bulgarian Rose Oil. I picked it up on my trip this summer and absolutely love it. The scent and flavor of the rose are definitely more pronounced in the formula - sweet, uplifting and refreshing. Smooth and silky, it is very hydrating and nourishing. This formula doesn't have coconut oil, but the sweet almond and macadamia oils provide rich, long-lasting hydration. At 0.17 oz / 5 g, it’s also a larger amount compared to the other lip balms featured here, which is partly reflected in the price. 0.17 oz / 5 g I $7.50

Ingredients: Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Tocophenol (Vitamin E)*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*

*=Certified Organic Ingredients

If you are looking for nourishing, organic lip care (clear or with a touch of color), made with non-toxic ingredients and infused with pure Rose Essential oil, we highly recommend giving these clean rose beauty lip treats a try. After all - soft, hydrated lips are always in! 

Have you tried any of these brands? What are your favorite clean lip balms or tints that you absolutely love? Share with us!


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Discovering: Rosa Pretiosa by Natural Cosmetic

by Mariana N, June 2, 2018

Natural Cosmetic is a family-owned European indie beauty brand, based in Bulgaria and specialized in the creation of ingredient-conscious skincare with high-quality essential and vegetable oils. The Rosa Pretiosa line features a complete range of skincare products made with organic Bulgarian rose essential oil and rose water, plus other bio-active plant oils. The rose essential oil has been distilled following time-honored traditions, in a way that preserves its antioxidant and regenerative properties, plus its rich nutrients. While the products are suitable for all skin types, the line has been specifically formulated to address the needs of sensitive and delicate skin. The products are formulated without: silicone, parabens, GMOs, SLS, SLES, derivatives and other petrol substances.

All of the Rosa Pretiosa products I’ve tried have quickly become regulars in my skincare routine. To me – they offer the complete package – they are clean and rose-infused and they are effective, allowing me to see results after regular daily use. The third piece is they have the most beautiful light rose scent and lovely texture, creating an lovely sensory experience every time I use them.

Two of the products – the Dry Rose Oil ($31 / 30 ml) and the Natural Contour Eye Cream ($23 / 20 ml) have been featured in our Winter ’18 Nurture Box, and they have become loved by many of our customers. While we’ve already reviewed them as part of the box reveal, I’ll briefly discuss why and how these are great for year-round use. In addition, we’ll discuss three other Rosa Pretiosa products that I absolutely love:

  • The Rejuvenating Serum with Organic Rose Water, $25 / 30 ml
  • The Natural Hand Cream with Organic Rose Oil, $14 / 75 ml
  • The Organic Rose Water, $12 / 100 ml

Starting with the Dry Rose Oil and the Natural Contour Eye Cream:

Rosa Pretiosa Dry Rose Oil

This is one of the best multi-functional oils I have ever tried for my sensitive / combination skin. It sinks right in, creating the perfect canvas for applying foundation or makeup. In the winter months, I’ll use this evenings and mornings. In the warmer months, I will mix a few drops directly with my foundation and apply it that way. It creates a more dewy, fresh look and I find it helps my foundation lasts longer. The other way in which I love to use the Dry Rose Oil, especially when I travel and look for fewer products to bring with me, is as a hair oil. I put just a dab on my hands and then run it through the ends of my hair, it works beautifully to smooth and fight frizz. Since my hair is straight and on the thinner side, I avoid applying it near the roots.

Rosa Pretiosa Natural Contour Eye Cream

This, too, was featured in our Winter box and it is an amazing, rich eye cream for that season. I, however find it non-greasy and light enough to use year-round, just adjusting the number of times and amount I use. I love that rich texture and the scent, plus the fact it applies beautifully and makes the delicate under-eye skin feel hydrated for hours.

Now, onto to the other three Rosa Pretiosa products:

Rosa Pretiosa Natural Rejuvenating Serum with Organic Rose Water

This is one of the top five product discoveries for me this year and a first of its kind I have used (in terms of the specific ingredients). It has the typical serum texture – a light, thin fluid that applies easy. Initially, I didn’t think much of the fluid formula, however after using it for three months (mostly in the evening), I am so pleased with the feel and results. The distinguishing difference with this one is that – because of its specific formula – it is intensely hydrating and soothing, while providing an immediate micro lifting, toning effect to the skin.

