Rose - one of the most popular blooms in a bride's bouquet, but it's also a wonderfully hard-working essence to use as part of your pre-wedding beauty routine.
Firstly, it's renowned for being calming and who doesn't need a nice bit of zen when the caterers double their price and you suddenly realise you actually don't like your dress after all? Secondly, it magically controls redness and minimises irritated and sensitive skin.
Fran Johnson, a formulator at Neal's Yard Remedies, describes it as a "powerful anti-inflammatory".
"Rose essential oil is best known for its soothing aroma-therapeutic benefits and when used in skincare, has the same cooling and soothing effects on the skin," she says.
"It can be burned to fill your space with calm and is also great to blend with other essential oils like Frankincense or Geranium to create an even more intensely relaxing atmosphere," she adds.
Fran recommends popping a drop of rose oil in a "carrier oil" such as almond or grape seed. "A great tip we like to share with our customers is to use the oil with full fat milk and add to the bath for a relaxing soak," she says.
For brides who have scarring from skin conditions such as acne, Fran advises rosehip instead of rose as it encourages growth and repair of skin tissue. However, she warns it should not be used on skin actively affected by the condition.
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