I don’t promote new fragrances, but the circumstances demand that I make an exception.
San Francisco Rose, a perfume with a heart of natural rose absolutes, reminds me of the stunning Berlioz song ‘La Spectre de la Rose’, that I would recommend as a soundtrack for reading.
I cannot imagine what it must be like being told that I was terminally ill, and would have only a very limited time left of my life. I’m not sure that anyone can understand what a person who gets such a verdict feels like. When Tama Blough, managing editor at CaFleureBon, where I used to write myself, got diagnosed, the wonderful women Tanja of April Aromatics and editor in chief at CFB Michelyn Camen, decided to do a perfume for Tama, to raise funds to help her financially through the journey.
Unfortunately, I can’t actually make this a real review, since Tanja tweaked the formula a bit since I got my sample, but I will tell you a tiny bit of what I smell anyway. And be warned, this is not totally unbiased, and I do think that anyone who loves roses, and like them adult and with charisma, and who feels that 111€ (less than usual for Tanja’s perfumes, because it will only be sold through her website,) will not present a big hole in their budget, I will highly recommend to buy this 100% natural, limited edition perfume.
This is a rose perfume, with two wonderful roses, Bulgarian and Turkish, as its heart and soul. Even if I am not usually a rose person, and most roses do not sit well with me, these are special and truly beautiful. There is no feeling of cute candy floss or the sourdough that my weird rose-rejecting skin can get, just a deep red splendid rose. Underneath there is an exquisite murmur of patchouli and oud to keep it sober and intelligent. Yes, rose-oud is a somewhat popular combination these days, but this is a rose fragrance, neither oud nor patch is overpowering but just there, so even if I can have my troubles with hippy patch, here it’s no such thing here, just brainy and plain gorgeous. Tonka bean and sandalwood gives the dry-down a touch of earthy sweetness, while orris and hibiscus seeds just tie everything into one beautiful rounded composition. Tanja has since added a tiny bit of incense, which I can only imagine would make this composition even more beautiful and longer lasting, although as always I have no problems with the lasting power of April Aromatic’s perfumes, which will never give less than 6 hours. San Francisco Rose has a beautiful sillage, unlike most 100% naturals, a proper trail, which I am sure will have many people asking about and complimenting your fragrance.
I just want to end this little ‘promo’ by saying, that even if I can’t imagine what Tama or anyone else in a similar situation is going through, knowing that there was a perfumer out there who was willing to give her time to create a fragrance for me, would mean a lot to me. This is our hobby, many perfumers I’m sure are nice, but few regard our love of perfume as anything special. In fact perfumers are rather quick to say that ‘we’ don’t make up much of their retail. However, I believe that nothing would give me comfort as knowing that I had friends out there not only who made a special perfume for me, but also unknown ‘friends’ who after I was gone would spray San Francisco Rose. And perhaps that every time a little cloud of roses would leave the bottle, there would be something of me lasting a bit longer in this world.
A 100% of the profits will go to Tama, and this is a limited edition. So if you love your roses adult and incredibly beautiful; buy now.