Rosmarinus officinalis, Salvia rosmarinus

Background & Origin

Rosemary has been used since the time of the Romans & Ancient Greeks. Its botanical name references the term “Rosmarinus”, which translates to “dew of the sea”, which relates to its ability to survive in extremely dry conditions, as though it only needed moisture from the air. Rosemary is a popular culinary & medicinal herb that is closely related to Salvia genus plants, such as members of the Sage group. It was originally used as a symbol of remembrance, loyalty, happiness & love when used at formal occasions, such as wedding ceremonies. More recently, Napolean Bonaparte wore a cologne that was made of rosemary. However, in modern times, Rosemary is cultivated globally.


Although rosemary has traditionally been used orally, it is also very promising for topical formulas due to its oil containing more than 100 different active compounds, including rosmarinic acid, carnosic acid and carnosol 1,8-cineole, α-pinene, α-terpineol, verbenone, limonene, bornyl acetate, terpinolene and camphor (Bekhechi et al, 2024; Flamini et al., 2022). These have been identified to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, skin healing and hair regeneration activities (Bekhechi et al, 2024; Borges et al., 2018; Panahi et al., 2015).


For Normal, dry & combination skin, except for people with allergies to salvias.

Uses in our products

Refreshing, calming, clarifying, fragrancing.

Featured In

  1. Bekhechi et al. Chem Biodivers. 2024 Apr;21(4):e202302077.
  2. Borges et al. J Ethnopharmacol. 2019 Jan 30;229:29-45.
  3. Flamini et al. Nat Prod Res. 2022 Apr;36(7):1919-1925.
  4. González-Minero et al. Cosmetics 2020, 7, 77.
  5. Panahi et al. Skinmed. 2015 Jan-Feb;13(1):15-21.