I’m utterly charmed by this new beauty brand which has transformed my skin after just a few days of using it. Rosina’s Lotions & Potions not only looks pretty but it fuses science and nature to offer a range of work-hard, results-driven products.
As the name suggests, the range of products is based around rose, which is high in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant and has healing properties, not to mention a lovely, delicate fragrance. The brand also has an interesting backstory, spanning three generations of beauty connoisseurs and the prettiest packaging I have come across.
Founder Sophie Reynolds, a trained beauty therapist, has taken inspiration from her grandmother’s original beauty brand and has reinvented it for the 21st century. Concocted mainly from aloe vera and rose water, Rosina’s Lotions and Potions first started life as the invention of Sophie’s grandmother Rosina, a dancer at the infamous Eve Club in London. She eventually created a popular range of cosmetics after starting to make products at her kitchen table to counteract the negative effects of the stage make-up she had to wear. Her passion for beauty was then passed on to her daughter – Lesley – Sophie’s mother – who herself became a beauty practitioner and is now the renowned founder of the Harley Street Skin Clinic. All three women have worked on the reimagination of the brand, pooling their know-how and experience garnered from each of their generations.
Harnessing the best organic ingredients with the latest scientific breakthroughs – with a dash of vintage glamour – the products aim to stave off the effects of ageing, protect against the environment and keep skin looking young and vibrant. Central to the range is the Rose Perfecting Oil, £29, which comes in a dainty little bottle with tassle. The lightweight, super-nourishing oil is high in vitamin C and helps to lock in moisture and keep skin smooth. It can be used directly on the skin under your serum or moisturiser, although I have been adding it to my moisturiser and mixing it in before application for an old-fashioned apothecary approach. Smells divine and leaves skin soft and dewy.
Follow up with the Fountain of Youth Serum (£65). This has a wonderful rich texture and feels super-luxe, giving big-brand names a run for their money. It has a fairly high price point, yes, but only a few drops are needed so it will last for ages. I’ve been using this each morning after washing my face and it has an immediate effect – which I love – with my skin appearing instantly fresh, awake and radiant. A winner.
Rosina’s Rose Radiance Vanishing Cream, £55, (adore the name) is a wonderful day moisturiser. It sinks into skin leaving it soft to touch and delicately fragranced. If time permits, massage this in, using upward strokes, to really leave your skin velvety smooth and deeply hydrated.
Rosina’s Glorious Rose Cleansing Milk, £35, and Rose Velvet Skin Tonic, £30, work together to take off the day’s residue and grime. Apply the cleanser all over on damp skin and massage it in. Then simply wipe off with a damp face flannel and your skin will be transformed. I’ve been using this for just a few days and my skin has felt incredible afterwards. I think it is the combination of the rose and the act of rinsing off with water which has cleared my skin (which has been blemished for a while).
Follow up with the toner on a cotton wool pad – it takes off any residue of the cleanser and any last remnants of make-up as well as toning and tightening the pores.
I love the fact that the range has a an-all encompassing approach with its product line (it has everything you need, from cleanser to moisturiser, and the ingredients are based around the same rose heart) so you feel all the range works in complete harmony with each other and there aren’t tons of clashing ingredients going on your skin.
There are even handmade lip balms in a choice of rose, orange flower and mint choice chip flavours, £4.50, and handmade soaps, £5.50, which are kind to the skin, free from chemicals and made with natural ingredients (ideal for gifts, too, and have a charming, old-fashioned feel about them).
It goes without saying that the retro packaging is dreamy. Lovely stripes combined with rose illustrations are simply gorgeous. Showing the design off is this gorgeous Bees Wax Candle scented with rose essential oil, £40. It comes in a delicate hand-printed glass, with the signature floral rose and bee design, and leaves your room wonderfully scented with warm tuber rose. This is a fantastic present if you can bear to give it away!
Rosina’s Lotions & Potions may be channelling the vintage cosmetic collections of the 1950s, but it also taps into the best current day skincare know-how – the result is a covetable range of goodies that offer luxury beauty intelligence without the harsh effects of other technologically orientated brands. It’s looking rosy.