French Culture

From Rosa to the Rose: Online Masterclass

Saturday 23rd September 2023 — 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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Rosa is one of the most ancient flowers. No other flower has such a wide range of sizes, colors, shapes, and textures.

In this masterclass, we will explore its complex genealogy to better understand how and why the flower has evolved. You will learn about “Wild Roses”, “Old Garden Roses”, “Modern Roses” and discover how both nature and men have contributed to such a wide variety of species. Anastasia Sokolow, founder of French Perfume Maison SULÉKÓ, will tell you about her favorite gardens to discover ancient and new species; these heavens of peace designed by talented gardeners might inspire you to create your own!

We will then focus on two specific roses cultivated for their unique fragrance: Rosa Damascena and Rosa Centifolia. You will learn about their history, their specificities and discover the famous Rose Valleys where they are cultivated in France, Bulgaria, Turkey and Morocco. Anastasia will explain how roses are processed to obtain rose essential oil and absolute and tell you about the Sulékó language of scents and the messages conveyed by the rose. As you discover our Vy Roza Eau de Parfum you will see how rose essence comes into play in a perfume to narrate a story and to reflect the state of mind of a person.

Let’s dive into the world of roses and find out what is a known fact and what is still left to uncover about the Queen of Flowers, which has been fascinating painters, poets, doctors, gardeners, chemists, botanists, perfumers and chefs for centuries…

Material for the class

You will receive by mail:

- one dried bud of Rosa Damascena

- one vial of Rosa Damascena Essence diluted in alcohol (0,1 ml)

- one vial of Rosa Centifolia Absolue diluted in alcohol (0,1 ml)

- one spray-sample of Vy Roza Eau de Parfum (2ml)

- paper blotters to discover the scent ingredients and the perfume

This material shall allow you to discover the facets of Rosa Damascena at its various stages: when it is natural, when it is distilled and when it is used by a perfume designer. It will also allow you to discover Rosa Centifolia, the rose from Grasse created by Gilbert Nabonnand around 1861.

The Rosa Damascena Essence and the Rosa Centifolia Absolue are among the most precious and expensive scent ingredients used by perfume designers.

Duration and Format

1 hour 30 minutes: presentation on Zoom in English by Anastasia Sokolow

For the price of one ticket you can invite your plus one (+ one guest who will share your screen and the kit you will receive by mail).

Special discount: 15% off + free shipping on Vy Roza Eau de Parfum at Valid for 2 weeks after the masterclass for each participant and guest.

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