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The Beauty Of Roses

Known for its skin-healing, anti-ageing and moisturising properties, it’s no wonder rose in its many forms is a key ingredient in some of the most exquisite beauty products around. A scent that has evolved over the years, what was once recognised as a classic, timeless fragrance has now taken on contemporary new iterations. Not just reserved for invigorating pulse points, the essential properties of a rose can also be used to your skin’s advantage. Discover how you can make rose a part of your beauty regime...

Historically, Cleopatra is said to have had the sails of her boat soaked in rose water so that she was always surrounded by the captivating fragrance. Perhaps not an option for all of us, it's still a go-to for many due to its distinctive, alluring scent, and some brands create entire perfumes based around the ingredients attained from a rose: Acqua di Parma uses rosa centifolia (also known as a cabbage rose or Rose de Mai) in its well-known Rosa Nobile; TOM FORD’s Café Rose updates the classic essence of rosa centifolia with the rich, sensual notes of Turkish rose and Bulgarian rose absolute; and French perfumers Annick Goutal blend a wondrous bouquet with Rose Absolue, a divine scent that comprises Rose de Mai, Turkish, Bulgarian, Damascus, Egyptian, and Moroccan roses, while the brand’s new Rose Pompon infuses pink pepper and blackcurrant with the enchanting notes of Taif Rose, making for an innovative update on a time-honoured favourite.

Recognised for its skin-caring properties, the distinctive elements of the rose are widely used in an array of leading facial beauty products. Most notably rose oil and rose water, these ingredients have been lauded for their soothing, calming effects. Top make-up artist and creator of the world-renowned Touche Éclat, Terry de Gunzburg counts rose as a key ingredient in her brand By Terry's collections. Using rose at the heart of its Cellularose range, each By Terry product has been instilled with the stem cells of white roses meaning that skin is nourished, left looking and feeling radiant with pigmentation kept to a minimum due to the white flower’s powerful skin-brightening effects. The brand’s best-selling, multi-protective Baume de Rose moisturises and protects lips, and provides the perfect pop of colour for summer with its selection of sweet shades.

Sisley’s Black Rose Precious Face Oil has risen to cult status since its launch in 2014; labelled by the French brand as a “beauty elixir”, the dry oil nourishes skin and helps combat the visible signs of dermal ageing. Created using black rose extract, combined with the essential oils of Bulgarian rose, this floral infusion enhances, softens and protects skin.

The ultimate multi-tasker, whether you use it as a refreshing cleanser or make-up remover, Chantecaille’s Rosewater is just the antidote you need for irritated, sensitive skin. Formulated with 100% Rose de Mai extract, it has fast become a favourite among beauty fans. Simply apply the brand’s La Crème A La Rose De Mai afterwards to seal in moisture and stay hydrated.

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