Thursday, July 24, 2014

For the Love of Roses: Delectable Rose Delights for the Mind, Face, Body & Spirit! My Must-Haves!

Press Samples & Purchased by Me (Affiliate Links)

I love roses, and I delight in rose-based beauty products. However, it hadn't dawned on me that I had amassed a rather large collection until the other day when I was rummaging around my skincare stash. It was then that I had the "Aha Moment" that I should round up what I had and do a post about my favorite rose infused beauty products. Here are my favorites:
The Organic Pharmacy Rose Balm ($69.00 reviewed here): Yes, it is true that I am madly in love with everything that I have from The Organic Pharmacy, and their Rose Balm is a divine multitasker. Not only is this a fantastic emollient balm for chapped lips, but this soothing rose wonder is extraordinary to use just about anywhere you need to heal dry, chapped and irritated skin.

According to The Organic Pharmacy,

A rich multipurpose soothing balm that caresses and cares for dry skin, hair, nails, lips. Use it anywhere, anytime. Packed with seven super plant oils from argan, pomegranate, rose hip and calendula to nourish, repair and keep the skin and any part of the body looking fabulous. A rich multipurpose soothing balm that caresses and cares for dry skin, hair, nails, lips. Use it anywhere, anytime. Packed with seven super plant oils from argan, pomegranate, rose hip and calendula to nourish, repair and keep the skin and any part of the body looking fabulous.

Ingredients: Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annus), Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil , Hypericum Perforatum *, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) Extract*, Rose Hip (Rosa Canina) Oil*, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europea)*, Rose Geranium (Perlagonium Graveolens)*, Rose (Rosa Damascena)*, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Farnesol.

By Terry Baume de Rose ($60.00 reviewed here and here): I remain nothing short of obsessed with this hydrating wonder-balm. It is so comfortable on the lips, and is unbelievably moisturizing. It leaves lips soft, supple and hydrated, but it also imparts the perfect slightly pink sheen. The rose scent lingers for a while, and it is hauntingly beautiful. It also has an SPF15 to offer added protection. It is gorgeous worn alone, or used on top of your favorite lipstick!

This melt-away balm, which has become the must-have of Hollywood stars, BY TERRY's über-cult product, is a real ultra-glamorous SOS treatment to repair, nourish, regenerate and lastingly protect the lips. This ultra-rich product is also a precious salve to care for and strengthen the cuticles. 
Its creamy and delicately rose-scented texture, which is shiny without being sticky, coats the lips in an incredibly natural glossy finish. In an instant, the lips are lastingly smoothed, plumped up, supple and protected!

  • A lipo-regenerating complex made up of Rose Flower Essential Wax with softening and astringent properties, Pastel Oil to boost cell renewal, and Shea Butter with healing and soothing benefits, supplies strength, nutrition and comfort.
  • The Hydroskin complex, a combination of filling spheres and active ingredients of lipid origin, provides optimal hydration.
  • Biotechnological ceramides deliver youthfulness and density thanks to their restructuring and firming action and their smoothing effect.
  • Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and Sun Protection Factor 15 protect the lips against the harmful effects of light and help to fight against aging.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Synthetic Wax, Diisostearyl Malate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Petrolatum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Stearalkonium Hectorite, C20 40 Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Tocopherol, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Rosa Centifolia Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Lanolin, Sodium PCA, Aqua/Water, Polysorbate 85, Trihydroxypalmitamidohydroxypropyl Myristyl Ether, Mica, Alumina, Aluminum Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, CI 75470 (Carmine), Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool.

By Terry Baume de Rose Darling Baume (Regular Baume de Rose Gloss $55.00) (reviewed here and here): The regular Baume de Rose Gloss is still available, but the stunning Baume de Rose Darling Gloss is now only available in the Limited Edition Coffret linked to below. This gloss is magical-- it deeply moisturizes the lips just like the regular Baume de Rose, but the gorgeous multicolored shimmer makes this a breathtaking lip gloss worn alone or to add dimension to your favorite lipsticks.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil (Castor), Synthetic Wax, Diisostearyl Malate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, C10 30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Petrolatum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract (Shea Butter), Stearalkonium Hectorite, C20 40 Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Flower Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Lanolin, Sodium PCA, Aqua/Water/Eau (Water), Polysorbate 85, Trihydroxypalmitamidohydroxypropyl Myristyl Ether, Mica, Alumina, Aluminum Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Carmine (CI 75470), Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool.

