As I’ve probably already mentioned, rose is my favorite fragrance note. I manage to refrain from reviewing rose-scented products too often, since that would seem repetitious to most readers (fellow rose-lovers exempted!), but June is the month of roses so I’ll indulge myself this time around.
I often wear complex rose-based fragrances like Les Parfums de Rosine’s Poussière de Rose or Bond no. 9’s West Side, and I search out rose-scented body products to match. Sometimes, however, I just crave a pure rose without any citrus, spice, wood, or vanilla notes. Sonoma Scent Studio’s Velvet Rose Shea Body Cream delivers a rose soliflore in lotion form, with artful simplicity and high-quality ingredients. The Velvet Rose scent gives the impression of a bunch of newly picked pink and red roses, still slightly moist with dew or rain. A top-note of bergamot adds a passing glint of sunlight to the composition, but the other notes (including violet leaf, carnation, and musk) are blended almost imperceptibly into the central rose accord.
Sonoma Scent Studio’s body products are deeply scented; if you were in the mood for a subtle, close-wearing (but long-lasting) layer of scent, you could apply Velvet Rose Shea Body Cream generously and then skip wearing perfume. For more intensity, you could pair the cream with the matching Velvet Rose Eau de Parfum or layer it under one of Sonoma Scent Studio’s other floral fragrances, such as the powdery violet-and-rose bouquet of Cameo.
Lastly, the Body Cream’s texture is a perfect balance between fluffy and smooth, making it a pleasure to apply. Its base of shea butter is enriched with natural oils including avocado, grapeseed, and meadowfoam seed, which absorb easily into the skin while lending the benefits of antioxidants. It stays fresh in a simple black tub accented with a rose-colored Sonoma Scent Studio label.
Sonoma Scent Studio Velvet Rose Shea Body Cream sells for 4 oz for $13.50. It is available through the Sonoma Scent Studio website.