Post by Azar
Bourbon French Parfums has been creating fragrances in New Orleans, LA since 1843. The firm’s history and the fragrances they offer have intrigued me for several years. In December of 2012 I finally placed an order, choosing one of their best sellers, Voodoo Love.
Photo Stolen TheTastefulLife
I found Voodoo Love to be a real time trip, a nostalgic fragrance that I knew I’d encountered many times before; a sort of déjà vu in a bottle! I love Voodoo Love but my true love from the Bourbon French line came as a free gift with purchase, BF’s new/old fragrance Oriental Rose.
Oriental Rose by Bourbon French Parfums
Have you ever tried a new scent and immediately knew you were home again, comfortable, relaxed and loved? My first experience with Oriental Rose was all that and more. The EDC opens with a warm, humid aura of buttery, rich and spicy rose. This rosy cloud does not change radically over time but slowly evolves into a milky, floral vanilla and eventually dries down to amber, sandalwood and musk wafting through a southern garden.
Photo Stolen Bourbon French Parfums
The way that the rose is presented in this fragrance reminds me of my favorite confection on the face of the earth, Golo Bol Bol Rose and Saffron Ice Cream! This ice cream is a traditional treat using a recipe that is supposed to be over 2,000 years old. Golo Bol Bol is what Oriental Rose would be (minus the saffron perhaps) if the fragrance were frozen and edible. Yes, it seems strange to compare a warm and humid (and not at all gourmand) scent to a frozen treat! But maybe not! Both the fragrance and the ice cream have the same rich, comforting indulgence at once nurturing and decadent.
Oriental Rose has an interesting back story too! A few years ago when members of the staff at Bourbon French were going through old records, they discovered the formula for Oriental Rose, created in the 1940’s by the firm’s third owner and first woman perfumer Marguerite Caro. For more of the interesting history of the Bourbon French Perfume Company and their creations check the website: Bourbon French Parfums. You’ll notice that the prices for the Oriental Rose fragrance are great.
Here is the info for Bourbon French and also for the Golo Bol Bol Ice Cream Shop in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA. I don’t go all the way to LA to get this rose and saffron ice cream and I certainly don’t make it myself (although I do have a recipe). The local persian/mediterranean market sells it in containers.
Oriental Rose by Bourbon French Parfums GIVEAWAY!
WHAT CAN YOU WIN?
This week there are two winners, each will receive
1 x 2ml decant Oriental Rose by Bourbon French Parfums
1 x 2ml decant Voodoo Love by Bourbon French Parfums
P&H Anywhere in the world
HOW DO YOU WIN?
Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.
To be eligible for the draw just mention how you follow the APJs and comment on your favorite rose fragrance, tell us about the dessert/confection you love the most or about your last trip to New Orleans!
Entries Close Thursday 31st October 2013 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by picking your names out of a hot.
The winners will have till Monday 4th November 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.