Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Rose Perfumes For Anti-Rose People


In preparation to packing the house for moving, I've been taking a mental inventory of my possessions, including the perfume collection. The result (aside from panic) was realizing that for a person who isn't a rose fan (I don't even wear Frederic Malle's Lipstick Rose or Une Rose), I do have quite a few rosy scents and I like them very much. These are ones that never turn sour on my skin, don't have a simple, pink feeling and have a lot more going on in them than just the flower.

1. Un Rose Chypree- Tauer
Probably my favorite 2009 release. From my original review: "Andy Tauer has taken one of the classic structures, the chypre (an accord built on a base of oakmoss and labdanum and topped with bergamot), and gave it a new life. Chypre lovers will be thrilled to find their old, elegant acquaintance here. But it's also a modern perfume that feels very much alive, young without being juvenile, and hopelessly romantic".

2. Tai'f- Ormonde Jayne
A sunny, fruit-and-honey rose. It's uplifting and very feminine, blooms in the heat of summer and warms the heart in winter.

3. Frankincense Myrrh Rose Maroc- Regina Harris
A dark, mysterious rose. Gothic in the medieval sense of the word, not the black-wearing, Morissey-worshipping ancestors of the emo kids. Black eye makeup not required. High heels and red Chanel lipstick would be more appropriate.

4. Roses et Chocolat- Ayala Moriel
I can't believe there aren't more perfumes based on this brilliant concept- roses and chocolate, a beautiful, sumptuous gourmand scent that smells like truffles and love. An all-natural perfume.

5. Le Maroc Pour Elle- Tauer
Rose and jasmine that smell nothing like Patou's Joy. Instead of the quintessential Parisienne perfume, Le Maroc belly dances the line between an oriental and a gourmand, at times evoking the Sultan's garden, other times- his kitchen where plates of Turkish delight and orange blossom pudding are being prepared. Very rewarding for the brave of heart.

6. Amouage Lyric for women
A black tie perfume. Formal and as elegant as it gets. Write your acceptance speech and wear a tiara.

7. Bois de Paradis- Parfums DelRae
A jammy rose with an amber-wood drydown. Smells quite different on men than on women, always pleasurable and the body cream is to die for.

Photo: Miroslav Hild, A Rose behind the Window, 1960

2 comments:

  1. What, no Paestum Rose?!

    All that lovely dark frankincense and myrrh... mmm, so deliciously dry and resinous.

    Also love Voleur des Roses, with its dirt and darkness.

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  2. Hey how are you? just a question. By any chance do you happen to have the late 90's early 2000 YSL parys ads? thanks, great blog by the way!!!!

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