Pink Quartz by Olivier Durbano 2010


Post by Maya


Hello APJ.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet.” — William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Lately I have been haunted by roses and I wanted to know more about them. I found that references to roses are everywhere in history and mythology and symbolism.They are an ancient flower. Fossils of roses have been found going back 35 million years. They thrived across the entire northern hemisphere with flowers that were originally all shades of pink, with a few white ones. Wild yellow roses were only discovered in Afghanistan and Southwest Asia in the 18th century. The Chinese cultivated them 5000 years ago and Egyptians planted rose gardens in their palaces at about the same time.

Pink Quartz Olivier Durbano Roses Jeff Kramer  FlickrPhoto Stolen Jeff Kramer  Flickr

These beautiful flowers were found in ancient Egyptian tombs, in the form of mixed floral garlands believed to have been worn by mourners and then left in the tombs. The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with the goddess of love, Aphrodite and Venus respectively, but it was the goddess nymph of flowers, Chloris, who created it. Chloris found the lifeless body of a nymph in the forest. She called the gods and goddesses to help her. Aphrodite gave the body beauty, Dionysus added nectar to give a sweet scent and Zephyr blew away the clouds so Apollo could shine and make the flower bloom. So the rose was born, the beautiful symbol of an immortal love that will never fade – even through time or death.

Pink Quartz Olivier Durbano Shopfloor Roses Sistak FlickrPhoto Stolen Sistak Flickr

In India, Brahma, the creator of the world, and Vishnu, the protector of the world, argued over whether the lotus was more beautiful than the rose. Vishnu said the rose; Brahma said the lotus. Brahma, who had never seen a rose, admitted he was wrong when he saw one. He then created a bride for Vishnu and called her Lakshmi. She was created from 108 large and 1008 small rose petals. Ancient peoples made and used rosewater. It was the Persians who first extracted pure rose oil from varieties of the Damask rose. And in their poetry, the longing song of the nightingale is said to be caused by the beauty of the rose. Even today, rose symbolism is strong. The rose is the national flower of England, dating from the time of Henry VII and the War of the Roses and in 1986, it was named the floral emblem of the United States. This leads me to another rose:

Pink Quartz by Olivier Durbano 2010

Pink Quartz Olivier Durbano FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, pink grapefruit, olibanum, saffron, ginger
Heart: Palmarosa, damask rose, palisander rosewood
Base: Rose, amber, patchouli, myrhh, benzoin, white musk

Pink Quartz starts out as a very spicy rose. The citrusy notes listed as top notes are lost on my skin, overwhelmed by the ginger, a note I’m not usually fond of, but it works well here. The rose in this scent is ALWAYS first and foremost. It’s a big red rose that lasts and lasts! It never really fades but does eventually mellow to a more musky rose with less ginger and hints of patchouli and amber. It is one of those fragrances that the more I wear it, the more I like it.The spicy aspect to Pink Quartz makes it a warm scent, but not a winter scent. It is for all seasons with a pleasant medium silage that I doubt would offend anyone and it lasts for 7-8 hours.

Pink Quartz Olivier Durbano  Red roses DeviantArtPhoto Stolen DeviantArt

Further reading: Ca Fleure Bon and Now Smell This
LuckyScent has $205/100ml EdP and samples
Olivier Durbano has  €170/30ml Parfum

I love roses – the flower and the scent. How about you?


5 thoughts on “Pink Quartz by Olivier Durbano 2010

  1. Hey there Maya,
    Lovely post. Roses are one of my fave notes, from Perfumers Tea Rose and Jo Malone Red Roses to Mohur and Armani Privé Rose d’Arabie they all speak to me. Thanks for introducing me to another.
    Portia xx


  2. Hi Maya!

    What a wonderful post – love the level of detail that you’ve gone into re: the story of the rose, just gorgeous. Thanks!

    I have a sample of Pink Quartz by Olivier Durbano as I was trying out a fair selection of his stone themed range. I must admit, I’ve been struggling with florals – particularly for me, white florals. I don’t quite understand, because I really enjoy the single natural scents, eg: rose, jasmine, gardinia etc etc. I want to know what exactly it is that gives me the “” factor that I experience. Is it a specific flower? Is it the combination? Or is it something underlying in the perfume chemically that I’m picking up on? Not quite sure. Work in progress, I’m persisting….

    When I tried Pink Quartz for the first time a few months ago, I really wasn’t quite sure about it. Based on your review I’ve given it another go today, and I can’t believe that I missed so much in it! The sillage is great, and overwhelmingly rose, and the ginger is striking – and after about an hour I get some citrus, but definitely not bergamot. And under all that, with my nose 2cm from my skin, there is this fabulous spicyness lurking like a mischievious cat about to pounce. YUM.

    It has lasted the day, I just re-dabbed, and I got a fab compliment from a co-worker who totally got the spicy rose angle (without me having to explain!). So I’m really glad I read this review & gave it another run through. 🙂

    Tina xx


  3. Hi Tina. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I felt the same as you the first time I tried Pink Quartz, but I came to appreciate it the more I tried it. I am a floral lover, but my favorites are always the ones where the main floral is right upfront and stays there. You might want to experiment with some of the natural perfumes. They are more like the real flower than most synthetics, especially if you have a sensitive nose.


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