The best bet is to purchase the two together in the By Terry Baume de Rose Limited Edition 10 Year Anniversary Coffret (reviewed here), and thankfully there are some left at Barneys New York.
Sponge Krema Triantafillo (Rose and Sage Cream) ($65.00 reviewed here): Krema Triantafillo is a very soothing, calming and hydrating face cream that leaves skin silky smooth, balanced and calmed. Any time that I have any redness or irritation I use this nourishing cream, and my skin is nearly immediately returned to normal. When used with greater frequency I always note that my skin has a pronounced clarity, evenness of tone and is perfectly balanced and hydrated. 

According to Sponge,

Helps strengthen, moisturize and protect even the most sensitive skin types. this remarkably light and highly effective cream helps refine texture and balance skin tone to promote a healthy and radiant appearance.

Ingredients: Aqua, Olea Europeaea Leaf Extract (Olive Leaf Extract), Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Ceteth-20, Cetyl Alcohol Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Allantoin, Celearet-25, Tilia Cordata Extract (Linden Extract), Salvia Offininalis Extract (Sage Extrat), Rosa Carina Leaf Extract (Rose Leaf Extract) Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract (Rosmary Extract), Olea Europeaea Leaf Extract (Olive Leaf Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Triethyl Citrate, Disodium Edta, Bha, Essential Oil Parfume.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Anti-Ageing Cream ($235.00 review forthcoming): This is but one rose in The Organic Pharmacy's beautiful bouquet of rose infused gems. This is an antioxidant rich deeply nourishing anti-aging cream that quickly restores moisture and hydration to the skin. It smooths, soothes, evens skin tone, plumps fine lines, and gives skin a beautiful luminosity. It is surprisingly light in texture and fast absorbing, and it has a lovely soft and silky texture. The scent is that of an earthy warm rose, and while it does linger for a while it does eventually fade away.

According to The Organic Pharmacy,

Our high tech anti-ageing cream infused with an arsenal of herbs, cosmeceuticals and botanicals work to help lift, tone, reduce wrinkles and even out skin tone.

This synergistic blend of highly active natural extracts has strong free radical scavenging properties that helps protect epidermal elastin and collagen fibres. It helps to reduce and reverse sun exposure damage and improves micro circulation, restoring hydration and elasticity. Blackcurrant Leaf contain flavinoids that have shown potent anti-ageing activity and proven to reduce wrinkle depth by 50% after 30 days use. Pine Bark Extract is a potent antioxidant with Red, Green and White Tea high in polyphenols, quercetin and Rutin which provides powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenging activity as well as DNA protectors. Rose extract is high in purifying free radical scavenging antioxidants to help restore radiance to the skin. Kigelia Africana is rich in flavinoids and saponins to improve the skins tone and elasticity. MSM, Ester C, Alphalipoic Acid even out the skin tone and improve the condition of the skin. Cucumber Seed Extract helps reduce pigmentation along with White Mulberry and Fermented Grape which helps to inhibit tyrosine activity (helps reduce pigmentation). Hibiscus Extract helps to gently exfoliates and remove pigmented cells, lightening the skin.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis)*, Rye Alcohol*, Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) Extract*, St Johns Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)*, Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)*, Sesame Seed Oil (Sesamum Indicum), Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate*, Soybean Sterols (Glycine Soya)*, Phospholipids*, Jojoba Oil(Simmondsia Chinensis)*, Kigelia Africana (Kigelia Africana)*, Blackcurrant (Ribes Nigrum)*, Pycnogenol (Pinus Pinaster)*, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, Cucumber (Cucumis Sativa), Honey (Mel)*, Ceteryl Alcohol, Mulberry Leaf (Morus Alba), Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica), Tamanu (Calophyllum Inophyllum) , Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis), White Tea (Camellia Sinensis), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate), Alpha Lipoic Acid (Thioctic acid), DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol), MSM, Limonene.
Simplers Rose Therapeutic Perfume Oil ($12.65 from Simplers): This is a lovely smelling rose perfume oil that can be used alone or added to your favorite unscented body oils and lotions. I tend to just dab a little on my wrists, and then repeatedly inhale deeply to enjoy the luscious aroma.

