Monday, June 7, 2010

A Song for Rosa

The ancient survivor of the native California woodland known as the chaparral is Rosa californica. A five petaled deciduous native shrub important to local wildlife.

“And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies.”

- Christopher Marlowe

Rosa liquid botanical perfume was first unveiled at LA Sniffaplaooza during Fashion Fragrance Week when I was invited to be a speaker at the luncheon. Raphaella, the editor of Sniffapalooza Magazine, writes this about the liquid expression:

Rosa is a gorgeous natural perfume and an instant hit with those that sniff this natural perfume. Many of us were fortunate to receive samples of Rosa at a Sniffapalooza event where Roxana Villa was a featured guest speaker. Roxana continues to amaze with her naturals perfumes and is garnering quite the reputation as a top natural perfumer. This is a fragrance that truly blooms. I consider this my top "metaphysical perfume" along side Amouage Attar.

Rosa, besides being the name of the California wild rose and this perfume, it was also the name of my great grandmother. Look closely at the antique postcards I have been using lately as props for my perfume imagery, you will see her name Rosa Groppo.

The solid expression of Rosa debuted with her two other sisters Vera and Page 47 on the Flower Full Moon on May 27th. Although the solid expression contains the same accords the aromatic profile has a sweeter opening than the liquid. Rosa is a sparkling rose perfume unfolding from a green powdery rose bouquet into deep rich rose and wood notes. The fragrance blossoms on the skin of the wearer. The climatic ending of the orchestration is treasured Agarwood.

The fifth perfume in the series celebrating the aromatic landscape of the State of California is Rosa. Inspiration for this fragrance came when my friend Megan introduced me to the native rose of California.

"The rose distils a healing balm
The beating pulse of pain to calm."
~ Thomas Moore

The base ingredients for this perfume are golden jojoba seed oil and organic, beeswax from a small farm in Ojai, California. The beeswax is the only item in this fragrance that is non botanical. This green, woody botanical perfume has been created by hand utilizing pure essential oils, c02 extracts and absolutes. The ingredients include: my own leather and rose accords; vetiver and precious woods like the treasured agarwood; a very fresh rose otto from a small family farm in Turkey; a deep, resonant rose bourbonica absolute from India and several citrus oils.

Fragrance family: FLORAL
Leather Accord, Vetiver, Precious woods, Rose, Rose Accord, Citrus and and hand infused Lemon Geranium from an organic farm in Ojai.
There are two accords in this perfume, the Leather accord contains several accords within it.
More about Rosa here at the journal
Lucy of Indie Perfume on both Rosa and Sierra, liquids
Scent Hive Review of Rose products including Rosa liquid

Rosa solid perfume comes in an antique finish metal compact contained in a dusty rose hand crocheted, heirloom pouch. I pour the botanical perfume synergy into a combination of beeswax and jojoba. Once gently melted it is then poured into a tin placed within the metal compact. This ensures lasting performance so that the vintage gets better with age.
Another benefit to this is that when you are finished with your solid perfume the tin can be replaced with a new one. The compact is contained in a Dusty Rose hand crocheted pouch and packaged in a silk lined purple box.

Rosa is available as a single sample and in the Flower Full Moon trio set with Vera and Page 47. The tops of the little pink pots are color coded with a honey bee wax seal. Leave a comment here at this post and I will enter you in a draw for pink pot of Rosa in a lavender colored pouch. The draw ends on Monday, June 14th at 10pm PST.


Anonymous said...

Roxana, this post is beauty itself... can't begin to imagine how exquisitely the perfume represents the flower!
Thanks for offering us the chance to go into the draw.

ruricloth said...

Your shop has been in my favorites for a long time:) I've been longing to try out one of your perfumes! Thanks for the giveaway!


Sarah M. said...

this is a super awesome giveaway. I would love to win.

Anonymous said...

Looks really pretty:) I bet it smells just as good.

Jenn Milt Art said...

I bet it smells amazing!

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Sarah Sar said...

it sounds heavenly. i'm really curious to try this out!

helen said...

Beautiful blog and I'd love to win the perfume.Thanks fingers crossed. Helen

danit said...

Sounds great, and probably smell like that too.

very married said...

thank you for hosting this. i bet it smells as lovely as it looks!


