With Valentine’s Day just a week or so away, it’s likely you’ll have seen your fair share of rose-themed gifts. The flower has been associated with romance for centuries. It’s thought that the Romans used to carpet their bedroom floor with rose petals to create a fragrant bed.
New research suggests that we should be embracing the scent of rose all year round and not just in February. When researching the scents that influenced drivers, scientists at Sussex University discovered that rose has the potential to lower rage levels. Rose is known for it’s soothing powers, but the study found that spraying the scent in the car could reduce your chance of crashing by 64%. Interestingly, musky scents had the opposite effect and could increase your chances of having a road accident by 46%.
Roadscents founder Tina Gaudoin was onto something when she created the aptly named Rose Rage, £11, air freshener. Admittedly the scent is a blend of rose, jasmine and musk, but perhaps that is the perfect environment for considerate drivers? For those who would rather skip the musk and embrace the calming benefits of the flower, here are some of the best rose scented products to indulge in…
For soothing your skin
Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream, £30.50
You’d be hard-pressed to find a make-up artist who doesn’t have this nourishing cream in their kit bag. Not only does Dr Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream pack a good hydrating punch, but it is also incredibly soothing. Whether you’ve got dry, sensitive or oily skin, this face cream is definitely worth the investment.
For calming your mind
de Mamiel Sleep Series, from £37
Aromatherapist and acupuncturist Annee de Mamiel regularly adds rose to her blends and no where more so than the bestselling Sleep Series. The stress-reducing, sleep-inducing Settle, £40, utilises wild rose, while the relaxing Anchor, £42, balm pulls on Persian rose powers to help you unwind before bed. While both formulas are designed to help you get a good night’s sleep, they can be used throughout the day to help calm a whirling mind.
For full body relaxation
Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Cream, £42
Championing both the soothing scent and the skin nourishing capabilities of rose, this sumptuous cream is the perfect choice for those who want to embrace the flower from head-to-toe. In true Aromatherapy Associates form, there’s also geranium, evening primrose oil and shea butter to ensure the formula offers spa-like indulgence, whether you’re using it in the morning or before bed.