Roses et Reines is a part of L’Occitane’s elegant rose collection (along with Rose 4 Reines). Some items are still available on hqhair.
4 roses are in the heart of this collection – Turkish, Grasse, Bulgarian and Moroccan rose. Together, they give a light, slightly sweet and timeless fragrance to all the products from the collection. I am not a fan of rose scent – often it can be too strong and, as much as I dislike using this word, old-fashioned. L’Occitane have, however, created a nice, fresh composition which is not overwhelming for which I’m grateful as it means that I can use it without having a headache.
I have tried three items from the collection which I received as a GWP from hqhair. They came in a cute, fabric pink purse with printed roses.
Rose et Reines Shower Scrub is a super light exfoliator. It works fine as a gentle daily exfoliator, but it doesn’t contain enough scrubbing particles to provide proper exfoliation. It makes your skin soft and clean, it doesn’t dry it out and it leaves a light rose scent.
I use it as a shower gel – it doesn’t later up well, but the exfoliating grains help to clean the skin. I would never use it as a scrub because it is too weak. The full size comes in a 200ml tube and retails fro GBP18.
Roses et Reines Beautifying Body Milk is a super light body moisturizer. It spreads easily and you need only a tiny amount for the entire body; however, it is not that moisturizing. I find that it works well for my skin during summer, but I don’t have too dry skin. I would not recommend it for someone with super dry skin who needs a lot of moisture.
The body milk sinks in quickly – a definite plus in my book. It has slightly stronger rose scent which lingers on the skin. I can smell it even after 20 hours. The full size of the milk comes in a 250 ml bottle and retail for GBP 20.
Roses and Reines Hand Cream is a rose scented cream with shea butter. I find that is has slightly lighter consistency compared to their original Shea Butter cream, but it is still pretty moisturizing. This product also has a light rose scent. It is not too greasy and it sinks in quickly. it is a nice cream on the go. The full size of the cream contains 75 ml and retails for 14 GBP.
Would I (re)purchase any of these items? My opinion leans strongly to the “NO” side. I already have a more affordable options for shower gel, body scrub and body milk. Instead of hand creams I prefer to use oil. Basically, every item here has a more affordable alternative. The scent isn’t a big plus for me – even though I like this rose scent, it is still not something that I would crave. On the other hand, if they ever did a Tiare inspired collection, nothing would stop me from getting every single item. In the end, it all boils down to how much you like the scent of the products.