Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 16 June, 2014

Noblesse Luxe Publishing

FRAGRANCE REVIEW

         
                                                   PHI-une rose de Kandahar
                                          A global obsession with the rose


        I heard the phrase, "a rose is a rose" years ago but I cannot remember where I heard it. But that doesn't matter because in the perfume industry that phrase is not valid. There are some of the most beautiful roses in fragrances that come from Turkey, Bulgaria, Somalia, Arabia and other countries.

       There have been a few niche fragrances that were blessed enough to incorporate a rare rose oil that is costly and precious into a divine creation.

       The Afghanistan rose, mainly in the region of Nangarhar grows in a dry and rough land but produces a essence that is smooth and sublime.

      I was fortunate to receive a sample of PHI-une rose de Kandahar Eau de Parfum from Jeffrey Dame of Hypoluxe Inc. This would be my first experience with the scent of rose from Afghanistan. I didn't know what to expect, so I thought of all the possibilities. Is it edgy like pink peppercorn, a little smoother but powdery like a carnation or a deep, deep scent of patchouli?

  Andy Tauer, FIFI award winning perfumer has a whimsical way of expressing his creative blends that for most people comes to a pleasant surprise. I too wanted that same surprise with PHI-une rose de Kandahar and I got it.

  This is a extremely smooth and quiet scent. I love how the rose oil eases its way with sublime illusions of a rose field. The more I wear it, the more of a journey it becomes.

 I had this sample for a few months and I wanted to wait for the warm months before I wrote this review. Most people who are not familiar with niche and natural scents wear fragrances having the majority of rose in it, most likely synthetic in the winter months.

The beauty of niche scents is that it can be worn year around due to its fine ingredients and the time taken to compose the scent with a theory and story behind the scent.

Its such a shame that politics in the world divide us but when it comes to fragrances, there is no hate-no racism, just a pure love of natural from where ever it originates.

That is why I have my own slogan, " THE ART OF PERFUMERY transcends cultural barriers"- Felicia M Hazzard

Its the truth, there is no discrimination again a rose from India versus a rose from Bulgaria. They are both beautiful in their own right. Its here on earth for us all to enjoy equally.

PHI- une rose de Kandahar can be worn day and night and the delight and airy feeling I get from this scent could easily be a hair perfume. I say this because I sprayed a small amount in my hair and this morning when I awakened, the scent was still there as if I just sprayed it. Truly incredible.

Andy Tauer Perfumes are so equally meshed with one another. You can use two or three scents together and layer them and its comes out to be one harmonious scent of infusion delight.

What is PHI? PHI is a rare gem that is rich in natural raw materials so paired with une rose de Kandahar makes it even more rare. Due to the nature of the rose oil, there is a LIMITED AMOUNT and PHI-une rose de Kandahar may not always be available.

As soon as I wrote this, I checked and PHI-une rose de Kandahar has been SOLD OUT. There are NO samples available as well.

When will it be available? According to www.tauerperfumes.com not until November 2014!

This actually doesn't surprise me. Fragrances composed by Andy Tauer have been known to sell out!

My advise, is to check back with the website and purchase a few bottles, it will be the Holiday Season before you know it.

PHI-une rose de Kandahar is a beautiful tribute to the Afghanistan rose and culture.

Fragrance Notes

Head Notes: apricot, cinnamon, bitter almond, bergamot

Heart Notes: rare rose oil of Afghanistan, plums, spices, flower petals, rose absolute from Bulgaria, Bourbon geranium, dark tobacco leaves

Base Notes: Patchouli in the base of Phi, vetiver, vanilla, tonka, musk, amber gris

Retail Information:

PHI-une rose de Kandahar 50 ml  $144.30USD
Sample spray vial 1.5 ml $6.70USD

Stockist

MIN NEW YORK
www.minnewyork.com

Luckyscent and Scent Bar
www.luckyscent.com

The Perfume House
www.theperfumehouse.com

For Your Information

If you like PHI-une rose de Kandahar, then you will like Noble Rose of Afghanistan Parfum by The 7 Virtues perfumery. 178 handpicked rose petals found in this fragrance!
  www.the7virtues.com

A Special Thank You

 A Special Thank You! to Mr. Jeffrey Dame of Hypoluxe for sending me the sample of PHI-une rose de Kandahar! I truly appreciate it.


Photos: Photo of PHI-une rose de Kandahar courtesy of www.tauerperfumes.com; photo of roses courtesy of www.drhausckha.com

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