On Sunday I took a couple hours off work to make my annual pilgrimage to Russian River Roses to sniff the field of Kazanlak perfume roses and to choose a new rose bush to bring home. The owner told me that they imported the original Kazanlak bush from Bulgaria and she has propagated a whole field from cuttings of the Bulgarian stock. She doesn’t sell Kazanlak now but might in the future, and I’d be very tempted to grow one despite the once-only annual bloom. They really smell heavenly!
Back on the blending front, I added some rectified cade oil to Fireside Intense for more smoke. Cade is an oil from Juniperus oxycedrus that is used in perfume for leather and smoky notes, and it’s also used in some skin care products. It has a very smoky scent and is so strong it’s used in very tiny amounts (well diluted). I’ll run this by a few testers to see how the smoke level seems with the cade, guaiacwood, nagarmotha, and birch tar blended with cedar, sandal, leather, and incense.
I’m also working on the new woodsy floral, a tweak of Jour Ensoleille, and I need to get back to the rose scent soon. I’ll post a list of the new scents and updated scents when I’m done.
And last week we were excited to see Bois Epices reviewed on the Now Smell This blog: Review of Bois Epices