What is it about the rose that has elevated it to the universal symbol of romance? Does it trace back to Medieval times, when flowers were seen as a source of magic? Or is it just that a man must shell out a small fortune to buy a nice bouquet of long-stemmed roses, hence demonstrating eternal love for his lady? My theory is that a rose is a unique sensual package. The color of passion, a rose is composed of delicate petals that are soft to the touch, a beautiful bloom that unfolds seductively, and a prickly stem that recalls the hidden snares of love. Most romantic of all is a rose's intoxicating aroma, which is unmistakable in REN Rose Synergy 012 Restoring Facial Serum.

My boudoir has become a veritable garden of botanical products, as I continue my quest for the best that nature has to offer skin. I honor of Valentine's Day, I plucked REN's Rose Synergy serum from my dresser and have included it in my nightly ritual. After washing my face (often with a glycolic cleanser that leaves my skin extra thirsty), I squirt three drops of REN's golden serum into my palm and rub it all over my forehead, cheeks, chin, and neck. A veil of aromatherapy immediately envelops my face, as if I've been crowned with a wreath of roses.

The sensation goes beyond a pleasurable smell. I become transported to a more relaxed state. Rose essential oil, extracted by steam distillation from fresh petals, is known to have uplifting psychological effects. Besides being an aphrodesiac, the complex notes of a rose affect the brain in mysterious ways, from easing stress to calming grief. Essential oil from rose also has antiseptic and tonic properties and is excellent for all skin conditions, particularly mature and sensitive skin.

My skin blissfully drinks up REN's blend of essential and plant-derived oils. Just how many kinds of oil can REN fit into one bud vase? I counted 22. Instead of water, the base ingredients are rice germ and jojoba oils, which improve the skin's barrier function against moisture loss. The list goes on to include oils from camellia, macadamia, soybean, clove, artic cranberry seed, and seabuckthorn. In addition, there is vitamin E, ceramides, phospholipids, and omega 6 and 7 essential fatty acids. This bioactive complex offers protection against oxidative damage, boosts skin repair, and reduces inflammation.

Though the consistency of the serum is greasy, the skin soaks it right up and does not feel weighted down by the oils. Since it is very concentrated, only a few drops of liquid is all you need to fully cover the face and give the skin a natural glow. Dehydrated, sensitive, jet-lagged, aged, or stressed skin will feel an instant dose of refreshment. And the formula is so pure (free of parabens, petrochemicals, sulfates, etc) that it will not clog pores or cause irritation.

I have noticed a radiant softness to my skin the morning after soaking in REN. Between the comforting signals it sends my brain and the thoroughly hydrating results it supplies my skin, this serum has become an addictive appetizer to my regular moisturizer, both in the morning and at night. Just a few squirts of REN's serum is all it takes to give both me and my skin a nourishing boost. It's almost like receiving a bouquet of roses- every single day.


Oryza Sativa Germ Oil (Rice), Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Source Coconut Oil), Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Macademia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil (Geranium), Cymbopogon Martini Oil (Palmarosa), Eugenia Caryophyllus Flower Oil (Clove), Myroxylon Pereirae Oil (Balsam Peru), Citronellol (Source Essential Oils), Geraniol (Source Essential Oils), Eugenol (Source Essential Oils), Linalool (Source Essential Oils), Citral (Source Essential Oils), Farnesol (Source Essential Oils), Limonene (Source Essential Oils), Benzyl Benzoate, Glycine Soja Lipid (Soybean), Oryzanol (Source Rice), Vaccinium Macrocarpon Seed Oil (Cranberry), Hippophae Rhamnoides Berry Oil (Seabuckthorn), Omega 6 Ceramide (Source Carthame), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)