At risk of furthering the female stereotype, I absolutely love getting a bouquet of roses. They make me feel special and instantly beautify any space. But give me roses in my skincare and we're playing in a whole different ballgame.
While slathering pure rose petals or rose water on your skin is luxurious enough on its own, the flower actually has huge beauty benefits. It's anti-inflammatory, has antibacterial and anti-oxidizing properties, and is deeply soothing, hydrating, and brightening—a renaissance elixir. I've long known these facts to be true and as a result, I splash pure Moroccan rose water on my skin and press on Fresh's Rose Face Mask ($62) (which is infused with real rose petals) on before bed, both of which are always met with smooth, bright, and glowing skin.
So when I heard about the sister product to my beloved Fresh mask, the Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner ($45), and that it's trending by over 3300% on Google, I couldn't test it out fast enough.
First, it looks a bit like egg drop soup (which I love, so I find it enticing) due to the real rose petals floating in the concoction of rose fruit extract, rosewater, angelica leaf extract, and hyaluronic acid. From the get-go, it's love at first sight.
It's touted as an alcohol-free "cleansing toner," so I use it right after I wash my face. I always avoid patting my skin dry first because your skin absorbs more product when it's wet than when it's dry. After dispensing it onto a cotton pad (the bottle opening is quite small, so the petals don't actually come in contact with your skin), I wipe it all along my face in upward motions and find that it helps remove every last trace of makeup or dirt I may have missed while cleansing. Then, to seal in the hydration, I immediately place an emollient moisturizer on top.
After a few days of using it, I noticed my skin looked brighter, more even, and dewier. Plus, the smell is so lovely that it's a nice treat to use before bed and to wake up to first thing in the morning. Consider this rose accepted.