About our secret ingredients blog series: We have many extraordinary ingredients, natural substances and scientific complexes that we love to tell you about. Like real gold, our famous Melanin Boost Complex® or aloe vera. But there’s more to making a good tanning lotion. There is actually a whole lot of ingredients involved: some of wich we don’t regularly brag about 😉 but are still very much worth mentioning. A little less extraordinary maybe, but still awesome! To give them the attention they deserve, we bring you a series of our ‘secret ingredients’: ingredients not hugely announced on our packaging and marketing, but awesome nonetheless!
Secret ingredient #2: Cistus Rose
Chances are you’ve never heard of it before: Cistus rose or ‘labdanum’. A little bush, found primarily around the mediterranean and in the middle east. It’s dark green leaves and twigs secrete a resin that has been used for over 2000 years for it’s fragrance and healing properties. The old Egyptians cherished the cistus rose resin, not only for it’s pleasant sweet honey-like fragrance, but also for it’s calming effect. In many ancient cultures, cistus rose resin was used internally to treat conditions like mucosal inflammation, coughing, diarrhea and dysenteria, but also nervous conditions and depression. It was used externally in plasters and bandages, to soothe wounds and skin problems, to reduce wrinkles and firm up the skin. They even made incense of it!
The cistus rose has it’s origin in the middle east, but found it’s way to Europe with the help of the crusades. It is now a flourishing, well-known plant in southern Europe. Fun fact: in some places, the resin is still produced the old-school way by leading sheep and goats past the bushes, so the resin will attach to their coat. Then, the resin is regained by combing. (It can also be attained by cooking the plant in water, but we thought this sounded way cooler).
The resin can then be processed to attain an extremely aromatic and therapeutic essential oil. Pure cistus rose oil smells really strong and slightly bitter, but diluting it will bring out it’s warm, sweet, somewhat erotic scent.
Being highly antisceptic, cistus rose oil works wonders for all kinds of infections, protects against infections and acts as a natural preservative.
Known external uses for cistus rose oil:
- Any skin damage,
- infected wounds,
- wrinkles and skin aging.
Sounds like an awesome little plant, doesn’t it? Yup, that’s what we thought. It’s antisceptic, soothing and adstringent properties make it just the perfect ingredient for a tanning lotion. One more ‘hidden ingredient’ worthy of a little attention. We’re happy to introduce you to eachother. Hello, cistus rose!