Bodhi & Birch are a beautiful range of mostly body care products who have recently started adding more to their skincare line, which will shortly include the new Rosa Rose collection of three facial products. The Bodhi & Birch Rosa Rosa Skincare Collection consists of the Rosa Rosa Clarifying Cleanser, the Rosa Rosa Hydrating Toner and lastly the Rosa Rosa Daily Moisturiser, all of which are available individually, or as part of a set. The set comes presented in the wonderful box below (apologies for the wonky image, not really sure what happened there…) and has a saving of £15.
I always find Bodhi & Birch products fascinating as their fragrances are so complex and delicately crafted; the brand creator, Elijah Choo, talks so passionately about his formulations, yet he’s very good at explaining it all so you end up able to grasp the concept behind the creation rather than concluding basically that “it smells nice”. The Rosa Rosa collection is a really good representation of what makes the Bodhi & Birch brand so lovely, as the fragrance is exactly the same as you’d experience by grabbing and sniffing an actual rose. There’s not a hint of synthetic sweetening or OTT floralness (it’s a word…) and instead it’s the very pure finish of a Blush Rose; it’s Damask Rose Otto housed within Tunisian Neroli and Roman Camomile that results in a gentle, freshness that’s perfect and sensory for a skincare routine, which is designed for normal to dry skin but I think most skin types other than extremely oily would benefit from these products.
On to the products! I liked the Rosa Rosa Clarifying Cleanser more than I thought I would, although I was expecting a cream, wipe-off cleanser so I was a bit disappointed that it was a wash-off instead. Having said that, this cleanser is a beautiful creamy, gentle and nourishing cleanser than breaks down make-up really well. I didn’t realise it was supposed to foam-up until after I’d done a double cleanse by just gently moving it around the face without being vigorous enough to chase a foam, so I ended up doing a triple cleanse to experience the foaming action – which to me wasn’t really foamy and instead just got milkier, which is much better for skin – and I am very happy to report that my tricky, dehydrated skin didn’t feel tight or dry at all after three washes, so this is definitely a range that’ll suit dry and sensitive skin types. It’s £32.
Next is my favourite of the bunch and the product I’m likely to use up the quickest which is the Rosa Rosa Hydrating Toner. I love, love, LOVE the presentation of this as it’s in a tall glass bottle with a perfume style spray attachment, meaning you can either spray it on the face or spray it on to a cotton pad and use more traditionally. It’s free from alcohol and it feels more like a floral water – so hydrating and gentle on the skin that I’d say it’s heading into Softening Lotion territory. This is the product to try if you want to sample the collection and it’s £28.
Lastly we have the Rosa Rosa Daily Moisturiser, which is my least favourite of the three, but as I don’t have the skin type that this range is technically designed for (normal to dry) it would make sense that I wouldn’t get on too well with it. Having said that, it does exactly what you want from a moisturiser and really nourishes skin; even though it’s designed as a day cream I used it at night and awoke to really moisturised skin. I think spotty skins might find this makes things worse, but obviously it depends on the skin type. The other thing to keep in mind is that you need a good couple of pumps to fully saturate the face; anything less than that and skin will feel a bit tacky which is especially unhelpful under make-up, so if you try this and face the same issue then try adding more. It’s a lovely product, but just not suited to my skin type and it’ll be £35.
There we have thoughts on the Bodhi & Birch Rosa Rosa Skincare Collection, which is all-in-all a lovely set of gorgeously scented products that will especially suit anyone who hates chemical face care and wants to keep things as natural as possible. The three products launch in October 2014. For more info on Bodhi & Birch, head here – link.