The Rose is a herb of Venus, goddess of love and beauty, whose attributes it has come to signify. The sensuous aroma of roses stirs passion and desire, qualities that even Cleopatra was not coy to employ for her own purposes as she strew her bedroom floor with rose petals in an attempt to seduce Mark Antony. To this day the scent of roses is of paramount importance in cosmetics and perfumery. The flower water retains many qualities of the essential oil, soothing and toning the skin and making an excellent water replacement in moisturising preparations.
Magically, rosewater is excellent for all kinds of love magic, philtres and potions to help in the quest for a playmate or new romance, or to heal a broken heart