This season we’ve launched two exclusive products that celebrate our remarkable history with roses. The hero ingredients that comprise our Exclusive Edition Rosewater Balancing Mist Five Roses and Exclusive Edition Hand Cream Five Roses derive from five very distinctive and different roses: Rosa gallica, Rosa rugosa, Rosa centifolia, Rosa canina and Rosa damascena. Knowing how much time and effort has gone into these products, we are all so proud of the end result, it is simply stunning.
Our Five Roses are lovingly grown on the Jurlique farm. It’s also a biodynamic* farm, following holistic and sustainable farming practices that naturally look after plant health and the soil, ensuring nothing harmful goes into the earth. The rose is also the Queen of plants so she deserves the very best, and preparation is key. Here, we’ll introduce you to each member of our Five Roses family – sharing their individual traits that have been loved by generations.
The Hero Rose
Firstly, the Rosa gallica is our staple rose. A unique ingredient in almost all of our skin care formulas, the Rosa gallica is known for a deep velvety rose scent and helps to moisturise and hydrate the skin. We have been growing Rosa gallica’s since Jurlique started in 1985. They repeat flower from October until April producing over one tonne of rose petals. Picked by hand lovingly and knowingly by the Jurlique farm team, it is our favourite time of year.
The additional four roses were planted on the Jurlique Farm in winter of 2018. It took three years of tender care, weeding, feeding, pruning and delicately harvesting each precious petal for this rare and wonderful exclusive-edition launch. However, the four roses are very different from one another: rugosa for its candy-like scent (which would make a lovely ingredient for cooking); canina for its white, lemony coloured centre; centifolia for its powdery, mild fragrance; and damascena for its intense and high-quality essential oil.
The Sweet Rose
Rosa rugosa, Roseraie de L’Hay, bred in 1901, almost smells like candy as it dries, and would taste wonderful in cakes and rose syrup. It has a dark fuchsia colour, is low growing and repeat flowers. It has very unique leaf which makes it easy to identify.
The Artist’s Rose
Rosa centifolia, Fantin Latour, was named after Henri Fantin-Latour, a French painter best known for his flower paintings and specifically roses. It has a mild powdering scent and is a medium sized shrub. It loves to be pruned after it flowers, which then increases its growth and blooms for the next season. This is a once off flowering rose, with one flush of blooms in early summer.
The White Rose
Rosa canina, Madame Legras de St Germain, has been around since this mid 1800’s. It is the only white rose we grow at the Jurlique Farm and has a beautiful lemony centre. An extremely thorny bush, it only flowers in later spring, early summer and almost looks like a Camellia flower with an array of folding petals.
The Essential Rose
Rosa damascena, Trigintipetala, bred in 1850, is the first rose bush to flower at the Jurlique Farm. It has a light but enveloping scent that lingers. It is the rose known to produce very high quality essential rose oil.
Cherie Hutchinson, Farm Production Manager, has been part of the Jurlique family for nearly 10 years.