The ingredients: This is a product with just a few ingredients – four to be exact – the two major ones being organic rose water and a plant-derived patented ingredient, based on Sorghum bicolor stalk juice. Take a look at the ingredients: 

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Acacia Senegal Gum Xanthan Gum, Phenethyl Alcohol (*Organic)

The high concentration of organic rose water in this serum is unique as it provides a potent dose of hydration, acting anti-inflammatory and soothing. The skin is left soft and supple. It is excellent for sensitive and acne-prone skin. The Sorghum bicolor stalk juice-based ingredient (called Dynalift and manufactured by a French company called Sederma) forms a thin film on the skin for an immediate tightening effect. The Sorghum bicolor stalk juice is rich in polyosides and sugars that contribute to that skin tightening effect when the ingredient dries on the skin. This is a first time I’ve experience this ingredient and I like it quite. To clarify – it’s a very mild tightening feel, nothing compared to a clay mask, for instance.

Application / use: You apply the serum with light massaging movements from the center of the face outward and very carefully around the eyes. You then try to be calm / not mimic too much for the next 5 minutes. You feel the toning immediately, plus your skin starts looking more radiant. After another 5-10 minutes, you can apply makeup or foundation, the serum works great as a base. While I’ve used the serum in the morning, my preference has been to use it in the evening when I take more time for a proper skincare routine and don’t feel I need to rush.

Results: Both hydration, and fine line control and prevention are important to me, and I find that this serum delivers on these concerns, making my skin more toned and radiant, while the fine lines appear less visible. The fact I can layer it with other products is a bonus. Finally, since I LOVE multi-tasking products, I love that I can use this as a firming mask (which I do sometimes) - simply applying twice the amount and leaving it in. 

Organic Bulgarian Rose Water

I’ve talked a lot about the uses and benefits of pure steam-distilled rose flower water, and I’ve tried many brands, as this is a must-have product I use daily, multiple times. I absolutely love the Rose Pretiosa rose flower water. It’s pure and fragrant, made from organic steam-distilled fresh Rosa Damascena petals, grown in Bulgaria’s Rose Valley. The power of the spray is just right – not too strong and not too weak – that is important to me, as I prefer to spray directly on my skin. I use it as a toner after cleansing, to refresh my face, to mix with clay masks, as a hair refresher and light perfume. Last but not least, I appreciate the glass bottle and the generous size. Pure rose water is a must-have year-round, and even more so in spring and summer.

Natural Hand Cream with Bulgarian Rose Oil

Last but not least is the Natural Hand Cream with Bulgarian Rose Oil. First off, I so love that gorgeous coral-pink color of the tube. Second, while a hand cream might be a somewhat unexciting product for some, it’s such a necessity for me – especially in the colder and transitional months – that finding a high-quality, clean one is very high on my list. I have tried many and this one is a winner – the skin on my hands used to be always super dry but that changed after I started using it daily. It’s the perfect consistency and texture – not too thick and not too watery, it’s silky and applies easily, hydrating the skin in depth. My hands actually feel hydrated and soft for hours, and the skin is visibly smoother. Take a look at the ingredients:

Aqua, Octyldodecyl Olivate, Arahidyl Alcohol Behenyl Alcohol Arahidyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Olea Europaea Fluit Oil*, Sweet Almond Oil*, Xylitylglucoside Anhydroxykitol Xylitol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil (*Organic)

The formula is rich in oils and moisturizing ingredients, striking the perfect balance of nourishing and rich, without being greasy. In addition to the rose oil, it has shea, sweet almond oil, olive oil and aloe vera extract. The scent, as with all of the Rosa Pretiosa creams is such a treat – a light true rose scent, no artificial fragrances here. It lasts a long time, too.

Finally, in addition to the beautiful, high-quality clean rose beauty, the team at Natural Cosmetic are some of the most professional, nice people I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Just one more reason to love and support this amazing indie beauty brand! So excited to have them as a partner and the Rosa Pretiosa line in our Shop! And – for a limited time – you can get our one-time gift boxes, featuring these clean rose treasures!

Have you tried Rosa Pretiosa? If so, which is your favorite product and why? If not, which one do you think you like to try first? For a limited time – you can get our one-time custom gift boxes, featuring these clean rose treasures!