TopHat said...

I can't tell what's the prettiest part: the seal? the pouch? the perfume itself?


hrfarley at gmail dot com

Julia said...

Wow, the packaging alone is so beautiful, I can only imagine how lovely the scent must be. Thanks for the giveaway.


Oh, My Darling said...

I bet this perfume smells delightful! Thanks for offering it to a lucky reader.

HJ said...

Hi Roxana!

Thank you for noting where you found a gorgeous antique postcard with the word Rosa on it.... I was admiring the beautiful rose photo, wondering to myself where on the earth you found it! LOL

I love these posts Roxana, I love having that sneak peak into the perfumers mind and methodology.

Just out of interest, how does the Rosa californica smell in comparison to other roses.

warm regards

hollyjae [@] gmail dot com

Lucky Finds said...

My imagination runs wild as to how this new floral fragrance smells like!

enter me please


Anonymous said...

Sounds and looks so delicate! Count me in, please.
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Nós said...

Count me in please.
TY for doing this.
Andreia. xoxo

Shaima812 said...

I love to win new floral fragrance
Enter me please

Samy said...

Oh, I adore you amazing scents and products! Please enter me :)

samyrocks92 at msn dot com

sweet talk said...

I have always loved roses... reminded me of my mother and where I grew up. Thanks for the opportunity.

Juliette @ juliettee[dot]r[at]gmail[dot]com

Shawna said...

The packaging is cute!

Shelby Sunshine said...

Oooo..I bet it smells heavenly! Thanks for the giveaway!

shelbysanchez at hotmail dot com

va said...

beautiful article about Rosa perfume and the pouch is so cute that comes with it as well .
I love the photos .

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Jenny Bolech said...

I would love to win this, it sounds like it smells amazing!

Thanks for the chance!

jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

liz said...

hi,I would love to participate in this giveaway :)

email me :)

thankies for helding this giveaway

Rose said...

How lovely!

Jessica cobb said...

Wow! What an amazing post, wish gorgeous pictures! I want it!


Ladytink_534 said...

How pretty! I bet it smells amazing! I'd like to win :)


Unknown said...

must be smells soo good =)

liz said...

hi,I would love to participate in this giveaway,the parfume seems so cute and pretty

email me :)

thankies for helding this giveaway

Lubna said...

Such an enchanting post. I am sure the fragrance smells divine.

lukathewriter (At) gmail (dot) com

Binara said...

Very pretty! I´´d like to win it, too ;o)


Ria said...

This post gives me the same feeling as smelling an amazing perfume!Oh,I'd love to win this!Please count me in!

misao said...

wow really beautiful, please count me in too!

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Unknown said...

please count me in! ^^ this is so lovely!

Unknown said...

count me in too please!

Cannaria said...

Is it just my imagination or I smell an amazing fragrance on this post? I hope I can have it!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this chance.

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Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway. Thank you so much!

peripatetic33 said...

peripatetic33 at hot mail dot com
enter me please and thank you

Kulsuma said...

Great giveaway!:)
count me in. said...

Sounds awesome! Count me in.

Jeanette Huston

akhira n. said...

lovely smell ! enter me ! :)

Peach Rainbow said...

I really love the color of the pot, lovely!

Anonymous said...

Looks nice and I think it smells really good!


Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

Jasmine1485 said...

I would love to enter! Thank you for this giveaway, I hope it's I who comes out smelling like roses ;)

Kate1485 at

TanyaMarie said...

everything seems beautiful!
the design and for sure it smells awesome :)

Anonymous said...

wow, awesome. natural scent for natural self image, it adds a strength to a personal character :)

Lyudmila said...

I need it for my friend
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Dhesh said...

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Elena Rudaya said...

Great giveaway! I hope I win!


Unknown said...

What a beautifull giveaway!!!
Please enter me in!


Araxe said...

Hope I can win!^^


Mandi said...

Wonderful giveaway, please enter me.

Mandi said...

wonderful giveaway, please enter me.

Unknown said...

This would be great to win.
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Illuminated Perfume said...

This giveaway is now closed, the winner will be announced shortly. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Illuminated Perfume said...

Congratulations to Shelby the winner of the Rosa mini sample!