Brulure de Rose is the last perfume of the Second Chapter from Parfumerie Generale for review. This is not a straightforward rose scent at all. It feels a little gourmandy, but balanced enough that gourmand hatahs won’t be highly put off, and there is still plenty of rose for rose lovers. It dries down to a smoky, slightly vanillic rose, not too sweet, not too rosey, the amber and spices seem to balance it between the two. A little like rose meets meets spice cake and has pretty babies. I’m still very undecided on how much I like this, but it is definitely one to try, especially if you are a rose lover or if you are a rose liker, but want it to have something a little more interesting about your rose scents. It strikes me, though, that I need to retry this when the weather changes, it seems like more of a winter scent, and it may then be absolute perfection. So far I am just staying in like with this one, not love.
Speaking of changing my mind. Ever have a perfume that stays on your mind after you try it? Now y’all have the same ear worm for that “Wind Song” song that I’ve had for two days. I’m not talking about the ones you fall in love with and obsess about getting and trying to figure out how to squish it into your overtaxed perfume budget (yes, I do have one of those, and I bump up against it daily). I’m talking about the one that you liked, sorta loved, tried again, liked better, still not True Love, and then you almost ordered it — twice — talked yourself out of it, hit the X button on your browser, then you just think about it daily, spritz it on again, convince yourself you really, really don’t need it, but you waaaaaaaant it? That’s how Hyperessence Matale has been for me. The only way to stop thinking about it is to buy it (is this why men get married?). I suspect HM will become a staple of my scent wardrobe, even if I never fall head over heels in love with it like some of the others. It is easy to wear and incredibly pleasing when my arm whooshes by. Beautiful, enchanting sillage. I need to put this on my husband.
I used to be of the Mr. Darcy School of Perfuming Opinion — “Once you have lost my good opinion, you have lost it forever.” It’s taken not just a few changes of mind to convince me of the error of my ways. How many tries do you give a perfume until you give up on it?
Next on my retry list — Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist. Look for that later this week, as soon as I work up the courage to spritz it again.