L’Occitane en Provence‘s Rose de 4 Reines fragrance was my first venture into rose-scented perfumes, as well as one of my first L’Occitane en Provence purchases. Now more than a decade old, Rose de 4 Reines was reformulated and reintroduced as Roses et Reines. Still containing the scents of four varieties of roses (from Bulgaria, Turkey Grasse and Morocco), it also contains the fruity notes of raspberry and blackberry, as well as base notes of white cedar, heliotrope and musk.
Roses et Reines is a beautiful light rose scent; it is refreshing and modern. Unlike other rose perfumes, Roses et Reines smells young and cool, in contrast to the warmer notes presented in Jo Malone Red Roses or Diptyque Eau Rose. Compared to the previous formulation, Rose de 4 Reines, Roses et Reines is a little more refreshing and lighter, which makes it great for office wear. The change between the old and the new formulation is subtle, and according to L’Occitane en Provence, distinguished only between a new unique rose extract which enhances the fragrance in Roses et Reines.
With the new release comes a plethora of new products that contains this scent, including a shower gel, body milk, shampoo, conditioner, face and body mist, scrub, bath salts, pearlescent body gel, soaps, hand and nail cream, and various media of perfumes.
The Gentle Bath Salts ($24) dissolve quickly in a bath and leaves my bathwater with a light pink tint. It is beautifully scented with the Roses et Reines fragrance, and if the container is left open, will scent up the entire room.
The Beautifying Body Milk ($32) is a light, highly moisturizing milky lotion for the body. It smells strongly of the Roses et Reines scent, which dissipates after a few minutes. Absorbing quickly, it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth to the touch. I’ve been using this in the summer, which is perfect, but I anticipate the level of moisture should be enough to sustain me through the fall. This is great for those who dislike the sticky feeling of body moisturizer, and who doesn’t mind scented products.
The Hand & Nail Cream ($12 and $23) is the lighter sister of the cult classic Shea Butter Hand Cream. Also containing shea butter as a core ingredient, it also includes vitamin E which helps to nourish, soften and protect the hands. It is not as moisturizing as the Shea Butter Hand Cream, but is enough for daytime use (unless you wash your hands a lot). I keep this in my bag for daily touchups, and the scent is just strong enough to enjoy for a few minutes before disappearing.
The star product, the Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette ($50) is housed in a beautiful glass bottle inside a box that’s great for gift-giving. Each spritz is strong, and 1-2 is enough to last me for a few hours. As with most L’Occitane en Provence perfumes, the fragrance doesn’t last long and needs a touchup after 4-5 hours. In addition, I have noticed it is a little top heavy and would layer nicely with a darker, warmer scent in order to anchor the rose extracts in this perfume.
Overall, as a lover of all things rose, this collection was a win. If you love roses like I do, please do check this out at your local L’Occitane en Provence boutique or online.