Winter Scents: Hitting the Right Notes
Rose Essentielle, Bulgari; Potion For Man, Dsquared2
Roses release a scent that is at once fresh and uplifting, but is still able to impart a heady feeling of being enveloped in warmth. Our love affair with roses, right from ancient civilisations till date has been widely documented. The Romans used them to scent their rooms; the sultans of Persia padded their mattresses with the petals, while Cleopatra found them to be a worthy accomplice to woo Marc Anthony. She supposedly filled a room, over a foot deep, with rose petals to help her cause. "Two of the 5,000 known botanical varieties that are used in perfumery are the Rosa centifolia and Rosa damascena. In the region of Grasse in France, the thornless Rosa centifolia or the May Rose is cultivated and its fragrance is said to be the most delicate of all. Rosa damascena or Damask Rose is cultivated in Turkey and Bulgaria. It is the only rose which has an essence. After distillation, it produces a very fine, rich and velvety essence," explains Carlton Pereira, Marketing Manager for Giorgio Armani, Diesel and Ralph Lauren Fragrances India.