A 100% natural, deep, rich and sensual floral perfume that is associated with "healing the heart" and uplifting spirits in times of stress. Promotes well-being & emotional balance.

Ingredients: authentic Rose absolute (Rosa damascena) in jojoba oil.

Aftelier Perfumes Rose Body Oil* ($4.00 for sample from Aftelier Perfumes): Mandy's magical creation never fail to delight the senses. This Rose Body Oil is so special that I would like nothing better than to soak in a bathtub filled with this perfectly balanced rose elixir. This is utter rose perfection. It is also remarkably moisturizing-- leaving the skin soft, supple and luminous.

This modern take on rose leaves a soft bouquet of roses on the skin that is beautiful on its own - or use it as a base layer for your other Aftelier perfumes.

Ingredients: Our body oil is in a luxurious and non-greasy base of jojoba oil and fractionated coconut oil.
Thymes Kimono Rose Hand Cream* ($17.00 reviewed here): Thymes Kimono Rose Hand Cream is a lovely rich cream that hydrates even the most dry hands leaving parched skin soft, smooth, supple and smelling utterly delicious! While it is very thick and rich it absorbs quickly leaving behind no heavy or greasy film. The scent is a gorgeous floral bouquet of rose, peony and jasmine that is kissed by clementine, black currant and vanilla. The end result is a warm complex fruity floral that is just lovely.

According to Thymes,

The rich moisture and hydration of Kimono Rose hand cream comes from shea butter and natural botanical oils, while sakura blossom and noni extracts help revitalize and calm. 

This is a floral fragrance: An origami of unabashed femininity.Satiny rose. Sensuous peony. Sheer jasmine. Effervescent clementine. Voluptuous black currant. Silken vanilla.

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin¹, Glyceryl Stearate¹, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride², C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol², Cetearyl Alcohol², Myristyl Myristate², Dimethicone³, Ceteareth-20², Fragrance, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate¹, Myristyl Laurate², Steareth-2², Provitamin B5, Vitamin E¹, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Noni Fruit Extract, Sakura Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate. SOURCE: ¹Mixed Plant, ²Coconut and/or Palm, ³Silica
Purchased by Me & Press Sample

Aftelier Rose Face Elixir* ($65.00 reviewed here): Aftelier Rose Face Elixir is a hauntingly beautiful oil based face serum that is absolutely otherworldly in its mysterious mixture of scents. While the top notes reveal the most tantalizing rose that you have ever imagined, it is tempered by a warm depth from the Sandalwood and Frankincense. This is no ordinary rose- it is an intoxicating and titillating scent that reveals an indescribable complexity as it reaches the temperature of the body and melts into the skin. This rose is elegant, sensual, lingering, and utterly addictive. The scent acts as a sweet lullaby urging you to fall into a tranquil slumber when applied at bedtime. Not only does this golden elixir offer a fantastic sensory experience, but it also does wonders for the skin.

Rose Face Elixir with Sandalwood and Frankincense is a deeply nourishing and hydrating oil for the face that makes the skin remarkably soft, supple, hydrated, and radiant. While this beautiful oil boasts the most refined rose scent imaginable- it is also a potent anti-aging serum. In addition to the properties enumerated in the above listed ingredients, it should be noted that Mandy's choice of Rose, Frankincense, and Sandalwood is significant.

According to Mandy Aftelier Face Elixir is,

Wonderful... as a restorative treatment for the face: easy to use, non-greasy, and great for travel. This lightweight formula absorbs easily, immediately moisturizing, softening, and conditioning. Featuring rose, sandalwood, and frankincense, our face elixir is in a base of the following organic oils: rice bran, sweet almond, apricot kernel, camellia grapeseed, squalene, and rose hip seed oils. These oils are chosen for their ability to promote cell regeneration and for their beautiful aromas. Use on your clean face before bed and drift off to sleep in a light veil of fragrance that promotes relaxation. When you wake up, your skin will feel wonderfully nourished and revitalized. For men, use after shaving to nourish your face.

