Showdown: Rose Fragranced Body Creams and Butters

Moroccan Rose Body Butter and Perfume by The Body Shop
Moroccan Rose Body Butter and Perfume by The Body Shop

I love anything rose scented – but it has to smell natural. Having very dry skin, I also need something rich but not too greasy, something that will hydrate for a long time. Having tried almost all rose-scented body creams available, I can give fellow rose-lovers a good run-down of all rose-scented body creams and lotions I am currently using or have tried:

Aromatherapy Associates Rose Body Cream
Aromatherapy Associates Renew Rose Body Cream

During my pregnancy, my skin was very dry. I used Aromatherapy Associates Renew Rose Hydrating Body Gel, (US$43.00), which smells heavenly, like pure rosewater, in combination with the Renew Rose Body Cream. Aromatherapy Associates is a UK brand, by the way, and it does not use any petrochemicals, sulfates, silicones, artificial fragrances and parabens, which is why I love their products.  While I love the Rose Hydrating Body Gel, it was not hydrating enough; the Rose Body Cream, which works very well, has more of a sandalwood scent (which is one of the leading ingredients) than a rosewater scent. The cream kept my skin very smooth with shea butter and evening primrose oil, and I don’t even have any stretchmark postpartum, but I wish that it smelled more like roses instead of the much stronger sandalwood. Considering it is expensive, I need it to be everything I want in a body cream!

I also used the Renew Rose Body Oil by Aromatherapy Associates too, but it also smells more like sandalwood as well, although the neroli oil in it really makes my skin glowing and firm! (I used the entire Renew Rose line including facial care products – they are heavenly!)

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Body Cream, US$28.00
Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Body Cream, US$28.00

Seeking a cheaper rose body cream, I tried Crabtree & Evelyn’s Rosewater Body Cream. The main ingredient for hydration is glycerin. It has a strong rosewater scent, but it is strong and rather artificial. For my very dry skin, I didn’t find the cream hydrating enough. So my search continued.

Weleda Wild Rose Body Lotion, US$20.00
Weleda Wild Rose Body Lotion, US$20.00

Seeking more natural ingredients and less additives, I tried out Weleda’s Wild Rose Body Lotion, made in Germany without any additives or parabens. It comes in a heavy blue glass bottle. At first the price didn’t seem too bad – it was less expensive than the Crabtree & Evelyn and more than half the price of Aromatherapy Associates. But it was only 100ml – which I used up in just one week.

The lotion itself is very light and hydrating, with various natural moisturizers such as shea butter and jojoba. I do need to put two layers on, which is why it ran out so quickly. The texture is quite runny but absorbs quickly. However, the smell is extremely strong and does not really smell like roses. It is so pungent that I cannot use it around my baby because she did not like it (neither does my husband). So after I finished the 100ml bottle, I had to look – again – for the perfect rose body cream.

Rosebud Ultra Rich Body Cream by L'Occitane, US$21.00
Rosebud Ultra Rich Body Cream by L Occitane, US$21.00

L’Occitane is one of my favorite brands – I love its eco-concious efforts and A.O.C. ingredients, especially their restraint in using parabens and chemical sunscreens. I have used their Shea Butter body creams before and they work so well – but they never had the rose scented version until now. Their Rosebud Ultra Rich Body Cream, with 25% shea butter, is exactly what I want, and more – the Moroccan extract and rose oil give it a nice fresh and fruity scent. I do wish it came in a bigger size though (currently it is in 3.5 oz jar)!

Rose Body Souffle by Fruits & Passion, US$30.00
Rose Body Souffle by Fruits & Passion, US$30.00

Then I discovered Fruits & Passion’s Rose Body Souffle. Now, Fruits & Passion is one of my staple brands too, and it is Canadian (Montreal based). I love their Green Apple line and I use Cucina in my kitchen for handwash, fragrance and countertop cleaner. The smell of their Rose Body Souffle is very nice actually, and for 6.7oz, it is quite generous. However, the only complaint I have is that it does contain petrolatum. I took a look at their other body butters and all of them contain petrolatum. It is a pity because I do like the brand, but my skin is sensitive and I do not like using petrochemicals in my personal care products.

REN Damask Rose Ramnose Biosaccharide Body Cream, US$44.00
REN Damask Rose Ramnose Biosaccharide Body Cream, US$44.00

Being a fan of Ren products, I had to try its Damask Rose Ramnose Biosaccharide Body Cream. Ren products have zero additives – like Aromatherapy Associates, it does not even use PEGs. This product is probably the most rose-like – the smell is just like rose because it is rose. While I love the smell of Aromatherapy Associates’ Renew Rose Hydrating Body Gel the best, REN’s rose body cream is extremely nice because it smells like natural rose. However, for 6.7oz the price is as steep as Aromatherapy Associates’. At the rate I go through body creams, I need something a little more affordable!

Moroccan Rose Body Butter by the Body Shop, US$20.00
Moroccan Rose Body Butter by the Body Shop, US$20.00

When I walked into the closest The Body Shop in my neighborhood, I knew I found my holy grail of rose body butter. It was just waiting for me! I took a quick look at the ingredients – no petrolatum or mineral oil! At US$20.00 (CAD$20.00 in Canada) for 200ml, it is very affordable.

The texture is not as thick as Fruits & Passion’s or L’Occitane’s body creams – it is somewhere between a lotion and a cream, but it does go on very smoothly and spreads easily. What I love about it is that it is very hydrating – even my very dry skin only needs one layer and it lasts all day. The fragrance is not strong but even after a whole day, I can still smell a faint, natural rose note.

I must stress the smell because the scent is very much like real moroccan rose. The main moisturizing ingredients are community trade shea butter, soy oil and babassu oil. With The Body Shop, you aren’t just paying for the products – you are helping communities in developing countries.Â

For price, quality and conscience, I think I have finally found my favorite rose body cream!

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