Memoirs: Visit Cyprus Via Rose Water 

Last week Thursday I headed on down the rabbit hole (what you’d know as the tube) to Southwark an evening full of pampering all in the name of Cyprus and finding out more about rose-water. It’s rare I get to attend an event that combine all three of my blog interests – travel, lifestyle and beauty as most tend to focus on one or the other.

“Who’s been painting my roses red?”

– Alice in Wonderland

The venue was perfectly suited to all things roses and there was a clear Alice in Wonderland theme running throughout from giant white rabbits and of course rose hedges.

Manicures

I arrived a little late (whoop) but was greeted by the lovely ladies of Rooster PR and a rose-petal infused Bellini. As a manicurist was free, I took at seat whilst taking in the visual delight that was my surroundings and inhaling the scents of all things rose.

I usually opt for nude tones, but I went for a pink and a rose nail design. I couldn’t believe how detailed it was and how quickly it took the manicurist. Now all I need to know is how to repeat it coming without like a red blob.

After a long week of life, it really is nice to have a spot of pampering and take some time out for me. 

Read more: Self-care tips 

Flower arranging with Rebel Rebel E8

As my nails were still drying, flower arranging was going to be a little tricky, so I was lucky enough to have mine made for me. The flowers smelt beautiful and I was so impressed at how much work went into creating a cohesive bunch. I always thought it was simply tying up a bunch of cut flowers but there is a real art to it. I’ll leave it to the professionals. 

Uses of Rose Water

  1. Anti-Flammatory
  2. Anti-Bacterial
  3. Antioxidants
  4. Moisturising
  5. Fragrance
  6. Relaxation
  7. Toning
  8. Skin glow
  9. Cleanser
  10. Face and body mist

Now that I’ve had time to reflect and look through this list of uses for rose-water, it makes the perfect product to take on my travels. I’ve even had a thought at how I’d use it:

Relaxation – For a busy flight or when you need some downtime after walking around all day.

Skin glow – To enhance your tan.

Cleanser – Taking off waterproof eyeliner after being in the pool.

Fragrance – To avoid taking a heavy bottle.

Anti-Flammatory – To hide the effect’s of last night’s wine.

Read more: How to keep the travel spirit alive when you’re not travelling

Why is Rose water an important part of Cyprus’ culture?

Rose water is ain integral making of machalepi. If you’ve never heard of it, it is a sweet dessert that is perfect on a summer’s day and can be topped with rose cordial. Sounds like heaven to me. 

‘Rosa Damascena’ is the technical name for the rose plant and the Agros village in Cyprus is synonymous with it. The festival kicks off mid-May when the roses are at their full bloom and I’m sad I won’t be there (Imagine my Instagram theme full of roses?).

The Rose Festival is held each May in the rural Cyprus village of Agros. Famed for its bright and beautiful roses, Agros springs to life as visitor’s flock to learn all about the distillation of the roses, attend exhibitions and take part in workshops.”

Cyprus hasn’t really been on my travel bucket lists lately but this event has really changed my mind. From the history, to the food, to all things roses, I cannot wait to visit Cyprus as some point in the next few years, just what part to go to?

Stop and smell the roses…

I finished off my time at the event talking to some fab bloggers, taking a few photos for this post and wondering when I’ll be visiting Cyprus.

Thank you to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the Rooster PR team for such a lovely evening and thoughtful gift! I can’t wait to give these a try over the next few weeks.

Have you visited Cyprus before? 

Char xo

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