Noblesse Luxe Publication
VALENTINE'S DAY REVEIW- PART ONE
The Modern Rose
A Dozen Valentine's Day Fragrances
No two roses are alike. This couldn't be more the truth since the revolution of the rose scent in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
A rose scented perfume from the times of Ancient Egypt where the first perfumers were created to recent history in perfumery, only came in a singular note (the traditional rose). But now the fascination with the scent of rose is modern, bold, innovative and complex.
The traditional rose scent has taken on a modern fragrance with the blending of several rose scents and woody notes and lively citrus compositions to a gourmand-sweet and sensual.
I love the new version. I always felt the traditional rose, although it is the Queen of the floral but yet boring and predictable.
The modern rose scents are now for both women and men! This was unheard of centuries ago but not anymore, Fragrances can be shared by both men and women and the fragrance industry is reaping the benefits at the cash register because fragrances are now allowed to be expressive without inhibitions.
In honor of Valentine's Day on February 14th, I have curated 12 of the most unique, vivid and adventurous rose fragrances that I feel represent the modern age of Queen Rose.
There are thousands of rose scented fragrances that are produced each year. However I cannot nor do I have the time to review each of them but this will give you a start into the adventurous world of rose perfumes that represent this day and age.
Whips and Roses by Kerosene- The ultra-modern version of the rose is composed by Midwestern perfumer, John Pegg. It is a floral woody musk fragrance featuring bergamot, blood orange, rose, jasmine, gardenia, iris sandalwood, musk and leather. It is composed for women and men.
Rubis Rose' by DSH Perfumes-The ultra high glamour fragrance was inspired by the natural beauty of actress, Elizabeth Taylor and the fabulous Ruby Suite necklace by Cartier given to Taylor by her third husband, Michael Todd. It provides a luscious red raspberry note, pink pepper with frankincense, myrrh, guaicwood and a touch of oak moss. Rubis Rose' is composed by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz.
Rose Noir by Byredo-This is a lovely compliment to the red rose, a symbol of love. Rose Noir gives provides a dark and intense moment with a citrus moment. It is wild and gives an animalist quality. Composed with grapefruit, freesia, Rose Damascena, cistus, moss and musk. Ben Gorham was a professional basketball player to the creative genius of the perfume brand Byredo.
Tobacco Rose by Papillon Artisan- This fragrance is floral but it is for both women and men! It combines earthy notes of oak moss, ambergris and peru balsam with a Bulgarian rose and the Rose de mai with an enhancement of beeswax. Tobacco Rose is composed by Liz Moores who is located in London, England.
Kashan Rose by The Different Company- This fragrance is surrounded around the Persian Rose that is celebrated at the festival of the rose in the city of Kashan. its a fragrance that is laced with roses that is surrounded with a spicy blend of sage, litchi, pink pepper and cardamom. The floral continues with blends of hawthorn and peony and lastly its base deepens with ambrette, sandalwood and musk. Kashan Rose is composed by Emilie Coppermann.
Wild Roses by Aftelier Perfumes- If you love sprawling gardens with neatly manicured landscapes, then Wild Roses is for you! It evokes the imagination and memories with the newest modern version of the rose that combines the crème de la crème of ingredients such as rose Co2, helitotrope, bergamot, geranium, damask rose, apricot, pimento, taif rose, tarragon, vanilla and patchouli. This is an all natural fragrance created by multi-award winning perfumer, Mandy Aftel who was nominated for the prestigious FiFi Award by the Fragrance Foundation.
Imogene Rose by Lush-This scent is love struck using the true and original rose in the most natural way. Lush is a British company that provide the most innovative products. Imogene Rose is a delicate fragrance with a baby powder aroma. Crushed petals were used in the most delicate way while rose oil, rose absolute, basil, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka and orris to provide a down to earth ending for women and men. The perfumer is Simon Constantine, who is the son of the CEO of Lush, Mark Constantine.
Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue by Atelier Cologne- This fragrance is centered around the Turkish rose that resonates with sparkling notes of the rose and spicy and tantalizing smoky scents that is seductive. Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue is created with the finest ingredients made in France. This composition has a combination of bergamot from Calabria, ginger from China, Turkish rose essence, Turkish rose absolue, incense from Somalia, velvet oud accord, patchouli from Indonesia, papyrus from India and benzoin from Laos. Its composed by Jerome Epinette.
Flowerbomb en Rose by Viktor & Rolf-This is the "happy" scent! Its created to be the lighter version of the original Flowerbomb. Flowerbomb en Rose opens with nectar and citrus. This fragrance is for women only and the perfumer is unknown.
Rouge Nocturne by Terry de Gunzburg- This is a scent centered around a dark rose aroma which puts it in the Chypre floral category. The story behind this fragrance is sensual and mystery that features the damask rose, turkey red rose and patchouli. Rouge Nocturne is for women only and the perfumer is Michel Almairac.
Rose Nobile by Acqua di Parma-This is an Italian scented rose scent. Why? Because the company Acqua di Parma is located in Italy. Rose Nobile is refreshing and centered around the Centifolia rose with a signature style of citrus and dark combinations. Its composition is created with bergamot, mandarin, black pepper, citruses, lily of the valley, violet, peony, cedar, ambergris and musk. This is made for women only and the perfumer is Francois Demachy.
Rose de Nuit by Serge Lutens- This is an exclusive fragrance that is found in the Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido. It is dark and intense with animalistic rose inspired ingredients. A fragrance for both women and men. A scent to enjoy for a late night rendezvous. Rose de Nuit is composed by Gilles Romey.
New Fragrance Launch
A Rose for a Friend
The world famous fashion house, Chanel introduces a new fragrance and it is called, Misia.
Misia is created in honor of CoCo Chanel good friend, Misia Sert.
Misia is the latest fragrance to be included in the Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection. It represents the modern woman who is free and confident.
This feminine fragrances is composed by Olivier Polge, the son of the world famous master perfumer Jacques Polge.
Mr. Polge has been the in-house perfumer for the house of Chanel since 1978.
Misia is a powdery floral scent with a woody balsamic rose aroma.
The luscious ingredients are violet, iris orris root, Turkish rose, benzoin from Laos
and tonka bean, rose from Grasse and sandalwood.
Unfortunately, Misia will NOT be available in time for Valentine's Day! It is set to launch in March 2015.
Misia will become available in two sizes, 75 ml and 200 ml eau de toilette.
If you are curious about CoCo Chanel's friend, Misia Sert, I will give you reference of two books that are written about the life of CoCo Chanel.
"Chanel: An intimate life" (biography) by Lisa Chaney and "Chanel: SaVie" by Justine Picardie's (French edition). Both books can be found on www.amazon.com.
Let's Celebrate the Rose
New Fragrance Launch
It's coming up roses with the celebrate of the Rose de Mai (May Rose) in the month of May 2015 by L'Artisan Parfumeur.
L'Artisan Parfumeur will launch Rose Privee, a new floral fragrances developed by master perfumer, Berrand Duchaufour and his apprentice, Stephane Bakouche.
The celebration will not start until the month of May, so sorry for the non-availability for Valentine's Day but don't worry there will be enough roses to go around.
Rose Privee features rose, carnation, magnolia, lilac, basil, violet, patchouli and hay.
It will be available in sizes 50 and 100 ml eau de parfum
FRAGRANCE REVIEW-PART TWO
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Photo Credits: Rose de Nuit by www.sergelutens.us; Kashan Rose and Tobacco Rose courtesy of www.luckyscent.com; Wild Roses courtesy of www.aftelier.com; photo of Misia Sert courtesy of apophtegme.com; photo of Misia Perfume courtesy of www.fragrantica.com; photo of Rose Privee courtesy of www.fragrantica.com