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By THÉRÉSE MARGOLIS

The Irish-American poet John Boyle O’Reilly once wrote: “The red rose whispers of passion, and the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, and the white rose is a dove.”

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Throughout history, roses have been associated with love, passion and beauty, and they have always been a key ingredient in beauty products.

The ancient Egyptians would boil down roses to make  cosmetic and healing balms, and they used rose-scented oils to clean themselves and protect against dry desert winds.

Legend has it that Cleopatra filled her rooms with roses whenever she met with Marc Anthony, believing that he’d later think of her anytime he caught a whiff of a rose.

Early Greeks, Romans and Phoenicians had enormous public rose gardens and considered them crops as necessary as wheat fields.

By medieval times, roses, rose oil and rosewater were universally used by both men and women to heal scars and to perfume themselves and their environs.

In the 17th century, European aristocrats considered rose water to be legal tender.

Roses have also been used for centuries in Chinese medicine.

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In today’s world, the so-called Queen of Flowers is valued not only for its extraordinary scent (with over 300 unique molecules, the rose is the flower with the most complicated chemical constitution in the world), but also for its profound and diverse skincare benefits.

Recent scientific studies have shown that roses have important antiaging qualities due to their unique combination of antioxidants, such as citronellol and geraniol

Pure rose oil acts to destroy free radicals and slow down cell degradation.

Roses also have been clinically proven to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities, so they help in healing, restoring, balancing and beautifying skin.

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Rose extracts likewise act as mild astringents to smooth skin and restore natural pH levels, thus softening fine lines, redness and wrinkles.

But at the heart of the rose phenomenon is its alluring, ever seductive scent, making it the prime ingredient of fragrances created by master perfumiers.

In fact, over the course of the last decade, the use of roses in beauty products and perfumes has increased more than eightfold, making it the top ingredient of choice today in the world of cosmetics.

And to quote yet another famous author, the British poet and novelist put it simply: “What a lovely thing a rose is!”

Stop and Smell the Roses

In terms of aromatherapy, medical research has shown that roses have major medicinal qualities.

The sweet smell of roses can both reduce stress and lower the heart rate.

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The aroma of roses has even been proven to have anti-depressant benefits.

So wrap yourself in the lushly sensuous scent of roses with Ferrioni’s new Terrier Pink eau de toilette.

This fruity floral fragrance opens with an enticingly juicy burst of fresh mandarines, pineapple, grapefruit and raspberries that quickly heightens to a soft romantic core of wild roses, white lilies and violets and pomegranates.

The lingering notes of musk, vanilla, cedar and sandalwood give Terrie Pink a sumptuous close that make it as unforgettable as its wearer.

Ferrioni Terrior Pink is a spontaneous and flirty scent created for the unpretentious, nature-loving woman that fully engages herself in every aspect of her existence.

And this Italian fragrance has the added benefit of all-day wear, meaning that its oil-based fixative composition (rare in a EDT) will keep its scent long into the night, surrounding you with a beautiful bouquet of roses-

Ferrioni Terrior Pink is available in Mexico on line and in stores at Liverpool, Sanborns and Sears.

Rosewood Odyssey

Considerably higher up on the financial payout table (but definitely well worth the money if you can afford it and want to truly indulge yourself) is Dior’s new Oud Rosewood, the latest addition to the brand’s high-end Maison Collection.

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Created by Dior inhouse parfumier François Demachy, this hypnotically exotic scent is a tribute to precious woods and delicate rosewood.

Oud Rosewood opens with a sumptuous blend of quince jams and ripe raspberries, followed by a haunting infusion of Indian sandalwood wrapped in a warm sheathe of wild musk.

The perfume closes with an unmistakable bouquet of rich rosewood and accords of oud.

Like all Dior Maison perfumes, Oud Rosewood is available in Mexico exclusively at Palacio de Hierro in Mexico City’s upscale Colonia Polanco.

Rose Mask

Inspired by the cooling, regenerating benefits of cryo-therapy, Lancôme’s new rinse-off Rose Sorbet Cryo-Mask has an irresistible, lightweight pink sorbet texture that cools and mattifies skin without leaving it feeling tight or dry.

This five-minute miracle mask instantly re-energizes skin and reveals a rosy glow as it

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works to tighten pores, smooth skin texture and even out skin tone.

Skin is left visibly perfected as the mask dramatically reduces signs of fatigue and improves makeup results.

Enriched with salicylic acid to close pores and Lancôme’s signature soothing rose water to freshen, Rose Sorbet Cryo-Mask also contains meadowsweet extract, renowned for its ability to refine texture through a mild astringent effect.

The pink sorbet texture cools and mattifies, revitalizing tired, dull skin and plumping it with a healthy, radiant glow.

Pores appear tighter and are less visible.

Available at Sephora, Lancôme Rose Sorbet Cryo-Mask is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Rosy Toes

For a true head-to-toe rose experience, try giving your feet a flowery lift with a Rose Gel-Ohh! Jelly Spa Bath soak.

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Your hands and feet have taken a serious beating during lockdown, so they definitely deserve to be pampered.

AvryBeauty’s Rose Gel-Ohh! Jelly Spa Bath will turn an ordinary foot soak into a luxury spa experience.

It also helps to soften and remove callouses and dead skin cells, without having to resort to a razored skin peeler.

After just 10 minutes of soaking, your feet emerge clean, soft and coddled, as if you had had a professional spa pedicure.

Gel-Ohh! also has an array of other aromatic scents to pamper tired feet and hands, including lavender, milk and honey, diluted minerals and green tea.

…Sept. 2, 2020

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