Reviewed by Erica

When I received the very small package of E’shee’s Clinical Silk Rose Essence ($119), I could hardly wait to try it!  Well it’s been almost 6 weeks later, and I can honestly say it is definitely not for me.

Let me explain why I was so excited.  I had recently stopped using Retin A, which I had been using for about a year, and I loved what it did for my oily, acne prone skin.  So when I started researching the benefits of rose oil for your skin, I was surprised to discover that it works in a similar way, just a more natural way.  It is a natural form of retinoic acid, which is controversial for skin benefits, but has done well for my skin in the past.

Silky Rose Essence also contains a lot of silicones and fillers.  I wasn’t completely turned off by this, since I use a make up primer and essentially all a make up primer is, is a combination of silicones and other products to help smooth the skin superficially.

So I decided to replace my primer with the Rose Essence. I used it for seven days when my face first broke out with terribly large red pimples.  I stopped using it for about 3 weeks to allow my skin to calm down. I decided to try it again, since I thought maybe the culprit for my face breaking out might have been the new cleanser I started using at the same time. I know that sometimes your face may go through a “purging” stage when using new cleansers.  Well, after another week, my skin broke out yet again.

To say the least, I stopped using it, and had to go back to my old faithful products to clear my skin again.  Maybe it just doesn’t agree with my skin, but even with having oily, acne prone skin, I have been able to use other products, like primers, that have silicones, with no ill effects.  So I guess I am forced to move on to something new.


Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, C12-C15 Benzoate, Phenyl Trimethi- cone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Squalane, Yolk Lecithin, Soluble Silk Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Oil.