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Called the “queen of the flowers” by the ancient Greeks, the rose has been an ambassador of love and a symbol of beauty and purity for more than 2,000 years. In many cultures the rose plays an important role in mythology, religion and cultural history. Its genesis is also the source of many legends and lore. Ancient narratives have described the rose as a remnant of dawn, or as having come from the very sea foam that Aphrodite emerged from. The notion of pain is also closely connected with the rose, given that its blossoms and thorns lie close together. With its red colour, also a symbol of blood, the rose stands for passion, for lifeblood and the core and for the heart. No wonder, then, that people have always tried to win over hearts with its mystical powers. Today, there are countless varieties of cultivated roses with different aromatic notes. However, the original wild forms of the plant, as created by nature, are still most effective.
In Chile, a narrow country over 4,000 kilometres long, the varied landscape includes deserts, fertile valleys, the Andes mountain peaks, forests, rivers, volcanoes, glaciers and fjords. In the south of the country, in a wild area about five hours south of Santiago de Chile, is the breathtaking natural setting of the Bío Bío region, where Weleda sources oil from wild roses gathered through certified wild harvesting.
The small, isolated town of Alto Bío Bío has little infrastructure and a small population. Growing here without any human intervention is a very special type of wild rose, with delicate pink, nearly white blossoms: the Rosa Mosqueta. On wild bushes between snow-covered volcanoes and crystal-clear, turquoise blue mountain lakes grow the fruits of this wild rose, the so-called rose hips, whose precious seed oil is obtained for Weleda’s natural and organic cosmetics.
Only a few indigenous people live in this rough region all year round. Since 2004, Weleda has partnered with a company that locally produces cold-pressed rose hip oil in certified organic quality. Every year in spring, around 600 pickers gather in the isolated area to harvest approximately 2,500 tonnes of the ripe red fruits that grow abundantly on the rose bushes. The rosehips are first laid out to dry in the sun, before their seeds are separated from the surrounding fruit pulp and then gently cold pressed in Santiago de Chile.
The pickers are specially trained so that the plants do not suffer any damage and the longevity of the wild crop is ensured. In addition to abiding by principles of sustainability and fair trade, it is important for Weleda that the pickers receive good wages, which is regularly checked by Chilean institutions.
Thanks to its high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids, Rosa Mosqueta rose hip oil is one of the most effective skincare oils in natural cosmetics. The wild rose maintains the delicate balance between flexibility and robustness, between need and adaptability.
Temperature fluctuations hardly affect the rose’s wild beauty, thanks to balancing capabilities that similarly benefit the health of human skin. This precious oil supports skin regeneration, nurtures dry skin and makes it feel smooth and supple – fostering a sense of harmony that goes beyond skin deep to touch the soul.
The gentle Rosa Moschata Seed Oil (also called Wild Rose Oil) consists of plenty of linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is easily absorbed by the skin. Thus, the pale-yellow to orange-red oil leaves the skin feeling soft and velvety. It is therefore an effective plant oil for sensitive, dry and cracked skin.
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