Rose Week 2015
Parfums Lalun is a rose soliflore inspired by the roses revered by Qajar dynasty artists and Sufi poets. This is the sort of fragrance that allows the rose to choose its supporting notes. You’ll find hay-like notes, fruity notes, robust coffee notes and sweet notes that amp up what is naturally present in rose absolutes.
Qajar Rose opens as hay and roses. It gets fruitier and starts to remind me of rosewater dessert. This stage is mouth-watering delicious – like fresh strawberries and rosewater. To my surprise, Qajar Rose becomes “darker”. It’s like a deep, dark rose with patchouli and black coffee. The dry-down becomes even darker and dirtier with oud and patchouli.
Qajar Rose is a study in compliments and contrasts. The notes in Qajar Rose emphasize the natural beauty and complexity of rose while the perfume itself contrasts light and dark. It opens like a pale pink rose and dries down to a deep, dark burgundy hued rose with velvety petals.
Notes listed include Iranian rose otto, fragonia, Roman chamomile, tagette, pomegranate, galbanum, Ethyl decadionate nat., Turkish rose otto, Russian rose otto, rose geranium, davana, saffron, coffee, Coffee, Strawberry furanone nat., Phenyl Ethyl Alcohol nat., angelica, buddhawood, Laotian oud, ambergris, sandalwood, vetiver, ambrette, cocoa, katrafay, patchouli and vanilla. Launched in 2012. PERFUMER – Maggie Mahboubian
Being an all-natural perfume, Qajar Rose wears closely to the skin. Longevity is average.
The 15ml bottle retails for $75 at Lalun Naturals.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Natural rose soliflore. I’m drawn to rose perfumes because roses are natural complex. However, so many perfumes over simplify rose. Qajar Rose doesn’t. It emphasizes the many intricate facets of rose and the final result is a gorgeous rose mosaic.
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