Rose Week: Feb. 7th-11th
I’m really surprised that I like Quel Amour, the EDP, a bubbly fruity-floral, but I do. It’s something that I have to be in the mood for, but I like it. It is really feminine, like a champagne cocktail. It’s pink frilly panties. It reminds me a bit of Jayne Mansfield’s ridiculous home, everything covered in shag carpet, everything pink, and heart shaped objects. It’s that girly.
If you like the fruity aspect of roses, then try Quel Amour! OK, so Quel Amour! is really classified as a peony fragrance, but it wears likes fruity roses on me most of the wear. The peony is nice, heady. This is a fruity rose with enough spice from geranium. Initially, Quel Amour sparkles, it bubbles with giddiness. It really does remind me of a sparkling rosé, this stuff is pink. It bubbles and bubbles. The spice warms up on my skin, reminding me a little of cinnamon Red Hots. This works in this fruity-floral pink blend. It almost reminds me of a dried rose and geranium, but then I start to notice all of the “red” fruits. The currant stands out the most on me, but I can tell there is more and it’s all red. With time I get the fuzzy peach. Quel Amour wears very linear on me. I never really notice a base. It goes from effervescent to glimmering.
I know most perfumistas shudder at the term fruity-floral. Quel Amour is a fruity-floral but it isn’t like any celeb juices or scents marketed towards 13 year old girls. Quel Amour is very much an Annick Goutal scent, a scent for grown-ups and sophisticated folks. It’s pink, frilly, and feminine but it isn’t tacky like a shag covered powder room inhabited by an attention-seeking, audacious bleached-blonde. I’m trying to say that this scent is loaded with fruits, but it doesn’t come across as icky sweet. Don’t be scared by the notes list! But, you have to be a “pink” person or in a “pink” mood to wear Quel Amour. Or at least a little giddy with love.
Notes listed include peony, wild roses, pink geranium, pomegranate, blueberry, redcurrant, Morello cherry, and peach.
Try Annick Goutal Quel Amour! if you like fruity roses or fruity florals. Or if you like “pink” scents like Creed Spring Flower, Cartier So Pretty, Montale Chypré Fruité, Boadicea The Victorious Alluring, Hermès Rose Ikebana and/or B&BW P.S. I Love You.
The 1.7 oz. EDP retails for about $100 and is available at Lucky Scent. Sometimes you can snag it on discount sites like fragrancenet.com. Keep in mind that I have reviewed the EDP. For some reason, it’s very difficult to find in the U.S.
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