” A rose is a rose is a rose as Gertrud Stein so beautifully put it. Things are what they are.
In the case of Rose absolute from Accords & Parfums own miniature field in Grasse that isn’t the case though, this rose isn’t actually like any other and it evokes a completely different set of emotions in me. Accords & Parfums have always been a vital part of Maison Mona di Orio. It’s the place where Mona learnt about the art of perfumery from Edmond Roudnitska and it’s the place where I took on my very first perfumery briefs as a junior perfumer. They are very much part of our DNA. I have the great privilege of working very close to this DNA every day since all our raw materials are sourced by them, so you can imagine the excitement when we were told that they wanted us to be one out of two companies in the world that could use their very own absolute of May rose.
Jeroen and I sat down and smelt it together the very first time and we were in absolute awe, it was instantly obvious that it had retained a much higher percentage of its phenyl ethyl alcohol, one of the organic compounds giving rose its honey-like scent. Velvety would be the word to describe it. The deeper I dwelled into it the more complexity I found, pollen-laden sundried hay with drooping overripe apricots and freshly brewed tea, tiny specks of warm cloves and saffron shining through once in a while.
We were overjoyed with how sensational we found it. Our joy quickly turned to the realisation that a material of such a calibre didn’t need to be turned into a fragrance, it already was. It took us many months before we had the idea of simply providing a stage for it. What if a single May rose stood alone in a room of stone. The idea of a lonely mineral rose was born. I approach stony effects in a very similar way to rain, to me they have a lot in common. A transparent earthiness supported by a soothing texture of clay against the skin. It took me many trials to find the balance but eventually I think I gave the rose the pedestal it so deserves but doesn’t need”. Fredrik Dalman In-House Parfumeur.
To explore the Alinea Collection from the comfort of your home, we offer the Alinea Sample Set HERE
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To truly experience the artisanal craftsmanship of the Alinea Collection, we welcome you to our Atelier in Amsterdam where you will be greeted by our in house-perfumer Fredrik Dalman and/or creative director Jeroen Oude Sogtoen.
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