Smells Like Roses

Smells Like Roses

Is it just me or do roses not smell the same any more? When I was little my mother sometimes received flowers and I remember the most intoxicating scent filling the room. Today, it seems that every time I buy roses I’m mostly disappointed. I lean in, eager to inhale that perfect floral scent, but it’s not quite the same. It isn’t going to stop me from buying them, as they really add such beauty to a home, but luckily there are plenty of other ways I can enjoy them, and it’s not just about the scent.

Romantic Scents

Jo Malone Red Roses Scent Surround Diffuser (R1100)

I love this fragrance diffuser so much because it gives me seemingly endless hours (four to five months or longer) of that beautiful rose scent I adore. The best part is that the Red Roses scent isn’t overtly feminine (in fact the cologne is quite popular among male clients of this London-based company) so my home can still smell glorious, without feeling too girly or frou-frou. It boasts a bold blend of seven types of roses, along with crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon, which gives it that slightly masculine touch.

Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose Solid Perfume (R720)

There’s something delightfully old-world about a solid perfume and it’s exactly the kind of thing you’d expect from this refined English icon, which was founded in 1972 and inspired by a 17th Century Englishman. Whenever I apply it, sweeping my fingertips lightly over the smooth wax blend housed in a weighty gold compact, I imagine an elegant Victorian lady sitting behind her ornate vanity doing just the same. It also packs punch of scent, with notes of rose, peony and peach that linger on the skin for hours.

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Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Rosé EDP 80ml (R1330)

When I’m after something a little more modern, a spritz of this rosey treat never fails to please. The pretty pink bottle does more than enough to allude to the beautiful juice inside, which is just as delightful as it looks. It’s a beautifully chic feminine scent with notes of champagne rosé (that instantly remind you of a glass of rose-coloured bubbles), Fleur de Pêcher, white musk and amber.

Giorgio Armani Si Rose Signature EDP 50ml (R1390)

I’ve been in love with the Si fragrances since the first one launched several years ago, and it’s an affair that’s only grown with each addition to the Si family. This is their latest offering, which has just hit the shelves in the month of love, and for good reason. It heroes the Rose de Mai, common to all four Si fragrances, but pairs it with the addition of a second rose – Rose Turque – taking the heart bouquet to a new level with two of the most famous roses in perfumery. And if you’re also a lover of the original EDP, you’ll enjoy the familiar notes of bergamot, blackcurrant, vanilla and patchouli. It’s lighter than some of the other scents, and not as long-lasting, but it’s a beautiful, delicate fragrance filled with the scent of roses, and the organza obi – Japanese sash – which adorns the bottle really adds a final touch of beauty.

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Rosy Make-up

Catrice Multi Matt Blush in 010 Love, Rosie! (R69,95)

Shimmery blushers do nothing for my skin and I far prefer a flush of colour that looks natural, without the unnecessary shine, especially in the hotter summer months. I love the combination of the four matte, rosy shades in this budget-friendly compact that lend a fresh pop of colour to my cheeks.

Catrice Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette in 010 Frankie Rose To Hollywood (R89,95)

I’m constantly impressed with Catrice and the high quality make-up they have at such fantastic prices. Seriously, where else can you buy such a glorious eyeshadow palette for under R90? This one is a combination of six nude and rosé shades, in both matte and shimmering finishes, and it comes with a dual-ended brush. The colour payoff is really impressive too.

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Collection Exclusive La Vie en Rose Lipstick in Eva’s Delicate Rose (R154,95)

Even beyond the beautiful colour and uber-creamy texture of this velvet lipstick, what really sells me is the scent. It reminds me of a floral honey, and I get a pleasant whiff each time I apply it. The colour is gorgeous too – more delicate than it looks, but you can build it for more intensity – and it lasts fairly well.

Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Nude Rose (R300)

I have several favourite shades of this lipstick, but when I’m after something soft and elegant this dusty rose colour is my favourite. But it’s so much more than just another lipstick. The blend of plant-based waxes like mimosa and jojoba, along with cocoa butter, vitamin E and phytosphingosine (used in skincare to stimulate the production of skin-plumping ceramides) mean soft, pillowy, luscious lips.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Balm Perfector in Rosewood (R275)

Wild mango butter and shea butter make this balm a real treat for lips that’s soft, nourishing and offers hours of hydration. The texture is really buttery and I love the soft glossy finish that makes my lips seem fuller than they really are. It can be worn alone or over lipstick, but I really like to use it underneath other, less hydrating products to ensure my lips stay comfortable and hydrated all day.

Clarins Multi-Blush in Rosewood (R320)

I adore cream formulas in make-up products, and cream blushers have to be my favourite. There’s just nothing easier than dabbing colour onto your cheeks and adding a touch to your lips too when you’re in a hurry. This one applies like a cream and leaves a soft, powdery matte finish on my skin. Plus it has floral waxes like rose, mimosa and jojoba to keep my skin soft too and prevent that dry feeling.

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Precious Oils

Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil (R2624)

The beauty of rose simply doesn’t get more luxurious than this precious, anti-ageing creation. Along with Black Rose extract and Bulgarian Rose essential oil, it contains botanicals like plum oil (omega 6), camelina oil (omegas 3 and 6), magnolia and geranium essential oils, making it the ultimate pampering treat for the skin and total bliss for the senses. I lovingly massage a few drops (about five) onto my face and neck in the evenings before bed, but you can use it in the morning instead or as well. I usually find it nourishing enough on its own, but it can also be used under a day or night cream.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil (R510)

When I’ve had a long day or a tough week, it takes everything I have not to pour the entire contents of this bottle into a steaming bath. It has the most glorious scent and just a small capful is enough to fragrance my bath for a good hour (and my skin for even longer). The rose oil fragrance is also an instant stress reliever, but it’s not just about the scent. This oil is also really nourishing and leaves my skin feeling conditioned and really pampered long after I’ve stepped out of the tub.


  1. The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose perfume smells exactly like that rose scent you mentioned. That proper old school fresh cut roses smell.

    • Yes, it does! A really beautiful range – I love the body cream.

  2. For me, nothing beats Jo Malone’s Red Roses. It’s such a sensual fragrance for this time of year!


    Ashley || Sed Bona

    • You’re so right! Love all your red posts for Valentine’s day, especially your pug 🙂

  3. Your photos are beautiful! This post was so nice to read! All I want now is a fresh bunch of roses in my house 🙂

    Loren |

    • Thanks so much Loren!

  4. I couldn’t love this post any hardereven if I tried. You’ve made me want everything on your list. Armani Si is my downfall and my bottle of the EdP is almost finished. I may have to try this one next. Also, I have the Clarins multiblush in Candy and it is amazing.

    • Si is my spirit animal Celeste, I am obsessed. And you’re going to love my post next week where I share something truly decadent. I think you’ll want to add it to your wish list pronto 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness Lauren! I’m really missing SA and the beautiful fresh flowers available. Most flowers here in Korea are artificial and oh so gaudy…the roses in your photos really made me miss home 🙂

    • Ah, I’m glad I could provide some rosy inspiration but sorry you are missing home. It’s funny the things we take for granted. I had no idea Korea didn’t have such lovely fresh flowers. Perhaps there’s a gap in the market for a rose farm 😉


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