The natural oil in freshly picked rosemary is highly fragrant and sticky. But it does more than just smell and taste amazing. It is supposed to have memory boosting, neuroprotective, and stimulating properties. This sticky resin (similar to pine resin), once processed, is also amazing in skincare products. The primary component of the resin believed to be beneficial is carnosic acid.
Carnosic Acid is said to possess anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties.
Rosemary essential oil possesses a higher concentration of carnosic acid than rosemary oil extract. Making it the more potent of the two. The essential oil is believed to be very hydrating to the skin and aid in controlling oil production.
Rosemary oil extract, also called rosemary oleoresin extract, is a powerful antioxidant that only needs a small amount to be effective. It has been shown to be more effective than Vitamin E at maintaining the integrity of natural products.
It is a great ingredient to incorporate in facial products for oily or blemish-prone skin or as an antioxidant in oil-based formulations.
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