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We have always needed the perfume of roses, not just to breathe in as we bend over a comely blossom, but to enrich and beautify our lives. For this reason, the rose's fragrance in all its variations has perfumed the pages of history. Books, letters, gloves, shoes, ribbons, and wigs, the ornaments of flirtation, vanity, and luxury, have carried the rose's perfume. The rose, above all other flowers associated with love and happiness, is the natural perfume for the home.
Rose water, civilization's first scent, made by steeping roses in liquid and oil, anointed the body and hair and cleansed the hands after feasting. At Persian banquets, it was drizzled over arriving guests. In the Emperor Nero's banqueting-hall, roses rained from the open ceiling and scented water was sprinkled from silver pipes over guests seated at the tables. Roses were used in medicines, salves, and potions in ancient Rome and during the Dark Ages. In Tudor times rose water was used to purify air and freshen clothing and other fabrics.
Today, many of these practices survive, though slightly altered in purpose. To transform a home into a bower of tranquility and repose, we burn perfumed candles for the soft light and fragrance they bring, we mist the air with room perfume when we are expecting guests or at night before we sleep. We hide sachets beneath our pillows; line desk drawers with fragrant papers so that our notes and letters wing their way with extra charm. With the perfume of roses around us, we ourselves bloom from within. Perhaps it is true that the scent of the rose is "the beauty of life itself."
Silvery-white lunaria pods
Small yellow rosebuds
Pink rose petals
Tiny-leaved ivy sprays
Foam ball (3 or 4 inches)
4 drops rose oil
4 drops vanilla oil
2 drops rose geranium oil
1 drop jasmine
Cover the surface of a foam ball with lunaria pods. Then attach the rosebuds at 2-inch intervals by gluing the stems together and poking them through the foam. Intersperse with pink rose petals. Entwine the ball with ivy sprays, securing them at intervals with florist's pins. Mix half the essential oils to scent the pomander; save the rest for refreshing it later on.
Copyright )1997 The Hearst Corporation
Posted March 3, 2000
At Home with Roses provides a beautiful book on the use of fresh roses, dried roses and rose patterned fabrics in the home, home office, powder room, or meditation room. Ideas, patterns, fabrics and your imagination all play a part in creating your dream home, cottage or apartment with the beautiful theme of roses and rose buds. Roses, when dried, take on a life of their own and become a lasting piece of artwork, to be placed in a rose fabric hat box, or rose planter. Rose patterned fabrics and chintzs can be used for chair coverings, pillows, drapes, tablecloths, and vanity skirts. There are no rules to mixing and matching roses because most rose colors are either pastels and reds; pastel roses drying to a tea stained bone color, and reds drying to burgundy. Store bought fabrics are often custom tea dyed for an antique look, or you can buy a fabric and tea dye it on your own. But, alas, if your are not thinking of decorating your home, home office or powder room with roses, At Home With Roses still provides a garden of beautiful roses, for your viewing pleasure, as a meditation and release from the harsh world of reality.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.