15 Rose-Based Beauty Products That Won’t Give You a Migraine (Really)

Rachel Krause
15 Rose-Based Beauty Products That Won’t Give You a Migraine (Really)
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The scent of rose is so divisive—you either can’t get enough of it or you can’t stand to be around it; there is no middle ground—you’d think it was secondhand smoke. Receiving a bouquet of roses on Valentine’s Day or otherwise is a romantic gesture in movies, but in real life, it could be grounds for a breakup. The fragrance, especially in beauty products, can be outright overwhelming, and there’s always been a negative connotation around the idea that it smells just like your grandmother’s perfume. (Why do they all wear that perfume?)

But rose isn’t all bad—in fact, when done right, it can be downright delightful. These 15 products may not be your favorite right now, but they’re about to be, once you get over your rose-scented hang-ups. No migraines or memories of Grandma in sight, we promise.

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The rare Rose de Mai is, in fact, known for its unique fragrance, a delicate, honey-tinged scent that lacks the powdery sweetness of traditional rose. Despite its lightweight gel-cream texture, there's a lot of moisture and anti-aging power to be found in this formula. It genuinely makes skin glow, which is likely why Kim Kardashian recommends it for use post-ugly cry. Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream, $210

Annick Goutal is a master of nuanced, lovable fragrances, so this one is unsurprisingly a crowd-pleaser even if you're not inclined toward rose-heavy perfumes. It's bright and airy, not super sweet, and the rose is grounded by notes of black currant and raspberry, which gain a bit of pleasant spice thanks to pepper. Annick Goutal Rose Pompon Eau de Toilette Spray, $149

This delightful tin, formerly only available overseas, can now be scored stateside—finally. Made with pure petroleum jelly, it imparts nonsticky shine, major hydration, and a flattering barely there tint that makes it a drugstore must-have. Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips, $4.39

Rosehip oil is well-known for its skin-nourishing properties, which come through strong in this extremely gentle antioxidant-rich cleanser—even the most wildly sensitive skin can benefit. The formula is packed with antioxidants and fatty acids, and it's even effective at removing eye makeup. Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser, $32

Majorly moisturizing and almost balm-like in texture, this mask is what we would call a luxury—but if you want it really badly, doesn't that make it a necessity, too? Even the most lackluster skin will get a new lease on life, and it's so hydrating you might even be able to skip moisturizer. By Terry Masque Nutri-Rose, $94

Creamy, refreshing, and ideal for balancing all skin types, this cleansing milk uses kaolin, aloe vera, shea butter, and a variety of plant oils and extracts to draw out impurities, nix blackheads, and leave skin feeling soft and clean without stripping. Evan Healy Rose Cleansing Milk, $30.95

A hydrating mist that's more than just a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up: This spray uses coconut water as its base, along with witch hazel, aloe, and hibiscus and rose extracts, all of which make it a true skin-care star. Use it after cleansing, to set makeup, or whenever you feel like you need it.
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, $32

We used to think that anyone who still uses bar soap was a sociopath, until we discovered this gentle, luxurious take on the old shower standby. The scent is indeed rosy but has a slightly fruity side to it, too, so it's not too sweet or powdery. Plus, it's really pretty. L'Occitane Roses et Reines Bath Soap, $7

This one is truly floral, so if you hate flowery scents, it probably isn't for you—but for everyone else, the clean, lightly citrusy notes here work to give fresh, uplifting rose the balance it needs. It'll make you feel like you just rolled in a field in a sheer white Chloé dress, and what more could you ever want out of a fragrance? L'Artisan Parfumeur Rose Privée Eau de Parfum, $180

The bubbly, mousse-like texture of this cleanser makes it feel way luxurious, and the soothing rosewater dissolves dirt and debris while calming irritation. There's also cooling cucumber extract in the mix, which dilutes the rose to create a fresh scent you'll barely notice. It's also just a really, really good cleanser for all skin types. Fresh Rose Cleansing Foam, $40

If you're looking for a mask that does it all, you're in luck—they call it a "2-in-1," but we suspect it actually does more than that. Rose clay, willow herb, and exfoliating beads (jojoba, not microbeads) work to gently exfoliate, cleanse, and make skin glow; it's perfect for any complexion that could really use a boost. Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask, $25

This seriously effective oil gets its smoothing, nourishing powder from wild rose, but the touch of ginger gives it a spicy note so you don't go to bed feeling like you just rubbed a bouquet all over your face. Formulated with plenty of fatty acids and vitamins, including its star vitamin C, this formula makes skin dewy and radiant in an instant. Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil, $54

Don't bring this one in the bathtub with you—instead, use a handful or two to scrub yourself down before you get in the shower or bath to get the full benefit of the gentle yet effective cane sugar. You'll emerge with ridiculously smooth skin, thanks to a combo of sweet almond and olive oils, and a faint, pleasant rosy scent that's not too perfumey. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish, $60

Bright and floral sans the sometimes sickly sweet powder, this candle smells like real roses, not the Yankee Candle version of them. Also, it goes without saying that one does not need an excuse to spend a not-insignificant amount of money on a Diptyque candle. Diptyque Roses Candle, $60

A rose-scented conditioner has the potential to be truly unbearable, but naturally, Christophe Robin did it right: Think fresh garden on a spring day. A little goes a long way, and the pure rose oil really does make a huge difference in moisturizing hair. Christophe Robin Volumizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts, $43

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