Rosa damascena, also known as the damask rose, is a rose hybrid derived from Rosa gallica and Rosa moschata. During the production of rose absolute, an aromatic oil, concrete is created first. The concrete contains both the aromatic chemicals and the waxes of the rose blossoms. After the absolute is removed, the remaining solid is called rose wax. Not only does this wax provide a fine fragrance to products, it is also moisturizing and highly nourishing.
After application, Rosa damascena flower wax forms a soft, thin film on the surface of skin that is neither greasy nor tacky. The film helps to prevent evaporation of the skin’s natural moisture. Over time, this increases skin hydration by causing buildup of water in the stratum corneum (the uppermost layer of skin). Due to these properties, Rosa damascena flower wax is frequently used in lip balms, creams, lotions, and other types of moisturizers. It is especially beneficial for those that have dry, flaky, and/or irritated skin.