Red Flower is known for petal topped candles, globally inspired fragrances and saying things like "skincare is a daily practice." It's what I imagine Aveda would be like if Host Rechelbacher didn't sell his company to Esteé Lauder and instead continued on a path of mindfulness both in formulation and ideology.
That said, when Red Flower launched a skincare line, I was skeptical about its efficacy. They do fragrances and candles so well, it's rare that lines cross over into skincare with as much success as fanfare.
I'm happy to be wrong. I was given a few samples of their Rose Collagen Renewal Face Serum and packed them on a trip to bone-dry Denver during an exceptionally chilly week. A 100% natural cocktail of seven fruit and flower extracts, including damask rose for anti-aging vitamin A to restore and repair the daily toll that the sun and free radicals wreak. Plus cloudberry and raspberry seed extracts for antioxidant protection and fatty acids, to protect against further environmental damage. It's geared for sensitive, mature and stressed skin types – and I love that "stressed" is now a skin type.
It's labeled as a serum, but this is really an oil that feels dense, but at the same time, supple. It's clear, light golden and spreads easily. It's expensive, but a little bit goes a very long way, and the aroma of roses lingers minutes after application. My skin soaked it right up, and hours later my skin was still hydrated and comfortable. Airplane cabin air ordinarily leaves my face feeling parched, but this oil kept dryness at bay during my roundtrip flights. Designed for use both at night or in the morning, I found my skin looking satiated in the morning and my makeup blended easily over it. Bonus: it's also recommended for mild eczema.
Ingredients : water (aqua), certified organic jojoba (simmondsia chinensis) oil, coconut (cocos nucifera) (and) aloe (aloe barbadensis) leaf oil, vegetable wax, beeswax, apricot (prunus armeniaca) oil, certified organic honey, glycerin, avocado (persea gratissima) oil, sweet almond (prunus amygdalis dulcis) oil, cloudberry (rubus chamaemorus) seed oil, strawberry (fragaria ananassa) seed oil, birch bud (betula alba) extract, benzyl alcohol (and) dehydroacetic acid, vitamin e tocopherol t-50, garden mint (mentha viridis) oil, certified organic rosewood (aniba rosaedora) oil, frankincense (boswelia carterii) oil, palmarossa (cymbopogon martini) oil, rose (rosa damascena) oil, moroccan rose (rosa centifolia) oil.
$86 / beautyhabit.com