Quick reviews of three scented body products I've enjoyed using this summer, and do add your own recent favorites in the comments!
Tauer Perfumes Rose Delight Body Oil
Tauer Perfumes introduced Rose Delight Body Oil early this summer, and I was sent a bottle for review. Normally when I am sent a full bottle of something, I try it, then give it away, but I've used so much of this particular bottle that at this point I might as well keep it, so I will.1 It's essentially jojoba oil (90%) scented with rose. Tauer describes it as "rose petals on a gourmand base", and it is lightly sweet, but it's not candied in the least, and nothing like so sweet as something like Lush Rose Jam. Likewise it's spicy, but without the herbal / medicinal aspect of the Weleda Wild Rose (see below). It has reasonable presence for a body oil, but it is mild enough to be a fantastic layering medium, and the jojoba oil will help the lasting power of whatever you choose to apply over it. An obvious choice, and a combination I've worn a fair amount lately, is Tauerville Rose Flash; an even more perfect choice would probably be Phi Une Rose de Kandahar, but sadly I haven't got any. I've also found Rose Delight to play nicely with all sorts of summer citrus favorites. On its own, it's the perfect soft rose to wear to bed. Highly recommended.
Tauer Perfumes Rose Delight Body Oil is sold in 50 ml, in a plastic spray bottle, currently at the introductory price of $20.20 (I do not know what the final price will be, or how long Andy Tauer plans to keep making and selling it).
Garden of Wisdom Frankincense and Rose Otto Hydrosol Gels
I prefer very simple products for facial care (I've been mixing my own face cream for years), and I usually start my routine (if you can even call it a routine) with a simple hydrosol gel ("Formulated in a liposome base, our Hydrosol Gels penetrate the epidermis more easily than other hydrators, while offering the properties of each hydrosol used. With a balance of corresponding essential oils formulated in a gel base, Hydrosol Gels restore water, nutrients and moisture back into the skin.") from the indie brand Garden of Wisdom, which also sells all kinds of supplies for do-it-yourself-ers. The Hydrosol Gels are essentially comparable to facial serums: they're light and non-sticky, soak into skin quickly, and are meant as a hydrating base for whatever moisturizer you're already using. The only reason I am bringing them up here is smell. The Frankincense Gel is meant for dry, sensitive or aging skin, but I bought it primarily hoping it would smell fantastic, and if you're an incense lover, you'll be glad to hear that yes, it does. The Rose Otto Gel, which is a little more expensive, has a lovely light rosewater-ish scent, similar to Heritage Rosewater & Glycerin spray. On hot summer days when I don't need much of a moisturizer anyway, I often layer the Frankincense and the Rose Otto on my face and neck. (Dear Andy Tauer: please do an Incense Delight body oil next!)
Warning: if you require fancy packaging with your skincare, you probably won't love Garden of Wisdom. The packaging is functional at best.
The Frankincense Hydrosol Gel is $16.85 for 60 ml; the Rose Otto Hydrosol Gel is $13.65 for 30 ml. Both are also sold in 15 ml samples sizes, at Garden of Wisdom. (There is also a Myrrh Hydrosol Gel, among others, and that might be my next purchase.)
Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash
Weleda's Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash is already a favorite (creamsicle!), and I said when I reviewed it that the Wild Rose might be my next purchase — I love Weleda's gentle cream formula, which does a nice job of keeping skin soft and smooth. And yes, I did get a bottle of the Wild Rose, and no, I did not keep my own promise to use up some other shower gel first, in fact, I also bought a small bottle of Lush Yuzu & Cocoa (nice enough but not a big favorite, and I cannot seem to get over the alarming shade of yellow). Wild Rose does smell like rose, but it has strong herbal undertones, probably too strong for some people — it verges on medicinal. I find it enjoyable, but the reviews on Amazon seem to indicate that the fragrance is love-it-or-hate-it, and the one other person I know who has tried it called it "sour". If you love EO's Rose & Chamomile products, chances are you'll like this one too; if not, or if you've never smelled the EO, try this one before you buy.
Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash is $10 for a 200 ml tube, but you can certainly find it for less (maybe $7 or $8) if you shop around.
1. I stopped keeping full sized products sent by brands for review (otherwise known as "swag") without disclosure sometime in 2006 or 2007. Our policy, which is to disclose to readers any time we receive a full sized product that we are not going to give away or otherwise dispose of, is discussed here and here. Unless I am forgetting something, I have only kept one other product since then, and that was a bottle of Korres Jasmine shower gel.