It is amazing how little pleasures can color one’s mood: spreading a fragrant chestnut honey on my morning toast, reading a few lines from a favorite book on my morning commute, wearing a soft red scarf knitted by my grandmother. When I get home after a long day at work, what I crave most is some low-key indulgence, preferably something deliciously scented. Among my favorite everyday luxuries are rose scented creams. I find the fragrance of rose to be relaxing and soothing. As I rub the cream into my skin, all the worries of the day vanish and somehow starting it all over again tomorrow does not seem quite so daunting.
For a classical tea rose scent, Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater has few rivals. Citrusy and verdant, its rose opens on a bright note, while its drydown is caressing and musky. A leafy twist lightens up the floral sweetness. Both Rosewater body lotion and cream retain a pleasant freshness from top to drydown.
The scent is not overly strong in the lotion, which might be a good choice for those who prefer a light moisturizer that would not compete with their daytime perfume. The cream is richer and silkier, with a pronounced rose scent that lasts well on the skin. Both products are excellent moisturizers that do not leave a sticky finish on skin. Occasionally, I like to layer the lotion with the Rosewater dusting powder and one of my favorite simple rose fragrances (any of Rosines or Serge Lutens Sa Majesté de la Rose).
While Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater is a traditional crisp tea rose, Roger & Gallet Rose is a modern fruity rose reminiscent of Stella McCartney. It is so airy and tart that it comes closer in character to a pink peony, rather than a red rose. Coquettish and lighthearted, Rose suggests both the softness of flower petals and the honeyed sweetness of amber. There is nothing remotely old-fashioned about this blossom, and although it does not have the voluptuous richness that rose fans love, Roger & Gallet’s effervescence is appealing. The formula of all body products is excellent, with great moisturizing properties, tenacious scent and a pleasant finish. Being surrounded by this delicious scent gives the phrase “everything is coming up roses” a whole new meaning!
Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater is available in a range of excellent body products, and the body moisturizers include Body Cream (7oz, $36) and Body Lotion (8.6oz, $24.) They can be found from Beauty.com or directly from www.crabtree-evelyn.com and stores.
Roger & Gallet Rose is available as Gentle Fragrant Moisturizing Body Cream (7oz, $30) and Gentle Fragrant Moisturizing Body Lotion (6.6oz, $24) as well as a host of other fragrance and body products. Online boutique and retail locations can be found via www.rogerandgalletus.com.