Fine, fresh, and fabulous! Though some might prefer glamorizing their space with a giant bouquet (preferably held in the grasp of their charming boo), we choose to soak in the untainted benefits of mother earth’s bounty in beauty form. Yes, we’re talking about formulas enriched with precious extracts and essential oils obtained from flowers of all kinds, and are taking 2021 by storm for all the right reasons.
So, picture your countryside vacay, feel the spell draw you in, and experience heaven right from the comfort of your home. From a fragrance that feels like a floral garland IRL to a chamomile-infused body cream that perks up your skin and soul, here are the sweetest treats to freshen up your routine. Which one will you try first?
What’s in it? Natural extracts of white lotus, camellia, and witch hazel flowers
Here’s why this botanical toner is hailed as ‘the bomb’ of Korean Beauty. White lotus flower purifies and tightens the pores and controls excess sebum production. Boasting with brightening and firming properties, it contains natural exfoliants that keep the complexion in its most youthful state. The formula also contains antioxidant-rich camellia flower extracts that effectively hydrates and nourishes. The witch hazel replenishes the skin’s natural barrier, soothes irritation and prevents blemishes. Now that’s the trifecta to make skinimalism official, non?
What’s in it? The all-time decadent, romantic rose
Go from budding to full bloom with this pretty-as-a-rose blush. Formulated with cold-pressed rosehip seed oil, the supple, rose-shaped petals present in the blush not only deliver a kiss of sultry, rosy color but also intensely hydrate, brighten and fight free radicals in the skin. Each of the six shades is multi-dimensional, creating the perfect, natural-looking flush for WFH calls, Zoom dates and everything in between. Plus, it also makes for a pretty addition to your vanity.
What’s in it? White nectarine, orange, jasmine, tuberose, patchouli, vanilla, and gardenia flowers
That elegant spirit of nostalgia. We’ve bottled up that sensation for every layer of you. The daydream-worthy notes of gardenia, jasmine, and vanilla (which btw, smell comforting, warm and freshly-picked and not like dried-up, powdery potpourri) make the heart of this fragrance, while Sri Lankan sandalwood and fruity notes of white nectarine and orange flower give it an edge of sophistication. Equal parts fresh and floral, a single whiff of this down-to-earth scent conjures the joy of springtime blooms. So divine. So lush.
What’s in it? Naturally-derived cherry blossom oil
While Japanese sakura flowers’ delicate, sweet scent gets all the glory, it’s what’s inside that actually does wonders for the hair and scalp. This stellar shampoo proves that the strand revitalizing properties of cherry blossom can leave even the driest of locks feeling soft and full of bounce. Babassu, sweet almond oil, and coconut-derived ingredients deeply yet gently cleanse hair, while maintaining healthy lipids and oils. And if that’s not enough to boost your mood, the juicy floral pure-fume aroma containing 38 flower and plant essences certainly will.
What’s in it? Geranium and lavender essential oils
Sweet dreams are made of THIS. While counting sheep won’t just cut the pandemic-induced smaller number of zzz’s, you can count on this sleep-inducing fragrance to help you nod off and let the world sod off. Enriched with floral essential oils, it turns your bedroom into a spa-like oasis that eases you into a gentle state of bliss. While lavender helps calm stress and anxiety, geranium, blended with sandalwood reduces wakefulness and preps you for bedtime. Just rub a few drops of this elixir on your pillow (or massage it on your feet) for your BEST. SLEEP. EVER.
What’s in it? Natural essential oils of chamomile and bergamot
Hands down, every fragrance from Bath & Body Works is a mind-rejuvenating treat, but this one caresses the soul. Soothing aloe and rich shea butter work to restore dry, dull skin, while a masterful cocktail of chamomile and bergamot essential oil awaken a sluggish mind and creates a sense of well-being. As luxuriously silky as you’d imagine, it gives the skin a soft, subtle glow sans that cloying feeling. Day or night, it’s perfect when you’re in search of a little pick-me-up to see you through anxious Sundays spent inside.
What’s in it? Pure essential oils of lavender, palmarosa and ylang ylang
Fun fact: oils mimic the natural lipids found in our bodies and just like serums, they penetrate to the deepest layers to create a better, smoother skin surface. That said, we love how this luxurious self-care delight locks in moisture and deeply hydrates for a healthy, glaze-y glow. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a heavy residue. Our favorite part, though, is the scent: the sensorial blend of lavender, palmarosa and ylang ylang that relaxes the muscles, alleviates fatigue and calms the mind, while making you smell like a rich Indo-French baby. Bonus points for a chemical-free ingredient list.