The Romans made lavish use of roses. Virgil related that Aphrodite asked for Hecot's body to be ambalmed with an ointment of rose essence. Since before the French revolution, the French have been distilling roses, mainly for their world-famous rosewater, of which Rose oil was a by product. It was used in the first perfume, Hungary water, and the oil is still one of the most important in perfumery. Rose essential oil was also a constituent of the earliest cold cream, a recipe recorded by the Greek physician, Galen, in the 2nd Century. Unadulterated Rose oil is a remarkable ally in skin care, helping fight against ageing skin, broken capillaries, combination skin, dry skin, thread vein skin and wrinkles. It directly contributes to elasticity, rejuvenation and toning.