Well, it sounds like the Mona di Orio Carnation is a bit of a dud, since Colombina reviewed it and it doesn’t smell much like, you know, carnation. That is such a letdown for me. I love that spicy floral smell. So here’s a quick plug for one of my favorite little treats, Carnation soap, from Roger & Gallet.
It is my ideal carnation fragrance — the perfect spicy, clean, slightly sweet smell. I like keeping the little guest soaps around because they’re pretty and they scent my bathrooms for quite some time in a way that never becomes cloying. Unlike some of my fragrant friends, I am not especially fond of scented product (lotions, powders, bath oils and salts, etc.). These soaps are my one exception. I buy them at the local mom-and-pop urban market, although they’re available online from any number of places in bath, travel, and guest soap sizes. They’re long lasting, and one of life’s little luxuries ($18 for a beautiful box of 3 soaps). The soaps themselves leave enough perfume on my hands and body to be pleasing rather than irritating, and they get along famously with my fairly sensitive, dry skin. (How dry? My hand and facial moisturizer is a small bottle of organic olive oil. No, seriously.)
Roger & Gallet soaps come in fern, carrot, lettuce, blue lotus and ginger, in addition to the more staid vetiver, gardenia, tea rose and almond blossom. There are other fragrances and matching products like lotions, shower gels and EDTs, if you fall in love with something. Browsing online they have a cologne that sounds just wonderful, and a delicious-sounding line called Aroma Shiso that I haven’t tried yet.
On www.beautyexclusive.com, how yummy do these sound? (EDTs $33 and Shower Gel $12):
Roger & Gallet Eau pour Soi Collection (NEW!)
A true waterfall of sparkling, bold notes (Tangerine, Grapefruit, Blackberry, and Fig Leaves), pleasantly refreshing and invigorating. Lightly scented with a sumptuous floral harmony of Jasmine, Iris, Rose, and the natural voluptuousness of its discrete woody complement (Cedar, Vanilla, Sandalwood).
Roger & Gallet Pavot d’Argent Collection (NEW!)
With Pavot d’Argent, Roger & Gallet presents a new take one of its greatest creations. This fragrance, inspired by a historic floral perfume of the 1930s, is interpreted in a totally new version which takes you on a unique journey to the mysterious heart of the Poppy Flower, wrapped in a cloak of precious, luminous essences. A sparkling top note of fresh citrus scents (Bergamot and Yuzu), a middle note of dazzling, rare, opulent flowers, the signature of absolute femininity (Poppy Flower, Bulgarian Rose, and Jasmine), and a bewitching base note of warm, woody accords (Vetiver, Patchouli, and Amber).
Roger & Gallet White Reseda Collection (NEW!)
An homage to the Reseda flower. The women’s fragrance by Roger & Gallet unfolds a warm and radiant bouquet of white flowers and precious essences — Sicilian Mandarin Orange, Yellow Freesia, Reseda, Orange Blossom, and Daffodil from the French Provence — over a delicate woody base with a sensual, transparent fragrant trail.
Hmmm. Excuse me, I have to go dig up my credit card…