When you understand the true character—the personality, if you will—of a product, using it takes on new meaning. It becomes more meditation than application; the birth of a new relationship, with not only the product, but with yourself. Facilitating this unique sense is our purpose as we delve into our beloved Bois de Rose body balm in the second installment of our new series, Transport Yourself Through Scent.
The result is a scent that is complex and alive, yet comforting and corrective—with a teeny bit of badass thrown in.
The scent of a rose is often associated with feelings of softness, gentleness, and nurturing; she is a harmonizing agent. But rose possesses a sensual duality, as evidenced by her soft petals and sharp thorns. The flower of the goddess Venus, rose is also symbolic of the blood of Aphrodite. Roses are presented throughout the bible as icons of virginity and fertility, purity and passion. In matters of floriography, the language of flowers which became popular in the Victorian Era, roses represented a range of emotions: flirtation, friendship, embarrassment, and disdain.
Bois de Rose perpetuates this acute contrast. An In Fiore signature, the balm presents Rosa damascena (Bulgarian rose) as its central and predominant note, supported by geranium and vetiver, which lift and deepen the sensorial experience. The result is a scent that is complex and alive, yet comforting and corrective—with a teeny bit of badass thrown in. Its Mother energy is alive and well (rose is associated with the heart chakra and is nothing if not supportive and agreeable) but the effect of Bois de Rose is more in the vein of tough love. It’s as if we handed this quiet, delicate flower a leather jacket and a shot of whiskey and set her loose on the town.
On a physical level, rose oil is less dichotomous and more diversified. Its applications are vast—a characteristic which undoubtedly contributes to its widespread appeal. Treatments include issues related to both the respiratory and digestive systems and the liver, specifically. Its mental benefits are equally extensive, and encompass the treatment of depression, mental fatigue and exhaustion, anxiety, and insomnia; all of which make it a classically appealing yet genuinely interesting—and ever effective—journey for you to join us on.
BOIS DE ROSE
Baume Pour Le Corps