Rose Extreme is the newest offering from M. Micallef. While I can't quite say that it will join my list of rose perfumes for anti-rose people, I find it utterly delightful. What you get from Martine Micallef's rose is an endless optimism. It looks in the mirror and instantly knows and recognizes its own charm and beauty; If you want an emo rose this is not the one. Go with Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin instead.
Rose Exterme is soft and velvety. The "extreme" part is not in its emotional state, but in the way it uses the notes to their full tactile potential. Rose petal strewn on the floor and bed, soft skin-like osmanthus, fuzzy peach skin, and a sweet musky dry-down. It's sensual, but in a mostly innocent way. The roses feel pink rather than red and the outlook is sunshiny. The smoothness is luxurious and very well put together, so you can wear this Micallef fragrance the way you'd wrap a sheer silk organza scarf casually around your neck (can you tell that I'm still thinking about those Patricia Michaels scarves?). Not for warmth, but because they look and feel so wonderful.
I wish Rose Extreme had a more distinct dry-down. It morphs into a light and sweet skin scent with only a hint of rose, peach, and amber. It's more "nice" than truly exciting, unless you're a rose freak, of course. In that case I'd highly recommend giving Rose Extreme a try because it's so elegant and pretty you may find true love in the gorgeous bejeweled bottle.
Notes: Centifolia rose (Rose de Mai), osmanthus, peach, Bulgarian rose, iris, clove, pink carnation, sandalwood, musk, amber and vanilla.
Rose Extreme by M.Micallef ($485, 50ml EDP) is a bit hard to find at the moment. Samples are available from Parfum1.com ($5, 0.7ml) and according to my friend CharlestonGirl from Best Things In Beauty Luckyscent can order it for you. Osswald doesn't have it in stock, either, but I wouldn't be surprised if they also offer a similar arrangement. The press sample for this review was supplied by the company.
Image: Viviane Sassen, In Bloom (For 'Dazed & Confused'), 2011