I live for the love of two scents: oud and rose.
Oud is noble and reminds me of my arabian roots which I am extremely proud of. Rose is feminine, timeless and elegant. It symbolises purity and innocence, which to me, are the main aspects of a proper lady.
Rose Oud by Illuminum is a mixture of oud and rose and it makes this perfume perfect. It includes oud, Moroccan rose and lily of the valley which happen to be my second favourite flower after roses.
Those who know me well know I have countless pictures at Roses Costes Dani Roses in Paris. Jeff Leatham makes the most edible flower arrangements ever, but Dani’s boutique has something special. Something artisanal and simple. Her roses are organic and picked with a lot of attention and love. Each client is taken care of in a proper way and can also be involved in the arrangement itself. It makes the flowery-gift personal and shows affection and care.
Persians are the ones who invented rose water. In the Middle Ages, rose water was used to clean hands before eating. Roses have also been used medicinally, and nowadays, roses are also used in baking. The Marie Antoinette rose and raspberry buchette by Ladurée being my absolute favourite.
Beauty wise, roses have anti-inflammatory properties which reduce skin irritation. They are revitalizing, refleshing and give the skin a natural glow. Rose water can be used as a skin toner or as a makeup setter. My personal favourite product is the Rose mist by Kora Organics that also includes noni and aloe.
Perfection is in simplicity, and in order to make homemade organic rose water, all one needs is organic roses and distilled water. The method is extremely simple. The roses and water need to be let simmer for 20 min on a medium low heat. After the mixture is strained and the petals separated from the water, rose water can be stored and ready to use.
The result in epic!