Hi Posse! PHEW! That’s Xmas done & dusted around here. I really need to get talking about something unrelated in any way. There has been a manufacturers carded sample floating around my desk for a while. It came with a First In Fragrance order. The problem is every time I feel like roses I go to my favourite bottles and give myself a hefty spritz or six. Which would be fine, except I really wanted to spend some time with a new Patricia de Nicolai fragrance. Particularly after spending a fabulous class with her and a bunch of perfume buddies at the Osmotheque in Versailles, France earlier in the year. I finally got around to giving myself a spritz yesterday evening. Today I would like to share my rewear of Rose Royale with you.
Rose Royale by Parfum de Nicolai 2017
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Blackcurrant bud, Passion fruit, Bergamot
Heart: Turkish rose, Coriander, Ambrette seed
Base: Gaiac wood, Immortelle, Sandalwood, Musk
A fruity tea rose opens prettily with a super bright blackcurrant zing. We are treated to some herbaceous greenery too, it’s sharp and torn leaf-ish. After the shortest while we are fully back at rose, but now it’s turning a very dark purple red like a Mr Lincoln. Elegant and severe Rose Royale has a heart of pure rose buffed to glossy by the bit players.
I’m not picking out notes because it’s not that kind of fragrance. More an integrated whole. Dry down does continue rosy but adds some depths and extra smoothness.
If you don’t have a clean cut rose soliflore in your wardrobe and want one that’s quite a bit more refined and sophisticated than Perfumers Tea Rose then Rose Royale would be a good choice. It is within the same category but more lovely. There is the chance though that your sillage may be mistaken for the other by some of the people who’ve worn Perfumers Tea Rose decades ago.
Quite fragrant without being overbearing, softly diffusive. Because a rose soliflore hasn’t been in fashion for a few years, or even really around the high end stores, I think the new breed of buyer might find it startling and new. A lone rose renaissance.
Surrender To Chance has a good selection of Parfums de Nicolai to sample.
What kind of rose fragrances get you going? Does Rose Royale sound like one that might?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies