Oriental Rose by Marguerite Caro for Bourbon French Parfums


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.

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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.

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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.

Further reading: Fine Fragrants talks some others in the line
Bourbon French Parfums has $28/¼oz perfume, $28/4oz EDC and $36/4oz EDT

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.

Bourbon French Perfume Company (this is their history page)
Golo Bol Bol Ice Cream

Azar xx

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Oriental Rose by Bourbon French Parfums GIVEAWAY!


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


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!

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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.

75 comments on “Oriental Rose by Marguerite Caro for Bourbon French Parfums

  1. tsurera says:

    I follow by email.

    I really enjoy Rose scents, and my favorite -by far- (and one of my favorite scents in general) is Rose Poivree by The Different Company. It’s perfect.

    Another Rose scent I enjoy (although it is veeeery mild) is Filoli Rose by A Wing & A Prayer Perfumes (find them on Etsy.) I’ve only tried their oil, and I like to put it on my pillow and/or chest when I go to bed.

    As for desserts, I like chocolate (+good quality) in any form (solid, ice cream, pastry, etc.)

    Aaaand now I’m hungry.

    • Azar says:

      Hi tsurera! You are IN!

      I love roses and pepper together so I’m sure I would love Rose Poivre too! Thanks for that tip. A couple of years ago my mother put together a scent (just for fun) using pink pepper, bulgarian rose, a light patchouli and a few other things. It is really quite lovely.

      And chocolate? I crave the dark stuff.

      Azar xx

      • tsurera says:

        Hey there, just wanted to let you know I received the perfumes. They came in just fine. We had a blast trying them on and sniffing them all day. Voodoo Love was very nice but the winner really was Oriental Rose. It’s such a lovely perfume. Thanks again!

  2. Jordan River says:

    Great piece of history with Marguerite Caro. Was she the first in the modern world or the first in US of A? I think there is a character based on her in a book that I read earlier this year.
    As my underwear band says DNEM.
    Jordan River recently posted…The Quantum Coffee AccordMy Profile

    • Azar says:

      Hello Jordan,
      I think Marguerite Caro was simply the first woman perfumer in the Bourbon French Company. I doubt she was the first in the modern world but maybe could have been one of the earlier woman perfumers in the US.
      Azar xx

  3. Patty P. says:

    I follow by e-mail, don’t really like most rose scents, but Rose Poivre has that lovely skank factor that makes it most wearable. 🙂

    I like the 90% chocolate, straight up.

  4. Janet Hoover says:

    I follow by email. Liasions Dangereous By Kilian is my favorite rose. I just had a chocolate creme brûlée that was so wonderful I can hardly describe it. Burnt sugar, the best chocolate pudding ever, and fresh raspberries. Omg.

  5. Jackie b says:

    What a pity that ice cream is so far away! I am partial to rose Turkish Delight too.
    Not sure about rose in perfume, maybe I just haven’t found the right one…
    I follow by email

    • Azar says:

      Hello Jackie B. Thanks for joining the draw! The people in Westwood, LA make the best version of this ice cream that I have ever tasted but there are recipes out there if you want to try making yourself.
      Azar xx

  6. Nemo says:

    Funnily enough, Rose Poivre is also one of my favorite rose perfumes as well! My second favorite is Stella, though it has been too cold to wear that for a little while. That said, I am always looking for a new take on rose! I have many favorite desserts as well, but I especially love apple crisp right now 🙂 I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Nemo,
      It’s apple pie and apple crisp time around here too! We had some tonight. And now there are three for Rose Poivre! Thanks for entering the draw.

  7. willa says:

    Fav rose is SL’s rose la majestic. Confection du jour is turkish delight. And I follow by email. C’est bon.

  8. RuthF says:

    I really like the sound of this one! I still haven’t found the perfect rose fragrance, but I love walking up my street and smelling all the different varieties in people’s gardens! I like Lipstick Rose. As for desserts, where do I start? Ricotta cannoli, lemon and passionfruit tarts, sticky date pudding…
    I follow by email 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi RuthF,
      I take long walks everyday with Fender the dog. He sniffs his trees and fire hydrants and in the summer I enjoy smelling my neighbors beautiful rose gardens. By the way, how do you make your sticky date pudding? You are in!
      Azar xx

  9. FeralJasmine says:

    I follow by email, and I grew up in Louisiana and have been in and out of New Orleans all my life. Would love to smell a Rose from there! Right now my favorite rose is the unattainable Mohur Extrait, one of the loveliest things I have ever smelled. No doubt, due to price, it will remain unattainable after release, but oh well, at least I got to smell it!

    • Azar says:

      Hello FeralJasmine!
      I have several other rose favorites. One is Agar Aura’s Al-Jazzab. Can you describe the scents of Mohur Extrait? Of course you are IN!
      Azar xx

      • FeralJasmine says:

        I think the best way I can describe it is that it is deeper, richer, more spiced, and less austere than Mohur, while retaining all the elegance. Or I could just describe it as: Purrr!

  10. Annamaria says:

    I follow by Bloglovin. My favourite rose is plain old Yardley English rose! Smells very realistic to my nose, when compared with the roses in my garden.

  11. Kerri says:

    I follow by email and on your website.
    My favourite rose scent at the moment is Flowerbomb Rose Explosion. I just love it. Am on to my second bottle!
    Other rose scents I have/had include Lipstick Rose, Lyric and La Fille de Berlin.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Kerri,
      You are the second vote for Lipstick Rose, yet another I need to try. And I have to admit I don’t know Rose Explosion either. Second bottle, wow! You are IN!
      Azar xx

  12. Maya says:

    I still love Montale Black Aoud for my dark, sexy rose and The Different Company Hippie Rose for fun. Both make me feel good. I will have to go for Hungarian kiflis, cookies. They are not like those you see online – these are from a recipe from about 1900 or earlier. I had to beg and barter to get it. I follow by email.

  13. Christine W says:

    Please enter me in the competition! I follow via email.

    My favourite rose perfumes include Serge’s Sa Majeste la Rose, By Kilian’s Rose Oud and Les Secrets de Rose by Rosine (which I am still trying to track down a bottle of).

    I think my all-time favourite dessert would have to be Lemon Delicious Pudding 🙂


  14. poodle says:

    Hi Azar! I have been to Bourbon French Perfumes twice so no need to enter me in the draw. I haven’t tried this rose scent but do have a few of their others which I enjoy. I’m happy to see them getting some love here in blogland.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Poodle!

      Which of the other Bourbon French perfumes do you like the best?

      I think this company makes quality fragrances that are at once handmade, unpretentious and “traditional”. I believe that this makes Bourbon French really unusual these days and certainly worth trying. Hype has been replaced with history. It’s refreshing and certainly not the norm.

      Azar xx

  15. Irina says:

    I follow by email- my fav rose is Serge Lutens ” sa majeste la rose” my fav dessert is creme brullee
    never been to New Orleans, nor plan to in the near future

  16. cookie queen says:

    My favourite rose is going to be the new Vero Profumo’s. Until then I love Tauer’s roses, and NVC’s Mohur Extrait is extremely lovely. Fave dessert is a homemade booze laden trifle.
    What a great review Azar. Loved it. xxxxxx

    • Azar says:

      Thank you so much, Cookie!
      When does this new Vero makes its debut? Have you tried it yet? And your trifle must be to die for!
      Azar xx

      • cookie queen says:

        Absolutely no idea, but I know it’s a work in progress. I make trifle once a year. For Christmas. xxx

  17. Jaybee says:

    I ordered a sample of Iroaz after reading about it here, so I hop beignets and coffee, and the whole voodoo vibe. Just wish I’d known about the perfumery! I follow by email.e I get to smell the roses!

    I visited New Orleans once years ago. Loved the Hurricane cocktails, the beignets and coffee, and the whole voodoo vibe. Just wish I’d known about the perfumery! I follow by email.

    • Jaybee says:

      PS sorry about the above typos – I don’t know how to edit my comment!

      • Azar says:

        No problem, Jaybee! Great and evocative comments. I’m glad you mentioned the beignets and the hurricane cocktail glasses. Brings back great memories for me too. You are so IN!
        Azar xx

  18. hotlanta linda says:

    Goutal`s Rose Absolue – rich elegance!, Liz Zorn`s party of rose scents, and any of Tauer`s rose `garden` – can`t wait to whiff PHI Rose 🙂 CHOCOLATE RULES!!! AMEN!!! 🙂 🙂 Never been to The Big Easy :-(, but we read about her instead! We follow a la e-mail and blog.

    • Azar says:

      Hi there Hotlanta! Thanks for joining the draw. What a wonderful selection of roses you have there. Any special chocolate dessert or just chocolate in any and all forms?
      Azar xx

      • hotlanta linda says:

        I have to find dairy-free chocolate items – try Coop`s fudge in a jar!! It really IS tough to not have the spoon that you stand up in the fudge to NOT go directly to your mouth! 🙂 🙂 I like to just sprinkle cocoa on my waffles – w/ a bit of honey 🙂

  19. fleurdelys says:

    Rose seems to be the “It” note right now! I follow APJ via email, my favorite dessert is creme brulee, and I’ve never been to New Orleans (but want to go).

    • Azar says:

      Hello fleurdelys!
      Yet another lover of creme brulee! Do you have a special recipe? B-Azar makes fabulous creme brulee and cannoli too. I haven’t been to New Orleans since the big hurricane. I hope it hasn’t changed too much. Of course you are IN!
      Azar xx

  20. Cyn says:

    Oh, this sounds yummy! My fav rose scent is Le Labo 31. Thanks for the draw! I follow by email.

  21. susan says:

    I follow on Bloglovin’. My last trip to New Orleans was last year for my honeymoon – had a fabulous time eating soooooo much delicious food and smelling lots of perfume and learning lots of history. 🙂
    susan recently posted…5 quick impressions of lesser-known Thierry MuglersMy Profile

  22. maggiecat says:

    I follow via e-mail and look forward to the APJ posts every day! I’m also a big fan of Bourbon French perfumes and have purchases several scents over the years, starting with a visit in late 2009, while I was on my honeymoon. I’ve just recently heard about oriental Rose and am anxious to try it – it sounds lovely. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

    • Azar says:

      Hi maggiecat!
      New Orleans seems to be the honeymoon hot spot! No better place to let the good times roll. What is your favorite Bourbon French so far? You are IN!
      Azar xx

  23. Nancysg says:

    I follow by email.
    I was in New Orleans once (for 2 days). It was the middle of August so I got the full experience of the heat and humidity. I have never made it back in more temperate weather.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Nancysg,
      August, oh dear! Long ago I was in New Orleans in late summer. I remember that humidity. Have you tried any of the Bourbon French perfumes? Thanks for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  24. Sherry Proch says:

    I follow twitter, @sproch66, bloglovin gypsygoddess66 and always look forward to the new things about fragrance I learn on your blog. I am an admitted fragrance junkie ;). Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Azar says:

      Thanks for joining the draw, Sherry! I learn so much from the APJ about all kinds of things! Do you have a favorite rose fragrance?
      Azar xx

  25. Mary K says:

    With regard to rose perfumes, I like Iroaz, and also Rosine’s Rose d’Ete is great, too. I love dark chocolate (Hachez and Pralus chocolate bars among others), and a favorite pastry treat is a confection made at a local French bakery/cafe. It consists of two eclair type shells filled with a light coffee flavored pastry creme. I follow via RSS

    • Azar says:

      Mary K!
      This dessert sounds absolutely fabulous. I am putting on the pounds just thinking about it. Iroaz has been a favorite rose perfume today. By the way, have you ever been to New Orleans? And yes, you are IN!
      Azar xx

  26. Tatiana says:

    I follow by email.
    I never liked rose fragrances until I tried Frederic Malle’s Portrait of A Lady. Then Amouage Lyric followed. Along with Le Labo Rose 31 and Serge Lutens Rose de Nuit. Funny how you think you dislike a certain note and then one fragrance opens up a whole new world of scent for you.

