There are roses. And then there’s Rose de Mai. A flower so rare that it blooms for only three weeks a year, in Grasse, the flower capital of France. The entire year’s production of this clear and sweet-scented rose, whose petals carry the notes of pale honey and green earth, is less than one day’s production of Bulgarian rose.
This makes Rose de Mai oil so rare and costly that I know of only one brand which uses it in high concentrations for skincare: Chantecaille.
Sylvie Chantecaille, the brand’s founder, is the high priestess of botanical beauty, creating products that are not only luxurious and high performing but also don’t use any animal products or mineral oils.
And I am currently in love with the Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil, which apparently contains 1,000 roses. Honestly, as a beauty editor you get pretty jaded with tall promises but this particular face oil is something special. Rose de Mai makes it a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which helps to calm, purify and revive the skin. It’s also rich in fatty acids that nourish and rejuvenate the skin tissues.
I started using it after spending a bit too much time in Capri’s tropical sun and my skin stayed irritation-free and continued to thrive despite the agonizing heat. The key is to use just a tiny amount, since it’s so potent.
I find it works best when I mix it with my moisturizer at night. It’s also great for prepping my skin before makeup. Not only does it give a beautiful glow, makeup also tends to stay on longer.
And then there are days when I just take the tiniest drop in my hands (it is super-expensive, after all) and let the beautiful aromas calm me down, relax me, help me float into deep sleep.
Rating: 5/5 (which is rare in my book!)
Do you know of any other brand that uses good concentrations of Rose de Mai? Would love to explore.