Ingredients: Featuring rose, sandalwood, and frankincense, our face elixir is in a base of the following organic oils: rice bran, sweet almond, apricot kernel, camellia grapeseed, squalene, and rose hip seed oils.

The Organic Pharmacy Cold Pressed Rose Hip Oil ($60.00 reviewed here): This is a very potent healing oil that works wonders on traumatized and damaged skin thanks to the high concentration of Rose Hip Oil. It deeply moisturizes the skin, evens skin-tone and plumps fine lines.

An amazing anti-ageing and repairing treatment oil. Repairs and reverses sun damage, reverses premature ageing from the sun. Reduces scarring (surgery, acne). Reduces wrinkles and re-hydrates.

This amazing oil is imported by us directly from Chile. It is well known for its rejuvenating and repairing properties both for the skin and hair.Because it is organic and virgin cold pressed, it retains its precious actives that make this oil so special. A high percentage of Essential Fatty Acids, Tretinoic Acid and major carotenoids Betacarotene, Lycopene, Rubixanthin, Gazaniaxanthin, Betacryptoxanthin and Zeaxanthin are largely responsible for making this oil fantastic for scarring, acne scars, sun wrinkles, sun spots.

Apply 2 drops directly to scars both post surgery and acne scars twice a day for at least 4 months. For sun damage and premature ageing apply twice a day to the affected area. To repair sun damaged hair massage 2 drops to damp hair after washing.

Ingredients: Rose Hip (Rosa Canina) Oil*, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata), Neroli (Citrus Aurantum).

By Terry Huile de Rose Nutri-Regenerating Firming Lift Oil ($106.00 reviewed here): The first thing that made me lose my mind over this oil was the delicious and complex mixture of 6 different rose extracts. The smell is so lovely that I would happily wear it as a perfume! The texture of this oil serum is ultra light and fast absorbing, and it leaves skin very hydrated, plumped, even in tone, and luminous.

According to By Terry,

This multi-active "Youthful Lift" oil, with 6 powerful Rose Extracts, acts as a nourishing, firming and redefining concentrate for devitalized skins.

The unique formula of HUILE DE ROSE, with advanced technology, diffuses the vital energy of Rose Plant Cells, biotechnological molecules that act like « matrix vectors » , to stimulate cellular activity, promote collagen and slow down skin aging. Ultra-light and silky, the "dry oil" texture of HUILE DE ROSE instantly penetrates the skin .Ultra-complete skincare, HUILE DE ROSE nourishes, intensely protects the skin and maintains its hydration all day long. Pores are tightened, features are smoothed out, face volumes are plumped, skin shows incomparable glow and vitality.

Ingredients: Isopropyl Isostearate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Cocoglycerides, Parfum/Fragrance, Geraniol, Citronellol, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Rosa Damascena Leaf Cell Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Rosa Alba Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract.

Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment ($75.00 reviewed here): It only took trying a few samples of this luxury face oil to know that I had to have a full size bottle. While this gorgeous smelling rose magical potion was intended for dry and mature skin, I find that it works wonders on my combination skin. It deeply moisturizes my skin leaving it nourished and luminous. There is nothing that I don't love about this oil!

According to Aesop,

A concentrated nourishing treatment for extremely dry or distressed skin. Ten precious plant extracts in this concentrated botanical oil deliver potent doses of Vitamins E and A to nourish, relieve and deeply hydrate parched skin.

Ingredients: Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Viola Odorata Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, d-Limonene, Farnesol, Eugenol. - See more at:

Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil* ($20.00 reviewed here): This lightweight fast absorbing oil is very hydrating and soothing. When my skin is irritated or needs calming-- this oil makes short work of  eliminating irritation and restoring moisture. This is a wonderful oil that is easy on the skin and wallet.

According to Mario Badescu,

This lightweight, quickly absorbed facial oil is designed to reduce flakiness and surface dehydration. A few drops used twice daily under your moisturizer will improve the texture and hydration of the skin. High in antioxidant Vitamin C. Very gentle and non-irritating, even on the most sensitive skin. 

