Looking at the scent: rose

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Roses have been painted, written about and adored for thousands of years. Here, we’ve gathered a few interesting facts about this famous flower.


What it is:
The rose is a perennial plant originally found in China and is now grown all around the world in a multitude of colours and varieties.

Where it comes from:
Fossils show that roses have been around for at least 35 million years, but the plants were first cultivated around 5000 years ago in China and Egypt. Roses were very popular with the Romans and Greeks who used them as confetti, medical ointments and as a source of perfume. In the 18th century, roses from China were introduced to Europe.

Where it’s produced:
There are two main rose species used in perfumes: the Rosa Centifolia and the Rosa Damascea. Both of these are produced mostly in Bulgaria and Turkey.

How it’s used:
In addition to adding flavour and fragrance, rose oils have healing effects on the skin and help treat acne, burns, scars and wrinkles. This flower also has relaxing properties and is often used to relieve stress in adults and children. Rose hips, the fruit of the rose plant, are full of vitamin C and are used to make teas, jams and syrups.

Why it’s so popular:
A classic note, rose is popular because of it’s pleasant and long lasting scent.

Interesting facts:
Roses were the most sacred flowers in Ancient Egypt and were used as offerings to the goddess Isis.

The Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany is home to the world’s oldest rose bush – the plant is thought to be over 1000 years old.

Spritz on one of these rose fragrances and escape into their romantic worlds:

1. Van Cleef & Arpels First EDT 50ml, R795
2. Givenchy VIG L’EAU EN ROSE FRAGRANCE 30ml, R715
3. CH 212 VIP Rose EDP 50ml, R975
4. Crabtree & Evelyn Rose EDP, R1200
5. Bvlgari Rose Essentielle EDP 50ml, R1120
6. Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose 50ml, R895
7. Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Florale 90ml, R1175
8. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle 100ml, R1875
9. Roses De Chloé EDT 50ml, R1015
10. Dolce & Gabbana Rose The One EDP 50ml, R1060

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Sensual scents for Valentine’s Day

Written by

Chisanga studied architecture before changing her mind and exploring media and magazines. She loves words, design and all things creative, and can’t imagine a world without tea or the colour black.

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  1. Linell Nyakutsikwa

    I am in love with my CH 212 Rose…a must have!

    4 years ago •

  1. Ashmitha Ramgathi

    Rose scents are often favoured because of the natural sweet scent.

    4 years ago •

  1. Safiya Rawat

    I prefer fragrances with rose undertones

    5 years ago •

  1. Peach

    Rose fragrance is my favourite! I love floral scents! Definitely Chanel Coco Mademoiselle!

    5 years ago •

  1. Anel Van Zyl

    Paul Smith Rose isn’t on the list, but it is just as amazing. It smells like bottled roses and is by far one of the longest wearing perfumes I’ve ever used.

    5 years ago •

  1. Sashnee Rambaly

    I love roses. I would love to try out these perfumes.

    5 years ago •

  1. Desiree Dewing

    I have tested the Issey Miyake, smells refreshing and feminine!

    5 years ago •

  1. Hess

    What a cute article! I recently purchased the D&G Rose The One, and I am in love with it!

    5 years ago •

  1. Kwena Meso

    I am yet to try a rose scented fragrance….

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    You left off the list the DKNY Pure Rose. It smells so beautiful, actually like roses!

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I have D&G’s The One as well as The One and I prefer the latter because it’s not as intense which means it’s ideal for day and night wear. It’s a truly beautiful scent that lasts and lasts.

    5 years ago •

  1. Charmaine

    Sounds great, but a bit expensive for me being a pensioner. I have tried Bvlgari Rose and it marvelous.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    Great article, I love rose scents.

    5 years ago •

  1. Khema Singh

    I have Issey Miyake Florale. It’s really lovely, but not long lasting at all.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I never knew this about roses. Interesting. As a scent, I like it but I find that it can lead to a headache if it’s too strong.

    5 years ago •

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