my occasional musings on life, love, art, perfume ... what else is there?


It is not very fashionable, au courant, hip, now, with it, happening, fly ... to be a rose fragrance lover. To many perfume aficionados, rose is so yesterday. On some, it manifests as the original Old Lady Fragrance. (AAACCCKKKKK! Composes self.)

Me, I love rose fragrances. I mean, I try to be discriminating ... but just about any slatternly overt rose fragrance can turn my head.

Of course, if it's a subtle and well balanced scent, ideally with some amber surfacing in it at some point, I'm even happier.

But I'm not that discriminating really.

So, this morning I pull out my box of rose samples (Lurid details: a large, square, tupperware-like container filled with florist foam, in which approximately 100 vials of scent are upended. And I have two more, just like this, with different kinds of perfume. Heh. That's like keeping a bunch of cats, isn't it. Well, I know people with a lot more cats. I mean, samples.)

I close my eyes, stick my hand in and pull out ... Keiko Mecheri Mogador.

The notes? Turkish rose, Bulgarian rose, Dades rose absolute AND night blooming jasmine. (I truly hope no day blooming jasmine found its way in here.)

It's nice. It's simple. It's an uncomplicated (to my simple nose) sweetly rosy scent cut through at the end with jasmine.

I think this was one of my "looking for love in all the wrong places" attempts to find Rich Hippie Wild Thing for less than $600 a bottle.

And this is very, very nice. Not Wild Thing. But nice.

I continue my search, but I'm smelling good as I do it. What can I tell you? I'm a rose-lovin' fool.


Blogger Marta said...

Babe. Try being a VIOLET fragrance lover. Like rose, but prissier.

3:00 PM

Blogger WinterWheat said...

Violets?! That's, like, SUPER old lady! :-O


Somewhere around 1997 I decided to be a rebel and order a rose-heavy fragrance (Fresh Bulgarian Rose) because I thought it was iconoclastic. Rose frags were so "out" in the 90s that the ultimate rebellion fragrance-wise was to deliberately smell like roses. It worked -- no one else smelled like me. And I found that men LOVED it. Take that, caustic 90s citruses.

Roses, violets, irises, love 'em all. Basically, if the flower is colored, I like it. If it's white, I don't. Simple!

(Latest fave rose is Lancome's blue juice.)

6:55 PM

Blogger Logophile said...

That settles it, now, as much I am looking forward to meeting you for tea I am also wanting to see you perfume shop in real life.
I tend to take a whiff and go either,

That is about the extent of it.

8:35 PM

Blogger puppytoes said...

mireille by any other name would be ... rose?

i love the scent of roses. *and* jasmine. don't know too much about either with regards to perfume, but in flowers? divine!

10:12 AM

Blogger Ina said...

M., if you love rose, you must try Brulure de Rose by Parfumerie Generale. It's a rich, syrupy, liquor-like rose. I adore it! Love the pic, btw. :)

9:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to get a sample of Guerlain's Rose Barbare. A soft, wet, dewy rose. I can't wear most rose fragrances, but this one is an exception.

7:04 PM


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