I’m not the world’s biggest fan of rose scents but I cannot deny that the delicate scent of fresh rose blooms uplifts the spirit and makes me feel girly and happy. Rose water is also popular for use as a face mist, to hydrate skin, set makeup or just refresh yourself when it’s hot.
I happen to be quite a fan of the Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water of which I’ve already gone through about 2 bottles thus far, from the days when it came in a lovely glass bottle, till it’s current packaging in a plastic bottle. I like how soothing and comfortable it is on my skin and I use it primarily as a post-cleanse facial treat.
But you know what? As lovely as it is, I found it pricey. I recently tried a new brand on a bit of a whim and to my surprise, I like it, and it’s very kind to my wallet. So here we have it – a Save and Splurge post for rose floral waters. I haven’t done one of these for a long time have I? 😀
SPLURGE: Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water – RM122/200ml
The splurge option will be the Melvita Rose floral water which I reviewed a while ago. It’s very nice. The scent of roses is not too strong, and is refreshingly of fresh roses. I find it hydrating on skin so you can use it as a hydrating toner after your cleansing and it cools and soothes the skin, while leaving it feeling lovely.
Get this if: You want a certified organic product, You prefer a distilled rose floral water as opposed to one mixed with essential oil
Buy it from: Melvita stores or Melvita online
SAVE: Heritage Store Rose Petals Rosewater – US$6.52 (Approx RM21)/240ml
I was shopping iHerb.com one day when I somehow came upon this brand that received a lot of positive comments and reviews. I do use rose water mists quite a lot in my skincare routine, so I was intrigued, and ordered a bottle to try. I have to say, it’s lovely! The product comes in a pink plastic bottle, and the spray mist is fine and the mist is fine enough to hydrate and refresh the skin without leaving it feeling sopping wet.
I usually use this after cleansing, as a hydrating treat and before I go on to my toners (although I use it after an exfoliating toner – yes, my skincare routine is complex 😛 ) It seems to cool down my skin on hot days (I like to just mist my face with it for fun sometimes when I’m at home) and it refreshes. The scent of roses is quite strong but it isn’t cloying, just the fresh smell of blooms.
You could use this any way that you’d normally use a face mist – to set makeup, to refresh your skin, to mix with skincare to thin it, as a body mist if you like the scent that much… possibilities are endless. The ingredients are just 2 – Vor-mag water and Rosa Damescena (hydroessential rose) flower oil.
Vor-mag water is supposed to be water that has been vortexed and magnetized to raise the energy to a higher vibration that they believe to be more beneficial. I find it esoteric so I’m discounting all benefits ascribed to it. All in all, as a rosewater facial mist, I’d say this is an excellent value.
Get this if: You are on a budget, You don’t mind that it is a blend of water and essential oil
Buy it from: iHerb.com (If you use my code MPW213 you get 5% off. This item is quite heavy but airmail shipping to Malaysia is $4 up to about 2kg and I’ve shipped it together with some light items for that price. It takes a while to get here, but I’m fine with it. Otherwise, opt for the DHL shipping which is quicker)
I will not call them dupes, because the composition of the products are different. Melvita uses a distillation process to obtain their floral waters and that I understand can add to cost. Also, Melvita is certified organic so you know where their products are coming from. If those matter to you then you will pick Melvita’s floral water.
As for Heritage Store Rosewater, I like it because I can be lavish with it without feeling a pinch on my wallet. But I do have to order it online and it can take a while to get here (I’ve seen it sold online locally for double the price. I’d take my chances with iHerb any day) so that’s one of its downsides. In a pinch therefore, I’d pick the Save option and go with the Heritage Store Rosewater because my wallet likes it. But if I were feeling flush (or green), then I’d go for Melvita which is easier to get locally.
Do you use a rose water mist? Have you tried either of these?
I use a floral water mist almost like a face prep for my skincare to follow. It seems to help with hydration and it seems to help products absorb more quickly into my skin thereafter. It also feels and smells nice so that might be the biggest incentive of them all! 😀 Do you have a brand you like?
Product prices and availability are as set out above within the post. This post contains an affiliate link but I never recommend things or websites that I don’t personally like or use!
Save and Splurge is where I show you similar items by different brands that I have tried. They may not work quite the same way, but it’ll offer you options for your wallet for a similar effect/product. Do note however, that it is based on products I have tried, so whilst there are many save and splurge options out there, these are my views and choices. You can find more under the category of Save & Splurge.