Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Caswell-Massey White Rose

I'm so elated to finally find this rare and discontinued scent! Caswell-Massey White Rose (1790) is one of Caswell-Massey's Historical fragrances, notorious for being a favorite of Dolley Madison, wife of James Madison, 4th president of the United States. This is a relatively light (edited: it's actually kind of heavyish), musky, powdery white rose scent. It could possibly be cloying in large amounts, but rose is a potent note generally-speaking, anyway. Among the roses, I find white roses to have a uniquely delicate, understated and green aroma. This White Rose is more potent than most, so I'd treat this more like an eau de toilette than as a cologne splash. It's less sweet (but muskier and heavier) than their Damask Rose, and the packaging is absolutely beautiful, from the handsome bottle design to the silver wrapper and matching-colored string that ties around the box (silver wrapping not pictured above). There is also a special 250th anniversary limited edition bottle circa 2002 of White Rose in a collectible glass-stoppered bottle but I have not seen it (pictured below).

Caswell Massey is one of the oldest perfume houses in the world, founded in 1752. They have catered to many presidents from George Washington to the present era. Please see my other post about Caswell-Massey here.