Everything’s Coming Up Roses
Ever since our very first Beauty Bible launched, 20 (yikes!) years ago, we’ve noticed a phenomenon. Our readers love, love, love the scent of roses. Time and again, rose-powered products have done brilliantly in our trials, with testers swooning over the scent of the rosily gorgeous lotions, potions and creams they’re checking out on our behalf. And you know what? Who doesn’t, actually, love the scent of roses, at the end of the day. (That might just be an apt analogy, by the way: we recently tried out a rose-scented linen spray from swanky perfume brand Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, which came with the promise: nobody ever had a bad dream in a rose-scented bed. And so far, so dreamy!)
It’s probably no coincidence, then, that Gill has sleuthed out a fair number of rose-scented products for this site – not just due to the popularity of rose’s fragrance, but also its mutli-tasking beauty action. Roses are anti-bacterial, good for acne-prone skin. They’re anti-inflammatory, helping to calm and soothe rosacea and eczema, as well as being moisturising: the natural oils found in roses help lock moisture in the complexion, while the sugars in rosepetals have been found to soothe the complexion.
Rosewater is a natural astringent, too, helping to tighten pores and maintain suppleness without leaving skin feeling dried out. Over and above this, that scent of rose is sublime – and what we do know is that when women love the scent of a product, we’re more likely to use it consistently, and thus experience optimum benefits. So this month, we thought we’d pick out a bunch of a dozen of our favourite rose-powered treats…
Pukka Herbs Organic Rosewater Spray, £11.95 for 100ml. We’ve never been a fan of toners, but we do love this blissfully-scented facial spritz, which is both cooling and uplifting, and a go-to spray for anyone experiencing hot flushes.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalise Rose Mask, £65 for 60ml. Truly one of our all-time favourite masks for when skin’s tight, dry, touchy. It has the texture of thick crème fraîche and after 20 minutes, skin’s plumptious, mega-moisturised and glowing.
Lanolips Rose Hand Cream, £9.99 for 120ml. A real treat, with a wonderfully powdery rose scent. Slather generously for baby-soft hands by morning, and nourished nails. (Now available with Lanolips’s sexy new vintage-inspired packaging ‘look’.)
Scentred Love Therapy Balm, £14.50. Not exclusively rosy – it’s blended with patchouli, amber, vanilla, sandalwood and touches of Oriental oudh – but this twist-up balm, applied to pulse-points, smells divinely comforting. The idea with Scentred balms is that you apply the stick to pulse points, inhale deeply, and ‘re-set’ your mood. We find them surprisingly effective.
Neom Happiness, from £16. One of our all-time favourite rose-scented candles, this gets a modern twist from a grind of black pepper and a squeeze of citrusy lime. As with all Neom candles, it’s been blended to have an aromatherapeutic effect, working to combat headaches and tension – but also ‘as an aphrodisiac’. Certainly, for us, this candle is a love thing.
Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Velvet (limited edition), £52 for 200ml. This is quite simply one of the most sublime body treats we’ve ever had the pleasure of slathering on: packed with nourishing elements, including minerals, collagen-boosting peptides and oils plus skin-friendly butters, it’s scented like a rose bower. The most wonderful last-thing-at-night treat, for any body. (We can’t recommend too highly that you try out the whole rose range from AA, actually; another favourite – soon to come into its own, we hope – is the ultra-cooling Renewing Rose Hydrating Body Gel, £32 for 200ml.)
Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream, £16.95 for 30ml. The ‘hero-of-heroes’ product in a range of Weleda Wild Rose skin heroes, targeted at dry skin, fine lines and dullness. It contains cold-pressed wild rose seed oil, among other ingredients, and its fans – justifiably – are legion. For the complete regime, pair with Weleda Wild Rose Night Cream, £17.95 for 30ml.
Dr Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Oil, £20.50 for 75ml. We’ve always rather yearned to visit Dr Hauschka’s biodynamic rose fields, in Austria – but instead have to rely on their excellent rose range, and a good dose of imagination. Extracts of damask rose are infused into jojoba oil for a really silkifying treat. If you’re feeling super-indulgent, layer it over Dr Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash, £14.50 for 200ml, which is also gentle enough for even the most sensitive skins.
Wild Rose Bach Flower Remedy, £5.85. Beauty, of course, is a two-way thing – and this excellent handbag standby works from the inside-out. As you know, we swear by flower remedies and this is ideal for anyone facing an unpleasant situation, whether it’s a job you don’t like, illness or a monotonous life. Drop into water, sip – and imagine yourself in a rose garden. If you don’t feel better after that, we’ll be very surprised indeed…