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American author Gertrude Stein once said “Rose is a rose is a rose.” I don’t know about you but I have always considered red roses traditional and cheesy. There’s something very old fashioned about red roses. More often than not, rose fragrances were synonymous with potpourri (think your grandma’s bathroom air freshener!) and the smell of “mature” ladies who lunch.

My first positive experience with the floral scent dates a couple of years back, when I worked for the British perfume brand Jo Malone. With it’s rosy tint reflecting the display light notes so beautifully, Red Roses Cologne charmed me right away. It smelt nothing like what I thought bottled roses would smell like. It was crisp and clean. Many local celebrities would come in and buy the bath oil by the bulk, and now, I totally understand why.

ROSE_JOMALONE Lately, rose infused products have become somewhat of a thing in the beauty industry and I suspect that it has something to do with the multiple benefits it yields. The natural oils found in roses help lock moisture into the skin. It is also especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin because the sugars in its petals creates a soothing feeling.

Fresh offers a 6-piece collection completely dedicated to the classic flower. The Rose Face Mask, a soothing gel-like mask is infused with real rose petals and rose water, offering an extra boost of hydration and leaves your skin feeling fresh and supple. The Rose Floral Toner is a staple in my household; alcohol-free and made of pure rose water, it hydrates and tones for 24 hours.

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While we may think of roses for their iconic deep red color, rose oil can actually help reduce swollen spots and redness on skin. Its calming properties can also help sooth rosacea and eczema. Jurlique’s Rose Daily Moisture Balancing Serum does just that but it is also anti-oxidant, full of essential fatty acids and gets absorbed in flash.

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Aussie brand Aesop, shares the rose-love through the low-foaming A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser (Shakespeare anyone?), Damascan Rose Facial Treatment (a nourishing serum for distressed skin) and Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Masque for parched, salon-treated hair.

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A staple in Ayurvadic medicine, rose petals not only detoxifies and calms the skin but the mind as well; when used aromatically, it helps sooth and relaxes the spirits. I mean, how luxurious is it to take a bath filled with rose petals! Maybe those “mature” ladies were on to something after all!

 

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