purchased and reviewed by ThoraSTooth
In alchemy, the white and red roses symbolize the male / female polarity, the active and receptive, the light and the dark. Together, the roses become the alchemical concept of Mercury: perfect unity.
Our Red Rose scent is the embodiment of vigorous passion, and our White Rose personifies purity, virtue, and unconditional love. The scents individually are powerful, but layered together -- combined -- they become their perfected self.
Red Rose -- Red rose buds, with amber, clove, tonka, Indian musk, fir, and tobacco.
White Rose -- White rose buds, with vanilla tea, benzoin, orris, coconut meat, and frankincense.
I wore these scents recently for a significant wedding anniversary. Red and white are significant for more than just the alchemical version of dualities, and this particular scent pairing works for me on many levels simultaneously. I originally tested these scents separately, and then layered together as suggested. I'm relying on my original notes to describe the individual scents, because that's the only time I haven't worn them layered together.
White Rose starts out very vanilla-coconut, soft, bright, sweet, and a bit tart. It matures to a creamy sweet vanilla resin. Red Rose is pretty consistent, a spicy musky clove and amber scent. As it matures the spice gives way to a dark evergreen overtone. For both Roses, the actual rose content doesn't dominate; it's a good team player.
Layered together, this scent is soft sweet vanilla-tinged resin with clove, rose, and musky overtones. It's one of my Top Ten.