ROSE WEEK 2019 – A Leathery Rose
It’s Rose Week on EauMG! This is the annual celebration of rose-centric perfumes! This week I’m reviewing 5 fragrances that display a different aspect of rose perfumes.
Every Rose Week, I try to focus on one or two rose-centric perfumes that I think people that usually don’t love roses will stand. I am basically trying to get ya’ll to join my decadent and enlightening Cult of Rose. If you don’t think you like rose, let me introduce you to Thameen Nassak.
I’ve been blogging and talking about perfume for a long time but I don’t think I’ve ever used “brilliant leather” to describe a perfume until now. Nassak’s opening is like some sort of golden leather. It opens with a luminous citrus and a brand new black leather jacket. As it wears, it’s new leather and fruity pipe tobacco. The rose is green and bitter. If there wasn’t enough leather for you, let’s add some more. The saffron adds a double-dose of leatheriness without weighing the perfume down. So far I’ve failed to tell you about one of the best parts of Nassak: there’s a skanky musk in this with a hint of civet. It’s animalic but I don’t find it overly animalic. This musk amplifies the bitter sweetness of the rose and it perfectly compliments the leather. Nassak eventually dries down to a smoky, leathery oud.
I’ve been describing Nassak as something like a regal rose in a tiara at a biker bar. It’s elegant but it’s also rugged/”raw”.
Notes listed include orange, plum, leather, rose, saffron, patchouli, oud, amber, sandalwood, gaiacwood, musk and vanilla. Launched in 2014.
Give Nassak a try if you like leather-rose perfumes or leathery amber scents. Or perfumes like Memo French Leather Rose, Montale Black Aoud, Knize 10, Tiziana Terenzi Gold Rose Oudh and/or Dior Cuir Cannage.
Projection and longevity are above average. The musk really makes it stick around. Saying that, I never find it cloying.
The 1.7 oz retails for $210 at Osswald. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Leather rose. A regal rose in a biker bar! If you think you’re too cool for roses, oh, try this and welcome to the Cult of Rose!
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Disclaimer – Full-size product provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic is mine (it’s engraved!). Helena Christensen pic circa 1991 by Peter Lindbergh from www.sometimesnothingisarealcoolhand.com