Ingredient Focus – Rosemary

One of my favourite ingredients with it’s deep herbal scent and wonderful properties is Rosemary. This unassuming herb that grows in many gardens is versatile and appealing, as well as it’s uses in cooking Rosemary is a great cosmetic ingredient too. Rosemary can have a stimulating effect and Rosemary essential oil has been shown in studies to stimulate memory, see this summary of recently conducted studies showing significant improvements of around 60% in participants. Rosemary is a scent for me that is under appreciated, I find the herbal scent invigorating and comforting as well as being absolutely unmistakeable. I thought I would share some of my favourite products that celebrate this wonderful ingredient:

The Bodhi and Birch Rosemary Chi range, is one that kick started my love of Rosemary. This wonderful trio consisting of a bath and shower therapy, body scrub and body lotion is a true celebration of the benefits of this wonderful herb and my weekend pamper scent of choice. I love to use these in the morning to help me wake up, but used at night they induce a sense of wellbeing and calm. The Rosemary Chi Himalayn detox scrub is something very special indeed, this is a punchy product that really tackles dry skin and makes you feel like you are floating, you will so relaxed!

When it comes to lip balm, I often find that the simpler the formula, the more I enjoy it. This is definitely the case with these gorgeous Flying Wild Lip balms made with organic beeswax and of course rosemary essential oil. The balm feels very smooth on the lips, whilst the rosemary scent is beautifully comforting, making me want to reapply again and again. These are handmade in beautiful Ireland.

For intense nourishment with a beautiful Rosemary scent, I love this thick Body Butter from Green People. With a careful selection of plant oils such as fairly traded and organic palm oil, organic hemp oil and coconut oil with organic rosehip, pomegranate and cranberry oils this is perfect for even the driest of skins. Applied to dry areas after a bath or shower, skin is left super soft and the herbal scent is calming and relaxing.

A new to me product, the Weleda Revitalising hair tonic is a rather interesting herbal blend in a light tonic formula. Lovely for invigorating the scalp and is said to build hair growth. I love to use this in the mornings with a small scalp massage to wake up my hair. The scent is deeply herbal, almost medicinal and as well as rosemary it contains horseradish and stonecrop. A nice product to look in to if you are concerned about your scalp health.

Lastly we have the Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter cleanser which is their cult product, a rich cleansing balm scented with the warmth of rosemary essential oil and that melts away make up and is perfect for cleansing drier skin types. I love this combined with a facial massage in the evenings, it is such a relaxing treat!

Do you have any favourite products containing rosemary?

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Ana Green

Written by Ana – A beauty industry professional who is passionate about product and helping people navigate the marketing hype in the beauty industry.