ROSE WEEK 2019 – A Saffron 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.
Viktor and Rolf Magic Dancing Roses is a fruity rose. Initially, I get a large swig of cherry-scented brandy. The opening is spiced with a leather-y undertone BUT it’s still airy, light and fruity. (and BOOZY because of that cherry). This is like a saffron rose shimmering in gossamer. The saffron and spice in this vaguely reminds me of things like Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540. The rose is like a rosewater with a sweet, fruity lychee. It dries down to a boozy brandy with a chewy, slightly-savory saffron. There’s also a generous amount of spiced amber. I initially had thought of Dancing Roses as a fruity rose but later realized it’s a full-blown spicy rose.
Here’s my story with the Viktor and Rolf Magic Collection. I sniffed them at a Sephora and loved this one. I threw something up in my Instagram Stories about it. I went home and later realized that this collection is their luxury line! I honestly thought this was a cheaper collection from Viktor & Rolf for layering…not their “luxe” line. ₁ Saying that, I like the perfume. If I had it, I’d probably wear it a lot. BUT the good news is they offer a travel size with a sprayer (I’m so sick of roll-ons).
Notes listed include pink pepper, litchi, rose, saffron and cherry brandy. Launched in 2017. PERFUMER – Sonia Constant
Give Dancing Roses a try if you like the idea of a fruity rose with some extra “body”. Or perfumes like Montale Candy Rose, Eric Buterbaugh FLORALS Sultry Rose, L’Artisan Safran Troublant or Ormonde Jayne Ta’if. By the way, I much prefer Dancing Roses over Tom Ford Lost Cherry, another cherry-centric perfume launched recently. Dancing Roses is less literal/sweet and holds my attention longer because of the rose paired with that savory saffron.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 2.5 oz bottle retails for $145 at Sephora. A travel spray is also available.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Fruity (cherry) rose with a huge dose of saffron. What I appreciate about this perfume is that these notes can come across as heavy but there is a transparency that makes this perfume seem “effortless”. However, it’s not so sheer that it disappears. It’s just a really pretty saffron-rose.
₁ I am confused because it’s like the brand has dropped the price. I remember it being close to $200 when I looked online after I first tried it and Saks has it for $190 but Sephora has it for under $150??? Anyway, I’m really tempted by a travel size.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Carole Lombard mattsko.wordpress.com. Post contains an affiliate link.