10 New Rose Perfumes and Skin Products

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Skin Care: The Bloom of Youth
Once snipped from the bush, a rose starts to lose its vigor, but its extracts can keep your beauty from fading. "Many compounds found in the rose greatly benefit the skin," says Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. The vitamin antioxidants and UV-absorbing flavonoids in rose oil can thwart the free radicals that contribute to the signs of aging. This oil also hydrates and ramps up production of a key structural protein called filaggrin, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City, making it especially kind to dry, sensitive skin. Rose hip seed oil, drawn from the seeds of the plant, is rife with essential fatty acids, which keep skin plump, and brightening vitamin C.

 

Other rose-born agents "offer astringent and antibacterial properties," says Fusco—a benefit for acne-prone skin. Rosa damascena has been shown to be a mighty weapon against P. acnes bacteria, the germs behind breakouts. Coddle your skin with one of these rose-spiked beauty products.

 

 

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Skin Care: Moisturizer
Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream ($42, fresh.com) is a lightweight, nongreasy lotion that blends Rosa damascena flower water and oil with a bounty of other powerhouse hydrators such as hyaluronic acid.

 

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Skin Care: Serum
"With rose hip seed oil as its most concentrated ingredient, one drop of this oil delivers antioxidant protection and moisture," says Fusco of Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ ($36, beautorium.com).

 

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Skin Care: Eye Cream
After a 56-day study of Korres Wild Rose Instant Brightening Eye Treatment ($35, sephora.com), subjects' skin was firmer and smoother. Our take? The light-reflective cream makes us look more awake.

 

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Skin Care: Dry Oil
Laced with flecks of pink gold, By Terry Huile de Rose ($124, barneys.com) packs more than just pretty shimmer—it has five varieties of rose extract, including a hefty dose of rose hip seed oil. It's gorg on cheekbones.

 

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Fragrance: Scent of a Modern Woman
A rose is a rose is a rose—or is it? The latest rosy scents are a clear departure from the potent, powdery blends that once littered Grandma's dresser top. So why is rose still synonymous with old lady? It's certainly not due to the natural rose oils used in perfumery, says Stephen Nilsen, a perfumer for Givaudan. "They are, and have always been, radiant."

 

But because these oils are expensive, they're often supplemented with synthetic roses. And back in Granny's heyday, the notes needed to re-create a natural-rose scent didn't exist yet, so perfumers tried to emulate the richness with overdoses of violet, iris, and clove—but wound up with musty brews. The discovery of rose ketones, compounds that give synthetic notes a pure rose smell, allows perfumers to create youthful yet sophisticated rose blends. Pluck one from our garden.

 

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Fragrance: Fruity
Flirty and feminine, Especially Escada Delicate Notes ($75, sephora.com) tops wild rose with pear, and leaves a discreet musky trail. On skin, the scent of fruit prevails over flowers.

 

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Fragrance: Soft
For you rosephobes: Pure DKNY A Drop of Rose ($65, ulta.com) is sheer and subtle, with black currant and ginger enhancing fresh Turkish rose. Think single long stem, not blooming bouquet.

 

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Fragrance: Bold
Combine the aroma of an apricot and clementine orchard with a sun-drenched patch of dark-petaled roses and you have A Dozen Roses Amber Queen ($110, neimanmarcus.com).

 

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Fragrance: Green
With tarragon, apricot, and four kinds of rose oil, Aftelier Perfumes Wild Roses ($170, aftelier.com) is warm and outdoorsy, like something you'd stumble upon in remote woods—leaves and all.

 

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Fragrance: Sexy
Roses steeped in coffee, sandalwood, and spices make Tom Ford's Cafe Rose ($205, nordstrom.com) sensual yet brisk. It's the most masculine-smelling rose we've sniffed.

 

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Fragrance: Clean
Rose dominates in Neal's Yard Remedies Pure Essence No. 2 Rose ($62, nealsyardremedies.com) but doesn't come on too strong. Bulgarian and Moroccan varieties smell bright; pink pepper adds a zesty kick.

 

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