Rose, one of the most popular ingredients in skincare. You’d be hard-pressed trying to find a product that doesn’t contain roses in some shape or form. My favorite products are Fresh Rose line for oily/combo skin, Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair line for dry/aging skin, Flora oil from Sunday Riley as well as Sisley Black Rose line for dry skin. Roses contain high amounts of antioxidants such as vitamin C and brighten the skin. It is a natural astringent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and calming. Not to mention how the scent is relaxing and long acknowledged as an aphrodisiac.
Most skincare uses two types of roses: rosa damascena (damask rose, usually from Bulgaria or Turkey) and rosa centifolia (cabbage rose or rosa de mai, usually from France). Damascena has a deep, potent scent while centifolia has a lighter, clean and sweet scent. I’ve found nothing that mentions if different types of roses (damascena, centifolia, wild rose, black rose) offer different skincare benefits. However, rosehip and evening primrose are slightly different. While rose oil/water/extract comes from the petals, rosehip is actually from a small fruit that sits behind wild rose flowers. Not only does it contain high level of vitamin C and moisturizes, rosehip seed oil is the only vegetable oil that naturally contains retinol (vitamin A), which treats wrinkles, pigmentation and other signs of aging. Lastly there’s evening primrose, which has the same benefits as roses (antioxidants, calming, moisturizing etc) as well as being rich in fatty acids that are particularly beneficial to aging/mature skin. It’s a favorite in L’occitane’s antiaging lines, Immortelle and Divine.
Those with drier and more mature skin might want to go for rose oil while those with more oily skin might want to go for rosewater. It takes approximately 100 flowers to produce 1 drops of rose oil while you can buy (or make your own!) bottles of pretty effective rosewater from just 20-30 roses, which is why rose oil tend to be more nourishing and potent than rosewater. You can find a nice bottle of pure rosewater for <$40 while a small bottle of pure rose oil will be around $100. Harvesting roses is labor intensive, which is another reason for the high price. Cheaper “rose oil” are usually a mix of carrier oil (sunflower, almond, jojoba) with a small amount of real rose oil. Products that are mostly rosewater don’t necessarily contain more benefits than products with only a few drops of rose oil. The form of the roses is as important as the amount in the ingredients list.
Skin Types: Appropriate for all skin types. Rose oil is great for dry or mature skin while rosewater can be great for oily/combo skin as well. Both are great for sensitive skin.
Purpose: Moisturizing, softening, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and is a natural source of vitamin C that makes it anti-aging and brightening as well.
Etude House Essential Mask Sheet, Bulgarian Rose
From past experiences with Etude House sheet masks, I was expecting a strong rose scent. It actually smell more chemical with only a hint of rose. The sheet have a slight texture but is thin and sturdy. It is long enough for my face but a tad narrow. The essence is watery. My skin felt calm, hydrated, soft and smooth after taking it off. It does not feel greasy or stuffy when I pile on the leftover essence, but there’s enough to save to use next day as serum.
Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet, Rose
The mask have a strong rose scent. Well, it is strong due to alcohol but it smells like real lovely roses. The sheet is smooth and sturdy, albeit a bit long. The essence is a liquidy clear serum. The lovely scent lingers as I’m wearing it. After taking off the mask, my skin feel moisturized, smooth and plump. However, the serum is rather thick and sticky, it does sink in after a while but there’s no need to wear moisturizer after this. I would not recommend the mask if you have oily skin.
My Beauty Diary Bulgarian White Rose Mask
There are two My Beauty Diary sheet masks with rose, I like the ingredients in this better than the other one. It’s a thin smooth sheet of paper mask soaked in drippy essence. The liquidy serum/essence have a slight gel consistency to it. It have a mild rose scent and feels great on the face. I don’t know if it brightens but it hydrates and soothes my skin. It is lightweight so all skin types can use this, some might need a moisturizer afterwards.
My Beauty Diary Rose Brightening Aroma Mask
This smells more generic floral rather than rosy like the other Bulgarian one. The ingredients are different but the sheet and serum feels the same. It also hydrates and soothe, but I didn’t see brightening.
Final Pick: I like My Beauty Diary sheet masks the best because they hydrate and soothe but are lightweight enough for my combination skin. Both feels the same but I would pick Bulgarian rose over the Aroma based on ingredients. I do feel like the Real Nature mask gave slightly more noticeable result, so if you have dry skin or don’t mind the temporary greasy feeling, give it a try. =)