Ingredients: Rose Hips (Rosa Canina Fruit) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Imidazolidinyl Urea.
The Organic Pharmacy Flower Petal Deep Cleanser and Mask ($67.00 reviewed here): I remain utterly shocked by the efficacy of this dual action deep cleansing and exfoliating mask, not just because it leaves my skin unbelievably soft and smooth every single time that I used it, but the real surprise is how effectively that it purges my pores of all congestion (read: gunk flies out of my pores at an alarming rate of speed-- it's pretty crazy, actually!).

An essential dual action deep cleansing and exfoliating mask. It draws out impurities, removes dead skin (without damage) and brightens the complexion instantly.

For all skin types. An essential deep cleansing exfoliating mask that draws out impurities, removes dead cells and brightens the complexion. Oats and milk (rich in lactic acid) gently exfoliate without abrasion whilst Lavender and Chamomile soothe inflamed skin. Oats and clay bind with impurities and remove them deep from within the pores. Rose purifies and calms. Dead skin and deeply embedded impurities are removed leaving radiant skin. 

Ingredients: Rose Geranium (Perlagonium Graveolens)*, Bentonite Clay, Milk Powder, Lavender (Lavandula Officinalis), Oats (Avena Sativa)*, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis), Rose (Rosa Damascena)*, Essential Oils.

Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator* ($40.00 reviewed here): This is a very gentle exfoliator-- so much so that I initially thought that it might not effectively eliminate dead skin, but was I ever wrong! This exfoliator somehow is able to be an exceedingly effective scrub while remaining unbelievably gentle. Furthermore, skin is left softer than I could have imagined, and is also left very hydrated. This is a holy grail status exfoliator, to be sure!

According to Elemis,

Hydrating Absolute of Moroccan Rose, soothing Cucumber and smooth micro-spherical Jojoba beads very gently exfoliate, leaving skin silky soft to the touch. Gentle enough to be used daily, this exquisite gel exfoliator is ideal for sensitive, mature and dehydrated complexions.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau,Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Jojoba Esters, PEG/PPG-14/4 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium PCA, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Propylparaben, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Citronellol, Red 4 (CI 14700).
The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Brightening Complex ($198.00 review forthcoming): A very good friend of mine told me that this was a miraculous product, and she couldn't believe that I didn't already have it knowing all too well how obsessed I am with everything from The Organic Pharmacy! This is the brightening serum to beat, seriously this is the benchmark in brightening serums. Not only is skin lifted and hydrated, but it fades hyperpigmentation, appears to improve elasticity, evens skin tone, and gives skin an ethereal otherworldly glow.

According to The Organic Pharmacy their  Rose Plus Brightening Complex is,

A unique mixture of Bio plant technology, enzyme activity and selected vitamin action smooths the skin surface and helps reduce pigmentation.

A light brightening serum to lighten pigmentation as well as lift and smooth skin. Suitable for all skin types, particularly suitable for people concerned with pigmentation. The result is smooth, refined and brighter skin. Papaya proteolytic enzyme exfoliates dead and damaged cells enhancing skin smoothness and encouraging cell renewal. Fruit Acids from Hibiscus, Cucumber and Mulberry act on the production and accumulation of pigments through inhibition of the enzyme tyrosinase as well as a second exfoliation action. Extracts of the Nagaka Fruit prevents the transfer of melanin from melanocytes to keratinocytes. Glucosamine and Niacinamide applied topically stop the formation of new age spots and help fade existing ones. They block the enzyme responsible for melanin production. Kigelia Africana, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rose Hip and Calendula increase elasticity and collagen production as well as increasing and promoting cell renewal. High molecular weight Polysaccharides in New Zealand Fern form an immediate matrix over the skin to improve firmness and elasticity.

Ingredients: Acai, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Mulberry Leaf, Nagaka, New Zealand Fern, Alcohol, Papaya, Phospholipids, Rose Hip Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin C, Aqua (Water), Xanthan Gum, Behenyl Alcohol, Maltodextrin, Coconut Oil, Vitamin B3, Disodium Phosphate, Lemon Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Soybean Sterols, Ceteryl Alcohol, Cucumber, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Glyceryl Stearate, Grapefruit, Hibiscus, Honey (Mel), Honeysuckle, Jojoba Oil, Kigelia Africana, Lactic Acid, Marigold.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Marine Collagen Complex ($235.00 Reviewed here): This is a power-packed antioxidant rich anti-aging serum that really means business. This serum makes my skin soft, smooth, hydrated, lifted, nourished, luminous, and with softened lines. When the weather is warm I actually use it as my moisturizer, and it does an amazing job as such. This is a definite repeat purchase because it is so effective.

