Sonoma Scent Studio Velvet Rose EDP Perfume Review

Sonoma Scent Studio Velvet Rose

Rose Week 2012

I love rose perfumes and I find that I wear them the most in late winter. January hits and I start to crave fruity roses, dirty roses, attars and freshly picked roses. I typically like complex roses and shy away from soliflores. But, there is something about this soliflore, Sonoma Scent Studio Velvet Rose, that makes me rethink rose soliflores.

Sonoma Scent Studio Velvet Rose is a big, dewy rose. It’s undeniably a rose. It’s rose with a a raspberry fruitiness over crisp, dewy greens. With more time, I pick up on more bright citrus and raspberry rose. The dry-down reminds me of rose, powdery orris and a musk. This is a luscious rose in 3-D.

This scent really does smell like a Damask rose. I find it interesting because my husband describes this scent as foody, Indian and delicious. And it is. Damask roses are used in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. This scent smells culinary to me as well.

Alma Tadema Roses of Heliogabalus painting

 This is a dewy, bright, fresh rose. It isn’t any more complex than a living rose. Because of this, this is something that you’ll like or dislike. I find that rose is a polarizing note. I love it but many people find it dull or old-fashioned.

Notes listed include Damask rose, bergamot, carnation, violet leaf, musk and patchouli. PERFUMER – Laurie Erickson

Give this scent a try if you are looking for a Damask rose soliflore or a green rose that doesn’t contain rose geranium. Try it if you like perfumes like Malle Une Rose, Diptyque Eau Rose, LUSH Imogen Rose, and/or Montale Aoud Damascus. Yes, this is rose but I find it unisex. There’s something so intriguing about a man in rose.

Projection and longevity of this scent is above average. I think it’s an excellent scent for the price.

Sizes vary with prices ranging from $32-$60. You can get this scent as a splash, EDP, or a parfum at Sonoma Scent Studio.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONA green, crisp rose. I typically dislike rose soliflores but there’s something about this one that I love. This is a rose soliflore that I would wear. It has a thickness and it shows the natural complexity of a Damask rose.

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*Sample given to me by the fabulous Undina’s Looking Glass. Product pic from Sonoma Scent Studio. Painting is Alma Tadema “Roses of Heliogabalus”.

13 thoughts on “Sonoma Scent Studio Velvet Rose EDP Perfume Review

    1. No, I haven’t tried Vintage Rose and now I do. You got me with “plummy”. The site says there is a “spiced wine accord”. I need it.

  1. How funny– i just had a rose conversion, and now i’m crazy about them after thinking that I hated them…

    This is such a great rose, so bright without screaming, and lasts forever.

    Have you tried Rose Musc? It’s also bright, but has a wonderful salty, earthy base that is just right!

    1. Like I said, I thought I disliked them too and now I can’t get enough of them.

      You’re so right. It is “bright without screaming”. This is not a screeching, obnoxious rose.

      I haven’t tried Rose Musc but I need to make a sample order & include Rose Musc and Vintage Rose.

  2. I think we have very similar tastes in roses..I am not a rose soliflore fan (usually like spicy/dirty/woody roses) but I do like this one very much (my sample was from Undina too)
    It’s so lush and yes..velvety..though on my skin it can sometimes turn a little ‘musk-ish’..
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    1. I didn’t expect to like this one from the description. Why bother with a rose soliflore? But, it’s very well done. If I feel like smelling like a rose, then this is the one I’ll go for. This one is way less “proper” than the Penhaligon’s rose soliflore that I reviewed this week.

        1. I hope to have a review of Mohur up soon. It’s really good. I think it’s spicier with some sweetness that isn’t overwhelming. I need to wear it a few more times but I know I love it.

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