|'Red Boats, White Sun'. Rose Strang 2012|
The key to this might be in the way green notes of violet and violet leaf harmonise with the green intensity of cardamom. The powderiness of iris with the suede-like texture of osmanthus (a classically Japanese flower) in addition to woody, powdery sandalwood. Add the scent of mandarin, to blend with the apricot fruitiness of osmanthus and the whole blends together in a beautiful and quite unique way.
Osmanthus seems central to this composition, the scent of the flower is a perfume in itself really, it's smooth, golden, savoury/sweet - almost like apricot tea if you can imagine such a thing, but it's mostly the sense of texture that makes it such a lovely addition to perfume; it's very soft-edged (though not delicate) and it's often described as having a suede or leather-like scent.
|'Blue Bay', Rose Strang 2012|
|Autumn pond reflections, Rose Strang 2011|