The rose bushes in my garden are buried under a thick layer of snow. All my back yard needs is a lamppost and the hoof prints of a faun to make it look like Narnia. But Valentine's Day is approaching, so we think about roses. A few years ago I wrote a blog post titled 'Rose Perfumes for Anti-Rose People'. I listed seven rose-themed fragrances that made me overcome my general aversion to the scent of this flower. I still love them very much; not only that, but others have joined them. Taking stock for this pre-Valentine's Day blogging project, I can say that while it may not be my favorite note ever, I do enjoy many rose perfumes and products. Here's a list of twelve rosy ideas and thoughts:
I won't repeat the ones from my previous list though I highly recommend you check them out and give them a try if you haven't yet. These are the ones that joined them since:
1. Neela Vermeire Creations- Mohur. A Spicy rose, a trip to India, a beautiful fantasy.
2. Tauer Perfumes- Une Rose Vermeille. A gourmand rose bursting with joy.
3. Aftelier- Wild Rose. A summer day in the most beautiful rose garden.
4. Providence Perfume Company- Rose Boheme. Dark, dry, and a little goth.
5. Le Labo- Rose 31. A very twisted and cuminy rose.
6. DSH Perfumes- Rose Vert. An abundance of color and texture.
More Perfumes- Vintage and Goners:
7. Pierre Cardin- Rose Cardin. Retro and fun.
8. Coty-La Rose Jacqueminot. A heartbreaking beauty.
Bonus round: Vintage Guerlain- Nahema.
9. Rosewater facial spray by Reviva Labs. A little cheap thrill that delights the skin before and after makeup, ingredients include rosewater, aloe, and hyaluronic acid ($5.49 on puritan.com).
10. Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask. A guilty pleasure if there ever was one, but does wonders for winter skin with quick and visible results ($158 at select department stores).
11. I know that I've mentioned these before: rose petal confiture/jam. Once upon a time there were jars of these coming from Hungary and/or Romania. I have no idea why they disappeared from the shelves, but I wish local growers would offer organic rose petal jam.
12. When I was a young child family members from my paternal grandfather's side came to visit from Bulgaria. The main gift souvenir (at least as far as my interest were concerned) were little vials of real Bulgarian rose that smelled incredibly heady. I think my mom used the occasional drop of the oil in her bath water; I just remember the magical scent.
These were my dozen roses. Many thanks to Ayala of Smelly Blog for organizing and inspiring this blogging project. Please visit the other participants to see their fragrant roses:
Images: hprints.com, myvintagevogue.com