Natural Rose Perfumes by Velvet & Sweet Pea and Lalun Naturals

The Roses of Heliogabalus

Truth be told, I am not typically drawn to rose perfumes. It’s not that I don’t appreciate or even enjoy the scent of rose, I do. I actually love rose in body and skincare products, but in terms of perfumes being focused on rose, it’s not what I seek out when perusing fragrances. Recently, I had the pleasure of trying out perfume samples from Lalun Naturals and Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery, and was quite surprised to be most impressed by their rose offerings.

Rose Encens VSP

Rose Encens, from Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Perfumery, opens with Italian blood orange and Mexican lime, full-bodied citrus notes that match the rich and fleshy floral bouquet of the rose. Because this perfume is in a jojoba oil base, the aroma is smooth and the opening lacks any sharpness that you might expect from citrus. This allows the blood orange and lime to be juicy, enhancing the voluptuousness of the rose. Upon application of this luscious oil, you feel as if you are walking amidst roses in full bloom.

Once the topnotes dissipate, the encens facet of Rose Encens begins to emerge. You will notice that you have now moved from the garden, and into a more resinous venue. Frankincense is at the helm now, morphing the roses into a deeper powdery form. Interestingly, the rose in the drydown still maintains its vibrant and fresh character, but it is more mysterious, having taken on the basalmic quality of the frankincense. After several hours of wear, there is a yet another phase of the drydown which is an absolutely radiant honeyed rose that is warm and perfectly sweet. Laurie Stern, the nose behind V&SP, harvests honey and beeswax from the bees in her garden and it’s not difficult to imagine being in her rose garden among the bees and their fresh beeswax. Divine!


Qajar Rose from Lalun Naturals is another striking rose perfume that is laden with rose ottos from Iran, Turkey, and Russia. In the topnotes, Qajar Rose employs rose otto, tagettes (marigold), chamomile, pomegranate and galbanum for a truly unexpected but pleasurable olfactory experience. All combined, the rosy opening is sharp and green, yet sweet and haylike. Complex to be sure, but in a compelling manner that draws you in gracefully.

There are many notes and nuances to discover within the heart and base of Qajar Rose: saffron, coffee, davana, Buddhawood, sandalwood, oud, ambrette, and patchouli to name a few. Like I said, it’s complex but wholly approachable as aspects of each note undulate as the perfume evolves. There are moments when coffee is more pronounced, and then recedes allowing the chewy-leathery quality of oud to move forward then gives way to the rich and earthy patchouli. This interplay of notes and melding of contrasts with the backdrop of a regal and romantic rose is expertly executed by Maggie Mahboubian, the creator of Lalun Naturals. Qajar Rose, such a fascinating and deeply alluring rose fragrance.

Rose Encens is $64 for a 5ml roll on in a jojoba oil base.

Qajar Rose is $95 for 15 ml spray bottle.

Disclosure: Samples were sent to me for consideration by the brands. All opinions are my own and I am not financially compensated for my reviews.

Image of Rose Encens is from Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery

Image of Qajar Rose is from Lalun Naturals

Image of Roses of Heliogabalus by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1888) from Artmagik

Sunset Beach and Lost Lagoon. New Perfumes from Ayala Moriel.

Pescara 2

We were in Italy recently, and this is one of my favorite shots that I took on the trip. It’s from Francavilla al Mare on the Adriatic coastline and it truly embodies the relaxed nature of our time there. We had such an amazing trip, and if you follow me on instagram, you have probably seen the places we visited in this region as well as Siena and Rome. Incredibly beautiful and such delicious food of course!

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The Boxwalla’s June Beauty Box Review

boxwalla cover

If you’ve seen any of my past Boxwalla subscription box reviews (see below), you know I have been consistently impressed with the quality of their beauty offerings and June’s Beauty Box is no exception. If you received one, you discovered some well loved brands in the green beauty community, and if you didn’t, hopefully the above picture will convince you that this is one subscription service not to be missed!

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Flora by Alchemologie Natural Perfume

Flora flower

These feel like tumultuous and uncertain times, so even though the weather is getting warmer for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it still feels good to wear a perfume that wraps us up like a comforting blanket. One perfume that provides much needed succor while feeling heartsick, is Flora, a warm and gently spicy fragrance that envelopes you in its pillowy petals.

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