Rosy Outlook: SL Rose de Nuit, Atelier des Ors Rose Omeyyade and Tom Ford Rose Prick
It’s not precisely a state secret that I really like roses. I do know they’re nearly the cliché of the flower world however I really like them in all of their permutations: the massive jammy spicy ones with blooms virtually larger than your head, those with the tiny buds both single or in profusion, those that odor delicate, those that odor so strongly it’s like getting smacked throughout the chops with ROSE!!! and even those that don’t odor in any respect (though these a bit much less.) My pal Sue for years lived in a rented bungalow in West Hollywood with a reasonably ineffective driveway that she became “Rose Alley”- pots and pots of them lovingly tended and timed in order that there can be blooms from spring till properly into fall. It was a tragic day once they needed to transfer and lots of the roses needed to go. Fortunately a co-worker of mine had simply purchased a reasonably home with a beautiful yard in El Sereno and gave an excellent dwelling to the orphans: 20 years later they’re nonetheless going robust and Sue’s lemon bushes, transplanted from pots, are big.
I used to be really on the committee that selected the centennial rose in celebration of the 100th birthday of the town of Beverly Hills, the ultimate selection being planted in Will Rogers Park throughout from the Beverly Hills Lodge (notorious for being he web site the place George Michael was arrested for cottaging. Who knew I lived in such a sexual hotbed? I believed that was WeHo?!) The rose we lastly selected was a salmon pink one (which I identified matched nearly completely the colour of the Lodge after we had been choosing) and a spicy perfume. Oddly sufficient, the images on this submit confirmed up in my Fb “recollections” simply right this moment, Monday. Rosy Kismet.
Rose de Nuit can also be one which has come up quite a bit on my radar recently, primarily since Serge Lutens is sort of pushing it in direct emails. Now, I don’t must pop $300 or so for a bell jar of this, definitely not unsniffed, so it was on my record of roses that I needed to hit up StC for. Dabbing it on from the wee pattern I’ve it looks like an enormous rose- the opening on me is jammy and boozy and in-your-face in that basic Serge Lutens sort of method. Then it begins to get musky, and that’s after I actually begin to like it. It nearly appears to be the Yang to MKK*‘s Ying, the place MKK is in-your-(ahem) face musk that goes to roses. That is rose, rose, ROSE that goes to musk. Possibly I do want a bell jar? (EDIT) it’s later within the night and I preserve getting whiffs of this. Sure I would like it. Who wants automobile insurance coverage?
Now simply this previous week Portia reviewed Rose Omeyyade by Atelier des Ors, which was the impetus for this journey to StC. Wonders of pores and skin chemistry I assume: I do get the oudh within the opening that Portia does, oddly blended with raspberries. Not contemporary ones, jam. Actually good jam, just like the one my mother used to make. Not candy, however undoubtedly cooked. Then I begin to get the rose. It’s sort of odd- it’s nearly a ghost rose- you odor it, you attempt to parse it and it’s gone, simply to reappear while you cease making an attempt. It’s just like the rose equal of the Museum scene in “Dressed to Kill’ the place Angie Dickinson is making an attempt to catch as much as the stranger she simply met- she follows him by the labyrinthine rooms of the gallery, at all times catching a glimpse of him simply as he’s getting into one other room. Like Angie and her stranger, simply while you suppose you misplaced it you flip round and there’s is: just like the Centennial Rose served on a raspberry tart on a charger plate fabricated from peppery oudh. Much more appetizing than that reads and it settles down fairly a bit because it goes alongside, however I don’t suppose I’m going to wish this one.
After which there’s Rose Prick.
I’ve to jot down that in some methods Tom Ford annoys me. He’s skinny, good-looking, gifted and comparatively younger. He has performed some nice issues is vogue, in scents, and even within the arts (I believed “A Single Man”, whereas flawed, was sensible) However then there appears to be the Tom Ford who’s the sensible marketer. The one who will take a barely outré identify, stick it on one thing that appears to have been designed by AI, on this case with a quick “Make me an costly smelling fragrance with rose that can promote properly however not offend anybody.” For those who informed me this was from Lancome, or Estée Lauder I wouldn’t have blinked. For those who informed me Avon even, I’d have thought “good for them.” Rose Prick is simply so.. Sephora pleasant Johnny Ross ought to put it in one in all his YouTube movies. Frankly, Tom may have extra precisely known as it Money Seize and stopped there..
Okay, so, what are your favourite roses? Rose scents? Low cost and cheerful or ruinously costly? Please tell us within the feedback.
Rose de Nuit is on the market on the Serge Lutens web site (now fortunately transport bell jars to the US) for $305. Rose Omeyyade by Atelier des Ors is on the market at on-line retailers lie FragranceNet for about $150 on the time of this writing, $275 retail at LuckyScent. Tom Ford Rose Prick is on the market on the standard suspects $250 for 1oz. My samples are from Give up to Probability. Photographs are mine and from Pexels.
*Has MKK been renamed? G-D forbid reformulated? It’s now simply known as “Koublai Kahn” on the website- if you realize, please chime in