Flower Power — Everything’s Coming up Roses

“What's in a name?  That which we call a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet.”

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2



pink-roseNo other flower throughout history has garnered as much attention as the rose. The rose has been a symbol of love, beauty, war, and politics.  According to fossil evidence, the rose is 35 million years old.  Today, there are over 30,000 varieties of roses and it has the most complicated family tree of any known flower species. Cultures in each age of world history have adored and highly esteemed the rose.  

Greek mythology tells us that Aphrodite gave the rose its name, but it was the goddess of flowers, Chloris, who created it.  According to Hindu legend, Vishnu believed the rose was more beautiful, while Brahma exalted the beauty of the lotus.  Once Brahma beheld a rose, he changed his viewpoint. During the reign of the Roman Empire, roses became synonymous with excess. Even though the Romans originally cultivated the rose for medicinal purposes, emperors used rose petals to fulfill their hedonistic pursuits.  They filled their baths and fountains with rose water and sat on carpets of rose petals during their feasts.  In the 17th century, roses and rose water served as tender due to their high demand.  In the 19th century, Napoleon’s wife Josephine had such great love of roses that she began an extensive collection at Chateau de Malmaison.  Here Redoute compiled his watercolor collection “Les Roses”, considered one of the world’s best records of botanical illustrations. roses

Today, no other flower is as closely associated with love and romance as is the rose. Ever since Cleopatra covered the floors of a room 18 inches deep in rose petals so that her lover Mark Antony would be reminded of her each time he smelled a rose, the rose is the flower of choice for lovers.  From Valentine’s Day to Mother’s Day, roses are the number one flower given.  

Over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.  Although many lovers present roses by the dozen, a single rose promises lifelong devotion and romance to the love of your life. On Valentine’s Day, red roses may be the number one flower sent, but orange, coral purple roses are close runners up.  

Some say red roses symbolize love and passion, while orange and coral roses denote desire.  If you find yourself falling in love, you may want to give yellow roses with red tips.  When hit hard by love, purple roses may be in order as they represent love at first sight. Over the years, the rose has been prized for its beauty and for its extraordinary fragrance.  

After WWII, a trend in rose breeding brought numerous new colors and color combinations to the fore, but the fragrance waned.  In our day, breeders are again focusing on fragrance in their rose introductions.  Known as the “queen of flowers”, roses are the predominant flower in the world of fragrance, so it is no wonder that the center of attention is once again on their aromatic present in 75% of the perfumes produced in the world.  

However, its familiar and comforting scent lends it to being featured in countless other products.  From facial creams to candles, soap to body scrubs, aromatic rose is an added element because of its fragrance and skin enhancing properties. It takes approximately 60,000 roses to produce just 1 oz of Rose Oil (Rose Otto) or approximately 2 1/2 dozen roses to make just one drop.  

A few products that are chalk full of roses.

In the world of skin care, Wild Rose is a natural source of Vitamin C, which has reparative and brightening qualities. Korres has incorporated the regenerating power of Wild Rose in several of its skin care products.  For skin that needs brightening due to discoloration, the concentrated formula of Korres Wild Rose Brightening Serum adds brightness and radiance to the skin.  As an added bonus, it also has instant firming and a line-smoothing effect.  

For more intense correction to irregular pigmentation, spot treat with Korres Wild Rose Imperfection Targeting Pen.  Moisturize daily with Korres Wild Rose 24 Hour Moisturizer with SPF 6.  The eye area also benefits from the collagen stimulating properties of Vitamin C.  Korres Evening Primrose Eye Cream with SPF 6 improves the appearance of dark circles and lines. Seen the entire line of Korres Wild Rose Skin Care.caption="The Art of Shaving Preshave Oil Rose Absolute"]\[/caption] If you want to smell like a rose without smelling like your grandmother, try Fresh Cannabis Rose Eau de Parfum, Body Cream and Bath & Shower gel.  With top notes of Bulgarian rose, pomegranate flower and bergamot, middle notes of cannabis accord, sheer jasmine and dark chocolate, and bottom notes of white musk, patchouli and oolong tea — no one will your sexy scent with your grandmother's. The Art of Shaving gives women the gift of the perfect shave with the scent of Rose Absolute. In the makeup world, Benetint is the original stain for lips and cheeks.  Made from rose petals, this beautiful stain lasts for hours.  Apply on freshly moisturized skin for cheek flush or on lips for a rosy smile that does not kiss off.  Add a touch of gloss or lip balm for a touch of glam.


With such a rich and romantic history, it is easy to see why the rose has endured through the ages. It continues to be the flower of choice for cultivating, giving, and perfume making.  The rose has been valued for its symbolism and meaning.  Repeatedly used metaphorically, the rose boasts quotes from the famous throughout history.  From Romeo’s lovesick heart to Eleanor Roosevelt’s candid self-assessment, the rose is a flower for eternity.

“I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered.  But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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