Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guest Post: Author M.J. Rose talks about fragrances

M.J. Rose:  I've been fascinated with lost fragrances since long before I started writing The Book of Lost Fragrances... since I found a bottle of perfume on my great grandmother's dresser that had belonged to her mother in Russia. Here is one of those lost fragrances that stirs the senses and the imagination... (researched and described  with the help of the perfume writer  Dimitrios Dimitriadis)


Long-standing perfume and toiletries giants Roget et Gallet launched Vera Violette in 1892 at the height of La Belle Époque… it was also the first violet perfume to combine natural violet leaf oil and synthetic alpha and beta ionones. Vera Violetta was released as a parfum essence in highly concentrated form. Its pretty, saccharine opening of violets veil a deeper, huskier core. A swelling herbaceous accord swims beneath the surface alongside a husky dry-grass note which furnishes the perfume with fathomless depth. There is a slightly animalic leathery facet which, whilst fleeting, renders this perfume an "abstract" of violets, and an incredible one at that. Sadly, whilst it has been reprised several times over the decades since, Vera Violetta has now retired and remains to this day a perfume pillar of yesteryear.

To find out more about Rose's newest release, The Book of Lost Fragrances, please visit the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour website.


  1. Oh this sounds beautiful!! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. I have this book on my shelves wafting its perfume to me - Read me soon!

  3. Doesn't this sound good? I'm a stop on the tour today as well, Staci :)

  4. I adore these guest posts about lost fragrances.

  5. I've never thought about all that goes into creating a perfume!

  6. How interesting! Makes you want to know what each of those things smells like (e.g., "leathery facet")

  7. how interesting, and I love the author's reason for writing the book.

  8. My sense of smell might be my best sense :)

  9. Never been a fan of perfume, well some, just not too much, hurts my nose. But I do like it when it's soft

  10. Lovely post, I can understand that fascination with lost fragrances. I do love the scent of violets :)

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