There is something really romantic about rose scents. They’re not very popular or considered modern, but personally I like something simple and old-fashioned once in a while. Many commercial beauty products have so many fragrances that they begin to lose character, but roses will always be known as romantic. I didn’t realize until I looked around and realized that I had quite a few rose-scented products in my beauty arsenal.
Let’s take a moment to stop and smell the roses.
Adara Virgin Coconut Oil (Rose) – $12 for Travel Size
I picked this up on a whim at Shen Beauty in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. This product is completely organic virgin 100% coconut oil. Coconut oil is a true wonder moisturizer; just check out this page about its skin benefits or the Beauty Brains’ take on coconut oil for hair for more info.
Because this is virgin coconut oil, it is in solid form above 75 degrees or so. That’s not a problem for me, as I keep it in my bathroom which is usually warm thanks to humidity and a heating pipe that’s right next to the medicine cabinet. Actually, this is probably the only product I have in the cabinet that actually benefits from the excessive heat during winter.
The rose scent is wonderful – it’s not too cloying but it has some lasting power. I use it over patches of skin that are prone to flakiness and dryness. I found it a little too heavy for my fine hair; the scent was also a bit too much around my face.
Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne – $60 for 30-ml
There were so many perfumes to pick from at the Jo Malone boutique in the West Village, but this was one that I knew I had to have. It combines seven types of roses with hints of lemon and spearmint, but it really just smells like a bouquet of fresh roses. This is one of Malone’s permanent perfumes, which are designed to be simple and easily combined with other Malone scents (they recommend this with their Nutmeg & Ginger or Pomegranate Noir Colognes, for example).
I hesitate to recommend this to others only because perfumes are such a personal matter. Some people also associate roses with “old ladies” probably because they grew up detecting the fragrance from older women. But that’s also why it’s a classic!
There’s a cute beauty boutique in Williamsburg called Miomia, and that’s where I picked up this little guy (but I don’t think they carry it anymore). Again, I wanted something “pure” as I did with the coconut oil. Rosewater is definitely old school, something that has been used for centuries by ladies sitting at their vanity tables. When used as a toner, it’s definitely more of an astringent type but this spray never dries me out. I sometimes use it as a hydrating mist, or to prep or finish my skin makeup application (hmm, I think I will post something about toners in the future). Of course, the Julie Hewett spray smells amazing.
The packaging is OK, but I preferred a dark bottle to prevent UV damage. However, the nozzle is not cheaply designed; it delivers a very fine spray so you don’t feel like you’re getting flooded with product.
You can find this in any Whole Foods’ beauty aisle, but I got this at one of those local pharmacies that just so happens to carry higher-end/salon beauty brands (randomly). It’s one of those strange perks of living in NYC. Unlike other rose scents, this one has a more “green” aroma to it, and it’s great. It’s relaxing to use at night after a warm shower, and the lasting remnants of the fragrance are not at all distracting.
I would say that this is not quite as intense and rich as the virgin coconut oil, but it’s nice as long as you don’t need deep hydration. Otherwise, I would consider pairing it with another moisturizer for areas that need a little bit more.