Old-School Beauty

Can you remember when you first discovered beauty products? Perhaps at your grandmother’s vanity enveloped in the scent of rose, swooning over the fancy talcum packaging and dabbing on rosy cheek tint? These might spark that tinge of nostalgia in you.

Some favorite all-natural products include Santa Maria Novella Rose Water and Talborina Dusting Powder from the legendary Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, founded in 1611 by Dominican monks in a Tuscan monastery, and still created there today in what is now the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Luckily you can find them at George in Crestwood.

For the younger set—once upon a time we had only bars of soap to cleanse with. Imagine. But since it’s still de rigueur to set an elegant bar of soap out in the guest bath, Jo Malone London Red Roses Savon, rich in conditioning shea butter, is gorgeous with top notes of lemon, middle notes of Scarlet Velvet rose, and base notes of honeycomb.

Relaxing bath salts are another lovely throwback, especially if you don’t take time out for yourself, and Aydry & Co Beautiful Rose Mineral Bath Soak from Dear Society (Midtown and Crossroads) detoxes skin while restoring its natural chemical balance.

For the makeup minimalists out there, RODIN x Vanessa Triana Lip & Cheek Oil is a subtle combo cosmetic, featuring sheer, softly pigmented hues that simulate the look of crushed-petal stains on both cheeks and lips.

For centuries, sage has traditionally been burned ceremonially in purification rituals to clear the physical or mental space of stagnant or negative energy, and small Floral Smudge Sticks by Catherine Rising, sold at Finefolk, are beautiful examples with rose sprays and natural twine.

Speaking of clearing—for unwanted facial redness common with aging, Mirabile MD’s SkinFix Calming Serum, available at MirabileMD in Overland Park, is a soothing marine complex facial serum that effectively counteracts rosacea with daily use.

Finally, to safely charm your underarms, all-natural Rose Glow Poetic Pits combines sumptuous sandalwood, lavish lavender, and the gentle juice of roses over geranium. Find it at Within Apothecary in the Crossroads.

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