Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Roses, Roses, Roses. I’m a total rose fan and there seem to be loads of them in my wardrobe. I think it stems (see what I did there?) from my Mum’s love of roses in the garden. She had two major favourites, Mr Lincoln (deep red) and Freesia (yellow) both fragrant. My personal favourite (narcissistically) is a David Austin rose, Wise Portia, which is mauve/pink and if you cut one and have it in a room the whole room is suddenly full of sweet, peppery rose.
Can’t wait to read about your favourite Roses, Roses, Roses fragrances in the comments too. Please let me know the ones you thought I’d put in that didn’t make the list too.
Mood Scent 4: Roses, Roses, Roses
Roses can be tricky. Loads of people find the go either too sour, swampy or jammy on their skins and wear as an irritation rather than a fragrance. Fortunately I’m usually OK but even for me some of the more photo realistic soliflors can go shrill and become a bit headache inducing. I have a friend who wears Perfumers Tea Rose exclusively and whenever I hang with him it smells so good I come home and try it again to see but sadly it is not the best fit. So, what do I consider my 6 most wonderful roses? Let’s see…
Amor Amor by Cacharel
The fruitiest rose ever. Well, in my collection anyway. Sweet and sugary with loads of citrus, blackcurrant and apricot. All underpinned by sugar and vanilla, giving it a fair ground fairy floss appeal. The original bottle was a gift from one of my besties, Anna Maria, and when I wear Amor Amor it’s like a great big hug from her.
Contradiction Woman by Calvin Klein
I’m talking about the modern version here. Apparently it’s quite different to the original. Here we have a space age, crystalline rose. It’s dewy and cold, like a cold spoon in your mouth, and has hints of snow about it. Never has a rose bloomed on earth with this fragrance but it is brilliant and fun to wear.
La Fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens
Sharp, green, honeyed rose jam. The opening is all about smelling roses in the garden in the morning and then cutting them to bring inside. Frosty and misty spring morning in the mountains. As you bring the cut roses inside and they start to warm, for about 20 minutes their smell is intoxicatingly rich, powdery and slightly feral.
Mohur by Neela Vermeire Creations
Here we have roses with the lot. One of the most hectic and tapestried roses I ever smelt. Sweet, jammy roses open in a cloud and then spices, herbs, flowers, woods, the dusty winds of Rajasthan and the warmth of familial hugs. All through thew roses are front and center till deepest dry down. One rose to rule them all? Then Mohur is the one. My number one rose by far.
Midnight Oud by Juliette Has A Gun
It would be improper to talk about rose perfumes in the 21st century without naming at least one rose/oud/patchouli/saffron blend. Though the genre had been coming for quite some time in Western Perfumery it was Midnight Oud that was the first to capture my heart. Dark, scratchy and brooding.
Voleur de Roses by L’Artisan Parfumeur
Patchouli and rose in spades but this time lifted and separated by tart fruity plum, rather than jammy. An early rendition of the radiant style of perfumery that would so heavily dominate the naughties of the 21st century. Voleur de Roses is that curious blend of sheer and hefty. This super cool vintage bottle is new to my collection.
Please share your Roses, Roses, Roses faves