When you dabble into the perfume world you quickly start to realize that you don’t know your tastes. You’ll say things like “I hate jasmine” and only find yourself falling in love with a jasmine-heavy perfume six months later. My tastes have changed from when I first started showing interest perfume. I shouldn’t say “changed” but instead expanded. I’m open to more. Now saying that, I started this journey loving rose and I still do. I love rose. I’m a rose person. People often ask me “what is your favorite rose?” and honestly, I have like 12+ favorite roses. I like rose for its versatility and its multiple personalities. This year I’ve added a new “favorite” to my dirty dozen (ish) of rose perfumes, M. Micallef Rose Extreme.
M. Micallef Rose Extreme is my kind of rose. Gorgeous, thick, voluptuous. It’s rose centifolia with chewy apricot fruit leather. A carnation clove peaks through the vivid, velvety deep red rose petals. Rose Extreme is a fruity, spicy rose. The heart is a perfect spiced rose. The dry-down is a rich, musky rose with a soft amber. It’s a rose for rose lovers. And not that it matters but this is such a “me” fragrance. It would have been something that I would have loved 10 years ago and something that I love today.
Notes listed include Centifolia rose, osmanthus, peach, Bulgarian rose, iris, clove pink carnation, sandalwood, musk, vanilla and amber. Launch date 2013. PERFUMER – Jean-Claude Astier
Give Rose Extreme a try if you like spiced roses or “lush” roses. Try it if you like Aftelier Wild Roses, Guerlain Nahema, Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose, Amouage Lyric for Women and/or Caron Pour Une Femme.
Sillage and longevity are above average.
The 1.7 oz EDP retails for $485 at Luckyscent. It’s covered in Swarovoski crystals and comes in a fancy lacquer box. I really wish the presentation was toned down so that the price would go down. I feel like an ass praising a perfume that is like $10 a ml.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Spiced dried fruit rose. Luscious and voluptuous. I absolutely love it and you have to understand that this pains me. The price is insane and for some reason I’m forgiving it. Do I need a reality check? If so, make that check out for $485 + tax.
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