By Sophia Hussain
Experience absolute bliss with the help of the most gorgeous blooms in the world! Did you know that using the rose—in the form of rose water, rose oil and even the petals from the flower–is a centuries old beauty secret for achieving ethereal glowing skin? Aiding skin cell regeneration, soothing dry or sensitive skin are just a few miracles this gorgeous flower can perform.
Women in North Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe have been using roses for their anti-ageing, anti-inflammation and aromatherapy qualities throughout the ages, and now you can too, with these wonderful rose based beauty products–and they’re all natural, of course!
This exquisite bottle contains Rose Oud by the Organic Pharmacy, whose rich, heady aroma mesmerised our Editor in Chief, and is fast becoming one of her favourites. Oud opens boldly with Moroccan cedarwood, Indian oud, black pepper and cardamon, moving to a heart of delicate rose, and finishing with a warm mysterious base of sandalwood, vetiver and tonka bean. Why buy the chemical versions, like Yves Saint Laurent’s, for example—when this organic one lasts and lasts?
Prefer a purer, single Rose Perfume? There are plenty of chemical versions, ranging from Red Roses Jo Malone to Paul Smith’s Rose, but Lakshmi makes a fantastic one, in both an eau de toilette and longer lasting perfume form, and neither one has a single nasty ingredient.
Rose Facial Mists
Never be mystified by facial mists! Rose water is a natural astringent which helps tighten pores and restore suppleness for a truly glowing complexion. It can also be used to wipe off the last traces of makeup, too! Personally, I use Rosence mist every day. It contains nothing but purified water, distilled rose water, and rose oil, to plumpen the skin and give it a glow.
Another option is Organic Rose Hydrolat by Conscious Skincare, a wonderful, aromatic floral water made from the distillation of rose petals whilst retaining many of the benefits of the rose oil itself. It’s really soft and gentle, making it great for most skin types. Simply spray a fine mist of rose over your face; keep in the fridge and you have wonderfully refreshing spray before a night out. Great under make up too.
Rose Skin Creams
Did you know that there are 30 rose blossoms in each tube of these creamy concoctions? Of course Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream quenches dry skin with precious extracts of rose petals and wild rosehips, which help to balance the skin and retain moisture. No wonder it’s a firm favourite with the likes of Gwenyth Paltrow and Madonna.
A luxurious cream moisturiser packed full of organic goodness and created to rejuvenate, condition and protect the skin. The naturally active ingredients have all been carefully selected for their skin-kindness and include rosewater blended with damascena roses in jojoba oil, calendula in olive oil, sesame with carrot oil, vitamin E & rose essential oil. Trevarno Organic’s intensely nourishing and natural moisturiser is perfectly suited for drier and more mature skins.
This rich blend of exquisite ingredients contains Indian rose to deeply hydrate the skin, and to restore balance. Boosted by 24k gold dust, this not only smells incredible, it’s one of the most luxurious Ayurvedic creams in the market, and the gold tube looks lovely on the bathroom shelf!
Using only the ripest, richest petals to extract pure rosa damscena flower water, this humidfying unscented French cream locks in moisture naturally. Also enriched with argan and shea oil, this anti-oxidant and regenerating cream helps reverse the signs of ageing–through petal power, of course!
The Rose Bath
Cleopatra would have adored this luxury ritual! But any lady can create their own spa indulgence with these two versions to pamper your body to reveal soft firm skin. 1001 Roses Luxury Milk Bath by Shiffa contains 100 rose petals from rosa centifolia and rosa damascene for a euphoric experience.
Another option is the Charlotte Hilton rose bath, a sweet and seductive rosebud and milk blend, scented with the precious oil of rose otto flower and organic rose geranium. Leaves your skin creamy smooth and heavenly scented.
This rich oil goes right into the bath water, transforming your humble tub into a cauldron of heady aromatherapy. When you emerge, you smell like a garden in bloom! Moisturises and protects the skin, keeping it petal-soft, too. Ren is actually “loco for roses”, and produces wonderful Moroccan Otto Rose Facial Wash, Body Wash, Body Cream and more. Absolutely free of harsh chemicals and rich with rosy fragrance, no wonder all of Ren’s Rose based beauty products get 5/5 from many reviewers on Amazon–as well as a big thumbs up from Eluxe!
Complete your soothing bathing ritual with the “scent of thousands of roses”. This Rose Body Lotion by Urtekram contains nourishing fine rose geranium oil for a relaxing nurturing experience. Well-being meets extra care here, when you spoil your hands with almond and jojoba oil, shea butter and evening primrose oil, while the scent of thousands of roses surrounds you. Also, 25% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming, and Urtekram also makes a deliciously scented rose body wash, too!
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