|From the Alexander McQueen 2008 Collection|
Four years ago I made a list of Rose Perfumes For Anti-Rose People. It only had seven fragrances which I thought was more than enough. After all, a rose is a rose is a rose is a... well, maybe not quite. I'm still suspicious of rose perfumes, but I've added several more to my top favorites in addition to the seven perfumes I mentioned in 2009 (which I still love and wear with pleasure and abandon, though I eventually bought Amouage Lyric Man instead of Lyric Woman). Here they are:
|Natasha Poly at Alexander McQueen, Spring 2007|
* Neela Vermeire- Mohur. I thought the eau de parfum was the stuff of dreams, then I tried the Esprit, an extrait that will be launched in a few months. Gorgeous and soulful is an understatement.
* Providence Perfume Company- Rose Boheme. A natural perfume, rose and patchouli-- it spells hippie but it's not.
* Serge Lutens- La Fille de Berlin. Uncle Serge's third rose perfume was the one I absolutely had to own. Bought a bottle before I even drained the sample.
* DSH Perfumes- Rose Vert. A kaleidoscope of roses and memories.
* Guerlain- Nahema. Everything is better in extrait de parfum.
* Gres- Cabaret. A cheap thrill (at least it used to be) in the form of a soapy rose-chypre.
* Pierre Cardin- Rose Cardin. A little retro and a lot of sex appeal.
* Rochas- Tocade. A Maurice Roucel creation. Need I say more?
* Ungaro- Diva. Red velvet. Not the cake, but a gown.
* Coty- La Rose Jacqueminot. Because we must have an impossible to find vintage bottle on this list. Seriously, LRJ is a good reminder of what Coty used to be. Utterly heartbreaking.