I came across an old photo the other day. My sister and I couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 at the time and we were standing on the side of our home in our leotards and tutus, practicing first position. I say practicing because she was clearly in first position and I was looking down at her feet trying to copy her but not quite there yet. She is 51 weeks older than me so clearly she had an edge.
Looking at the photo, I noticed the rose bushes behind us. They lined the side of our home and were brilliantly colored in shades of deep red, a mellow yellow, bright tangerine and poppy pink. My dad would spend hours pruning them and every weekend before Sunday brunch my mom would send us our with very sharp scissors — it was the 70s after all — to bring in an overflowing bouquet for the table. They really were magnificent but what I remember most vividly was the scent – so beautiful it’s indescribable.
Roses are easy to love – there are so many different varieties, they smell divine, are absolutely gorgeous and can even rejuvenate skin and condition hair when infused in beauty products. Look for those that contain rose essential oil, rose hip (the fruit of the rose) and rose water. As much as I hope to get a beautiful dozen or so myself this Valentine’s Day, these rose beauties would make me just as happy:
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser ($34) is formulated with rose hip oil, a natural source of omega 3, 6 and 9 to regenerate, repair and nourish, Virgin Cherry Oil to minimize redness and hydrate and Vitamin C to brighten, support collagen and protect.
Kypris Beauty Elixir 1 – 1000 Roses ($225) blends the essential oil of 1,000 organic Bulgarian roses with botanical extracts and skin-loving nutrients. To use, press up to 3 drops of this oil into your complexion, neck and décolleté upon waking and before bedtime for dewy, glowing, softer-than-soft skin 24/7.
Fig + Yarrow Complexion Water in Rose/Sandalwood/Neroli ($42) is ideal for dehydrated, mature, sensitive or chapped skin and can be used on the face, hair and even to body to hydrate and refresh. It’s formulated with a blend of precious essential oils and floral waters specifically chosen for their hydrating, toning, balancing and aromatherapeutic benefits. Best of all, it multi-tasks as a light, fresh fragrance.
L’Occitane Roses et Reines Pink Lip Balm ($12) nourishes lips while leaving behind a natural flush of pink. It contains the extracts of the Grasse rose, Bulgarian rose, Moroccan rose and Turkish rose as well as a special and unique rose extract from Haute-Provence.
Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules ($110) are just right for a skin-reboot regimen. Break open a pink one in the morning and green one at night for antioxidant protection and moisturizing properties to help repair and renew your complexion. The pink day capsules also contain Rose Absolute, ideal for maximum soothing and hydration.