The V-Word and Rose-Scented Things.

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Yes, we do have to talk about it. The V-Word. Valentine’s Day. Personally, it makes me want to puke and Mr AMR is entirely with me on that one. (Though I still make him get me a card, just because.) Howeverif there is an excuse to procure myself things that smell of roses, beauty things, then I am there. All of my principles go out of the window. So, join me, those who love rose-scented things, and embrace the power of V-Day! I hate the phrase “gift-to-self”, but if that’s what we have to suffer for some rosy things then I’m at peace with it if you are. If you’re single, it will have to be an actual gift-to-self, if you’re not single then all you need do is forward this page to your “loved one” (another hateful phrase) or, if you live together, log into his online banking and transfer yourself a few (hundred) quid. Not that I would ever do that…

Here are my little rose-scented treasures for this year’s V-Day.

1) Serge Lutens’ new fragrance La fille de Berlin. It goes straight up there into my top rose-scented-things hall of fame. Looks like diluted blood in the bottle, smells like a rose garden after a thunderstorm. I imagine. It’s very rosy. If you hate roses, even a little bit, you will detest this perfume like a smack in the face with a snowball. (When has that ever been funny? It’s grounds for divorce, surely?) La Fille de Berlin is exclusive to Harrods, for now, and it costs £69.

2) Elemental Herbology’s Neroli & Rose Damask body cream. This is really, really moisturising and sumptuous. It doesn’t “sink straight in” but then I’m not sure that’s always a plus point, actually. It’s quite nice to take your time after a bath and really massage a cream into the skin – this one is well worth the effort. I pop my warmed pyjamas straight on over the top and then get into bed and it’s like having an overnight treatment mask for the body! The Neroli & Damask Rose cream is £20 with free worldwide delivery from

3) Jo Malone’s Red Roses anything: seriously, anything from this range. If I had to pick one thing? The reed diffusers. The gift that just keeps on giving – mine ran out of juice over six months ago and it’s still sat there in the hallway with the little black sticks scenting the air. I’d like it if Jo Malone could be all eco-friendly and do a refill for this, please. I’d buy it by the gallon. £45 from

4) Floris White Rose Bath Essence. This looks absurdly small, this tiny bottle, but when I say that you only need a couple of drops per use I really mean it. The bottle only dispenses a drop at a time and that’s for a reason! Two drops scent the bath, the bathroom, almost the entire house if you leave the door open. It’s a beautiful version of a rose perfume – very sweet and feminine – and something that I always look forward to using. It’s £49 from Floris

Some bonus ideas – not included in the picture because the massage oil was too tall and the hand lotion packaging isn’t very luxurious and both threatened to ruin my photo:

5) Aromatherapy Associates Renew Rose Massage Oil. This oil is a sexy little madam – if you’re having a pamper session then it’s about as blissful as body moisturising gets! If you can persuade someone else to do the rubbing in then all the better – someone you know, obviously. Don’t just ask any old person off the street – not only is that dangerous, it’s also weird. Don’t ask family members either: really, really weird. Renew Rose Massage Oil is £38 with free delivery at

6) Lavera’s Rose Garden Hand Cream. Inexpensive, gorgeous-smelling cream. It’s non-greasy but does moisturise well and the rose scent is very sweet and light rather than heavy or cloying. Not exactly the most romantic or luxurious gift-to-self but it’s pretty much guilt free…  £5.75 from NutriBeauty

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  1. Caroline
    February 12, 2013 / 10:20 am

    Hey Ruth-my beauty guru:)

    i have a question to a different subject-iam using Alpha H Liquid Gold (original one) for now i think 2 years.yes i love it ,its one of my safe products but i have to say (even though i love it…)i get the feeling that its not working on my skin like it has used to be,so i startet using the micro peel from alpha h which is amazing (and iam normally not a fan of micro peelings).but since iam such a fan of usin g the liquid gold iam interested about trying something like liquid gold from a different brand-do you have a recommondation???

