Very few can deny the beauty of a rose. But why must it only be admired in a garden or in a vase? These days roses not only form the heart of many floral fragrances, but are used in everything from skincare to colouring the perfect shade of lipstick. Here is our guide to the best rose-themed products on the market.
Fragrance: Evelyn Rose Eau de Parfum, £31.50, is an ultra-feminine fragrance that combines rose petals with peach nectar, jasmine, violet, bergamot and sensuous amber. This fragrance really turns heads, so don’t be surprised if people stop you on the street and ask you what you’re wearing. Crabtree and Evelyn have used innovative technology that extracts scent molecules directly from the petal, which means this signature fragrance beautifully captures every nuance of its namesake rose. Simply spray it onto your pulse points or you can layer over Evelyn Rose Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion for a long-lasting fragrance experience. Buy it from www.crabtree-eveyln.co.uk
Make-up remover: Rose is one of the key ingredients of Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water , £24, which cleanses the skin, removes make-up and the daily build-up of skin pollutants. The cleansing micelles, attracting both water and oil-based grime, are enhanced with a complex of natural surfactants derived from apple amino acids, rosehip seed oil and Indian soapnut to lift impurities from the skin. Infused with organic English rose water and soothing anti-oxidant rich chamomile, it also helps maintain the natural moisture barrier within the skin. The end result is a clear, and radiant complexion. Buy it from www.timetospa.co.uk
Candle: Molton Brown’s new Delicious Rhubarb & Rose candle is a must if want your home to smell as beautiful as you. The scent is reminiscent of a scrumptious summer tart. Light the wick and enjoy this unique scent fill your home. It is great for the hallway and makes the perfect welcoming scent to greet guests with. It comes in the option of either a single wick,£36, or three wick£55. Buy it from www.moltonbrown.co.uk
Face Oil: The Rose de Mai collection’s Face Oil from Chantecaille, £150, is a supercharged formula that is 100 per cent natural and is infused with powerful botanicals that lessen the appearance of fine lines while promoting a brighter looking complexion. Boosted by a rich bouquet of roses: rosehip, evening primrose, rose damascena and rose geranium, it delivers immediate nourishment in just a few drops. It is pricey but well worth it to achieve supple, and dewy looking skin. Can be worn alone, layered with your daily regimen or mixed in with moisturizer or foundation for extra nourishment. No surprising that its scent is very beautiful – subtle, and not overpowering which makes it a pleasure to apply. Buy it from www.spacenk.com/uk.
Lips: Try Laura Mercier’s Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Rosewood, £22, to ensure your lips take on the beautiful shade of a dark pink rose. It is one of my most favourite liquid lipsticks for many reasons. Firstly, ‘rosewood’ is a lovely dark pink shade which is super versatile to wear. It looks great in the office during the day or even at night when doubled up with heavier eye-make. Secondly, it is great quality and leaves a creamy coat of intense liquid demi-matte colour with every stroke. And lastly, it is long lasting and does not budge easily. Buy it from www.selfridges.com
Blush: Sleek’s Blush By 3 in ‘pink spirit’, £9.95, is a great palette to help you achieve the perfect rosy cheek. The colours include a vibrant fuchsia, mauve tone and dark pink shade. The blushers are very pigmented so you only need a little bit to achieve the effect. Simply use a blusher brush to slowly build up the colour. This also comes with a handy mirror which is ideal for touch-ups throughout the day. Buy it from www.boots.co.uk.
Nails: The Nails in Profund, £5, range by The Top Shop is a cheap and cheerful way of adding a pop of colour to your day. The shade ‘rose’ is very pretty and ideal for work and play. It is a fast drying, extra long wear polish with lasting glossy finish and perfect coverage. For the ultimate wear, apply base coat, two coats of colour and finish with glossy topcoat. Buy it from www.topshop.com
Eyes: Bagsy’s Beautiful Eyes Pencil in shade ‘pearly bird’, £14, can be applied across the entire eyelid or as a line along the lashes. This provides the perfect wash of a rosy colour across your eyes. It is easily blendable and the feathery texture feels lightweight on the skin. It comes complete with a suitable sized chubby sharpener so you’ll never be caught out with a blunt pencil again. Buy it from www.feelunique.com