Fragrance Profile: Rose

Fragrance Profile: Rose

Roses

Rose is undoubtedly the most well known, and some would say most loved of all of the florals, and it is widely used in women’s fragrances aswell as other feminine beauty products. Rose has a feminine and romantic fragrance, that uplifts and encourages feelings of love, beauty and femininity and it is particularly good for use on ageing or dry skin due to it’s wonderful moisturising properties.

There are literally thousands of varieties of Rose in the world so unsurprisingly, it has the most complex family tree of any floral species. Bulgaria produces about 70% of all the Roses in the world.

In natural perfumery Rose oil differs depending on where in the world it comes from, some have very subtle differences, and some smell completely different from one another. These rose absolutes include:
Rose Musk Otto, Bulgarian Rose, Moroccan Rose Absolute and Turkish Rose Absolute. Some roses have a greener fragrance, some are more musky, some more floral, and some are very sweet but typically the characteristic of Rose oil is it’s rich, sweet honey nectar like aroma. It has a depth, character and intensity that is unmistakable and woman particularly, but men also really enjoy looking at and smelling Rose.

Rose is typically either steam (or solvent) extracted and has a great many uses including for:
Rose Water – which is used in cooking and in skincare, Rose Hips – which are used to make syrups, vinegar, wine and jam. Rose has some amazing aromatherapy benefits too: It is uplifting, soothing and harmonising and a known aphrodisiac. It also embodies elegance, love, luxury and passion.

Rose is very expensive to buy due to the nature of it’s extraction: It takes about 60,000 roses to produce just 1 ounce of rose oil.

Some well known perfumes with Rose in them are: Dolce and Gabbana Rose The One, Bvlgari Rose Essentielle and Valentino Rose n Rose.

I think Rose is a feminine and distinctly floral oil. I like some Rose Oils better then others (Bulgarian Rose being my personal favourite), but I do think that overall it is immensely beautiful and really comes into it’s own when partnered with citrus oils to some of the most delightful and enjoyable fragrances around.

Some of the products we have made using Rose are our Solid Lotion bar and our stunning layered soy candle Creme’ De La Creme’ with Rose, Vanilla and Orange:

Solid Lotion Bar 5

Creme' De La Creme' 10

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Organic Bulgarian Rose Face Cream

Organic Bulgarian Rose Face Cream

Rose Water face-cream

Currently I am working on creating a luxury face cream, a natural alternative, naturally! These days most of the big cosmetic giants find it only too easy to throw together a few ill researched, badly formulated synthetic ingredients, masked with a sweet cloying fragrance and then charge you extortionate amounts to buy it. Well no more I say! No more! My face cream will not only be effective, but use 100% natural ingredients and have a unique, pure and gently fragrant scent. The main ingredients in my face cream will be:

Organic Bulgarian Rose Water
Properties:
Acne preventing, anti inflammatory, balancing, anti-aging, cleansing and detoxifying with genuine, rose scented distilled water taken from Rose Flowers.

Vitamin E
Properties:
Anti-oxidant, protects against UV radiation, excellent moisturiser, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, anti-aging.

Grapeseed Oil
Properties:
High in polyunsaturates, helps to tone and tighten skin, good for oily skin and acne, antioxidant, skin moisturising.

Sweet Almond Oil
Properties:
Includes Vitamins A, B and C, easily absorbed, good for dry, sensitive skin and eczema, can provide relief from muscle pain, improves complexion, a good skin lubricant and can help with itching and inflammation.

Essential Oils
As you know, all Essential Oils have Therapeutic Properties, some more then others. In addition to there health benefits they are also aromatic compounds and provide enjoyment, relaxation and sensuality through there aroma’s. For my skin cream I am considering making a Rose & Bergamot scented face cream or perhaps even Geranium.

Rose Absolute
Properties:
Anti-depressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, anti-viral.

Bergamot Essential Oil
Properties:
Anti- depressant, used in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, antiseptic, anti-biotic.

Geranium Essential Oil
Properties:
Uplifting, balancing, helps in the treatment of acne, bruises, burns, cuts, poor circulation, sore throat.

I might also include the wonder-gel Aloe Vera in my recipe to restore, cleanse, soothe and promote skin renewal.

My facial cream will be 100% natural and organic, using a vegan emulsifying wax to bind the oils and water together and excluding synthetic preservatives. This means that the expiry date on them
won’t be as long as most store bought creams but you will be able to refrigerate them to extend there lifespan and you’ll feel great knowing that this has been made freshly for you, with ingredients that are completely safe to use on your skin, and as they won’t be extortionately priced you will be able to buy more when yours runs out without breaking the bank. Each batch will be made fresh to order.

Once I have sourced the correct packaging, I am thinking perhaps a frosted glass jar like my body souffle’ kilner jars, I will have it up on notonthehighstreet available for you to buy!

New Solid Lotion Bars!

New Solid Lotion Bars!

Solid Lotion Bar 6
I’m particularly excited about this new creation because it’s something that I’ve been wanting to make for awhile. I’ve tried out a few different variations and I’ve finally found one that has the kind of consistency I was looking for!

Solid Lotion is made with a combination of luxury butters, oils and waxes and then set to form a solid bar. They can be made scented or unscented (of course if I’m making them then they will always be scented!;) and come in solid form so that they can just be picked up and used as a moisturiser for the hands, feet and body. They are primarily made up of natural butters which do absolute wonders for the skin and leave the skin soft and supple, without being sticky or greasy.

They do need to be kept away from direct sunlight as they have a tendancy to melt or sweat if left exposed in humid temperatures.

My new Fleur De Lis solid lotion bars have been made with the finest butters, beeswax, sweet almond oil or argan oil and essential oils. They are available in a choice of 2 beautiful fragrances: Vanilla & Ylang Ylang or Rose Absolute and Lavender and come in a white heart shaped tin that is as small as a Vaseline tin so can be kept on your person, in your handbag or even in your clutchbag for when you’re out on the town and your skin need a little moisturising (genius!)
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Available to buy on my Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/listing/126080102/indulgent-fleur-de-lis-rose-absolute-and?