(Rose the cat)
You all know how much I adore rose perfume. And it seems I must like the name Rose, as we actually have TWO pets named Rose. One is a 13 year old cat, who was named along with her brother Jack, by my son since he loved the movie "The Titanic" when it came out.
(Rose in front! She's the top hen in the flock)
The second Rose is our Speckled Sussex hen, who was named along with her fellow flock-mates - Hyacinth, Violet, Daisy and Bucket - after the characters in "Keeping up Appearances." She is SO not like the character, Rose- she instead should have been named Hyacinth!
Roses of all kind make me happy. This has been a VERY difficult month, so I pulled out some samples, some from my stash and others newly gifted (thank you perfume friends!!!), and here is what I think:
Juliet Has a Gun Lady Vengeance. It reminds me of the original Agent Provocateur but a little more candy-ish and without the gumption. You'd think with a name like Lady Vengeance, I'd perceive more OOMPH. Don't get me wrong, it's nice and given the notes (bulgarian rose, patchouli and vanilla) you'd think I'd be all over this. But not full bottle worthy at this point in my sniffing life.
Annick Goutal Rose Splendide - oh yes it is! I don't get a lot of pear, but instead I get an earthy yet light rose - just beautiful and uplifting and makes me smile. Notes of rose, pear, magnolia, musk and vanilla. I want a full bottle of this and I want it now!
Andy Tauer Une Rose Vermeille. Now this little beauty is a little complicated. Lemon, bergamot, lavender, rose, raspberry, violet, vanilla, sandalwood, tonka bean and ambergris. There is a sweetness that is tamed by the base notes, and this is so impeccably mixed to my nose, I smell no wrong. One word to describe this fragrance - luscious. I can see myself doused in this gem, wearing deep red velvet tunics, watching a jousting match. Absolutely spectacular and yes, another full bottle want.
Les Parfums de Rosine Twill Rose. This starts off quite harsh to my nose; although the dry down is very pleasant, and I like the dirty-ness of it. But it doesn't grab me. I feel like it's acting snobby towards me! There are other de Rosines that aren't as stand-offish.
Given that I adore rose in perfume, I'm not getting TOO overwhelmed by the many samples of rose I have in my stash. Sometimes I think I should get rid of every perfume I have without rose, but then I realise how ridiculous that would be!
Personally I'm happy the summer is winding down. I cannot wait until the cooler, less humid weather, so I can re-test some samples that fell horribly flat, and then pull out the heavy incenses!