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Rose Revelry

blobbeauty_RoseI’ve been a fan of roses and their intoxicating aromas for as long as I can remember. And while it’s not all that often that I have actual roses in my life (and what a shame that is), I tend to work some form of them into my daily routine: dabbing rose essential oil on my wrists in lieu of perfume, or enjoying rose hips in my tea. But it is my latest use of the prolific flower that has me really obsessed: spritzing my face with rose water.

The idea to use this all-natural concoction (a by-product of rose hip oil made from steam distillation of fresh rose petals) on my face came to me from none other than Obsessive Beauty founder and all around beauty maven Christa Martin. Christa graciously accompanied me, a reluctant make-up wearer, on a recent search for a new face powder. I settled for a mineral powder—which looks great and gets the job done, except for one small thing: I can’t stand feeling like I’m wearing makeup, and the heavy minerals leave me with a distinct awareness of just that. Before the sales lady could persuade me to buy an expensive bottle of “hydrating spray” (nothing more than expensive water, it turns out), Christa plucked one of her useful beauty tips from her arsenal, suggesting I invest in some rose water instead.

At just a few bucks for a bottle (purchased at New Leaf’s Bloom), rose water was the perfect fix for my makeup misgiving: a few spritzes of rose water helps dissolve the chunky minerals, lightening the feel and giving me a nice, mellow glow. But the beauty of this stuff doesn’t stop there. It’s the perfect, invigorating facial pick-me-up, blobbeauty_RosePetalsand I now carry the bottle in my purse and use it as an instant refresher whenever I’m feeling “blah” or like my makeup has worn off.

There are tons of great products that utilize rose derivatives, but rose water is cheap and has many of the same effects. It’s naturally hydrating and nourishing, and is a timeless remedy for acne, oily skin, and a slew of other skin problems. It works great as a cleanser and toner—rubbed gently on clean skin with a cotton ball, or as an aftershave for irritated legs and underarms. It’s also a great, lightweight hair product, useful for calming frizz. The list goes on. Oh, and did I mention it smells heavenly?

Stop by the nearest health food store for your own bottle of rose water, and thank Obsessive Beauty later

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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