Spring is in the air, which means it’s time for the annual rose beauty roundup. I really like subtle rose fragrances in skincare and slightly stronger ones in my body oils and potions. There are studies that show rose oil can have numerous therapeutic effects, from analgesic to physiological; for me it’s definitely up there with lavender as a calming, comforting scent. Here are a few of my rose beauty wants and recs…
SUMMER FRIDAYS In the spirit of transporting myself into a summer mindset, Summer Fridays has added a rose R&R Mask (£46, below) to its capsule product line-up. The two-in-one brightening mask combines nourishing face oils (argan, avocado, sesame, grapeseed) with Vitamin C and powdered rose petals suspended in gel for a gentle exfoliation. It’s not out in the UK yet but it’s coming to Cult Beauty. (Join the wait list here.)
79 LUX Bodywise, there’s a new body balm on my radar. 79 Lux Ultra Nourishing Body Balm (£46, below, gifted*) is one of those products that’s a joy to use and has real skin benefits. As an eczema sufferer, integrative health and nutrition coach and wellness advocate, Karen Cummings Palmer couldn’t find a luxe moisturising balm for her ultra-dry skin, so made this for herself. There’s a long list of skin-loving ingredients in here but the highlights for me are the 1% of lactic acid to gently increase cellular turnover (good for all but ultra sensitive skin sufferers), hyaluronic acid for super-hydration and teeny tiny flecks of gold which serves as an anti-inflammatory ingredient while adding a very subtle sheen to your limbs. It uses essential rose oil, which adds a gentle enough scent that you can layer other fragrances on top. Zinc and organic shea butter both add a basic degree of natural sun protection. (Buy it at 79 Lux, Cult Beauty and Liberty.)
It actually reminds me a lot of my favourite Aerin Beach Cream from a few years ago. The beach cream is thicker – more of a butter – and slightly tinted but has the same delicious hint-of-rose scent. I thought it had been discontinued but I’ve spotted some on the U.S Estee Lauder site. (If the link doesn’t work, just search for ‘Aerin Beach Cream’ on Esteelauder.com and it should be there.)
CHANEL If you like massage oils (another skin weakness of mine) you should know that Chanel has released its Au Ritz body oils to a wider audience. Previously only sold in its Chanel au Ritz spa in Paris, there are four fragranced oils (£172 for 250ml, below) including L’Huile Rose, which uses a blend of May rose extract, offset by clean, green notes and white musk. Sounds perfect. (Buy it here for UK, or here for U.S)
ACQUA DI PARMA In fragrance, rose is endlessly popular, and much more varied than you’d think. I’m a big Acqua di Parma fan, everything they do is innately chic and classic. The Rosa Nobile eau de parfum came out a few years ago, a green, fresh take on rose, which suits my olfactory palate (I generally prefer ‘masculine’ dry fragrances to super-heavy sweetness). New for them is a hair mist (£34, below), which conditions the hair while scenting it with signature Centifolia rose notes. Buy it at John Lewis & Partners.
OSTENS For the hardcore rose enthusiast, Ostens is an innovative new fragrance brand that highlights the purity of its indigents rather than relying on old school marketing techniques. Its Rose Oil Isparta (£65) is what they call a ‘preparation’, a concentrated oil made from Turkish rose petals and red fruits that gives off a rich, full-bodied rose scent. It can be worn on its own as a ‘skin scent’ or mixed with other perfumes to create a unique new concoction. Or try the heady eau de Parfum ‘impression’ (£145, below), created by Dominique Ropion which combines the rose oil with notes of pink pepper, patchouli oil, Cashmeran (a musky-wood synthetic compound) and labdanum Resinoid (an ambery musk from the cistus plant).
The innovative part of this new brand is its relationship with its ingredient supplier. The legendary IFF-LMR dedicates itself to sustainable and transparency methods that aim to use all parts of the flower, so no ingredient is wasted.
FLORIS Finally, my oral health obsession continues and I‘m most enamoured by the idea of Floris rosewater mouthwash (£35, below). You just add a few drops of the concentrated pure rosewater mouthwash to a glass of water – but don’t drink! So much more fabulous than mint, surely? This isn’t new (the newest is actually violet), but it’s on my rose want list…
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Andy Warhol, Summer Fridays, 79 Lux, Chanel, Acqua di Parma Disneyrollergirl/Ostens, Floris
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