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10 Refreshingly Rosy Products

Joanna Douglas
Senior Editor
August 15, 2014

Photo: Christopher Griffith/Trunk Archive

Thanks to their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic properties, roses have been used in beauty products for centuries by everyone from Cleopatra to Marie Antoinette. Somewhere along the way, however, they turned more grandma than Rihanna. Luckily, the effective beauty ingredient’s gotten a complete—and much-needed—overhaul. No longer stuffy and powdery, the flower has been infused into toners, oils, moisturizers, masks, and creams that smell surprisingly fresh—and youthful.

Fresh Rose Face Mask ($58)
Infused with 50-percent pure rosewater and an average of 2.5 roses per jar, this hydrating mask soothes and tones to make your skin supple and glowy.

Fekkai Rose Fraiche Hair Fragrance Mist ($20)
Hair perfume is significantly lighter than you’re regular eau de parfum, but it lingers longer, meaning you’ll get whiffs of it throughout the day. 

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream ($42.95)
Smooth out your skin with this winning combo of rose extract, wax, water, and oil. The extra shea butter and avocado oil help your body retain moisture.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense ($65)
The new limited edition version of this best-selling product blends five rose extracts to refresh and sooth your skin. (A portion of the proceeds from the pretty bottle go to the brand’s global education foundation.) 

Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream ($28.50)
Rosehip seed oil is chock full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to make this a great entry-level anti-aging product.

Sunday Riley Isis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil ($125)
Four nourishing rose-based oils mixed with chia seed, wild carrot, pomegranate, and tomato oil feed your face with a hydrating, antioxidant-rich formula.  

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Mask ($45)
This cooling gel composed of rose extracts and stem cells will reduce wrinkles and dullness leaving you with softer skin.

Chloe Roses de Chloe ($95)
With notes of bergamot and magnolia accord, this scent is fresh and delicate instead of dusty and heavy. 

L’Occitane Rose Heart Shea Butter Ultra Soft Cream ($24)
This fast-absorbing herbal mixture melts into your skin leaving just the faintest scent.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve ($6)
Sometimes oldies really are goodies. This iconic product has been around since 1892 and can be used on chapped lips, knees, elbows, cuticles, and even to treat burns or rashes.