Pink Rose Musk Otto or Moldovan Rose Otto

Hermitage Oils USA Pink Rose Musk Otto or Moldovan Rose Otto

Hermitage Oils USA Pink Rose Musk Otto or Moldovan Rose Otto

My initial impressions of Moldovan Rose Otto, based on smelling from the bottle where not positive as I thought it was too shy and timid, displaying a rose accord that took too long to get going and when it did, evoked feelings of sadness instead of instant emphatic effervescent joy that I experience with Turkish, Bulgarian, Iranian or Syrian Rose Otto.

However a drop on the skin and we experience a different aromatic party – one that sparkles, delights, makes us feel good, delivers floral euphoric highs and leaves us pleading for more of the same. Applied to the skin, the initial top notes are very edgy, rebellious, confused, lost and misleading, baring little to no resemblance to the Rose Otto produced in the countries mentioned above. However, when this oil comes to life you are greeted with bursts of fresh, light floral rose notes that are infused with milky tea sweetness. As time progresses the rose accord becomes heavier, showcasing musk notes of an oriental nature that are really polished, sophisticated, opulent and just plain lovely.

Botanical Name: Rosa damascena

Origin: Moldova

My assessment of Moldovan Rose Otto is this – if you seek instant floral rose impact then this is not for you. If you intend to substitute this material with Turkish, Bulgarian, Iranian or Syrian Rose Otto for reasons of a therapeutic nature, then this oil is not for you either. This material is solely for the rose connoisseur, the discerning oil collector or individual who is trying to create a thought provoking yet seemingly effortless and beautiful rose perfume. And this is where Moldovan Rose Otto excels – because whilst rose is the harmoniser of many other fragrance types, its actually this rose oil that is the natural harmoniser for the rose, effortlessly marrying the sweetness of a Moroccan centifolia with the deeper elements found in a Bulgarian or Turkish damascena, whilst imparting a gorgeous unique rose warmth and vastly improving the tenacity at the same time.

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What I’m working on or Roman Unguents

Roman Unguentarium from The Mini Museum -

Roman Unguentarium from The Mini Museum –
DATE: ca. 1st century A.D.

A few weeks ago, I happened across a tweet with this picture included.  The account owner, was Allen from The Mini Museum.

I happened to comment that I thought holding a Roman unguentarium (perfume vial) sounded amazing!  Well one thing lead to another, as it often does with me ;)  He messaged me that he was putting together a historical tour with this piece and maybe I’d be interested in being a recipient of this box of perfume history.  My answer was an emphatic YES OMG!!!

While we were discussing things, I mentioned I’d done research into Roman perfumes, and thought it was fascinating.  I’d even re-created a chypre from a recipe in one of my old perfume texts.  Allen suggested that maybe I should create an unguent to go along with the tour.  Well I love a good research session, and a creative challenge, so of course I said yes :D

I’ve been researching historical accounts – I’m looking at you Pliny.  Doing a lot of googling.  Before Linnaeus, there was no standard botanical nomenclature.  So it’s been a matter of finding accounts that talk about the ingredients used in these formulas, and finding out sometimes “yes, this is this,” sometimes it’s “we think it’s this, but it could be this,”  or “we know it’s that, but it’s extinct.”  Ingredients were also used, specifically for thickening (I’m not sure why) and coloring.

I’ve gotten a formula down.  I decided to leave OUT the hemlock.  Safety first!  I think it will be something that will be mostly recognizable to a 21st century nose.  But it will be oil based.  Then I will also create a second version that is more 21st century – ala alcohol based.

We’re working hard behind the scenes on this project and look forward to announcing the details very soon….stay tuned. :D

Ethiopian Pom Pom Essential Oil

Hermitage Oils USA Ethiopian Pom Pom Essential Oil

Hermitage Oils USA Ethiopian Pom Pom Essential Oil

Ethiopian Pom Pom Essential Oil
This is beautiful creamy incense wood in aroma with sweet resinous notes and warm tea fruit infused honey notes and of phenomenal tenacity.
Botanical Name: Hymenaea verrucosa (synonym of Trachylobium verrucosum)

Origin: Ethiopia

The material is golden yellow in colour, of a pourable viscosity and produced by steam distilling the chipped heartwood and roots of the Hymenaea verrucosa tree.

In perfumery this material is an excellent fixative, especially for woody, ambery, oriental and floral compositions.

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Raspberry Leaf Absolute

Hermitage Oils USA Raspberry Leaf Absolute

Hermitage Oils USA Raspberry Leaf Absolute

Raspberry Leaf Absolute has officially become my new top favourite Absolute! I didn’t think I’d like the scent as I’m not a fan of raspberry leaf tea… but it is pure fruity jammy lushousness!
Botanical Name: Rubus idaeus

Origin: France

It marries perfectly with wild rose, bringing out the brambly rosehip notes of wild rose. It goes well with all the rose oils, woods and spices… cinnamon and raspberry leaf smells like mulled wine :) this is a “must have” absolute, and it is not an expensive absolute.. Simply heavenly, and so mouthwatering, i want to spread it on hot toast!

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Scentual Sunday

You can’t go wrong with Vivaldi on a Sunday ;)

I sang this piece in high school one year.


for S, S, A, four voices, trumpet, oboe, violin ad libitum, strings and basso continuo in D major

Ann Monoyios (soprano)
Matthew White (alto)
Colin Ainsworth (tenor)

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir / Ivars Taurins (conductor)

2007 – DDD

[on ancient instruments]

I. Coro: Gloria in excelsis Deo (Allegro)
II. Coro: Et in terra pax hominibus (Andante)
III. Duett [soprano I, II]: Laudamus Te, benedicimus Te (Allegro)
IV. Coro: Gratias agimus tibi (Adagio)
V. Coro: Propter magnam gloriam (Allegro)
VI. Aria [soprano]: Domine Deus (Largo)

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Laudamus Te, benedicimus Te, adoramus Te, glorificamus Te,
Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam,
Domine Deus, Rex coelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens.

VII. Coro: Domine Fili Unigeniti (Allegro)
VIII. Coro, Alto: Domine Deus (Adagio)
IX. Coro: Qui tollis peccata mundi (Adagio)
X. Aria [alto]: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (Allegro)
XI. Coro: Quoniam tu Solus Sanctus (Allegro)
XI. Coro: Cum Sancto Spiritu*

* music from a Gloria of Giovanni Maria Ruggieri (RV Anh. 23)

Domine Fili Unigenite, Jesu Christe,
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris:
Qui tollis peccata mundi miserere nobis;
Qui tollis peccata mundi suscipe deprecationem nostram,
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris miserere nobis.
Quoniam Tu solus Sanctus, Tu solus Dominus, Tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe,
Cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

Pistachio co2

Hermitage Oils USA Pistachio co2

Hermitage Oils USA Pistachio co2

Salty, dry, roasted-nutty, this aroma is exactly like opening a bag of salted pistachio nuts and is of good tenacity. This is a very unique aromatic.

Botanical Name: Pistacia vera

Origin: Turkey

This CO2 extract is obtained from the seeds, rich yellowy-orange in colour and of a pourable viscosity.

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