Creed was established in London in 1760, and has been passed down within the Creed family ever since. It is currently owned by sixth generation perfumer Olivier Creed, and will reportedly be passed in turn to his son Erwin. Original Vetiver, the unisex scent released in 2004, was the first Creed fragrance developed jointly by Olivier and Erwin.
Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare may have been created in 1890, as perfumeworld suggests, or it may have been created in 1959 for Natalie Wood, as escentual claims, or perhaps it was Ava Gardner? At any rate, it is not to be confused with Fleurs de Bulgarie, a rose and ambergris scent created for Queen Victoria. Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare has notes of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, bulgarian rose, and tea blossom (camelia sinensis).
It is, quite simply, the truest, purest rose I have ever smelled. It has a bright, exuberant feel, possibly from the citrus notes although I cannot make them out separately at all. There is a touch of green, but no dark or dusky undertones.
It is almost linear, although the rose does deepen a bit as it dries down. A linear soliflore rose may seem like no big thing to achieve, but Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare is the only one I have found that never turns sour or musty on the skin, and that isn't too sweet or perfume-y to wear.
Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare lasts all day on me. I have to admit that I don't wear it frequently, as it isn't all that often that I want to smell like a rose, but it is just heavenly and I would hate not to have any in the house.
It is available only in a massive 250 ml bottle, a rather distressingly large amount of perfume unless you plan to wear it exclusively for some years to come. It costs $300; if you have any spare change left, you can also purchase one of the lovely Creed leather atomizers.
Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare is part of the Private Collection, and is rather difficult to find. It can be purchased through escentual, parfumsraffy, or Bergdorf Goodman. Neiman Marcus also carries the Creed line but not all of the stores have the Private Collection fragrances.