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A Rose By Any Other Name
Skip the thorny stems—these products smell as sweet
Antho Dead Sea Detox Bath Salt ($25)
No bath for me is complete without the flurry of salts to help detox my nerves. Among the 300 trace minerals found in the Dead Sea salts are palmarosa oil and crushed pink rose and hibiscus petals. A couple scoops are all you need to release the fragrant scent. It’s soft and thankfully doesn’t smell synthetic.
Red Flower Moroccan Rose Purifying Body Wash ($22)
Lively oils of Moroccan and Bulgarian rose are infused throughout this invigorating gel. When I say the rose comes out of this fully fragrant bottle of heaven, I mean ROSE. Scent enthusiasts ought to know that this gel turns the ordinary shower into something of a treat. So much so, I didn’t want to rinse it off.
Aftelier Perfumes Wild Roses ($170)
Rose scents are hard for me to love, but Mandy Aftel hits the right note here. The deliciously jammy apricot-rose is lifted by herbal accents like tarragon before settling into a charmingly sweet perfume made slightly exotic with dizzying nuances of clove. It’s 100% organic and sheer in its finish, and last much longer than most natural perfumes.
Chloé 'Roses de Chloé' Eau de Toilette Spray ($95)
This smells anything but old school: The slightly sugary but tantalizing Damask rose is accented with white musk and amber. It’s a realistic rendition of water-fresh roses without the cloying sherbert-y scent. Totally wearable to the office.
Sisley-Paris Black Rose Cream Mask ($158)
I love how this one can double as a thick moisturizer or a weekly mask. The great winter skin-saver is a triple-charged cocktail of plant essences that helps to stimulate collagen and hydrate. I lopped on a thick layer after my drying retinol regimen and liked the feel of the sumptuous nongreasy treatment.
Burberry Peony Blush No. 4 ($42)
Blushing can be sweet, but I find most rose blushes tend to skew too pink and bold for everyday wear. Straight from the runway is peony, a color bright but sheer enough to give you a healthily flushed look. Blending won’t be an issue as the ultrafine powder is silky smooth.
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Rose ($28)
The rosy pink is bright for spring and offers full coverage, but can be tamed when blended with gloss. Staying power? Just try and wipe off the transfer-resistant formula. It won’t fade for hours, so skip the cleanser, as you’ll need some face oil on a sopping cotton pad to clean if off.
Lancôme Vernis in Love Nails ($15 each)
Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to red. The lacquers (Midnight Rose, Rouge Valentine, and Rose Boudoir) are fade resistant and have a dreamy consistency giving you full color in just two coats. A seriously satisfying red in three variations is all a girl really needs.
By Terry Baume de Rose: 10 Year Anniversary Edition ($60)
It’s the classic little balm that every balm junkie will want to splurge on. It doubles as a lip and nail treatment, offering moisture to perpetually dry nooks and crannies. The comfortable buttery balm can even be worn over a liner when you’re not in the mood for a statement lip.
Amala Renew Rose Room & Linen Mist ($24)
The perfect antidote to a car stuffy from the notorious L.A. heat, this ambient, scented spray isn’t too strong but potent enough to freshen up cloth seats, living room pillows, kitchen curtains, and bed sheets. I went as far as spritzing my yoga mat in hopes the hunky Brit up front will look back through his downward dog. Stay tuned.
Julie Hewett Pure Persian Toner Spray ($24)
This is pure rose water. No oils, no perfumes, nothing else added. The scent is so faint that you’d have to sniff deep and long, but that’s a good thing. Use it to freshen up the makeup throughout the day, pack it for those dehydrating flights, or even spritz your foundation sponge to turn a cream foundation into something light and dewy. The toner sinks in so fast, you’ll wonder where you even sprayed.
Atelier Cologne Rose Candle ($50)
The creamy, spicy rose in this 50-hour candle is so smoothly blended that you might just think about wearing it. This is a rare gem with its soft yet noticeable waft, making it perfect as a home addition. With a superbly clean burn, the dusky Turkish rose instantly lightened up my mood while blogging late at night.
Rose are red—and, let’s be honest, a little cliché. At this time of year, splurging on a dozen of the fancy flowers becomes the de facto way of saying,"I love you," but these sweet-smelling, rose-inspired beauty products are guaranteed to last a lot longer.
Rose oil is something of a miracle worker (60,000 blooms are needed to produce just one ounce of authentic otto rose oil). It provides astringent, tones the skin, and promotes collagen. When used on the body, it can improve circulation, strengthen the immune system, and assist in healing. And when released into the surroundings through the spritz of a fragrance or in the solitude of a bath, the oil can ward off anxiety and depression with its, ahem, electromagnetic vibrational energy—the highest for any floral.
And there’s no need to cringe at the thought of smelling like granny's boudoir. This season's crop of products uses the finest in essences to bring the sensual flower’s elegant sweetness into full bloom. So drop some hints before Friday, or better yet, treat yourself.
A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.