Years ago, in my 6th Blogiversary post, I said that I’d like to start doing a feature where I revisit perfumes to see if my “eaupinions” have changed. I said I wasn’t afraid to eat crow…and I’m not.
In January, I decided to revisit some rose-centric perfumes.
Indult Manakara review published April 11th, 2014.
Initial Thoughts – I found Manakara too sweet. I said, “A super, sticky sweet blend of rose-lychee lollipops, cotton candy and vanilla custard”. I had a difficult time sampling it because I found it to be too cloying. It was my least favorite from the brand.
Now Thoughts – I have worn this four times over the past week. And it has grown on me. Yes, it’s a sweet vanilla rose but there’s more to it. I notice there’s a sweet benzoin-like incense thing going on in the base that reminds me of Papier d’Armenie. It’s a rather linear fragrance of candied roses but there’s more than just what the note list says. It’s not my favorite from Indult, but it’s much better than I first gave it credit for. Sorry, Manakara.
Conclusion – Ate crow, yo.
Tom Ford Private Blend Café Rose review published October 16th, 2012
Initial Thoughts – I was a disappointed by this. Like many people, I expected a “coffee rose”. Instead, it was a dry, woodsy rose. As a rose perfume, it was fine.
Now Thoughts – It’s a peppery, dry woodsy rose. It has this bitter thing that I don’t really like but I can see it working on some people. It’s a good rose but it’s not the sort of rose that I like. It’s too bitter for my tastes. I guess that bitterness could be read as some sort of under roasted coffee bean. I don’t like that in my coffee and I don’t like that in my perfume.
Conclusion – I feel about the same. Actually, I like it a little less now than I did in 2012.
Amouage Lyric Man review published July 26th, 2011
Initial Thoughts – I thought of this as a tropical rose or at least a rose that for some reason reminded of Cuba circa 1930s-40s. I really liked it.
Now Thoughts – I love the tangy key lime opening in Lyric Man. It’s a great rose. It has freshness from evergreens, citrus and fresh ginger. It dries down to this long-wearing musk and sandalwood. I think what I was trying to say with this in my review is that it smells like a few drops of old-school men’s “pine and lime” cologne in a modern cedar rose perfume. The ginger and lime reminds me of warmer climates. The fragrance is a commitment in that it wears all day. And if you get it on clothes (in my case, a scarf), it will smell like that probably forever. Yet, I don’t mind. This is a wonderful modern rose. And it’s unisex, so don’t let “Man” keep you away.
Conclusion – I still really like it. I still think it’s expensive but it’s good.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Drôle de Rose published March 8th, 2011
Initial Thoughts – It was a powdery rose/violet that reminded me of fancy French cosmetics. It smelled like my friend’s face (because she used fancy French cosmetics). And I missed her face.
Now Thoughts – These days there are so many lipstick inspired perfumes on the market (Maison Martin Margiela Lipstick On, Prada Tainted Love) but this is the OG French cosmetics perfume. I’ve always loved the honeyed orange blossom opening in this. These days, I’m more senstitive to the orange blossom and green almond in addition to the powdery rose and violet. When it comes to “makeup” scents, Drôle de Rose is uncharacteristically complex. It’s like a pastel pink goose down powder puff in a bottle.
Conclusion – After trying a lot of other “makeup” inspired perfumes, I feel like Drôle de Rose is even better. It’s held its own. At this stage, it’s like an old friend that’s always been there for me.
Penhaligon’s Elisabethan Rose review published February 7th, 2012
Initial Thoughts – I said it was a literal, old-fashioned tea rose fragrance that really didn’t do much for me.
Now Thoughts – It’s still a literal, old-fashioned tea rose fragrance that really doesn’t do much for me.
Conclusion – I still feel the same. Also, this is the sort of rose that makes people think they hate rose perfumes. I mean, it makes me think that I hate rose perfumes…
Bvlgari Pour Femme Rose Essentielle EDT review published May 18th, 2009.
Initial Thoughts – Who even knew what I was saying? These old reviews, I hadn’t really found my voice yet. I basically said it was a champagne-like rose with zero staying power.
Now Thoughts – This is a very sheer fragrance but throughout the years, these sort of “wispy” fragrances are the ones I like the best. The opening has this brilliant blackberry that is both fruity and musky. This perfume is much more complex that I remember. It’s sheer, powdery with rose, candied violets and mimosa.The dry-down is powdery, musky but not heavy.
Conclusion – I’m going to buy a bottle. I should have a bottle of this.
I did eat crow (Manakara). Revisting these was sort of harmful. I now have my eye out for cheap bottles of Lyric Man, Rose Essentielle and Drôle de Rose. I’ve always liked rose perfumes but I feel like after all these years, I love rose perfumes even more. I love the versatility of a rose. However, there are still rose genres that I stay away from (like Elisabethan Rose). My bank account likes that there are rose genres that I avoid.
Have you’ve tried any of these, what do you think of them?
*Product pics from the brand. Raven & Rose tattoo from Photobucket.