Perfumes,

Best in rose – your choices part 1

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Some time ago I asked you through my Instagram account to recommend me rose perfumes and boy did you deliver! As comments were popping on the screen I realized that I do own couple of samples of your choice. Some of you also brought up fragrances, which I smelled years ago and remember not being impressed by them. Therefore, during the last week, I wore everyday a different rose perfume in order to discover something new and interesting, but also test if my taste has changed over the years. Here are mine observations after one day wear.

Monday: Tauer Perfumes Une Rose Chyprée

One of those perfumes, which I had a sample of, yet somehow never used it. It starts quite playful and frizzy like a bubbly cocktail with champagne or sparkly wine on a Friday evening. Something like Bellini, but instead of a classic version with peach you ordered a clementine variation. Imagine that you sit in a bar and sip your cocktail, which, as the time progresses, slowly looses its bubbles. Suddenly you feel the need to catch some fresh air, so you leave the bar. The sparkliness is now totally gone and replaced with a gorgeous powderiness. Somehow you find yourself standing in the middle of a rose garden. A smell of roses is potent and wrapped around with hints of patchouli, wet soil and oakmoss. You lie down on a grass filled with rose petals, stare at the stars and you wish this moment could just last forever.

Thomas Ralph Spence – Sleeping Beauty (1886)/(Public domain via WikiGallery)

Tuesday: Diptyque Eau Rose

What an interesting mood change after the first day! If Une Rose Chyprée presents a modern take on a vintage rose, then Eau Rose embodies a teenage joyfulness. Rose here is very innocent, watery and surrounded by juicy fruits. Therefore it reminds me of visiting my grandma’s allotment in the summer when I was a child. I vividly remember her fragrant rose (and peony) shrubs, strawberries, which I ate straight from the bush and cherry trees. The perfume, when applied to the skin, feels like spritzing a rose tonic onto a face. Something very fresh, which makes one feel more awake in the morning. After couple of hours the scent stays very close to the skin and resembles a smell of rose water. I wore it during an amazingly hot day and I have to admit that I felt really fresh. Good alternative for everyone who is tired of wearing citrus colognes in the summer.

Wednesday: Parle Moi De Parfum Une Tonne de Rose

I know that choosing Une Tonne de Rose is a bit cheating, because I already reviewed the whole brand (read more), but honestly I couldn’t remember this fragrance. Which is also another aim of this challenge – to rediscover forgotten or overlooked perfumes. Une Tonne de Rose is another fruity rose, but this time less watery. The note of sweet raspberry jam and juicy pears dominates at first. But then the head lifts up and you’re left out with a simple, yet cheerful rose. Classic and elegant. You can never go wrong with the classics.

Bouquet of Roses by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (c. 1890 – 1900)/(Public domain via WikiArt)

Thursday: Frederic Malle Une Rose

If there was a contest for the prettiest rose in the garden, Une Rose would win every year. She’s just that luscious, burgundy red and big rose that has everyone’s eyes on her. Definitely my favorite discovery of this challenge. Quite a confident booster too!

Friday: Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady

I’m not sure if this is how I would imagine Isabel Archer to smell like, who was incredibly free-spirited and awfully modern for her times, but I do appreciate inspiration. This perfume does smell nostalgic, however not nineteenth century nostalgic. Same like in Andy Tauer’s creation, rose is juxtaposed here with patchouli. But this time round our rose is sugary and sweet. Think turkish delight coated with rose petals and raspberry jam sweet. But make no mistake. Your rosy dessert was created by the finest pastry chef, who courageously added a hint of cloves and smell of incense. With every bite you unveil another taste’s dimension. The taste lingers for hours. And leaves you out somewhat sugar high too.

Saturday: Histoires de Parfums Rosam

If you roll your eyes every time you hear ‘rosy oud’ (because let’s face it there’s been so many of them), don’t you worry. This one might catch your interest. Rosam is a rosy oud, yes, but with a strong petrol and gasoline note. Aha! That doesn’t sound so boring, does it? Because of this interesting note the classic rose-oud combo looses its warmth and becomes a super dry and cool composition. Very avant-garde. I imagine a person dressed from top to bottom in Comme des Garcons or Yohji Yamamoto wearing it.

Sunday: Hermès Rose Amazone

Let me start by saying how much I adore and admire Jean-Claude Ellena’s work, especially his use of a rose. He always presents incredibly complex and different faces of a rose, for example: Rose Poivree (spicy), Dia (aldehydic), or Rose Ikebana (woody). But the most beautiful rose Ellena has ever created was this year’s release for Perris Monte Carlo. That having said, Rose Amazone just don’t do it for me. It is a heavily citrused rose both infantile and uninspiring. I’d rather buy a bottle of Rose de Mai…

Summary

It was a very interesting week of uncovering different faces of a rose. From chypre to oriental perfumes all recommendations were a spot on and I’d love to thank every single one of you, who wrote a comment. Of course I didn’t try all of them, so hopefully I’ll do a second round soon. I had so much fun testing and wearing fragrances, which I knew existed, but somehow never had an opportunity to test. And because I enjoyed it so much, I decided to start a mini series on this blog and test perfumes of your choice. Hop on my Instagram to see, which perfume note comes next. Yes, it is a flower!

Love, Kasia xx

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A polish girl living in Switzerland, who has a degree in musicology and is obsessed with perfumes. I own 70+ dresses. And even more perfume bottles.

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