White Rose was one of the favorite scents of Alexandra, the last empress of Russia. I hope that now this lovely scent has been re-issued, it will be around for a long time. I find it a deeply satisfying rose that is never cloying, and one that even those who don't particularly like rose scents appreciate.
Jax-it was only created in 2002 so couldn't have been Emma Hamilton's scent but perhaps this is based on one she used to wear?
It's clever because whether there are any white roses in it or not, it makes you think 'ooh it's rosey bit a bit different so maybe it's because it's white'. To me it's more of a damask rose, older somehow.
I stumbled upon this frangrance by accident in a dusty old department store in the city of Bath (England) last year. What a find!
The smell when you first open the bottle is one of an intense and spicy rose. Not too strong, but deep and satisfyingly rose with just a hint of violet. It smelled so good, that I just wanted to keep breathing it in!
When first applied, it is slightly sweet and actually not all that rose to smell. It actually smells more violet with a hint of orange. But over half an hour or so , the smell deepens to less sweet and much spicier rose scent. The jasmine seems to set off the scent somehow, although (fortunately) you can't really smell the jasmine itself. I find a lot of jasmine can get a bit sickly. The violet is fairly noticeable for the first hour or so, and is a dry violet rather than a sweet violet. After a couple of hours you are left with a slightly musky, complex and intense spicy rose scent.
While it is an intense fragrance, it isn't overpowering. On me, it lasts around 4-5 hours.
I love rose, and haven't found anything that smells even half as good as this, and plan to wear it for a good long time! Most other 'rose' perfume, in my opinion, are either too fruity or too powdery.
I believe White Rose was the favourite perfume of Lady Hamilton (Nelson's mistress), so it has been around for a long time.