    THANK YOU!!!

    • RuthCrilly
      February 12, 2013 / 6:57 pm

      Yes, I guess our skin gets used to things… What are you after? Clarity? Glow? Everything? The Murad Age Reform range is excellent and I also actually really rate the Olay Regenerist range – I was testing it last year and now I’m testing it on Mr AMR. All of the products are nice but there’s an overnight glycolic that I think is really good. x

      • Caroline
        February 12, 2013 / 8:41 pm

        Well, the glow is what i(we all) really want…but clarity would be also great!
        Thanks , i think i will get the olay overnight glycolic a go (iam always a little afraid of using new products…)and hope for some good results!!!


  2. February 12, 2013 / 12:42 pm

    Hi Ruth, I am currently dating, so you would think the ‘V’ thing would be fine. However this year it seems to be commercialism overload. Its so embarrassing to go into a shop with your man, and there smack in front of you is everything in pink, red. with hearts, flowers etc.. being shoved in your face. Then there is commercials from all the major supermarkets while your watching TV together.. I feel like we’re being bullied into valentines.. Seems like the romance, and ‘thought’ aspect is totally forgotten.. But its filled with tacky gifts, or over priced flowers.. I am all for a bit of romance, but romance is not force fed, or to order. I’ve no idea what to get him.. as per usual, and I don’t want to give tacky stuff.

    • RuthCrilly
      February 12, 2013 / 6:55 pm

      YES! They whack the price up on anything considered remotely “romantic”, it does my head in. x

    • Asma
      February 12, 2013 / 8:48 pm

      i agree with you Mel Park. it’s sweeter to make each other stuff, anyway.

    • February 13, 2013 / 2:27 am

      Hey Mel how about if you both make an agreement where he can cook your favourite (or jut a lovely) breakfast on V day and you cook his favourite dinner? And you both can dress nicely and eat at the table for both meals. Wine goes without question. It’s romantic, requires effort and not giving in to the commercialism? Good luck none the less x

  3. February 12, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    I’ve gone a bit wild this year which is a bit strange as I don’t normally bother with VDay – have bought him a superb bottle of whisky which I know he’s going to love and a L’Occitan Mens Gift set which is him all over. I find it easy to get into his head and know exactly what he would love but would think twice about because of the cost of treating himself. However, he can’t seem to do this with me, think I need to share my loves/hobbies a bit more. I always think make-up, skincare, fragrance will be boring to him so I keep quiet. Yet he will quite happily talk about whiskies, video games, cigars, etc, until I feel like I’m quite the expert. Need to educate him a bit more so he’ll know what I would love to receive without having to give him a list of internet links :-)

    • February 12, 2013 / 4:38 pm

      Yes, I think your right… you need to share your likes and I probably need to do the same.. Otherwise I’ll get something like I did for Christmas.. 2 old maps of Italy framed.. although nice, I would’ve preferred something on the pamper side.

    • RuthCrilly
      February 12, 2013 / 6:54 pm

      That’s a very thoughtful little bundle of gifts, what a lucky man! x

  4. Ellie Lansley
    February 12, 2013 / 7:03 pm

    I suggest, just an idea, for an amazing reed diffuser try the ones from william and son. They smell amazing, but are worth it even though they’re pricey at £120, but they last for years. I did the maths behind it and they actually do work out as cheaper than getting more cheaper ones more often. I definitely suggest that EVERYONE try them!

  5. JenniferMonforton
    February 12, 2013 / 8:52 pm

    Lovely picks! The Elemental Herbology lotion sounds incredible. I’m a sucker for Neroli scents, so this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Joana
    February 12, 2013 / 11:12 pm

    Rose scents are not my thing but your posts are such a hoot :)

  7. Husna Pudussery
    July 25, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    Dearest Ruth, you should try Eve Lom Tlc radiance cream! It smells like roses and soo soothing to sun-irriitated skin (at least for my skin). It’s my next best thing to Chanel hydramax cream :) xx

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