Botanical Name: Rosa damascena
Absolute obtained from rose flowers and leaves hailing from Bulgaria, produced by using all parts of the rose including spent flowers, stalks and leaves. A super rarity to be treasured and a material we find to be of priceless value when layered with classic rose absolutes, in turn providing a true to life rose profile garden experience. But more on that later.
First, straight from the bottle, you are instantly greeted with honey-sweet rose notes, and dewy-herbaceous qualities that are comparable to the opening notes found within our Persian rose otto. The aroma profile is warm, rich, spicy, indulgent and as the minutes progress, for us, in standalone form, this is not like evaluating say the classic rose absolutes but instead better resembles the rose bourbon absolute DNA experience minus the vegetal aspects. Applied to the skin, the rosy qualities are bright, unmissable and better still, you clearly detect a heavy mash up of green notes represented by the abundance of rose leaves and stalks, in turn very comparable to taking a walk in a dense, rich green lush garden. In fact in our mind this material evokes the idea of a scorching hot summer day in the garden, the search of shelter in the cool shade of trees or bushes and more over the richness, warmth and intensity displayed throughout is reminiscent of plant parts heated by the summer sun. Also if you have ever enjoyed the simple pleasure of crushing a geranium leaf in your hand, that aroma experience is here too, entwined within frankincense church type qualities and that make us go ga-ga with delight.