Rose, the scent that snuck up on me. Part II


I’m continuing with my mind expansion, opening my world to new roses and the ones I didn’t know I loved so much. So read on for some lovely roses, as well as a great giveaway!

Demeter Vintage Naturals: Rosebush

VN-Rosebush-LeftDemeter has joined the natural perfume ranks with a fragrance line made from 100% natural essential oils. In fact, everything in the Vintage Naturalsline is all natural save for 0.2% Bittex, a bitter taste agent used to denature the alcohol. The fragrances are limited edition, as the scents will vary from year to year depending on the character of the essential oil.

The character of Rosebush 2009 is definitely vintage. It has an antique feeling of strolling through an old library with its book lined shelves teeming with stories to tell. This is most likely due to its rose being experienced through a veneer of aging woods and wafts of chamomile’s haylike quality. Detour to the historic library considered, Rosebush stays true to its rose essence, especially in its drydown, and is definitely for the true classic rose lover. If that’s you, consider giving this natural rose a sniff. I’ll make it easier for one of you and send you a 15ml bottle of Rosebush if you leave a comment to enter the drawing! The winner will be announced on Monday, June 1st. The winner has been announced! Woops….I realized after the fact I wrote the wrong date. I have created a new giveaway to make up for my mistake!

Weleda: Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash

wild-rose-creamy-body-washNext to Oracle Organic’s Body Wash, Weleda’s creamy body washes are my favorite. In fact, they would be in a dead heat for first place were it not for Oracle’s local edge. Weleda’s Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash is made in Germany and I have been making a concerted effort to buy more locally. But I do like to have a tube on hand when I crave its rambling rose bush scent. Like Daybreak Lavender Farms By U, 4 U Facial Oil that I reviewed in Part I, Weleda uses rosa mosqueta in this body wash that endows it with a “fresh from the garden” scent. The tube is bursting with the scent of the whole plant; petals, roots, stems, and thorns! The earthy creamy mixture creates a luxurious lather that foams very easily, which I appreciate. I just can’t deny that I want my soap to foam… a lot. I also use and love Weleda’s Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash for my boys, and myself.

Pacifica: Egyptian Bergamot Rose

Update on Pacifica here.

I reviewed Egyptian Bergamot Rose in April, and even though I knew I was reviewing a rose fragrance, it didn’t fully register that I was enjoying a rose fragrance.pacifica-rose My assumption that I was not a “rose person” was still clinging on, even though I was taking delight in what is undeniably a spicy, vanillic rose perfume. It’s amazing how steadfast beliefs about ourselves can be, even in the face of new information. It wasn’t until I actually took a step away from my experience that I realized, yes! I do love many rose fragrances. I have finally shed my rose judgement that they are too pedestrian and I will not turn my nose at something in the future just because it’s got rose in the mix. In fact, I just might embrace it.

infiorecompactIn Fiore: Rose Noir

Now here’s a fragrance that will never be accused of being too pedestrian! Rose Noir’s blend of rose and oud is stunning and provocative and utterly gorgeous. Michelle Krell Kydd of Glass Petal Smoke wrote a beautiful piece on oud that is informative and thought provoking. I highly recommend reading it if you are interested in learning more about this fascinating essence that is created in the heartwood of the Aguilera tree when it is attacked by fungus. Isn’t that rife with metaphor? Like the lotus blossoming out of the muck!

I have written several times about Julie Elliott on Scent Hive. She is the owner and creator of In Fiore, and has done a fabulous job melding the oud with the rose in Rose Noir. I don’t want to say too much because I have written a review for Rose Noir in Sniffapalooza Magazine that is coming out in its next issue. So this was just a little teaser…you’ll have to stay tuned.

Demeter Vintage Naturals Rosebush is available at

Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash is available at

Pacifica Egyptian Bergamot Rose is available at

In Fiore Rose Noir is available at

posted by ~Trish

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27 thoughts on “Rose, the scent that snuck up on me. Part II

    1. It’s an amazing scent! Have you had a chance to try it? Not sure of the exact date that the new Sniffa issue comes out, but I’ll be posting a link to it here on Scent Hive.

      And I’ll enter you in the drawing for Rosebush!


  1. Thanks for the review of Demeter Vintage Naturals! I’ve been hoping to find a rose scent that can erase my bad memories of people wearing too much tea rose in highschool 🙂

    1. JL,
      I know the feeling about Tea Rose! That’s all my grandma wore and while it’s nice to take a stroll down memory lane sometimes, you don’t necessarily want to smell of it now!

      Good luck in the drawing!

  2. Always enjoy the reviews, they are so descriptive, a scent arises from the pages! And the graphics ar consistently enjoyable.

  3. As a fan of the naturals, I enjoyed reading your roses reviews…I hear so often “I hate rose scents”. Sounds like Rosebush 2009 is a must try. And I look forward to reading your piece on Rose Noir.

  4. Vintage Naturals Rosebush — sounds lovely, especially after the woody, rosy library comparison! Will have to try and sample. And I can’t wait to try some of the other rose scents — especially intrigued by the Bonny Doon Rose Creme Parfum and Velvet & Sweet Peas various ‘frostings!”

    1. I forgot to mention that the Vintage Naturals are in select Sephora stores, maybe one near you? Or better yet…maybe you’ll win the bottle 🙂

      Hugs my dear,

  5. I love Weleda products, but have never tried the creamy body wash. I will now!
    Thanks for all of the great tips. every time i come here i feel inspired to smell better!!

  6. First off love the picture! I love rose scents and actually consistently get compliments on them, especially men (which you know proves that myth wrong). I really want to smell the demeter one now.

    1. J,

      Isn’t the picture just amazing? I’m really curious to get your opinion on the Rosebush, if you don’t win the drawing, please look for it at Sephora!


  7. Your description, “strolling through an old library with its book lined shelves teeming with stories to tell. “, totally makes me want to try this! Beautiful writing 🙂

    Please enter me in the drawing!

  8. Wearing the scent “rosebush”, I am reminded of lazy summer days of my childhood, playing out in my southern California neighborhood, whizzing around on my bike and catching the fading scent of many fragrant roses as I passed by at twilight…Thanks for the experience, Trish! Sharon

    1. Sharon,

      Sounds like a lovely experience, both the perfume and your childhood memories…..glad they could coincide. Thanks for sharing your impressions.


  9. I wore the Fleurs Blanches yesterday. Thank you for sending this extraordinary fragrance! Wearing Fleurs Blanches captures the essence of a warm summer night. Upon application of this luxurious fragrance balm I could pick up the Jasmine, Tuberose and Orange blossoms and a sweet nectar scent in the background. This composition smells like a floral ambrosia. It seems to bring out my seductress side.

    After a couple of hours the floral beginning is softer and combines gently with the sweet nectar scent. At this time the fragrance reminds of an exotic night blossom in full blooms. It smells beautiful!

    I will wear Fleurs Blanches during the early evening to capture the sensuous and sweet feeling of a warm breezy summer night.

    Thank you! It is a pleasure to wear it!

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