A Dozen Roses is a perfume line with each perfume featuring “100% rose absolute essence” that are exclusive the department store Neiman Marcus.
Shakespeare in Love opens as shampoo. It’s a squeaky clean white floral with pear. The pear’s juiciness is prominent in the opening; however, it’s in competition with nondescript white florals. It smells like a handful of opalescent drugstore shampoo but then transitions to a warm musk and a sharp, clean rose without shaking those squeaky clean white florals. The dry-down is the best part (well, in my opinion). It’s a sweeter jammy rose with vanilla musk.
I love the smell of clean hair but I’m not a fan of my fine fragrances smelling like a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. Obviously, I’ve used pear-floral scented hair products in the past…junior high to be exact. For me, this is a case of when a functional fragrance ruined certain notes for me. But, saying that…fragrance is my hobby and I’m not a perfumer or an industry insider but I feel like a gorgeous rose absolute was ruined by generic musks and pear. But, that’s only because that musk/white floral/pear combo reminds me of a functional fragrance.
Notes listed include jasmine, gardenia, pear, creamy woods, vanilla, and rose absolute. Launched in 2011. PERFUMER – Lynn Emmolo
Give Shakespeare in Love a try if you like clean white floral scents or scents like Halle Berry Reveal the Passion, Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia, Katy Perry Meow, Britney Spears Curious, Victoria’s Secret Pear Glacé and/or Annick Goutal Rose Splendide. I think of Shakespeare in Love as a feminine fragrance that works in any season. And I hate to say it, but it smells sort of celeb-o-scent-ish.
Projection and longevity are average for an EDP. I can think of something nice to say: The bottle is really pretty.
The 3.4 oz EDP of Shakespeare in Love retails for $125 at B-Glowing.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A clean pear fruity-floral with warm musks, unfortunately reminds me of shampoo. I know this review comes across as negative. This really does remind me of a functional fragrance that I’ve used before. And because of that, I can’t say this perfume smells niche. Now if you haven’t had an experience with the same functional scent that I have, you may like it. And I mean, By Kilian Forbidden Games is one of these “clean hair” perfumes and people seem to like that one…
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