Monday, May 23, 2011

FAVORITES: Rose-Inspired

There's something about roses that make a girl go gaga. A nice bouquet says so much without saying anything at all. It's no wonder, really, that there are a bevy of products that bring us back to that special feeling that only a long stem rose can induce.

Well, that and rose oil does have quite a few beauty benefits: it's "anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericide and stimulating (source)." Rose Hip Oil keeps the "skin hydrated and nourished and helps reduce the appearance of scars... Rose hip oil contains a high amount of natural tretinoin, a form of Vitamin A. Tretinoin has been known to reduce and protect the skin from damage that may be caused by the sun. It also aids the skin in producing collagen and new skin cells. (source)."

Combine a great scent with a powerful ingredient and you've got beauty magic! Here are 5 of my favorite rose-inspired products:

Jurlique Rose Shower Gel - The entire bathroom will smell like a rose garden - and not in a perfumey, fake way - in a feel-good, fresh way. Plus, I love how Jurlique suds oh-so well, and makes my skin feel super soft... ready to be touched! There's a matching lotion, too. BONUS! $22.00

Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant - I can't write a deodorant post without mentioning this product, let alone a rose-inspired one. It is such the perfect smelling rose, I'd bottle it up and spray it on my body all day long if I could. Oh wait - Weleda's done that! Really gives new meaning to sweating roses... and it's not harmful for you, free of aluminum and such. $8.30

The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream - I dedicated an entire post to this incredibly light and brilliant face moisturizer (click here for a recap). Smells delish, as would be expected, and it leaves skin literally glowing. Also comes sans all those terrible chemicals. Just pure... roses! $71.92

Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 - The cult-favorite lip balm with a hint of rose hue is also a favorite of mine. Comes with a light SPF to protect your pucker in sun and swim season, but also gives your mouth that natural glow that only a good rosey redish tint can - and all while keeping your lips hydrated! $22.50

REN Moroccan Rose Oil Sugar Body Polish - This could, quite possibly, be my favorite rose-inspired product that I've tried thus far in my life. I've written about it time and time again and used it for years - it is literally like bringing the spa to your bathtub. A sugar body polish, scented with the finest, freshest roses that leaves skin deliciously smooth and radiant. Your tub is not complete without a tub of REN's body polish.  $60.00


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