Miller Harris’s Rose en Noir is responsible for today’s visit into Roses of the Night – Rose en Noir, Caron Or et Noir and Serge Lutens Rose de Nuit.
There are no notes for Miller Harris’ Rose en Noir. It was created exclusively by Lyn Harris for Liberty in England. It starts off a little jammy, but not overly sweet, this is its flirting stage. Then she drops her girlie sweetness and starts whispering in your ear about love and loss. While this appears to be a big blooming rose, and it is, there is something dark and brooding about it. It is lush, almost overripe.
Rose de Nuit from Serge Lutens has been a rose staple for me since I first smelled it. It has notes of Turkish rose, yellow jasmine, apricot, amber, musk, sandalwood, beeswax. This is not a rose that shows up shyly or dressed in her best frock. It shows up in leather pants, a corset, has a whip in its hand and is holding the rose hostage… in the basement, where you can smell it wafting up very lightly… or is that something else? This one is more about the leather and musk in the base, and the other notes just float around the darkness. The dominatrix of roses and completely gorgeous.
Or et Noir was created in 1949 by Caron and has notes of Bulgarian rose, centifolia rose, geranium, Anatolian rose, lilac, carnation, oakmoss and woody amber. While Rose de Nuit holds the rose hostage, Or et Noir is like a Tournament of Roses float, except they send it out at night in New Orleans, when the crowds and the voodoo and the dark has woven its spell around it. Rose is the central theme of this, but this is no rose that you could wear to your Sweet 16 Party. It is covered in pitch black and the red blooms up through it, its beauty unmolested.
Now, I know y’all rely on me for television recommendations, so here’s this week’s tip. Rent/buy/borrow The Wire, start at Season 1 and just work your way up through Season 4. The final season is airing on HBO now. This is a series about flawed people on all sides, nobody gets a whitewash. Like the roses of the night, there is beauty and ugliness, contrasts forming the patchwork human quilt we all are. It’s not just good, it is great.
Also, if you ever want to buy yourself or have someone who loves you lots buy one luxury fragrance/presentation that’s to die for, do the three 50 ml Annick Goutal Les Orientalistes parfum coffret. it comes in a white leather case, with the three little bottles nestled in the top, then it has a little drawer that pulls out below that would be perfect for some cute little samples and things. It’s just flat-out freaking gorgeous.