Any woody rose is a rose I need to get with. I’d have said that my purchase last summer of Keiko Mecheri Oliban is what fired up my woody rose woody. But recently, while in a trancelike state triggered by too many blueberry buttermilk pancakes, I entered a past-perfume regression and recalled a teenage passion for Jean Couturier Coriandre.
Coriandre was a rose chypre, a green, spicy floral with patchouli. I say “was”, because Luca Turin reports that the stuff currently available at T.J. Maxx in no way resembles the tender minx of her old yearbook photo. I shall therefore content myself with memories of Cori in her prime. But since Oliban has reconnected me to my rose destiny, I’ve discovered, smelled and lusted after the following:
Agent Provocateur (rose-shaded Bal à Versailles)
Amouage Homage Attar (transcendently clear frankincense rose)
Amouage Lyric for Men (spiced green rose incense)
Amouage Lyric for Women (salty/nutty ylang-ylang & rose)
By Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses (fresh woody rose jam)
Byredo Rose Noir (sharp rose chypre)
Chanel Égoïste (spicy sandalwood rose)
Czech & Speake Dark Rose (perfumey oud rose)
Eau d’Italie Paestum Rose (arid incense rose)
Frédéric Malle Une Rose (voluptuous rose skyscraper)
Grès Cabaret (dry woody rose)
Juliette Has a Gun Lady Vengeance (buttered patchouli rose)
Montale White Aoud (powdered saffron rose)
People of the Labyrinths A*MAZE (oud rose wine)
Stella McCartney Stella (salty musk rose)
Tom Ford Private Blend Collection Noir de Noir (chocolate rose nuts)
Etat Libre d'Orange Rossy de Palma (metallic rose, cocoa & amber)
From here on out, roses and I are a never-ending story.
Fumies -- roses, roses, bring me your roses! Tell me all about your favorite roses....