Our ultimate anti-ageing skin smoothing serum helps to reduce fine lines, stimulates elastin and collagen production for silky smooth skin.

An intensive treatment aimed to make skin 10 years younger by targeting the collagen and elastin in the skin. Suitable for all skin types. This product is particularly suitable for those concerned with the signs of premature ageing. Rose Plus Marine Collagen Complex can be used to help prevent premature ageing. After extensive research, four unique ingredients were isolated for their novel and highly effective action. Hibiscus Abelmoschus extract forms a unique and novel ingredient to stimulate cell multiplication and GAG synthesis. Elastin is made up of 2 key elements; Soluble elastin and microfibrils. This unique dill extract activates the synthesis of elastin fibres and prevents bad cross linking. Skin moisture level improved immediately and long term. Skin texture is refined. A matrix of Marine Collagen, Chondroitin, Sodium Hyaluronate and Ursolic Acid acts on skin elasticity and the depth of wrinkles as well as smoothness through collagen and GAG synthesis. A unique mixture of Kigelia Africana (firming), Calendula Officinalis (healing and cell renewal), Rose Hip (healing and antioxidant), New Zealand Fern (instant firming) and Goji Berries (healing and nutrient rich) to repair damage and protect from free radicals.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis)*, Rye Alcohol*, Kigelia Africana (Kigelia Africana)*, Rose Hip (Rosa Canina) Oil*, Goji (Lyceum barbarum berry)*, Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) Extract*, Sunflower Oil(Helianthus Annus), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)*, Jojoba Oil(Simmondsia Chinensis)*, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, New Zealand Fern (Cyanthea Cuminigi Leaf Extract), Ceteryl Alcohol, Honey (Mel)*, Chondroitin Sulfate, Ursolic acid, Hibiscus (Hibiscus Sabdariffa), Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid (milk acid), Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate), Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis)*, Lemon (Citrus Limonum), Citrol, Limonene.
Le Couvent des Minimes 3 in 1 Micellar Water* ($17.00 reviewed here): I love love love this delicious scented Micellar Water! It effectively and gently removes makeup from face, lips and eyes, and leaves skin soft and smooth!

According to Le Couvent des Minimes, their 3 in 1 Micellar Water is recommended for those looking for a gentle skincare product with multiple benefits.

  • Removes make-up from the face, lips and eyes
  • Cleanses the face, lips and eyes
  • Tones the skin
  • Alcohol-free and soap-free formula
  • Damascena Rose Floral Water refreshes and softens
  • Centifolia Rose Absolute Essence tones the skin
  • Wild Rose Berry Polyphenol protects against free radicals and restores radiance
  • No rinsing required
You can use it alone for its 3-in-1 action, or to complement the Gentle Cleansing Milk or Rinse-off Cleansing Cream as a toner. It provides an immediate sensation of freshness and leaves the skin delicately scented. The skin is left soft and clear while the complexion is fresh and luminous.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water - Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Polysorbate 20, Sodium PCA, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena, Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Extract, Capryloyl Glycine, Peg-40 Glyceryl, Cocoate, Levulinic Acid, Parfum / Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Coceth Sulfate, Sodium Salicylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Butylene Glycol , Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater* ($7.00 reviewed here): This is one of the most pleasant and refreshing hydrating sprays that I have ever used. Not only does it have the delectable scent of rose water, but it makes skin look and feel fantastic. It feels great to spritz it all over my face during the warm weather, but it also does a wonderful job setting makeup.

A refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime. Simply formulated with fragrant Herbal Extracts and Rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Spray your day and night creams for a boost of hydration or use it to set make-up or spray on dry hair throughout the day. Safe for all skin types. Gentle, non-irritating. 

Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua),Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) Vera Gel, Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculous) Extract, Herbal Extract,Rose (Rosa Gallica) Extract,Gardenia (Gardenis Florida) Extract, Propylene Glycol.

Overall assessment: More roses, please.

What are your favorite Rose-based beauty products? Do tell!

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