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Reading several of my fellow bloggers’ posts, I stumbled upon a new brand to me: Rosalena. After seeing raves from Kelly (Kellilash), Cat (Cat’s Daily Living), and Mika (Hello Himawari), I knew I had to try. These ladies have such pristine taste, I knew that the Great Britain-based company Rosalena would work for me.
I read a bit about the founders of Rosalena on their website. I thought I’d share the following excerpt from them that I found to be particularly insightful to what this brand is all about:
“Rosalena Skincare is the journey of two women that developed the ultimate range of oil-based skincare. Helena and Maja are keen to encourage the importance of dialogue between wellbeing and natural skincare to achieve maximum skin benefit. Rosalena Skincare oils combine the ancient wisdom of plant oils with contemporary botanical actives with no additives or preservatives, for maximum skin benefit.”
This brand really utilizes the many benefits of facial oils. You can read all about why to use a face oil on their site, but I like that their oils are natural, full of antioxidants, and easily absorbed into the skin. Any skin type can use face oils, as they can balance our skin’s naturally-produced oils. They don’t use any synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates, or artificial colors in their oils. All ingredients are naturally derived.
I ordered two of their facial oils: Frank & Sense and Rock & Rose. I didn’t order Frank & Sense in a typical manner; I subscribed to the luxury subscription service Mintd Box a couple of months ago to receive my first box that would contain the full-size oil, among other items.
I purchased Rock & Rose from their website with Kelly’s 20% off code (Cat also has a code, I wish I could have supported both of my friends in my order!), so the £42 retail price was lowered to £33.60, and shipping was £4.30. This was ~$52 total. I was delighted to receive an email from one of the co-founders, Helena, thanking me for my purchase and acknowledging that I heard about the oil from Kelly. She told me to simply let her know if I had any questions. I received my product in a very reasonable amount of time from their base in Great Britain (I forget how long it took, but it was much faster than I anticipated), and it also included a sample and note with the beautiful presentation.
Frank & Sense – to repair and replenish
“An all-season beauty oil rich in antioxidants & bio-active ingredients that rehydrate, regenerate & nourish your skin. The perfect antidote for seasonal skin transitions, especially effective as an after sun repair and to combat the drying effects of winter. Get Your Glow, whatever the weather.”
There are tons of beautiful ingredients in this oil. Rosalena breaks down the ingredients list on their product page here if you’re interested in reading, but I will highlight a few. Buriti oil (listed as Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil) is called the “tree of life” by its natives in the Amazon. It’s packed with Vitamins C and E and fatty acids. Calendula Oil (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract) heals damaged skin with its anti-inflammatory properties.
The first thing I noticed about Frank & Sense, besides the deep yellow-orange color, was the scent. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I later determined that I think it smells like freshly cooked, plain pasta. I don’t mind the scent at all, though it does make me giggle (Pasta? Am I crazy?). Perhaps this is the mindfulness I need, in the form of a little moment of silliness.
I use the dropper to dispense two to three drops onto my fingers and rub them together to warm the oil. I start by patting onto my face, and then gently massaging upwards, as suggested by the brand. I rub the excess onto my neck and into my cuticles.
It takes several hours for this oil to fully absorb into my skin. My face will look fairly shiny and feel a bit oily to the touch, but there’s no heavy feeling. For this reason, I prefer to use these oils as nighttime moisturizers. I wake up with soft, hydrated, healthy-looking skin! It’s a wonderful feeling to wake up with balanced skin.
Rock & Rose – to revitalise & brighten
“A natural radiance booster enriched with vitamins and bio-active ingredients to rejuvenate and brighten skin. Long lasting hydration for noticeably lifted and glowing skin. An antioxidant rich, daily face oil to illuminate your complexion and energise skin and mind.”
Again, I encourage you to check out their full ingredients list here to get an idea of just how many power-packed components are in this oil. Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita Pepo Seed Oil) supposedly “adds a radiant glow,” due to its essential fatty acids and vitamin E. Prickly Pear Oil (Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil) is a powerhouse ingredient high in fatty acids and vitamin E, plus amino acids to stimulate collagen production.
Of the two, I have truly fallen head-over-heels in love with Rock & Rose. It’s a lighter yellow oil than Frank & Sense. The scent is herbal and a tad rosy, and I find it very soothing. Not only does my skin feel nourished when I wake up, but it is more smooth and brighter – as if I’m glowing. My skin texture and appearance has really improved. I’ve felt much more confident going with low-coverage makeup, or even skipping makeup altogether.
As fall transitions into winter, my skin is usually in deep need of repair. With these oils, my skin has felt strong, hydrated, and balanced. A little bit goes a long way, so these are entirely worth the money; they will last me a long time. I’m incredibly happy to have been introduced to this brand by my friends! I have my eye on the Goodness & Tonic Face Toner next!
Read about Rosalena on their website and check out their Instagram page to learn more about them. I recommend using Kelly’s or Cat’s code to get a nice discount if you’re interested! Their blog posts are linked above and contain their codes.