Although I've garnered something of a reputation as a rose-lover over the past decade, I don't review rose fragrances exclusively — in fact, my last rose perfume review was Sana Jardin Tiger by Her Side (November 2017) and my last rose body product review was even further back (September 2017). Since June is the month of roses, it seems like an appropriate time to update this situation! Here are a few rose-fragranced body products that I've recently tried.
I need to thank one of you (thanks, Creosote!) for recommending Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Soothing Body Lotion to me. Its consistency is just right: almost thick enough to qualify as a cream, but lightweight enough to spread and absorb without any waiting time. It includes plenty of skin-coddling ingredients and, best of all, its scent is a lush, slightly honeyed rose bouquet that you can wear all over. (about $10 for 236 ml at Andalou and other green-beauty online retailers)
Just for hands, I can recommend Gourmand Macaron Rosé Hand Cream. I've bought a tube to keep on my desk at work because it has a non-greasy formula that lets me get right back to my keyboard. Its scent is a very pretty (and not overwhelming) blend of rose, vanilla and a hint of almond. ($8 for 60 ml at Urban Outfitters)
Lush Rose Lollipop Lip Balm isn't the first Lush lip balm I've tried, but it might be my favorite. Its smells like rosewater and sugared lemons. Its texture feels waxy to the touch but melts into warm skin, and one little container lasts for ages. ($10.95 for 12g at Lush)
More than once this month, I've stopped into stores just to try Ouai Rose Hair and Body Oil ("a head-to-toe hydrator that doubles as a perfume"). I probably won't actually purchase a bottle, because, one: its rose-lychee fragrance, while very pretty, is fleeting; two: it's overpriced; and, three: I could probably achieve a similar effect by mixing a few drops of rose absolute into some apricot kernel oil. All the same, it's tempting. ($32 for a 99 ml bottle at Sephora)
At the opposite corner of the usefulness/affordability matrix, Secret Paris Rose Invisible Solid Deodorant is my latest cheap thrill. Its glittery label appeals to my sticker-loving inner ten-year old and the scent isn't bad at all. It starts off as a burst of fruity rose, but by the time I'm dressed and ready to leave the house, it's quieted down to a soft floral scent. (about $5 for 73g at drugstores)
I'm also wearing some favorite dewy-fresh rose perfumes right now, including Comme des Garçons Grace by Grace Coddington and Maison Francis Kurkdjian A la Rose, just to greet the summer in the proper style. How about you? Are there any roses in your current rotation?