No. 1 - ROSE OXIDE

No. 1 - ROSE OXIDE

Created: 4.26.22

Themes: green, agrestic, fresh, floral, metallic

Rose oxide, a component of rose oil, has a unique scent that is green and slightly metallic. It is an intriguing fragrance material that is diffusive and powerful. Belonging somewhere in the top/mid note categories, its smell fades away within an hour. 

I am using 95% ethanol as my solvent/carrier.

First, to add some nuance to the green notes of the rose oxide, I added undecavertol, another green smelling material. Wanting to create depth, I added florhydral and benzyl acetate for their white flower notes. The resulting mixture smelled bitter - the green notes overpowered the aroma. To counteract the bitterness I added some sweet smelling materials. I started with methyl diantilis because this is both sweet and fresh, fitting better with the desired genre of the fragrance. However, I quickly realized that a more substantial sweet note would be required to balance the bitterness of the rose oxide/undecavertol combo, and so I added some ethyl maltol and vanillin crystals. At this point, I had a rather odd smelling cocktail of materials and needed to add something to make it smell a bit more recognizable as a perfume. I decided to add the pretty much universally adored base material ambroxan along with ebanol. Finally, I chose to add the musk habanolide to soften the final aroma.

Overall it is somewhat pleasing to smell. At first you get pungent green and metallic notes which transition nicely into a lily of the valley moment. However, the rest of the dry down has an off-putting, sweet, chemical vibe to it. I think the rose oxide/undecavertol combo was just too overwhelming in its effect. The materials added to balance the bitter green notes lean towards gourmand and feel out of place once the fragrance begins to fade. 

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