There’s no denying that a dozen ravishing roses is a fabulous gift to receive on Valentine’s Day.
But once the blooms have wilted and the aroma faded, you’re left with just a memory of the romantic gesture.
Rose beauty treats, on the other hand, leave a lasting reminder of that special someone every time you use them.
From posy pink polishes to kissable lip colours and petal-infused perfumes, here are 12 floral finds to rival even the most spectacular bouquet...
CREAMS OF THE CROP
A lotion or moisturising oil makes an even more luxurious gift when it’s scented with the Queen of Flowers.
Relaunched to celebrate the brand’s 30th birthday, Aromatherapy Associates’ delectable body lotion is your guaranteed route to rose-infused relaxation. Slather the rich cream on daily to leave skin feeling as soft as rose petals.
L’Occitane’s latest fragrance, Arlesienne, is centred around rose accords from the famous French Grasse region, enhanced by sweet violet and saffron. The range’s Beauty Oil carries the delicate scent, while softening skin and adding gloss to hair.
Nail varnish may not seem special enough for the most romantic day of the year, but choose from the top end of the market and you’ll find beautifully packaged pots that will delight any mani-addict.
As you’d expect from a French brand, Soigne nail polishes are dressed up ever so chicly, in little black and white boxes. Try Limonade Rose for a delicate hint of pastel pink.
Paul & Joe’s beauty range is a vintage lover’s dream, and the embossed glass nail varnish pots are no exception. New for spring, Perroquet Rose is a seductive soft pink that’s pretty enough to sit on even the most decadent dressing table.
Every bottle from Only Fingers + Toes, a relatively new player on the posh polish scene, is housed in a luxe slate grey box, and you can opt for gift-wrapping too, if you’re worried your skills aren’t quite up to scratch.
SMELLING LIKE ROSES
Fragrances based on the unforgettable aroma of rose are lush, feminine and will never go out of style.
The latest addition to the beloved Jo Malone line-up is Red Roses Cologne, a blend of no less than seven varieties of the heavenly floral, with a dash of lemon and hint of honeycomb. You can personalise your perfume too, by having the bottle or lid engraved.
A scaled-down version of Marni’s signature scent, this dinky doll is really too pretty to be hidden in a handbag. But she makes a lovely gift for lovers of the rose, almond and patchouli perfume.
Arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day, Thinking Of Love from Mary Kay is a citrusy scent that marries mandarin with pink peppercorn and Turkish rose petals. The bottle comes topped with a little locket keepsake, too.
KISSED BY A ROSE
The spring make-up collections are chock-full of pinkish complexion enhancers and pout perfectors, to emulate that first flush of love glow.
Case in point: Bobbi Brown’s Rose Shimmer Brick, a shimmering rosy rainbow that runs from raspberry to rosewood, finishing with a dash of pale gold highlighter. Then there’s M&S’ Autograph marbled blusher, a pretty peachy-pink that looks like a blooming rose head too.
Chanel’s lip liner in Rose Delicat is the perfect base for petal-pink lipstick, while Origins’ new KissZing crayons deliver a subtle wash of colour and keep your lips kissably soft.