I consider myself a “rose person”. I wear and love a lot of rose perfumes. I like the versatility of a rose. Roses can be fruity or like citrus. A rose can be green or it can be dark. A rose can be the villain or the heroine. A rose can be anything. Being into perfume, I’m always surprised when people recoil at roses. It’s one thing to just not like rose or haven’t found “your” rose, but what I always find is that people say the dreaded, cringe-inducing phrase “old lady”. I think what they’re saying is that rose perfumes smell dated. Rose perfumes remind them of someone they know/knew. “Old Lady” is a rant for another today, but what I’m surprised by is that the timelessness, a trait I adore in rose, is the same thing that puts people off of it.
So, what does this have to do with a little designer perfume, Joie Folle de Joie? I don’t really know. I sampled this fragrance and it reminded me of a lot of other perfumes and had me thinking of citrus-leaning roses and this led to a rant.
Folle de Joie opens as citrus and florals. It’s like jasmine and crisp, green rose. And then it blooms into a huge floral bouquet that is predominantly rose with a sharp iris. Folle de Joie dries down to a modern musk (think along the lines of Narciso Rodriguez). It’s a rather simple scent; yet, it’s pretty. It’s a classic floral – a crisp, green rose.
Since this reminded me of a something else that I couldn’t place, a perfume that I’m sure was popular in the late 1980’s, I went to the internet to see if anyone else was talking about this. To my surprise, I found a lot of younger women on online forums and social networks raving about how beautiful this perfume is. I agree, it’s beautiful but this is coming from a person that likes roses. What surprised me is that this is the same age range that says rose is “old” so why does Folle de Joie appeal to this crowd, especially since if anything, I find it a little “dated”? I don’t have an answer. I think the citrus makes it more approachable. I think it’s a “sheer” scent so its density (or lack thereof) makes it more approachable. I don’t really care why people like it. I hope that it provokes some curiosity in people and has them trying more rose and floral perfumes. Maybe this is the time when roses aren’t viewed as old-fashioned? Or maybe that’s the Joie customer (a laid-back “Southern California” brand). I don’t know. I just know that I’ve been surprised to see how many people like this perfume that I thought was going to frighten people with its rosey-ness.
In conclusion, I don’t know what it reminds me of. Maybe like Stella McCartney Stella and a really light version of Perfumer’s Workshop Tea Rose. It’s a rose.
Notes listed include citrus, jasmine, iris, cognac, woods, leather and spices. Launched in 2014.
Give Folle de Joie a try if you like fresh floral scents. Or if you like perfumes like Clinique Happy, Tory Burch, Jo Malone London Red Roses, Maison Francis Kurkdjian A La Rose, Stella McCartney Stella, Annick Goutal Rose Splendide and/or Narciso Rodriguez L’Eau.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 3.4 oz retails for $98 at Birchbox.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A sheer green rose. It’s not my favorite in the green, slightly citrus rose genre but it’s fine. And the price is good. After doing a lot of exploration, I like more complexity in my roses but it’s good to have a “fresh” rose soliflore in a collection. Sometimes I get in the mood for stuff like this. It’s rare but when I want it, stuff like this seems perfect.
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