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Whether we’re at home, an upscale restaurant or in a pub with a super-relaxed vibe, a candlelit dinner, a bite of something sweet and a little romance are usually on my Valentine’s Day agenda. So are a dozen long-stemmed roses. I certainly love the way roses look, smell and help to set the mood but did you know that when they’re used in beauty products, roses are so much more than just something pretty to look at? They can actually improve your looks! Roses are known antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing agents. They’ll protect your skin from free radicals, and they have a lovely natural scent with aromatherapeutic benefits too.
Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil ($54) mixes real wild rose petals, omegas, fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin C for a skin treat that does as much for your complexion as it does for your vanity — the packaging is so to-cool-for-school. You can expect a high level of antioxidant protection as it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, smoothes your skin’s texture and boosts its luminosity.
Scentered Love Therapy Balm ($24) is my new must-have! It does double duty as aromatherapy and fragrance so apply it to your pulse points and inhale deeply. You’ll detect notes of rose, orange, clove, vanilla and patchoulit in this incredibly fragranced therapeutic balm. Just breathe in the aroma to reap their benefits and to feel sensual, calm, and at peace. Moringa butter, Shea butter, plant oils and waxes combine to promote a long lasting scent in a skin-nourishing formula. Other Scentered balms include Stress Less (chamomile, neroli and mandarin), Sleep Well (palmarosa, lavender and ylang ylang), Escape (oud, frankincense and sandalwood) and Focus (rosemary, mint and clary sage). Choose your favorites and buy them separately or get all five as a set ($80).
Jo Malone London Red Roses Soap ($20) is luxury soap at its finest. Shea butter mixes with roses, lemon and crushed violet leaves to gently cleanse, condition and lightly scent your skin.
Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Rose Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 oz /$95) was inspired by the flowers in Tory Burch’s own garden. One whiff of this feminine, romantic fragrance and you are sure to fall in love with it. Its notes include Rose Essential, Fresh Tea Rose Accord, Pink Pepper, Cashmeran, Musk and White Amber. Also available in an EDP rollerball and a larger EDP spray.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cream ($75) packs an extremely reparative punch thanks to a dozen roses. That’s right, a proprietary blend of six kinds of rose stem cells and six different rose extracts were chosen specifically to repair, nurture, and treat skin concerns. Massage it into your complexion morning and night to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and promote smoother, plumper, more taut and younger-looking skin.
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Conditioner ($18) will keep your lips kissably soft and healthy 24/7. It is formulated with Virgin Coconut Oil to hydrate and boost lip health and Rose Extract for its skin smoothing and soothing benefits. You can use your fingertip or a lip brush to apply it and feel free to wear it alone or layered under your favorite lipstick, lip stain or lip gloss.
NOTE: Scentered Therapy Balms were sent for review. All other products were tested in store. Opinions are my own.