Not So Feminine
Rose is an incredible ingredient that is often misunderstood. For centuries, the terms ‘feminine’, ‘floral’ and ‘powdery’ have been strongly associated to the flower. While these are hard to break associations, it is important to note that certain species of rose carry a fresh, clean hint of citrus in their scents, woody and spicy notes, that can typically be associated with more ‘masculine’ tones.
All natural extracts is made up from different molecules, some of which are responsible for giving it its scent.
Rose oxide is a naturally chemical compound which on its own smell like a “metallic rose”. Other molecules contribute to the scent of rose, including citronellol, geraniol and phenyl ethyl alcohol, all are also present in other natural extracts.
Beware of indole, a natural molecule present in most flowers as that can make a rose oil smell dirty-animalic.
These molecules bring such excitement to the world of perfumery! Not only you can recreate the smell of rose but you can recreate the same rose again and again without worrying about its origin or harvest! It also means you can create an endless variety of rose scents that is not found in the flowers themselves. Experimentation in it’s truest form. All while not burning a hole in the pocket as rose extracts come with a big price tag.
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The Perfumer’s Inspiration
Roses bushes growing on a rhubarb patch.
A bright rose entwined with sharp blackcurrant and sparkling, zingy rhubarb. Aqueous peonies add dewiness, whilst blackcurrants expose its greenness. Petals, stalks and stems: a nose in a rosebush. Rich, jam-laced Moroccan rose absolute adds depth. A scent that sparks a childlike joy within. Pink to green like rhubarb stalks this is a rose that’s bursting with colour.
/ With rhubarb, blackcurrant leaves, peony, Moroccan Rose Absolute, white musks.