Thursday, September 25, 2008

A random rave

I used to love doing random rave posts at POL. I don't know why I've never done them here, but today it feels necessary. I woke up this morning with an intense craving for roses--which presented a dilemma, given that I must have a dozen or more beloved rose soliflores from which to choose. I sniffed my way through Hové Rose Celeste, Madini Rose, Lagniappe Oaks Cameo Rose, the Fragrance Shop's Magnificent Rose, African Tea Rose and Somalian Rose--etc., etc. I found what I was looking for in Tigerflag's Rose Attar. It's mellow and rich, yet light. It's a very clean rose, but there's nothing sanitized or gutless about it. Being a natural attar, it does have that background of sandalwood, but the flower absolutely carries the day. The bloom is never overwhelmed, even at the very end of the drydown. The whole experience is rose heaven, from start to finish.

Feel free to share a rave of your own if you're so inclined.

(By the way, there are a couple of new posts at Turn Outward: Can we talk? and Druidic morning)

Girl with a Rose, Guido Reni. Image from Web Gallery of Art.


Mary said...

Rose is such a tricky note. One wrong tweak in a scent, and it's a sleigh ride into banality. This one sounds yummy!

Okay, I have a rose rave too. I finally tested the discontinued Czech and Speake Dark Rose EDP. It's rich, black and laced in saffron, and uber-sexy.

I haven't done any perfume reviews in ages over on my blog. You've inspired me to post some this weekend....

BitterGrace said...

Ooh, reviews! Looking forward to them. Yours are always so luscious.

That Czech & Speake sounds very good. I don't know why jasmine gets all the attention for sexiness. A deep, dark rose can be far more erotic, I think.

chayaruchama said...

When roses are right, nothing can beat them; I've tried so many.
[Looks like we own a LOT of the same- big surprise there !]

I'm praying that the new Amouage Lyric is everything it's supposed to be- rosy, resinous, myaterious, DAMMIT !

I need Neil to make a bottle of his new Dervish, so I can send you some...
It's a divine rose/ amber/patch/vanilla-

Very beautiful.

Cynthia said...

I can never get enough of the beauty or scent of roses, thank you
for this petite tour de force.

BitterGrace said...

Amouage Lyric sounds divine, Chaya--and it goes without saying that any creation from NM has got to be beautiful. "Dervish" is a great name, too.

Hello, Cynthia. It's so nice to see you here. Glad you enjoyed the little rave. BTW, your writing discipline is an inspiration!