Thursday, June 14, 2012

Everything's Coming Up Roses: How the Rose is Making a Comeback

"In recent years, the flower came to seem outdated to some in the cosmetics industry. “It was because of tea roses,” said Ben Krigler, creator at Krigler perfumes in New York, which was founded by his great-great-grandfather in 1904. “They were popular in the ’50s and ’60s, but they’re really a hybrid. That’s where you get that musty, powdery smell. We call it the ‘granny smell’ in the shop.”

 Indeed the rose has been through a lot. I have had my own share of troubles with rose and then I came around. Now rose is making a come-back and there are quite a few perfumes and beauty products featuring it. (I can vouch personally for the delicious scent of Korres Wild Rose face cream which is aromatized with rosa moschata or "musky rose")

 Read the article in the New York Times for more.



  1. MariaA15:53

    Indeed rose is making a comeback and in many cases combined with the other popular oud ! I too have a problem with rose the Chloe intense somehow made me reconsider and I am looking now for a fresh interpretation of it for the summer. Mayby the Dior will do. If Korres makes a perfume that smells like the 24h wild rose cream I will be amongst the first to buy it!!

  2. noetic owl17:00

    OOo!I love the Korres cream. Welleda also makes a night cream which smells exactly like a rose picked fresh from the bush...with my lack of ability to wear whatever I want in order to not upset hubby or co-worker I have become very sneaky in how I incorporate fragrance into my morning/night routine. If anyone complains I just say it is "moisturizer" or "body lotion".
    I happen to like rose. My teenage daughter wears the new Chloe and when I smell it I think of her. Keiko Mecheri's Rose Attar is divine. I also like Pacifica's Egyptian Bergamot Rose which has amber in the base (unfortunately discontinued-it was lovely and affordable). I hear that rose is extremely popular in Japan.

  3. annemariec23:06

    That's an interesting observation half way through the article - that there is an association between the brain and the skin. 'Any positive association - the rose scent is soothing - will help your skin.' So wearing a perfume we like helps our complexion? Nice.

  4. Miss Heliotrope07:44

    Most modern roses from shops are scent free, which is always sad.

    I actually love Anthropologie's Happ & Stahn 1842 Rosa Alba - the bottle is gorgeous (if not shipable to Oz) & the solid perfume is a bright rose without being frilly, if you get me.

  5. Maria,

    rose and oud is very popular right now. I would also recommend you try the newest Arabian inspired Guerlain, Rose Nacree (review coming up) if you get a chance. From the mainstream, why not (re)try Paris? I find it gorgeous (probably because although very rosy it has those violets and that sparkly thing going on). I also love Rose Splendide from the Goutal line, a greener, dustier rose reminiscent of their gorgeous skin products. And the new Chloe is a very light, light-hearted rose too with mossy elements of course.
    But you're right: I'd make a beeline for a Korres 24H Wild Rose cream inspired fragrance as well: love that scent!! Surprised they haven't tried to do it (I know rosa moschata doesn't yield much of an essence for perfumery, but they could replicate perhaps?)

  6. Noetic,

    that's a clever idea! Some skin products do provide enough of a scent to make us feel like we're enjoying something without being immediately perceived as perfume, which is nice in these phobic times we're living in apparently.
    Now I have to try the Keiko and another vote for Pacifica. *mentally jotting down*

  7. Annemariec,

    this is actually half-way true by experience; if we're annoyed by a scent we tend not to use the product, so we can't reap any benefits from it, can we? While we enthusiastically slather on the better smelling ones... ;-)
    I would really like to believe that there is some basic biological factor for this happening though, I can tell you that!!

  8. C,

    I can never understand why grow a flower that has no scent. It's like taking a delicious dish and subtracting half the ingredients to make a diet dish, resulting in diminishing it to the point of worthless. To me, at least. I guess I admire the scent more than the shape (and this is why I love "humble" flowers such as lilacs or carnations)

    Anthropologie...not the first time I hear their scents mentioned. No luck in any here though :-(


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