Once upon a time, Rose de Mai was the main rose absolute used in fine French fragrances. These days the price is prohibitive and the absolute is mainly available to big houses like Dior and Chanel. But all is not lost! You can make your own Rose de Mai.
This is very much a wardia-type base (it is, in fact, based in part on a GCMS analysis of rose wardia by Firmenich). It is profoundly beautiful and could be, for the most part, the only rose base you really need (except perhaps for a Rose Otto type base which will be forthcoming).
This base is expensive to make but well worth it I think. It can be used at mega-doses or micro-doses. Wardia was created before a number of truly astonishing rose chemicals were discovered. I have incorporated some of those chemicals into this base while remaining true to vintage perfumery by including a large dose of natural Rose de Mai absolute. This can, of course, be omitted to give a much cheaper but still incredibly beautiful end result.
This purchase is a downloadable PDF document of the complete rose base formula. Full instructions and additional creative notes are included.