Roses for beauty
The rose has been used since ancient times as it’s renowned for its positive effect on mind, body and skin. Apart from being a well-known beauty ingredient, rose petals can be used to spice up your sex life, combat stress and lose weight naturally. People were first attracted to rose because for its scent, but it’s also chockfull of health giving properties; it’s an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, an antiseptic and has anti-ageing benefits. And according to Ayurvedic and aromatherapy practitioners the smell of roses can help relax you and put you in the mood for love, affection and physical contact.
Here’s how you can reap the wonderful health and beauty benefits of rose.
Rose-infused products will help tighten and brighten skin for a youthful look. Neal’s Yard has collaborated with food blogger Deliciously Ella, to create Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose, Lime & Cucumber Collection, a facial wash and moisturiser which combine essential oils infused with cucumber water, antioxidant-rich blueberries and acai to encourage a glowing complexion.
“I apply the same concept to choosing skincare as I do to choosing food – looking for the most natural, organic ingredients possible,” Ella smiled to Cover Media.
For Ella, high on her wish list for creating a skincare product is radiance and a natural glow. But she also wanted the products to smell beautiful and feel great on her skin: “I am also obsessed with the scent of rose, if you open my bathroom cabinet it’s rose everything – I just ﬁnd it the prettiest smell in the world.”
Ella likes to keep her skincare routine simple, using the Neal’s Yard facial moisturiser in the morning and the facial wash in the evenings. For exfoliation, she makes a homemade brown sugar scrub and adds a couple of drops of the brand’s Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil to the Rose Lime and Cucumber Moisturiser to boost hydration.
REN’s face Rose 012 Moisture Defence Oil is a similar ultra moisturising oil formulated to restore glowing softness and radiance to dry skin. But if oils aren’t your thing, Korres Wild Rose Face Moisturising & Brightening Cream is super-moisturising and contains a natural source of vitamin C, which targets fine lines and patchy skin.
For unveiling brighter skin, Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator contains micro-spherical Jojoba beads blended with hydrating Rose Absolute to gently exfoliate the surface of the skin leaving it silky smooth and soft to the touch. Containing cucumber extract, rich in Vitamin C and a natural anti-oxidant, it moisturises as it soothes and refreshes.
Scent of a rose
Rose fragrances are enjoying something of a revival, but perfumers are keen to dispel the ‘old lady’ connotations, and have worked on using the flower in a more modern and sexy way.
There’s nothing musty about Narciso Rodriguez Rose Musc, a lingering scent featuring Moroccan rose, woody, musky and floral notes, on an oriental base of black pepper, saffron and black woods.
While Lola James Harper Just Say Yes features an addictive and heady blend of rose, cardamom, musk and geranium. The spicy and intoxicating Mizensir Rose Exaltante is perfect for vamping it up after dark. Elie Saab Rose Couture is a heady scent with a top note of Peony Rose, while Orange Blossom mingles with Jasmine and a fragrant Rose Nectar. Annick Goutal Rose Pompon focuses on the fruity tones of rose centifolia accentuated by raspberry, blackcurrant and pink pepper.
Rose bath and body
Rose helps to balance, hydrate and nurture the skin, while also calming the mind and it can add some romance and relaxation to your bathing routine. REN’s delicately fragranced body wash formulated with Moroccan Rose Otto Oil has a gorgeous scent, and is known for its stress relieving and harmonising properties. Use it in tandem with the brand’s Moroccan Rose Body Scrub and Rose Otto Ultra Moisture Body Oil for a triple layer of sexiness.
For your morning routine you can skip the perfume after using Maison Francis Kurkdjian A La Rose Scented Body Cream, it’s gorgeous, lingering scent means you can ditch yours.