Creed Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare
That's Bulgarian Tea Rose, according to the Creed site, by the way - not The Bulgarian Rose, or Bulgarian Rose and Tea. I was a little confused. In case anyone else is, I thought I'd mention that.
I've never heard of Bulgarian Tea Roses, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. I know Bulgarian Damascus rose is used to make "tea", so maybe that's what they mean.
According to the Basenotes FD, this was launched in 1890. It was discontinued a few years ago, and now has returned to the lineup in a different flacon. I have the one from the pre-discontinuation bottle (just a little while before the discontinuation - not like 100 years or anything) that looks like this:
But not mine. Mine looks like this:
According to the Creed copy:
Fleur de The Rose Bulgare was made for the wife of a historic U.S. President. The distinguished lady from New York first encountered Creed on her extended honeymoon in Europe. When she returned to America, she wrote to the House of Creed requesting a custom fragrance made with Bulgarian tea roses she had smelled during her sojourn abroad. . .
Excuse me while I fact check a bit.
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OK - they must mean Edith Roosevelt. She's the only first lady married close to the 1890 "release date" that was from New York. She was raised in New York City, married Teddy in December 1886 in London, and they had a long honeymoon in Europe (at least a couple of months), including a long stay in Paris. Here are Teddy's letters home from his honeymoon - maybe someone wants to read through them to see if he name drops Creed. Maybe he picked up a bottle of Green Irish Tweed?
And here's the lady.
Nice story. I think it's complete hogwash, of course. But that doesn't matter. The juice is good. And that's all that matters.
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The notes on the Creed site are:
Top note: Bergamot, citrus notes
Middle note: Chinese green tea, Bulgarian rose
Base note: Ambergris
Now this is for the current one, and I hear it's different than the older green flacon one, so this may not fit.
It opens green, a bit on the vegetal side, sharp. There's some citrus adding some brightness. There's harsh rose noise under that. I feel this was composed to get the rose heart accord just right, and the opening is a bit of collateral damage. It's not terrible, but doesn't seem like it was meant to smell this way. My guess is that there's a big dose of rose absolute or some other natural rose extract. I've just started to tinker with these naturals, but these materials have many different molecules, and some don't smell nice as they first start to evaporate.
Anyway, that doesn't last long. About 30 minutes later when it settles down, it's as close as I've smelled to a natural rose scent so far. It's a clean, pink rose - dewey, fresh, a little fruity. Very realistic. It's absolutely lovely. I've been wearing it on and off for several days now, with the Caron mixed in there a couple of times.
It's not just that the scent is accurate. Roses smell a lot of different ways, and I can't tell you which one this smells like, but I would absolutely believe that this is some kind of actual rose if I sniffed it blind. So there's that. But it smells realistic in an unforced way. The way it gently wafts off the skin is pitch perfect. It doesn't assault the nose, while not being a meek wallflower either. It's effortlessly graceful.
Not much of a dry down - the "ambergris" is just some nice synthetic I guess to help it hold the note just that bit longer. Gone in about 3 hours from my skin. Longer on clothes.
This is a straight up linear, literal rose soliflore, and a very good one. Not many "serious" perfume houses do this style - not artistic enough, I guess. This one is earns its place by just being perfectly realistic in character and presence. Excellent.
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I found some! I have it coming soon. I'm really looking forward to this one too!
Originally Posted by danieq