asalaamu alaikum wr wb!
We were at WholeFoods last evening getting a few things and I wandered into the cosmetics and fragrances aisle and saw in the body creams section a new body cream from Pacifica called Persian Rose and of course I HAD to open it up, sniff it and try it! mash’Allah…the scent was *fantastic* and my husband I both agreed it smells exactly like the “golabi” (rose water/essence) produced in Kashan…a city in Esfahan province in Iran which is famous for its roses and rose essences. The scent was very close to a fresh Kashan rose…very light, delicate but with a fantastic smell which lingers in your mind. Not thick, sweet or cloying…I dislike most rose scents because they smell too chemicalized, too sweet and nauseating. not light, fresh and beautiful like a real kashani rose.
Scents aside, the cream itself was really wonderful and although I just sampled a wee bit, the cream really softened my hands for several hours afterwards. Only downer was the scent didnt last very long, after about 1 hour it was basically gone and the price…at $18 bucks a pop I was a bit miffed by that, but I could forgive the $$ due to the scent and the cream itself. The Persian Rose line is also available in a spritz, so, given a change I would go for that .
Speaking of roses from Kashan…I found a few snaps of the the Kashan rose proiduction. The very top picture is how they make the essence…the attr or golabi.
the finished product…
A woman from around Kashan picking roses…she is in very typical, Central Iranian villager dress.