February 6, 2014 5 minute read
Everywhere I turn it seems the classic rose is making an appearance, or should I say a comeback. Most people probably associate the delicate smell with their dear grandmother, but I’ve actually been hoarding rose scented products for a while now. It all started with rose hips tea and before I knew it I was hooked. I guess we’re due for some more elegant fragrances to emerge on the market! So here’s a post dedicated to all my favourite rose products.
My fragrance for the past 6 months has been a combination of body oil and perfume. I’m obsessed with layering scents. I apply Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil to my arms, legs and stomach, avoiding my décolletage, back and face since as a woman under 50 I already have overactive oil glands there – I dislike clogging my pores. I’ve also started using Liv Tyler’s trick of applying a small amount of my rose body oil to my underarms and bellybutton (the places I heat up) – I swear this is the reason I smell fresh all day long. Next I spray two mists of my perfume, Pacifica Persian Rose Spray Perfume; one for my wrists and one into the air for me to walk through.
When I need a little something extra I go right for my Heritage Store Rosewater. Again, I don’t generally like to apply oil or products with oil to my face (unless I’m making an exception for an effective treatment) so this doesn’t go near it. But it’s beautifully refreshing to spray on my body after a shower.
Fresh makes some incredible products. I used to use their whole skin care line before I opted for a more gentle, unscented line. But I still apply their Rose Face Mask when my skin needs moisturizing attention. The price point is a little high at $58 a pot, but this baby goes a long way. I only use it once or twice a month in the winter, and hardly ever in the summer (maybe after a beauty shoot – 10 full makeup changes in a day will dry out anyone’s skin).
Since my early high school days and up until this past winter my lips were exclusively treated to Rosebud Salve. Since learning about the effects of crude petrolatum (mineral oil) I’ve been switching it up a bit, but Rosebud Salve has it in such a low concentration that it’s not considered a hazard. You may also find it reassuring that the company’s VP, Linda Pruitt, assures us that the petrolatum is medical grade. At the end of the day it’s a luxurious product for your lips.
If you like the ritual of applying an eye cream, Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Eye Cream is quite lovely. There’s a technique to putting it on though, because if you slather it on you’ll be disappointed. You only need a teensy tiny bit for each eye – about the amount of a sheer layer covering the tip of your pinky finger – because if you put too much on it’ll just sit on top of your skin (and then flake off later). I prefer to apply it before bed, the soothing rose scent immediately calms my senses and I can feel myself start to unwind. This won’t do anything a proper face cream can’t do, I touched on this topic briefly in my How to Wash your Face post. So it won’t get rid of fine lines but it might make them less apparent by hydrating your skin, and it certainly won’t get rid of dark circles (they’re hereditary – dang). But the extra moisture and the heavenly scent means sometimes you just have to do it.
My favourite candle scent is by Bailywick in Rosebud. It’s my go to candle when I have a detox bath – it’s so easy to de-stress when I feel like I’m sitting in a rose garden.
I only drink tea on special occasions, because between coffee, water and green juice I don’t have much time for extra liquids. But every now and then I’ll replace a cup of coffee with some tea. Celebration Herbals Rose Hips Tea is definitely one of my favourites right now. Rose Hips are super beneficial – they pack up to 200 mg of vitamin C and bioflavonoid antioxidants in 10 g of dried hips, which makes them perfect for your skin! Then there’s David’s Tea English Rose. My life almost came to an end when they discontinued this tea, it was literally the perfect black tea. I’m kicking myself for not buying more when I had the chance – why is it that companies always discontinue the best products? BUT David’s Tea does have a limited edition tea out right now called Cherry Blossom that I’m getting into. It’s sprinkled with pink rose blossoms and it kinnnddaaa reminds me of my beloved English Rose in a white tea little sister kind of way. It also doesn’t hurt that white tea has the added benefit of providing antioxidants, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and most importantly tracking down and eliminating free radicals to give you healthy and glowing skin!
I’m clearly obsessed with rose, are you?