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Saturday, February 2, 2013

White Rose c1887

White Rose: created in 1887, or before, was a rose soliflore extrait.

Fragrance Composition:


So what does it smell like? According to a review by Octavian, it smelled like fresh roses, just picked only a few hours beforehand right out of an English garden. 
  • Top notes: hyacinth, verbena
  • Middle notes: rose absolute, geranium Bourbon, clove, carnation, lilac, heliotrope, rose oil, 
  • Base notes: musk, orris and oakmoss

Later versions add sparkling aldehydes and a green accord to round out the rose.



Revue Illustre,1887:
"M. Guerlain, le savant parfumeur si connu du high-life, dont l'expérience résulte de longues et minutieuses études. ... Les jeunes filles choisiront de préférence le White-rose; une pointe de verveine." 
 (Mr. Guerlain, the perfumer if known scholar of high life, whose experience is the result of long and careful study. ... Girls choose preferably White Rose; a touch of verbena.)

Bottles:

Housed inside the Carre flacon.



photo by The Art of Lovely



Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Relaunched in 1904, and it was probably in the 1920s when the aldehydes were added to the composition. Discontinued.


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