Spring has finally sprung in Melbourne! It’s so nice to finally see the sun again after what’s felt like the longest winter. We love being reminded that it’s spring by seeing couples all dressed up walking by our Melbourne store on their way to the Spring Racing Carnival*. Green Olive Body has decided to celebrate spring by throwing the spotlight on our beautifully floral Rose Geranium products and the benefits that the essential oil rose geranium can have for your skin.

Rose geranium (also known as Pelargonium graveolens for the sciencey folk out there!) is an uncommon flowering plant native to South Africa. It produces lovely blush pink flowers with distinctive purple markings on their petals. The flowers are not used in creating rose geranium oil, but instead both the leaves and stalks of the plant are used to make the oil which is used in perfumery, aromatherapy and of course, body care.

Rose geranium oil boasts many proven benefits for your overall health and wellbeing. It has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body and so has been proposed as a natural alternative to traditional anti-inflammatory drugs that can be toxic and have negative side effects. In addition, rose geranium essential oil is a potent anti-bacterial agent, making it perfect for preventing the growth of bacteria on minor skin wounds and bacterial infections like Athlete’s Foot. It has also been shown to display antioxidant activity, meaning it fights off ‘free-radicals’ that can cause major damage to cells.

In terms of skin health, the essential oil rose geranium has the ability to heal many different skin ailments. Due to its richness in antioxidants, rose geranium can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and restore a vitality to your skin through healing imperfections. It also has the ability to fade scars and stretch marks, as well as prevent acne and clogged pores as it has strong anti-bacterial properties. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, rose geranium oil can also alleviate symptoms of many skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or even just any irritated areas of skin. This is particularly helpful during spring when many people experience inflamed skin from allergies and hay fever.

In addition to possessing anti-inflammatory properties, our range of Rose Geranium skincare is a good choice for spring due to it being 100% natural and free from parabens, laureth sulphates, artificial colours, artificial perfumes, silicones, mineral oils and urea. When the skin is already inflamed, irritated or itchy, it is important to use products that are gentle and that won’t cause already-sensitive skin to become more inflamed. Try to avoid harsh chemicals or toxic ingredients and opt for skincare that contains only natural ingredients.

Combined with the healing properties of rose geranium oil, our Rose Geranium Hand & Body Lotion nourishes the skin using our farm grown, cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the perfect ingredient for all skin types; it can help balance and control oil production in oily skin since its chemical structure is very similar to that sebum, the skin’s natural oil, but it can also help nourish and moisturise dry and cracked skin as it helps the skin retain moisture and penetrates deep into the skin’s barrier for all day nourishment.

Our Rose Geranium Hand & Body Wash contains olive leaf extract, shown to feed the skin an abundance of antioxidants which can help with many skin imperfections from scars and stretch marks to fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant powers of olive leaf extract and the anti-inflammatory properties of rose geranium oil makes our Rose Geranium Hand & Body Wash perfect for cleansing and toning while still nurturing your skin with some amazingly beneficial ingredients from nature.

The other products in our line of Rose Geranium body care are our Rose Geranium Soap, handmade with a combination of cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil and coconut oil. We have also created the perfect blend of Rose Geranium Bath Salts, handmade with Australia epsom salts and a mixture of rose petals, calendula and essential oils. Our Rose Geranium Bath Salts are the perfect companion to a good book and will help you to relax and unwind after a long day at work.

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Enjoy the beautiful spring sun, we’ll see you in-store.

*If you’re going to the races and are yet to find some exotic headwear, there’s a wonderful milliner in the same arcade as our Melbourne store; Marea Bright will custom make headpieces to match your outfit and honestly, they are divine!