No doubt it’s partially psychological, but I promise you it is much more than that.
Lately I have immersed myself in what I can only describe as a sublime indulgence or several actually, and each one has something in common: Roses.
From the top. . .
From Christophe Robin, the famous French hair colourist, recommended by him for my verrrrry balayaged tresses (despite the upkeep, I like being plus blonde que blonde — that’s a little joke between me and my hair colourist when we discuss the blondeness I desire), two rose scented products for “coloured and sensitive” hair.
I start with Shampooing Délicat Volume Naturel à la Rose, followed by Démêlant Volume à la Rose for fine, colored and sensitive hair, a rinse out conditioner.
By now, as you can imagine, my bathroom smells like a rose garden. But, I don’t stop there. I leave the conditioner on my hair longer than recommended and reach for my Nuxe Gelée Exfoliant Douce aux Petales de Rose for sensitive skin. As I told you, this was originally a gift from my great friend, Christine, our pharmacist. I am now addicted to it and just purchased my third tube.
I jump back into the shower, finish “exfoliating” with the Nuxe and rinse out my rose conditioner. The steamy air is literally like walking in a cloud of fragrance.
But, that’s not all. I pat my face dry and spray it with Eau Florale Rose Bio from Sanoflore, which acts as an extremely gentle toner while at the same time adding yet another layer to the rose fragrance that is now wafting into the bedroom. In the summer I keep the eau de rose in the refrigerator.
In the bedroom, I have a Roses candle from Diptyque. In other rooms of the house I have Oranger, a spicy orange, and Baies. (I had a Santal moment with Diptyque, but Andrea pointed out that the scent reminded her of a hamster’s cage. It was a little overwhelming.)
Next, but not all the time, every day (you’re thinking, “Well, obviously”), I paint my nails with my latest find, Rose Romantique from Yves Saint Laurent. It’s very, very pretty.
On the other hand, another recent discovery I do use every day is Dior’s Rose Lip Baum. It plumps, soothes, hydrates and protects the lips with a built-in SPF 10, while at the same time giving lips that sensuous “just bitten” color the French love so much.
And, yes, it has the delicately subtle rose fragrance one would expect. More roses.
I’m not a pink person although I have a pair of pink patent ballerinas and a couple of pink shirts. My preferred roses in the garden are in the yellow and coral family though we do have pinks and reds. Occasionally I’ll gather some pinks, but I leave the reds in the garden. I’m not a huge fan of red roses.
At the moment the house is filled with bouquets of tone-on-tone corals and tone-on-tone yellows — not together, each “family” stays ensemble when I make arrangements. In both cases the shades progress from a bare blush of color to strong, vibrant hues.
I’ve never worn a rose perfume, but I’m starting to think it could be lovely in the summer.
If you have any recommendations I would love to hear.