Rich soliflore for the rose purist
$3.50 – $80.00
A deep and velvety true rose soliflore that evokes a fresh-picked garden rose. Velvet rose features a heart of Damask rose accented by soft supporting notes of fresh bergamot and violet leaf, very subtle spicy carnation, woodsy musk, and a whisper of patchouli. For rose purists.
I can’t resist the scent of a lush rose in full bloom. Some of my favorites for their fragrance are David Austin’s Shakespeare 2000 and Abraham Darby; the Bulgarian perfume rose Kazanlik; the old roses Fantin Latour, Souv. de Claudius Denoyel, and Madame Alfred Carrier; and the modern roses Mr. Lincoln, Angel Face, and Double Delight. Some roses have hints of citrus, spice, myrrh, or tea in their scent, and the wide variety is fun to experience. I wanted Velvet Rose to be a soliflore that wasn’t too honeyed or vanillic, that had just a touch of green, and that captured some of the dewy freshness that makes roses special to rose lovers. I also wanted a formula that would do well in lotion and oil form.
The variety of Rosa damascena called Kazanlik bears the same name as the city in the famous Rose Valley of Bulgaria where it is grown and harvested for rose absolute. Although it only flowers once each year, the blooming period lasts about a month and the bushes are heavily covered with heavenly scented flowers.
Centifolia roses are another very fragrant type used to make absolute and rose otto. Rose absolutes are produced in many places around the world, including Bulgaria, Morocco, India, France, Turkey, Egypt, and Russia. Bulgarian Rosa damascena absolute tends to be deep with a hint of spiciness while Moroccan tends to be slightly sweeter. We used a photo of a red rose here because it so perfectly depicts the velvety nature of rose petal fragrance, but most Damask roses are pink, with a few being white.