Roses are red
Violets are blue
They are actually purple
Color blindness has a prevalence of 7-10% in the male population
Red roses! The perfect way to tell your significant other “I know very little about your individual preferences” this Valentine’s Day! If you learn only one thing from this blog, let it be this: DO NOT EVER GIVE ANYONE RED ROSES. EVER EVER EVER. (But please learn at least one other thing, which is to not wear Aquolina Pink Sugar in public.) Red roses are about as impersonal a gift as it is possible to get. As Blazing Saddles’ Lili Von Shtupp says, “Red roses. How ordinary.” AND LILI VON SHTUPP IS ALWAYS RIGHT.
Rose perfumes, however, are a perfectly acceptable Valentine’s Day gift. They are less cliché than rose bouquets, and infinitely less likely to wilt after a week. They are also less likely to be eaten by your cats (although not by much). So today I’ll be reviewing some rose fragrances and, as my Valentine’s Day gift to my beloved readers, will be giving away three 10 ml roll-on bottles of Stella McCartney Stella. These are the ones in the pretty purple glass. I bought these myself at an outlet; they were not provided to me by any company. This giveaway is open to anyone, regardless of location. The three winners will be chosen randomly using random.org. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment telling us your favorite rose perfumes or your Valentine’s Day plans.
Stella McCartney Stella
Rose fragrances are typically lush, womanly affairs. Stella, however, is a stark, severe rose scent. Stella is a rather steely perfume that just barely manages to stay on the right side of sharp. I like to wear it on days when I need to intimidate people. Goes very well with tightly pulled-back hair and an all-black outfit.
Ormonde Jayne Ta’if
A darker, drier rose with saffron and an amber dry down. The good news about this one, at least for those of you who hate sweet perfumes, is that it is not in the least bit sweet. There’s no vanilla, just saffron, rose, and amber. The bad news is that Ta’if is somewhat heavy and dense. But it’s certainly worth a try for anyone who prefers an oriental rose to a floral rose.
Bulgari Rose Essentielle
A terribly sensual honeyed rose. This is somewhat similar to Chloé Love, Chloé, but the Bulgari is softer and more refined. Despite the girly pink bottle, Rose Essentielle is a classic and sophisticated perfume best suited to a full-grown woman.
Diptyque Eau Rose
Eau Rose is a vivid tea rose scent with flashes of leafy greenery. It is bright, lively, and a little loud. I am not much of a rose fragrance aficionado, so it is possible that Eau Rose is not particularly unique and I am getting too worked up over it. However, until someone tells me otherwise, I am very impressed with Eau Rose.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant
The perfumes that we love best are often the ones for which we have the fewest words. I only have one for Safran Troublant: sublime. Safran Troublant combines the richness of saffron with a rose note so radiantly pure and clear that I initially mistook it for some strange new citrus. The dry down is pure sandalwood. Safran Troublant is the most expensive perfume I have ever owned, but I feel that the price is fair because there is nothing else like it. It is rapturously beautiful.