Everything’s coming up roses. Stop and smell the roses. A rose by any other name. A bed of roses. Rose colored glasses. Gosh, roses get all the fun turns of phrase. But don’t let the words have all the fun, you too can join in with the plethora of rose-themed beauty on the market.
And those that cringe when they hear the word “rose” in scents, this one’s especially for you, because rose products have changed drastically from the sickeningly sweet smell of your great aunt’s old perfume; they’re now complex, diverse, and when incorporated with rose oil, very hydrating.
These products, from rose-scented hand wash to once-in-a-lifetime fragrances to cuticle oil, will make you fall in love with rose all over again.
Penhaligon’s The Coveted Duchess Rose, $240
Each scent in this collection is named after and embodies a fully-realized character from a fictional British aristocrat family, and this rose and musk scent is Duchess Rose. No royal marriage needed to spritz on!
Ex Nihilo Devil Tender, $225
Built around a lush Bulgarian rose, then accented with tart grapefruit and spicy additions. *Insert rose and chili pepper emojis here.* This French-based brand has only been around for a few years, but has already established a reputation for its alternative, clever, and avant-garde blends.
Krigler Elegant Schwan 06, $555
Okay, don’t be scared off by the price, because this one is extraordinary special. More than a century ago, after a visit to Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle (the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom Castle), Albert Krigler created this spicy rose fragrance. Still today it’s one of the brand’s most iconic, romantic, and beloved scents—and, thanks to a limited re-release of just 100 bottles, it’s the most extra-indulgent Valentine’s Day gift for that serious fragrance fan.
The Fragrance Kitchen A Rose With A View, $320
How beautiful is this bottle? And the scent is pure evocative luxury, using oud and taif rose. The Kuwait-based fragrance house, TFK (The Fragrance Kitchen), was founded by Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah, and all scents are inspired by the memory of his grandmother. (Swoon)
Chantecaille Rose de Mai Body Oil, $95
Wrap yourself in friendship and luxury and everything nice with this luxurious body oil lightly scented of roses. What is it missing? Anything synthetic, parabens and testing on animals. Pro tip: Blend a highlighter with body oil for instant supermodel legs.
Susanne Kaufmann Rose Bath Oil, $49
A mixture of seductive pure rose oil from Damascene roses and St. John’s wort extract, this bath oil has a relaxing and stress-relieving effect.
Shiva Rose Celestial Rose Body Butter, $60
This incredible body butter’s claim to fame is that it “envelops you in the smell of 1,000 rose petals.” Sold, Shiva Rose, sold. It also works to open and heal the heart and crown chakras, and it has anti-aging benefits—so, that’s pretty much all you need in this life. Double sold. And if you needed further proof of its brilliance, it also has the most deliciously and heavenly whipped shea butter texture.
Follain Rose Bud Milk Bath, $19
The organic substitute for your bath bomb obsession, this fizzy milk bath has rose essential oils and literal rose petals to calm and soothe skin. And it’s actually a milk bath too, the lactic acid from the milk majorly softens skin.
Byredo Rose Hand Wash, $60
Everything will come up roses with this hand wash that mixes spicy notes of pink pepper, patchouli, and white musk with fresher notes of raspberry and rose. And the luxe, giant bottle not only last forever, but makes the perfect gift.
Tenoverten The Rose Oil, $26
The hydrating cuticle oil that majorly hydrates and promotes future nail growth, all thanks to the superpowers of rose oil.
Christophe Robin Rose Shampoo and Conditioner, $38 and $43
This duo started our entire obsession with roses: It’s paraben and sulfate free (a tricky thing in haircare) and works to keep your scalp and color fresh with rose oil and baobab.
Fresh Rose Face Mask, $62
Best-seller alert: This unique gel formula is infused with real rose petals and pure rose water that hydrates and tones the complexion. Get it, girl!
Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting Mask, $185
Nourishing and velvety, this rose-scented mask instantly tightens, provides long-lasting hydration while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Alright, rosehip is technically different than rose—mainly because rosehip has a full range of omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9—but the results are still instant radiance and renewed skin tone.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask, $52
If roses and technology had a baby, it’d be this mask that utilizes plant biotechnology in a cooling gel to help invigorate and improve the look of skin vitality. You’ll look like a spring rose after you use it.
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KORA Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer, $28
Get that Miranda Kerr-like glow (she is, after all, the founder). The pinkish-champagne highlighter cream is all-natural, lightweight, and densely pigmented pearlescent glow (aka a whole lotta bang for your buck because a tiny bit goes a very long way). It actually contains rose quartz powder crystal extract, too, for taking that rosy glow to the next level.
Herbivore Coco Rose Lip, $18
A classic for a great price. Organic coconut oil, creamy shea butter, raw sugar, and rose oil combine in this all natural, gently exfoliating treatment for soft, smooth lips.
Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming, $56
This blush has a most natural, rosy tone that will give you a gorgeous healthy glow, and it comes in the chicest holder ever. (And all Kjaer products are refillable, which is great because you’re going to absolutely love this brand and need more ASAP.)
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, $24
Your go-to mist thanks to the relaxing scent of rose, and it restores, tones, and hydrates your complexion. Plus, the roses are grown specially on Jurlique’s biodynamic farm in Australia.
This story was originally published February 12, 2017, and updated February 11, 2018.
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