4160 Tuesdays Raw Silk and Red Roses is a walk through a rose garden through the oversized, gradient rose-tinted glasses of the 1980’s. And with a name like “Raw Silk and Red Roses”, one does expect for it to be a rather “over the top” perfume.
Raw Silk and Red Roses is like a dusty rose. It’s dry rose petals with stone fruits. I also get a cedar which seems fitting when we’re talking about raw silk. It’s like a silk slip stored… Continue reading
I don’t even care for geranium as a note.So, when I saw the new Diptyque, Geranium Odorata, I didn’t go out of my way to sample it. To make a long story short, I ended up sampling it on a warm day on an impromptu sniffing spree. I was surprised by how much I was drawn to this fragrance. Maybe it was the heat, but I rather liked this fresh, cool tea-like scent.
Geranium Odorata opens with a bergamot and mint which reminds me of tea… Continue reading | 7 Comments
Taif Rose is in Illuminum’s Haute Perfume line. This is the “high-end branch” of the line that is more directed to luxury customers and more “serious” sniffers. It’s not available in the U.S. at this moment but I imagine that it will be someday. Taif Rose is named after Ta’if, a city in Saudi Arabia known for their roses. And if you’ve been in the perfume game long enough, you’ll notice there are a few perfumes named after this region.
Illuminum Taif Rose opens as a… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Rose Week 2012
I love rose because rose has many personalities. A rose can be so many things. Because of these multiple personalities, you never know what to expect with a rose soliflore.
Penhaligon’s Elisabethan Rose opens up as a citrusy and sharp rose. It’s most definitely rose geranium. The top is sharp, effervescent, playing up the citrus quality of roses without smelling like lemon zest. The rose smells slightly “florist-y” meaning that it smells refrigerated and cool to the sniffer. Think cool aldehydes and… Continue reading | 5 Comments
Penhaligon’s LP No. 9 for Ladies is a lively floral fragrance based on a lively little song that I’m sure you’re singing in your head right now.
LP No. 9 (for the ladies…) is a florist floral. It reminds me of a bouquet of freshly purchased florals. There’s a hint of lemon and lots of red rose, geranium, and a few carnations thrown in. It’s such a realistic bouquet that I swear that I smell “floral preservative”! Love Potion No… Continue reading | 6 Comments