Now as some of you may know, I’m not the biggest rose fan on the planet. In the past year or two, I have, however, come around to roses somewhat, and enjoy the likes of Amouage Lyric for Woman, Gucci’s L’Arte di Gucci, Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady (body cream preferred) and several others, including the recently sampled Ramon Monegal L’Eau Rose.
But I just cannot quite bring myself to wear them in the summertime. Yes, yes, I hear some of you saying, those heavy-hitters just bloom in the heat and get more beautiful. And I’m glad, really I am, that they work so well for some of you. But I can’t do it as it just feels uncomfortable to me, almost suffocatingly so.
First up, Armani Prive’s Rose Alexandrie. Notes are bergamot, Italian mandarin, neroli, yellow mimosa, rose and benzoin. Rose is not the starring player here, but a hint of it pairs nicely with its accompanying notes, for a soft, sweetly effervescent veil of scent, delicate even. I have a small decant and have worn it on and off for several year and always feel supremely ladylike and graceful in it. The fragrance never seemed to really take off among perfumistas and I’ve seen it compared to SweeTarts. And, yes, it does have a candy quality about it. But as lightweight as it may be, I feel I owe it a wee debt of gratitude for being the first fragrance with “rose” in the name that I have worn in years.
A more recent acquisition gives rose more of the spotlight but makes it share the stage with a burst of citrus and a touch of jasmine. Oscar de la Renta’s Granada could almost qualify as an eau de cologne, but it wears somewhat longer, plus its ribbon of rose sets it slightly apart from the pack. It’s fresh, bright and pretty, and unlikely to offend, even for those who detest roses in fragrance. I’ve enjoyed this one frequently this summer and that’s saying a lot for me.
I have a bit more of this one, so I’d like to share. I’ll be giving away two samples of the Granada. If you’re interested, please leave a comment. I’ll put your names into one of my big straw hats and let my son close his eyes, reach in and pick the winners. If you don’t want to be entered, just mention NDFM (no draw for me) in your comment. Thanks!