Another week of Roses! Rose Cheapies – 2019
Winter has left me feeling exceptionally “blah” this year so I’m basically trying to do anything that I think will remind that my feelings and this cold season are temporary. As a distraction, I did something I tell all of ya’ll not to do. I blind-bought perfumes. But, let me explain! I bought rose-centric perfumes from a discount site, all of them selling for under $25. That seems like less of a gamble, right? This week I will see if the blind-sniffing odds were stacked against me or not…
Jovan Silky Rose was in a collection/trio of perfumes from the brand inspired by the Middle East. There’s a rose, an amber and can you guess the third one? Oud, of course. Being that Jovan perfumes are cheap but not awful for their cheap price point, I have had my eye out for this collection. I haven’t seen it in any drugstores. But, I have seen Sex Appeal! (I didn’t know they still made that one!). Anyway, I saw a bottle of Silky Rose at a discount store in the Garment District (shady, I know, I know) and I bought it unsniffed (it was $9 for a 3 oz bottle).
Silky Rose isn’t what I expected at all. It’s a difficult one for me to describe. The musk is there from the beginning (I mean, it’s a Jovan scent, what do we expect?). But, there’s also this unusual sourness in it. It’s just sourness and a tangy red currant. It’s like a red currant cordial (sweet and tangy). As it wears, it’s a warm, waxy orange flower and jasmine that reminds me of Los Angeles. Why? Because it’s waxy white florals with a hint of oiliness (like motor oil). But, for most of the wear, this perfume reminds me of Avon Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual mixed with the original Avon Skin So Soft bath oil. It’s like white florals, musk, lavender and a hint dried rose petals. The base turns more into musk and patchouli, but the waxy white florals are still present. Silky Rose reminds me of summer. Partially because of the warm, waxy white florals, the other part being that it reminds me of Skin So Soft and mosquitoes.
I usually have strong opinions about perfume (and everything else) but I have yet to really form one about this fragrance. There are times that I really like it. There are other times that I think it could be a mess. However, today is one of the days where I like it. It’s a fruity, musky jasmine. But, it is not a silky rose.
Notes listed include rose, patchouli, red currant, orange flower, jasmine, amber, vanilla woods and musk. Launched in 2012.
Give Silky Rose a try if you like the sort of musks that are in the Jovan collection. Or if you like the jasmine/rose in the Avon Skin Soft line, especially Soft & Sensual. I haven’t really been able to compare it to other perfumes but in a way it reminds me of Givenchy Amarige or Dior J’Adore.
Projection and longevity are average. Keep in mind that they call this a “concentrated cologne” and it wears like an EDP.
I am having issues finding this online. So, I guess you’ll have to come down to the Garment District and buy this and a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Tangy currants and musky orange blossoms/jasmine. I think I like it, or maybe I don’t. I can’t tell and this is rare for me.
I have heard that Secret Amber is the star of this trio. I haven’t tried it. I have also heard that the Intense Oud is the “true” rose of the collection. Oh, well.
Want more reviews? Try…
Fragrantica – Member reviews
Now Smell This – More info on the trio
*Product purchased by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Evalyn Knapp pic from revolvy.com.