This is the view coming up first set of steps to my house. My roses are just ridiculous, especially the one on the right, which is about 7 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide and deep. The one next to the house is about 6 feet, and that’s after I trimmed it to within an inch of its life early this spring. The small one by the lamppost is, well, a little disappointing compared to the others. Walking in any direction from or to my house right now is a scented heaven. Nothing can match the scent of fresh roses. It is so delicate and ephemeral, but at the same time almost fierce in its relentless “I’m going to make you happy if it kills me” attitude.
Unfortunately, when it is the centerpiece of most perfumes, it can often be tragic, capturing a plastic fierceness, but none of the delicate spiciness.
But I do have some favorites that seem to “get” the rose. Miller Harris Rose En Noir, an exclusive to Liberty in London, is really magnificent. Slightly jammy on the open, it slowly descends and undulates into an incredibly sexy leathery rose that I think is one of the best dark roses out there. That it is exclusive to Liberty is unfortunate, but I believe they do mail order.
Serge Lutens Rose de Nuit is a little woody and fruity, veering away into a more dark forest rose than Rose En Noir. But it places the rose in its natural surroundings to some degree, then the rest in some smoky nightclub full of women who have embraced their flaws and stopped running from their past.
MDCI Rose Di Siwa couldn’t be more different in approach from the other two. Where they go dark and woody or leathery, Rose Di Siwa lilts and for me is the closest to that smell I get as I walk through my front yard that always makes me smile and feel so glad to be alive – and like I’m about 12 – and that’s a feeling that I can’t live without.
Those are my three favorite modern perfume roses. What are yours? I am going to post some pictures of my kitchen on Thursday so you guys can finish helping me paint it. Well, I wish you could help me paint it, but just picking the paint would be fantastic. It will have swatches of some of the colors I’m thinking of on the walls. BTW, thanks to everyone who suggested links, paint colors, etc., it was incredibly helpful, and I was happily googling. This kitchen is doing a short-term cosmetic makeover for now until I get around to gutting it and redoing all the cabinets and reconfiguring it. Hopefully I’ll also put up a picture of what I hope to be my finished foyer as well and my bathroom, which is painted, but needs a touch-up. It’s incredibly helpful to get more opinions on things that I might not have thought of, y’all are wonderful!!! xoxox