    • Azar says:

      I absolutely agree, Tatiana! And I love Lyric too! Another favorite of mine is the 80’s revival of Coty La Rose Jacqueminot and Ellen Covy’s Ballet Rouge. You are in!
      Azar xx

  27. Mihaela U says:

    I follow by email and I also tweeted. ^_^

    My favorite rose perfume is Amouage Lyric Woman. The dessert I love most is chocolate pudding.

    Thank you for this awesome draw! Wish you all the best! 🙂
    Mihaela U recently posted…Miss Dior 2012My Profile

    • Azar says:

      Hi Mihaela U,
      I prefer Lyric Man but I like the Woman too. Chocolate and roses are such a great combo. You are in!
      Azar xx

  28. Katrina says:

    Hello Azar,

    Your review is written beautifully! I find rose very elegant and it is not something I normally wear but my favourite rose fragrance is J.Lo Glow.

    Katrina xx

  29. Dubaiscents says:

    I follow by email.
    It has been years since I have been to New Orleans but, I love how you can just walk around the French Quarter (and surrounding areas) and everyone seems so friendly. Next time I am back I will definitely look for this shop.
    My favorite rose scent is probably Oud Ispahan by Dior – a very nice rose oud combo. And Portrait of a Lady (which is very similar) ranks up there as well – I like my roses dark 🙂
    Thanks for the draw!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Dubaiscents! Thank you for joining this draw and sharing your favorite rose perfumes. You are IN! Have you tried many rose scents in traditional pure oil formats (roses in sandalwood, with amber and/or musk, ambergris, oud etc.) ? Some of my favorite roses live in classic attars and mukhallats.
      Azar xx

  30. Laurels says:

    Hi, Azar. Will you be writing a review of Voodoo Love later? The only descriptor I could find on the Bourbon French site was “earthy,” and now I’m really curious as to what Marie Laveau’s love potion smells like.

    The first rose scent I tried that didn’t smell soapy or sour on me was Trish McAvoy’s Black Rose Oud, although I prefer Montale’s Aoud Damascus. A Wing and a Prayer’s Tea Rose is also nice, and I will have to try layering it, maybe with Yves Rocher’s Vanille Noire, to see if I can get something that smells the way Tocade does to other people. I follow on Bloglovin.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Laurels!
      It would be fun to write a review of Voodoo Love. I imagine the earthy quality mentioned on the Bourbon French site has something to do with Kus grass (vetiver) and orris root. They are still making a fragrance called Kus Kus, one of the first scents originally created in the mid 1800s by the original owner of the business. To my nose Voodoo Love has some elements of this Kus Kus perfume. It is powdery, sweet and green at the same time. Oh dear, I’m talking to much! Laurels, you are IN!
      Azar xx

  31. boringzlifez says:

    I’m following via wordpress and to be honest i haven’t used any rose perfumes,but i grow roses at home and if it smells anything like the whiff of roses in the morning i’m in:) favorite desserts, anything to do with cheesecake, nutella with fresh strawberries, chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream and macaroons with fruit tarts:) was that too much:P

    • Azar says:

      You are In, boringzlifez!

      To be honest I don’t think any perfume can match the smell of fresh roses in the garden in the morning. Oriental Rose is not as green as a morning rose garden. I’d describe it as breeze through a sultry and humid afternoon garden (near a kitchen window where someone is baking). The closest “copy” of a morning rose garden, in my experience, is an attar of real persian roses in a very light, green sandalwood. And your dessert list is NOT too long. Thank you for the goodies.

      Azar xx

  32. Erin Pearl says:

    Hey, I follow by Bloglovin’. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity 😀

    I have a bit of an aversion to rose notes in perfume – I don’t know if it’s because I associate them so much with food and prayer meetings – but am trying to get over it. I feel like I’m missing out! I do like Rive Gauche, does that count?

    My favourite dessert is my mother’s homemade breadcrumb praline icecream, yum yum.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Erin Pearl!
      You are IN! Thanks for joining the draw. Your mother’s ice cream sound sooo tasty! And Rive Gauche! Its been so many years since I’ve smelled that one but I still remember it as very green and full of aldehydes. Yes it counts because I believe there is rose in there somewhere. A great classic scent!
      Azar xx

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