As someone who values comfort over fashion (I can’t with 6-inch stilettos, I just can’t), I’m having a field day with the trends that have been dominating the last few seasons. Birkenstocks? Slouchy pants? Slip-on sneaks? Yes to all of that. While my wardrobe is getting sportier by the month, I’m balancing out my current tomboy-inspired style with super-girly products, including new skincare items infused with one of the most feminine ingredients out there: rose. The ancient flower is beloved not only for its delicate beauty and romantic scent, but also for the many skincare benefits that can be extracted from its cells and oil. Here, the beauty brands that are harnessing the power of rose petals now.
Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream
Sure, the formula has all the stuff that you know to look for in a good face cream, like collagen-production-boosting niacinamide and peptides. It even contains a rare rose de mai essence. But what will really make you fall in love is the texture. It looks and feels like a gel-cream hybrid—reminiscent of a gourmet custard—but doesn’t sit on skin.
By Terry Cellularose Nutri-Baume Intense Relief Balm
This is the face product you break out when your skin has taken a beating from too much sun, brutal cold, or intense wind and a regular moisturizer just won’t cut it. Slather on a thick layer of the rose-colored cream before bed to treat damage while you sleep. Or apply it right before you head out into extreme conditions for comfort and protection. Consider it your invisible ski mask.
Les Couvent des Minimes Beneficial Rose Complete Eye Cream
I knew I would be into this before I ever put a drop on my skin because of the addictive, sweet scent and the vintage-y packaging that looks like it’s straight out of an old-school apothecary. Even better: The cream inside the tube didn’t disappoint. After a week, my eyes looked less puffy and tired, almost as if I hadn’t been glued to my laptop for 10 hours a day.
Om Aroma & Co. Carrot Rose Serum
I get why some women steer clear of organic skincare products—sometimes the earthy scent can be a turnoff. This one smells pleasant enough to please hard-core boho girls as well as those who prefer more traditional fragrances. Not to mention the blend of carrot and rose hip seeds and rose oil will help you get the elusive glow many celebrities are so good at faking.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cleansing Gel
If you’re a flower snob, this antiaging face wash is right up your alley. It’s made with five different rose stem cells (like damas rose and desert rose), four different rose extracts (including rose hip seed, rose water, and rose canina), plus glycolic acid thrown in for good measure. Despite the abundance of rose in the formula, the scent is actually pretty faint. I like that the refreshing formula sloughs away dead skin cells as well as cleanses.
Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Velvet Body Cream
I don’t have a vanity in my Brooklyn apartment, but if I did, this elegant jar would be front and center. The body cream does double duty as a rose-infused perfume and a moisturizer, but sometimes the main reason to splurge on a beauty product is because it’s a more accessible luxury than, say, a new handbag. I bet the shopping high you would get from this is almost as good. Almost.
VELVET PLANT (vel-vit plant) /n. / 1. A biennial flowering herb native to Europe and the Mediterranean, Verbascum thapsus (commonly referred to as mullein, and nicknamed velvet plant, lady’s foxglove, and donkey’s ears) was introduced to North America in the 1700s. /2. / With the potential to reach heights of 10 feet, the sturdy stalk was dipped into animal fat and used as a torch by ancient Romans and during the California Gold Rush. The soft, feltlike leaves have also earned it the sobriquet of “cowboy toilet paper” in the Western U.S. /3. / This botanical is rich in amino acids that replenish and build the skin’s lipid layer to defend against external irritants. Some native tribes apply a powder of the root to soothe rashes, sores, and skin irritations. /4. / Because of velvet plant’s innate emollient properties, traditional medicine practitioners used the dried flowers in teas or syrups to alleviate a sore throat or bronchitis—e.g., “Nix a bothersome cough or soothe an irritated complexion with velvet plant.”
Try it: Glamglow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment, $69; sephora.com
CASSAVA ROOT (ca-sa-va root) / n./ 1./ A type of plant native to South America, it’s often eaten as a carb-heavy side dish in subtropical regions. / 2./ In its dried, powdery state, it’s what we know as tapioca; as a powder, it also can be used as laundry starch. / 3./ The ingredient has been tested by some countries to be used as a source of bioethanol, a type of fuel./ 4./ When applied to hair, these plant fibers block humidity and help smooth it down—e.g., “A dollop of cassava root every morning will help keep your strands straight during the dog days of summer.”
Try it: Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, $26; aveda.com
CHLOROPHYLL (klor-uh-fil) / n./ 1./ A pigment that gives plants and algae their green color and is used during photosynthesis to trap energy from the sun. / 2./ Rich in enzymes and amino acids, this biomolecule is found in green produce such as kale, parsley, sprouts, wheat grass, and seaweed. / 3./ Research has found that chlorophyll acts as a blocking agent against carcinogens and protects cells from DNA damage. / 4./ Because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it has been used therapeutically to soothe wounds. / 5./ A trendy water additive, chlorophyll extract is thought to hike up energy levels by increasing oxygen in the blood. / 6./ Topically, the pigment helps pull impurities from skin and boosts radiance—e.g., “Beat fatigue and perk up your complexion with chlorophyll.”
Try It: Perricone MD Chloro Plasma, $75; sephora.com
With it being denim week at Style.com, we thought of no better time to delve into the beautifying properties of indigo, or Indigofera tinctoria (the original and natural source of blue dye). Here, we break down its benefits:
INDIGO (in-di-goh)/ (n.)/ 1./ Grown mainly in tropical and temperate parts of Asia and Africa, this plant (known scientifically as Indigofera tinctoria) was traditionally cultivated to be used as a coloring agent. The dye is crafted through a process that includes soaking the shrub’s leaves in water, fermenting them, mixing the resulting solution with sodium hydroxide, and pressing it into cakes to dry. / 2./ India was the major supplier and center for indigo in the Old World, often exporting it throughout the globe to locations like Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Peru, and Iran—where it was valued as a luxury product and often referred to as Blue Gold. / 3./ During the Edo Period in Japan when silk was outlawed, samurai wore indigo-dyed cotton underneath their armor to help heal injuries. / 4./ Farmers also rotate this legume through their fields to improve the soil. / 5./ Applied topically, this botanical contains two actives—tryptanthrin and indirubin—which can help relieve sensitive, inflamed, and dry skin; e.g., “Brighten your blue jeans or soothe a cranky complexion with indigo.”
Try it: Tatcha Indigo Soothing Renewal Treatment, $98, tatcha.com; or in scent form via Nest Indigo Eau de Parfum Spray (a blend of Moroccan tea, Kashmir wood, black cardamom, and bergamot), $65, sephora.com