Michelle Pfeiffer's Henry Rose Isn't Just a Fragrance Brand Anymore

Michelle Pfeiffer's Henry Rose Isn't Just a Fragrance Brand Anymore

26/10/2020

Call me materialistic, but I judge a lot about a person's character by how selective they are with their fragrance choices. Whether you love a classic floral smell, a spicy and woodsy vibe, or something fresh and herbaceous, your personal "brand" when it comes to scents tells me loads about your personality. And I don't just mean the fragrances you decide to wear; I also mean the way you like your home to smell. That's where you probably spend the majority of your time these days, so it's only natural that you'd want your favorite scents wafting through it all the time.

Henry Rose, the totally transparent fragrance brand created by actor Michelle Pfeiffer, is expanding its product selection to help you achieve just that. On October 26, the brand launches two different types of home fragrances: candles and diffuser oils. Body cream and hand sanitizer will join the lineup, too. As it goes for all Henry Rose products, you can expect each of these new ones to have clean ingredients with detailed and informative labeling.

As Pfeiffer tells Allure, this expansion into home and body products has been her vision since she launched the brand in 2019. "From the beginning, we would have general conversations about line expansion, but we were honestly so in the thick of just trying to have a successful fragrance company and getting our message out there," she recalls. "Throughout this process, I realized fragrance impacts everyone and everything because it is in everything. It is in things you don't even think about."

That's exactly what encouraged Pfeiffer to create candle and diffuser oil iterations of some of Henry Rose's best-selling fragrances. The candles, $65 each, come in the brand's Torn and Jake's House scents. The same goes for the diffuser oils, $28 each, and it all comes in sleek black packaging with minimal branding.

Sensitive skin types might find relief in Henry Rose's new body creams, $65 each, which come in the fragrances Jake's House and Queens & Monsters (a Best of Beauty winning scent). "I've had super-dry skin my entire life, and I have really sensitive skin," Pfeiffer says. Her own experiences with fragrance sensitivity informed the cream's formula.

The cream has a lightweight texture that dries down with a velvet-like feel. Even after it's melted into the skin, the smell remains like a perfume or cologne, which was the exact goal. "I wanted for it to not feel sticky and to have that beautiful lingering scent of your favorite fragrance." 

Just like Henry Rose's fragrance sprays, this body cream's scent comes from what the brand defines as "safe synthetic" aromatic chemicals, which are listed in full on the brand's website underneath each product's purchase button. As cosmetic chemist Ginger King points out, that term isn't a legal one (in other words, the government doesn't regulate who can and can't use it). "[Safe synthetics] can be non-corrosive or not cause a severer reaction, but that does not guarantee there will be no allergic reaction; There is still a risk," King explains.  

That said, the fact that Henry Rose lists out each aromatic chemical rather than throwing them all under one mysterious blanket term like "fragrance" or "parfum" can be very helpful to sensitive-skinned customers. King notes that the only common allergen in this body cream's ingredient lineup is linalool — if you're sensitive to that or other fragrant ingredients, you can cross-reference this list of common allergens and how often they are reported, which King provided. 

Lastly, Henry Rose created a Jake's House hand sanitizer, $10, to save everyone who's sick of smelling like rubbing alcohol all the time. With that sophisticated smell of ocean salt, neroli, and musk — plus its simple-yet-beautiful black tube — you won't mind toting it around everywhere or storing it somewhere visible and accessible.

Whether you choose to wear your fragrances on your skin or disperse them around your home (or both), Pfeiffer just hopes that you connect with what you're smelling. "The thing that I've learned in this whole process — you know it but you don't really register it — is that fragrance and scent, in general, is really emotional and really personal." 

So next time you're feeling sad or nostalgic or lethargic light up that candle or slather on that body cream — it might just turn your day around.

All of Henry Rose's new launches, $10 to $65, are available starting October 26 from henryrose.com.

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