The rose was the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love. Roses have figured in poetry, literature, music, and art and have come to symbolize love, beauty, virtue, passion, and romance. No wonder more than 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day every year.
Roses are sought after for more than their fragrance—the flower’s power has been used in cosmetics, medicines, and therapeutic treatments for centuries. The Queen of flowers is also having a bit of a renaissance, cropping up on the modern beauty shelf in creams, ointments, elixirs, mists and toners, serums, bath products, cosmetics and more.
The rose’s popularity is in part due to its versatility—rose is suitable for all skin types and treats many problems including acne, eczema, rosacea, burns, and wrinkles—and also because it’s skin-enhancing abilities have been proven to work. Rose rejuvenates the skin whilst healing, soothing, and hydrating. As rose essence benefits the skin, the scent of roses also calms and relaxes the mind. So much more than just a pretty perennial.
Here are some rose-powered products to try:
FRESH Rose Face Mask (Sephora here,)
L’Artisan Parfumeur Rose Privée (Sephora, here)
A dazzling and sophisticated floral fragrance of striking beauty, Rose Privée interprets the rare and iconic May Rose in a contemporary way.
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish (Sephora, here)
DIOR, Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm, (Sephora, here)
AERIN, Rose Hand & Body Cream (Sephora here)
A silky, lightweight cream that adds moisture and a classic rose scent.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine, #31 Rose Innocent (Sephora here)
The perfect subtle Spring pink.
Diptyque Roses Candle (Holt Renfrew, here)
The romance of roses and candlelight. The beautiful glass holder that makes a great vessel for make-up brushes when the candle is gone.