THE ROSE GRACE STORY
WHAT IS THE ROSE GRACE COLLECTION?
The Rose Grace Collection is a luxury, handcrafted, skin care and lifestyle collection that is Australian owned and made.
HOW DID THE CONCEPT COME ABOUT?
It was only natural from my experience in the beauty industry as a professionally trained beauty therapist, clinical aromatherapist and organic skin care formulator that creating luxurious and natural skin care was the next step for me.
Working with a plethora of professional skin care brands over the years in my skin health and wellbeing studios, I was fortunate from my hands-on experience as a therapist to see how skin care ingredients work for or against the skin, once applied topically through various facial and body treatments.
It made common sense to me, that I use my own products because of my overall ethos in treating the skin. I wanted to encapsulate all of my knowledge into the AMY ERBACHER skin care product collections so that I could not only sell my products online and retail, but also use them in my treatment studio, along with hosting retreat workshops.
MY WHY? MOTHER AND DAUGHTER COLLECTION
Problematic skin as a teenager proved to be an unlikely life changer for me. It was during this time my mother treated me to my first facial. I was only thirteen years of age when my love affair with holistic skin health began.
"Naturally derived calamine lotion facials became a daily tradition passed on from my mother. And my passion for holistic skin health was born!"
I see now how instrumental my mother was in introducing me to natural skin care and the importance of looking after your complexion and setting the right skin health foundations starting from a very young age.
And this is my WHY for the Rose Grace Collection. I came up with the concept as growing up my mum was my role model. I mirrored everything she did. Now that I’m a mother, I’ve learnt that I am too now a role model for my daughter and I have to be mindful about my actions on a day-to-day basis. And this includes how I look after myself, and my self-care practice.
At the age of two, my daughter Rose watches me in the bathroom perform my beauty rituals and loves to stick her fingers in my skin care creams and rub them into her face! She imitates everything I do.
I recently turned forty and noticed my skin becoming slightly more sensitised and dry. Rose has very sensitive skin and this is where my passion was born - creating natural and effective products for mother and daughter.
WHY THE NAME ROSE GRACE?
Rose Grace is very personal to me as Rose Grace is my daughter’s name. My partner Mark came up with our daughter's name because my mother's name is Rosanne and his mother’s name is Rosalind.
Instantly, I fell in love with the name. Not only because of our family history but also for my love and appreciation of the flower rose and its amazing benefits for women both topically for the skin and our emotional wellbeing.
Both my nana and my mother were a key influence in regards to my admiration for roses. I recall many fond memories strolling through my nana’s country rose garden. I instantly fell in love with the sight of the rose esquite aesthetic perfection. I can still recall my first touch - the delicate petals, fleshy and velvety in texture and the rich sweet, floral aroma. I also noticed its spiky thorns, which now to me as an adult represents personal boundaries and strength.
WHO IS THE ROSE GRACE COLLETION FOR?
The Rose Grace collection is for mature and sensitive skin conditions.
The KEY INGREDIENTS used throughout the Rose Grace Collection is Bulgarian Rose Otto essential oil and hydrosol, along with other certified organic and natural botanical ingredients. In the product collection there will be products to suit babies, young girls and women with mature skin. The skin care collections have been designed and formulated to provide benefits to the skin to include anti-ageing properties, gentle and soothing formulations that not only work but hydrate, sooth, nourish and protect the skin.
BULGARIAN ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL
I chose Rose Otto Oil and Rose Otto Hydrosol (Bulgaria) Certified Organic ACO
R. damascena Bulgarian Rose - Damask rose from R. damascene.
The famous Valley of the Roses is located in Central Bulgaria between the Balkan Mountains and the Sredna Gora Mountain. This region has been the motherland of the Rose damanscena. Miller species for over 300 years.
METHOD OF EXTRACTION TO CREATE ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL
According to THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO AROMATHERPAY, Second Edition, Salvatore Battaglia refers to Grieve, 4,000 kg of flowers yield 1 kg of rose oil, of which one-third comes from the first distillation, and the remaining two-thirds is a result of redistilling the waters. Rosewater is the aqueous portion of the steam distillation after rose oil has been removed.
The annual harvest commences mid-May and continues for around 45 days until the end of June. Each day at 5am, harvesters start hand picking the delicate blossoms when the plant contains the most morning dew. It is important for the petals to be moist and fresh as this ensures they contain the most aromatic material.
SKIN CARE AND WOMEN’S WELLBEING
BENEFITS ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL AND HYDROSOL
- Excellent emollient, softening and hydrating properties.
- For mature, dry or sensitive skin conditions.
- Rose oil has a tonic and astringent effect on the capillaries.
- It offers toning and soothing benefits, helping minimise redness of the skin.
- Helps reduce the appearance of spider veins.
- Rosewater is also used in skin care for its soothing and mildly astringent properties.
- Aromatherapy treatments, rose can help support the female body and balance emotional instability. It instils feelings of positivity and love whilst also easing stress and nervousness.
- Helps improve circulation but is noted as being contraindicated during pregnancy.
Page 253. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition. Salvatore Battaglia.
History tells us that deeply perfumed Rose has been utilised for thousands of years by many different civilisations, as far back as Ancient Mesopotamia in 3500BC.
Cleopatra added roses to her milk baths and also filled her room with scented petals in order to create an aromatic connection with Marc Anthony. Rosewater was recognised for its antibacterial properties and was used to fill the Emperor’s fountains and to scent public bathhouses.
DO WE MASS PRODUCE OUR PRODUCTS?
You won't find mass production here at our boutique studio located in the Australian countryside of the Central West Of NSW. Small batches are freshly harvested and prepared in our studio to ensure ingredients remain active and do the job they’ve been formulated to do!
BIOPHOTONIC VIOLET GLASS
I am proud to say that the Rose Grace collections chic packaging incorporates the science of biophotonic technology glass. A dark coloured glass, which has long been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes due to its powerful preservation properties.
The 100% recyclable and eco-friendly glass packaging, blocks out all forms of sunlight aside from the natural energy of UV or 'Violet' light, which helps maintain the freshness and high quality standard of my formulations.
Violet glass has been proven to be the most effective in preserving and maintaining active botanical skin care ingredients of my skin care formulations.
AUSTRALIAN FAMILY OWNED AND MADE BUSINESS
I’m very involved and oversee every process in creating all skin care products from start to finish. I’ve also worked very closely with a reputable Australian cosmetic chemist, to ensure my products are of the highest quality scientifically. The Rose Grace collections products have been tested on real people during treatment sessions at the Amy Erbacher Holistic. Lifestyle. Beauty. boutique.
I hope you enjoy the very first collection, as much as I do.
Amy & Rose x