ROSE, ROSE, ROSE: African Botanics, MV Organics, YÜLI

We’ve all used products that can only be described as beautiful. They’re the ones that just feel like heaven from the fragrance down to the way they feel, where every time you just feel uplifted, calmed and transported. I’ve noticed that mine all revolve around roses. There are so many roses on the cosmetics market, the majority are synthetic and those can be cloying and overly sweet. But with the rise of green beauty and the demand for authentic ingredients – we’ve been exceptionally fortunate that real, high quality, organic roses are now used in skincare. These are on another level because when done well, they are the most majestic, clean, and luxurious ingredients that really elevate a product into an experience. I’ve been feeling especially in need of pampering but with a simple routine in mid-summer, so this beautifully minimal 3-step rose centered routine has been making me feel like I’ve treated myself to the spa every time.

Cleanse – YÜLI Halcyon Cleanser – Limited Rose Edition: I’ve been using YÜLI’s limited-edition drop for the past two weeks and it has been nothing short of heavenly, especially when the rose gel combines with a cool splash of water on a summer day. Only 500 units of the cleanser were made which sold out after 1 day. The limited quantity was due to the sourcing of roses from private rose gardens that are untouched by any form of commercial harvesting. The OG Halcyon is a staple in my routine, so I knew I’d love this one – I just didn’t realize it would completely take it to another level of luxuriousness of the most pristine roses. It is decadent and like wrapping your face in a hug from roses as impurities are gently lifted from the gel every morning and night. Absolute perfection. *Update: YÜLI just launched at AYLA! And they’re the only place in the US that has this stocked as of this afternoon! Shop here.

Tone – African Botanics Rose Treatment Essence: This has been in my routine for a while and the reason it has lasted this long is that it feels so special that I save it for times when I really want to slow it down and savor a product. The essence is like a buttery-gel that melts into skin and works like it’s part toner, part serum. Sometimes I put it on before an oil, other times I use only the essence which does wonderfully on its own due to a heavy roster of hard-hitting actives and lets me experience the sensorial pleasure of the roses as it hydrates and tones my skin. At this point in the routine, I’ve cupped my hands over my nose and done enough inhales to relieve any stress. I linger in the bathroom for a bit, organizing my shelf, texting friends back, etc. as the humectants and emollients in this essence soak in moisture for my skin.

Moisturize – MV Organics Rose Soothing Protective Moisturizer: To close out the routine is this incredible moisturizer. The price point is high but I need like 1/5 of one pump, basically a tiny string of product for my whole face so it will last and last. What impresses me is that the cream is so rich, yet I’ve never broken out because it just lands on the skin perfectly, with a nice smooth texture that can work as a primer. I read a lot of reviews on Detox Market that said the same thing, saying the cream is thick and rich yet soaks in and doesn’t cause breakouts. The rose in here is full-bodied but not cloying and provides a good cap to my 3-step skincare routine or the olfactive feast of roses.



  1. Nancy
    July 28, 2019 / 7:54 pm

    Thanks for updating with the Ayla link for YULI, so happy to see them carried there. The Halcyon is also sold out there?

    • July 29, 2019 / 1:23 am

      Yes! It got sold out there too. Their drops sell out immediately!

  2. July 29, 2019 / 2:05 pm

    I’m so happy that Yuli is now more accessible on more online and retail store in the US. I have been taken back from trying more Yuli products because of the shipping price when I just want to buy less than 150$ and high $$ on product samples. I love what Ayla Beauty is doing too with their product choices – so selective and their customer service is great.

    I’m also one of the blemish-prone skin people that did not break out from MV Organics Rose Moisturizer. It is beautifully rich and so moisturizing. Of course, saying this, only use if you truly love rose because it is very rose-y.

  3. Ines
    August 18, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    Lovely! I have been enjoying the ride cleanser too – it smells heavenly! Can I ask what your thoughts are on yuli’s ambrosia? Thank you!

    • September 7, 2019 / 12:25 pm

      I’ve been purchasing Ambrosia since it came out, I went 3 months without it to try some other serums and found myself missing it so when I got back on, I was like “OMG this is so good I forgot how much my skin loved it” so now I won’t be without. I just need Yuli to come out with an auto-delivery feature.

  4. August 29, 2019 / 5:45 am

    As a true rose lover, happy sigh imagining all those. Smellovision needs to happen pronto.

    • September 7, 2019 / 12:24 pm

      totally agree! something about actual rose is just so incomparable to a synthetic perfume version no matter how expensive the perfume.

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