If you have an interest in skincare, you’ve read the hype that oils are the latest thing you must have for glowing skin. Whether it be taking your makeup off with coconut oil, or having a range of exotic sounding plant oils in your anti-aging cream; oils are what your skin has been craving.
The thing is, oil for skin isn’t new. Since looking after skin became the done thing in ancient times, people have been using oils to hydrate, nourish and protect their skin. Egyptians have used olive oil alongside beeswax as a cleanser, moisturiser, and antibacterial agent since the times of the Pharaohs. Cleopatra was said to use olive oil as a skin treatment, along with her other renowned beauty treatments such as her infamous milk baths and honey facials. As time went on, it was discovered that oils could be extracted from a variety of different plants.
In modern times, we have certainly embraced oils and one of the precursors to the latest oil trend was rose hip oil. The hip of the rose is the fruit that is left after the rose has bloomed and the petals fallen away. Rose hips are commonly used to make herbal tea and they can also be used to make jam, jelly and even wine. The oil is pressed from the seeds of the fruit. Rose hip oil is said to be a wonder product for skin, reducing the appearance of scars, acne, wrinkles, stretch marks, sun damage, and deeply hydrating dry and sensitive skin. If you are proud South Aussies, like we are, then there is only one brand of rose hip oil for you: Kosmea.
Kosmea began in 1993 when the company founder, Marie Kapetanakis, needed rose hips for a home made face mask recipe. She sourced the rose hips from a local farm and while she was there she learned about the healing properties of the oil. Marie was fascinated by the fact that this natural product had so many uses and could improve the quality of so many skin conditions, from “a baby’s nappy rash, a teenager’s pimples, sun damaged skin of any age, or a grandmother’s dry, sensitive skin.” When Marie realised that this wonder product wasn’t available on the Australian market, she knew she needed to bring rose hip oil to the people.
Kosmea, coming from ancient Greek and meaning to harmonise and bring into balance, was born around Marie’s kitchen table. She and her family spent weeks filling and labeling 4000 bottles of rose hip oil with the intention of selling them to retailers who would on-sell them to their customers. Marie sold the family car to purchase that first drum of oil from Chile and in order to realise her dream, Marie personally visited every health food store in South Australia, giving each of the store owners a bottle of her rose hip oil to try. Six months later she had sold all 4000 bottles. After securing a loan to buy more oil, Kosmea expanded.
Marie didn’t only want to sell bottles of rose hip oil, she wanted to explore skincare products but that came with a catch, she wanted to create these products her way, and she wasn’t prepared to negotiate on quality. Marie says, “Kosmea was one of the first skin care companies to challenge conventional skin care manufacturing by avoiding the use of harmful synthetic ingredients, and I will never compromise on that principle.” Once she had found a manufacturer to work with and was satisfied that her products were of the highest quality, she began exporting her products to Hong Kong, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.
Rose hip oil was starting to take off around the world and Marie had one more ace up her sleeve to ensure that Kosmea’s rose hip oil remained the best. Fourteen years ago, Kosmea found a supplier in the Malulti Mountains of Lesotho, Africa, which hand picked the rose hip buds rather than providing just the seed. Marie explains, “We buy the whole rose hips from communities in Africa, we dry them, and then we use the whole fruit.” Kosmea then uses a supercritical extraction process which extracts the rose hip oil without heat or solvents, retaining all its anti-ageing vitamins, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants that the skin soaks up. Kosmea rose hip oil is also certified organic and ethically sourced which is something that is important to many of Marie’s customers.
Kosmea is proudly South Australian and boasts a lineup of over 15 skincare products, all made in Australia and then shipped across the world. From the early days around Marie’s kitchen table, Kosmea has become a trusted name in the world of rose hip oil and natural skincare products, free from harmful chemicals, colourants, fragrances, mineral oils, and animal products. You can find Kosmea in pharmacies and health food stores nationally as well as from http://www.kosmea.com.au/