House of Cherry Bomb Cardamom Rose EDP Perfume Review

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I’ve been a long time fan of the aroma M perfume line.House of Cherry Bomb is a perfume house founded by two New York City-based perfumers, Maria McElroy of aroma M and Alexis Karl of Scent by Alexis. In February, I was able to visit the atelier in Dumbo (that’ll be a different post). At the time I was slightly overwhelmed (and infatuated) and only sniffed House of Cherry Bomb Cardamom Rose briefly because I knew with a name like “Cardamom Rose” that I would probably love it. I ended up buying something else but received a sample of this one.

When I got back to rainy Seattle and tried Cardamom Rose, I was surprised by Cardamom Rose. I expected something heavy and “dense” but this isn’t. It opens with neroli, tangerines and a subtle spicy warmth. If the opening were a color, it’d be the orange/rust shades found in a blood orange peel. It wears as a citrus-cardamom with pretty citrus blossom florals. The rose appears in the heat; yet, it isn’t “rosey”. The rose is sheer and only intensifies the citrus in the perfume. It dries down to a slightly “steamy” or humid neroli.

I think of Cardamom Rose as a rose or a citrus for those usually dislike rose or citrus. It’s a surprisingly versatile perfume. I could see it working in the dead of winter as a pick-me-up or in the sweltering heat of summer. Not many perfumes fit into this category.

Hiroko Matsumoto

Notes listed include spice, Moroccan flowers and smoke. Launched 2013. PERFUMERS – Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl

Give Cardamom Rose a try if you like spicy citrus. Or if you like perfumes like Diptyque L’Eau de Tarocco, Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, Thirdman Eau Nomade and/or Tom Ford Private Blend Rive d’Ambre. Cardamom Rose is seasonless and unisex. I also want to add that this smells amazing layered of the aroma M Bath & Body Oil.

Projection and longevity are average, wearing like an EDP (I do not know the exact concentration of this perfume).

The 1.7 oz retails for $55 at House of Cherry Bomb. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONJuicy neroli and spice. It’s a rose for those that dislike rose. And it’s a citrus for those that usually dislike citrus. Really versatile and affordable.

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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. My opinions are my own. Product pic from House of Cherry Bomb blog. Hiroko Matsumoto from Vogue.

6 thoughts on “House of Cherry Bomb Cardamom Rose EDP Perfume Review

  1. delish.

    cardamom rose sounds appealing enough, throw in some humid neroli, and it’s go time.

  2. This is lovely. I loved the cardamom and citrus in Thirdman Eau Nomade, and Cardamom Rose pushes the same buttons for me but at a fraction of the price. I’ll be buying a full bottle of this one for sure. I love when I find something that is both lovely and affordable. Thank you Victoria for bringing this one to my attention.

    1. 🙂 Happy you tried this one!

      I like Thirdman Eau Nomade too (I love cardamom) but I do prefer House of Cherry Bomb’s over it because it lasts longer on my skin (and the price is great).

      I really want to try the new Honeysuckle one too. I think the Tobacco ones are great for the price too. It’s nice to see an indie line giving us some under $70 options!

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