Sonoma Scent Studio Rose Musk





by TOM



Okay, this is a big rose.  A big huge cabbage rose the size of a globe artichoke.  One that’s almost blowsy-looking.  The kind that smells of spices, the kind that if you have a bouquet of it had better be in a room the size of a small branch library lest its big, fat rosiness threaten to strangle you.


It’s exactly the kind of rose that I don’t like.  It’s Just. Too. Much.  So much that I am not going to wear it more than this one day to see if I can stand it.


But you know what?  I had three strangers compliment me on it and by BFF raved about how great it smelled when we were having coffee.  So it may not be me; perhaps it’s you.


$75 for 34ML at IndieScents, where I got the sample

Annunziata June 29, 2011

Oh, I love all of her roses -- I wear Rose Musc as well as Velvet Rose and Vintage Rose. I think they are all very well done, and certainly pleasing to any big, lush rose enthusiast. This is one is a perfect summer rose, in my book.

Flora June 28, 2011

In other words, I will love it, right? I can wear several generous spritzes of vintage YSL Paris without turning a hair (although I can't say the same for people around me) so this is must-try for me!

sunsetsong June 28, 2011

Your review made me laugh. I am a lover of rose in all her forms and this is definitely a Big Rose. It is lovely in winter, I haven't sprayed it so much recently.

kathleen June 28, 2011

I like her Vintage Rose. Mmmmm...plummy

AnnieA June 28, 2011

As a complete non-sequitor, I was reading a Serge Lutens interview and now am trying to think how to work the phrase "The chrysanthemum is tinged with bitterness" into a conversation.

minette June 28, 2011

fun review. i was left with one question: any musk in this one? i don't mind a good rose, and i love a good musk. so... how does the musk rate?

KirstenMarie June 28, 2011

If we're starting to talk rose scents in general, I have to recommend Evelyn, by (I know, I know!) Crabtree and Evelyn. But this one isn't as generic-market-y as the name brand implies. The company worked with David Austin, the breeder of English roses, and he actually named Evelyn for the rose which produces this perfume. Owning the perfume - and growing Evelyn roses in my backyard - I've compared the stuff in the bottle to the bloom on the bush. I think they've nailed it. If you're looking for a soliflore rose scent, give Evelyn a try.

Rappleyea June 28, 2011

Great review, Tom! I'm not a rose fan either (only Nahema and only on certain days) but I am a huge fan of Laurie's, although more her non-rose scents: Champagne de Bois and Incense Pure are two favorites. I'm testing some new ones for her now that are gorgeous and also not rose. For the rose lovers here, I'd also recommend her Cameo, a soft, romantic rose/violet combo. It's more rose on me however.

AnnS June 28, 2011

Tom - I love your review of Rose Musc. It is actually one of my favorite roses of all. I.LIKE.BIG.ROSES. What I like most about Rose Musc though is that about 7 hours after I've worn it, up to even the next morning when I wake up, there is this amazingly wonderful labdanum still lingering, like it melted all over my skin. I can't get enough of that rose-labdanum combo which is a match made in heaven. You will appreciate this though: one time I put it on, and dear hubby of mine who actually likes rose fragrances said: "did you open a bottle of wine?" It took me a minute to realize he was smelling the deep rose in RM. Ha. I love it.

jen June 28, 2011

Perfect summer scent; I already smell like the first two!

Joanna June 28, 2011

I'm finding that rose scents are growing on me and to be honest that sort of freaks me out. I've always associated rose perfumes with either women of my grandma's generation and/or the gutter-punk chicks from high school who always smelled like b.o, stale cigarette smoke and Tea Rose perfume. Oh gawd I'm going to have that scent memory stuck in my head for days... I blame it all on Safran Troublant. It was my, "Oh! A rose I like." moment which was followed by experimenting with rose in other formulas. So thanks, I like SSS and I will be ordering my sample of this today! Please someone shoot me if I start smelling like b.o, stale cigarette smoke and roses.

Musette June 28, 2011

I just plucked a rosa rugosa (ow!) and thought of your review - you make this sound wonderful - in a very weird way! ;)) Can't wait to try it! xo >-) ps. I second (third?) the haiku!

rosarita June 28, 2011

This has been on my *need to sample* list forever. Love SSS in general, but haven't found just the right rose yet, altho Velvet Rose is close. Your writing is marvelous in it's succinctness, Tom; I've long admired your style. If anyone can pull of perfume review haiku, it would be you. :)

Masha June 28, 2011

I love a big rose some days. I just recently (yesterday!) became acquainted with Sonoma Scent Studio, and I'm pretty smitten, so I may end up trying this one, too....

nozknoz June 28, 2011

Tom, I always marvel at how you manage to totally crack me up AND make me want to sample something with so few words. Death by rose - bring it on! :-)