I’m going back a wee bit here on this one, Posse folks, as Armani Prive’s Rose Alexandrie has been out for quite a few years now. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy it, as I realized as I came across it on a recent outing to Neiman Marcus. I didn’t even think this fragrance was still in the line (thank you, Giorgio Armani!).
This demure, unassuming beauty holds a special place in my heart, as it acted as training wheels to get me up and pedaling on the rose love bike. I’d previously had baaad experiences with rose (one, courtesy of someone who was heavy-handed with the Perfumer’s Workshop Tea Rose scent for a long time), and I still cringe a bit when I smell that one (my apologies to those of you who love it).
What won me over about Rose Alexandrie was its delicate sweetness; it has a soothing prettiness about it that drew me in. It’s the softest of May roses mixed with a hint of citrus and perhaps vanilla, at least to my nose. The Posh Peasant calls it “a delightful rose fragrance with notes of bergamot, Italian mandarin, neroli, mimosa and benzoin.”
Now to a hard-core rose lover, it might not qualify as a true-blue rose scent, but it got me over the hump, so I’m counting it. Its gentle nature seems almost calming to me, and would work beautifully in a variety of situations, from an under-the-radar scent for the office, a garden party, or even as a demure wedding scent.
So I’ll be wearing my little bit of Rose Alexandrie in the coming week as a sweet closer to June, before welcoming the fireworks of July.
What about you? What soft-spoken fragrance are you enjoying this summer? Or are you going with lively scents with big personalities?