Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Jonathan Ward Josephine's Rose

The newest addition to Jonathan Ward's treasure trove of fragranced candles is called Josephine's Rose. It's a floral tribute to Josephine de Beauharnais, paramour of Napoleon and rose-gardener extraordinaire. As you might expect, it's a rose fragrance, but not your run of the mill Turkish Delight one-dimensional rose. As we've come to expect from Jonathan Ward, it has a lot more going on beneath the surface.

There's a syrupy, honeyish top-note of white flowers and seductive jasmine-like tendrils that make this a definite contender for creating a romantic atmosphere. In fact this was released just before Valentine's Day, and I'm a little late writing about it (sorry Jonathan) but it's by no means confined to a romantic niche. It also has a soothing and mysterious depth thanks to amber and musk notes which create a warm, comforting base. There's a dash of earthy iris too. I've found it to be something I reach for when I'm tired or wanting to relax and contemplate when stressed out.

If you're a lover of rose scents, you must check this out. At its heart are a blend of roses from around the world, but there's so much more to it than that - it's earthy, sensual, warm, soothing, and powerful all at once. To my nose it has a little something in common with Frederic Malle's Portrait of a Lady - a rose with real depth.

Josephine's Rose is part of the White Collection at Jonathan Ward, costing from £20 for a small candle. It's available via Jonathan Ward, branches of Whole Foods and at House of Fraser nationwide.

Disclosure - PR sample


  1. wow this sounds absolutely dreamy. Wish these were available here in Australia.


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