With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we take a look at the festival’s favourite flower, and how it’s applied in myriad different ways by the beauty industry – as an elegant scent addition or a potent active ingredient.
Lancôme’s Absolue L’Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Eye Contour Ritual is one of the beauty brand’s top-performing lines, not to mention one of its more costly ones – it’s all worth it though, thanks to a high concentration of patented Lancôme Rose native cells, which bestow radiance and youth upon the eye area, plumping up the contour and fading dark circles.
Fresh’s celebrated Rose Mask was one of the earliest successes in its arsenal, and celebrated its 15th birthday last year. The formula incorporates real petals and rosewater for a hydrating and toning effect, while the addition of cucumber and aloe vera offers a pleasant soothing, cooling sensation. Best part? The mask only needs to stay on for five to 10 minutes, so it’s a great quick fix before date night.
001 London, a line launched by skincare and aromatherapy expert Ada Ooi, offers a Rose Performance set that includes its Rosa Damascena Essence Mist 100ml and Intensive Elixir 10ml in a lovely pouch. The Rosa Damascena flower oil present in the mist offers anti-ageing properties which combine with the Elixir to hydrate the skin and protect it from damage.
French tress maestro Christophe Robin harnessed the power of rosehip seed oil, rosa centifolia water and rosa gallica glycerin extract to comfort scalps damaged by colour treatments, repairing hair and infusing volume. The trio of products includes the Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extracts, Volumizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts and Instant Volumizing Mist with Rose Water.
The newest addition to the Aromatherapy Associates floral family is the Rose Infinity Triple Effect Mask, which promises to smooth skin, delete wrinkles and improve radiance by revving up the rate at which cells self-renew. If it’s anywhere near as good as the rose-powered Overnight Repair Mask, we’re sold.