The Carissa flower is such a graceful flower, living in an innocuous place. it’s smell is heavenly, like Gardenia and Jasmine. This small white five petal flower lives on a bush that is all over Southern California, in landscaping as a drought tolerant hedge barrier, because the bush has thorns that would go right through anybody’s hands, or do other serious bodily damage since they are so long, thick, and strong…
I’ve long noticed this beautiful fragranced flower, and marveled at the seeming incongruous beauty of the fragrant flower, and threat of bodily harm by venturing near or into this dense brier type bush. In our perfume Carissa, the Carissa flower odor is combined with a beautiful Tuberose, and a stunning modern sheer Rose designed to be almost bereft of the sweet honeyed tones of a red rose, making is not only sheer, but crisp and beautiful.
“Carissa is a lovely floral composition that is summery and green at first, with a burst of intense floral notes. This is not a shy, subdued perfume; just a few drops and I am wafting like mad. The rose note is nicely blended with the sweeter tuberose and jasmine, making this a true bouquet. The tuberose is just slightly mentholated, adding interest. The flowers are fairly dominant throughout, although the woody and resin notes soften and envelop them. I am thinking that this would be an excellent winter floral perfume. It is so heady that it may be too much in hot weather, but so many winter scents are based on spices, woods, and resins, this would be a welcome alternative if you feel like something sunny.” – Tama Blough, CaFleureBon