rosa centifolia: 1 post

From Petal to Essence : Grasse Rose Harvest

I’m drunk on roses. I’m flailing my arms around, making snow angels in the rose petals, and I’m laughing uncontrollably. The experience of sinking into a mass of soft pink petals is an exhilarating sensation, but it’s the scent that thrills me. The fragrance is clinging to my hair, my clothes, my skin. It clings to the rough cement walls in this garage filled with sacks of rose blossoms ready to be processed into essence, and it’s so rich and heady, it feels like a tangible presence. The aroma–linden honey, grated lemon zest, and warm raspberry–will follow me around for days, and even now, as I’m writing with a bowl of dried petals by my side, I can still smell the Provençal sun on them.

roses11

How many steps does it take for a flower to become perfume? I’m in Grasse, a town on the French Riviera, to get a glimpse into the intricate process of harvesting roses for the rose de mai essence. Painters express their vision with colors, but for perfumers and perfume lovers alike, the ideas acquire meaning with aromatics, so the art of making the essence is what we are to discover.

Continue reading →

From the Archives

Latest Comments

  • Phyllis Iervello in Recommend Me a Perfume : August 2017: Chanel No. 19 Poudre is one of my favorite fragrances. I know it doesn’t get much love from the perfumista community, but although I probably own over 800 perfumes Chanel… August 22, 2017 at 10:11am

  • Eudora in Postcard from Paris: Charming… La belle epoque was really belle. August 22, 2017 at 9:43am

  • Alicia in Postcard from Paris: Not quite comme il faut, but in la belle époque erotica this might have been labeled “la petite mort.” August 22, 2017 at 6:09am

  • Guido in Top Favorite Japanese PA++++ Sunscreens: Hi Victoria! Such an amazing post! I ordered the Sunplay and I loved it! Thanks! Other favorites are Anessa gold package and Biore’ watery essence but Sunplay is nice when… August 22, 2017 at 4:22am

Latest Tweets

Design by cre8d
© Copyright 2005-2017 Bois de Jasmin. All rights reserved.