Skin Care

By Charu Suri

As someone said, “life is a rose; beware of the thorns.” We’ve tried to give you a painless guide to the best skincare products containing the essence of this magical flower. I imagine many of you will receive bouquets mid-February, but not even they will smell as fragrant as this luxe booty.


Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator hydrates skin with micro-spherical jojoba beads and Moroccan Rose essence. This stuff is really gentle, and your skin will need little to no moisture afterwards. Use after cleansing with the Elemis Rosepetal Cleanser for mature skins, a milk with a gentle fragrance that’s sure to please.


Healing Garden’s Passion Rose set is a sensual journey with rose, vanilla and bergamot fragrances. The 2 in 1 moisturizing body wash leaves skin thoroughly clean, hydrated and gently fragrant of roses. There’s practically no need for the body crème except for the TLC you need during those exceptionally dry days. There’s also a soak and a body mist to complete the set. Available at drug stores nationwide and online at


You don’t need much else for that special date than Jurlique’s Rose Silk Dust, which is a jar of fragrant light powder that absorbs excess oil from your face. It leaves your silk matte and flawless, and has the fragrance of rose water.


Lush Cosmetics lives ups to its name with its affordable Be My Valentine package consisting of a heart-shaped bath bomb, a Tisty Tosty containing seven deliacate rose buds, and a creamy I Should Coco soap in the shape of a – you guessed it! – heart.


I don’t know how I lived this long without Smith’s Rosebud Salve, which was formulated by current Vice President, Linda Smith’s great grandfather. The formulation is over a century old, and you can slather it on your lips, blemishes, cheeks…anything that needs a good hydration ‘pick me up.’ Try the new delicious Minted Rose Lip Balm, which is exclusive to Sephora this year.


I keep coming back to The Body Shop time and again for the best bodycare products. Try the Cassis Rose Time-Out Gift that has a full-size shower gel, body lotion, eau de toilette and body mist. The quartet will leave you feeling like Marie Antoinette when you step out of your boudoir.


We’ve covered Gergeous’ Double Blended Cream in our “Around The World in Skincare” story, but our rose story would not be complete without mentioning the super luxurious Real Roses in a Bottle Double Blended Serum, which costs a pretty penny (over $300) but is so precious, pure and rare that a “single pump is all that’s needed.” It takes over 6 lbs of rose petals to make the oil needed for each serum bottle. Visit for more information and to purchase.

Originally published February 2007
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