Both the liquid and solid Veras are comforting and unique renditions of lavender, but they do possess subtle differences. Alongside lavender, there are woods, resins, sage, oakmoss and orange blossom that coalesce elegantly in both formulas. In the topnotes, sage predominates the liquid while resins are much more enhanced in the solid. Resins of styrax (benzoin), Peru Balsam and cistus yield a supple aroma whose delicate sweetness hovers over the rich depth of a sunbaked thicket.
The middle notes of the solid continue to explore the resinous nature of Vera, as cistus (the essential oil of the rockrose shrub) becomes heightened in its rich radiance. In contrast, the heart of the liquid finds itself amidst the floral company of orange blossoms which temper the intensely herbaceousness of lavender. This herbal quality quiets even further in the liquid’s drydown which assumes a more powdery form. The solid on the otherhand, veers away from the powder path and into the deeper terrain of woods like cedar, vintage Mysore sandalwood and the aforementioned resins.
Vera is a lovely Lavender scent that pays homage to the Ojai Valley in southern California. It is a lovely scent that uses lavender and sage that are grown and distilled Ojai by local farmers. I really love how Roxana supports local businesses in her art of perfume making. The perfume is lovely blend of sweet floral lavender, the clean scent of white sage and the sweetness of orange blossoms. It is a soft powdery scent that is very calming and centering. Vera would be an excellent perfume for meditation or for a relaxing after a long day with a glass of wine while enjoying the sunset.