Lava Rose by Strangers Parfumerie

Hey Posse. Strangers Parfumerie has pretty much passed me by. I think it’s snob value. Because they’re so basic on the presentation and are extremely well priced I thought they must be crap. Well, it’s not the first time I’ve been completely wrong. I only have experience of Lava Rose so I’m not talking for the whole line, but if Lava Rose is indicative then I think we might have a new contender. I bought my bottle in a discontinuation sale because guess what? This beauty is bloody DCd. Yep, I grabbed the last tester in Oz for a steal from one of our biggest importers; LKNU. So, while I wouldn’t normally bang on about impossibilities this time you all need to know. Scour the world, even for just a sample.

FIVE lucky commenters today will be picked to receive a small sample from me with P&H anywhere in the world. Just add PICK ME at the end of your comment.

Lava Rose by Strangers Parfumerie

Lava Rose by Strangers Perfumerie

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Lava, Mineral notes, Tar, Elemi resin, Tea rose, May rose, Rose otto, Rose leaf absolute, Rose, Gaiac wood, Lychee, Vetiveryl acetate, Burnt plastic, Soil

How does Lava Rose smell? The opening is really broken leaf and twig with a whiff of pickled beetroot (YUM). That mineral note they are all talking about seems way too cool for lava but might be closer to those hexagonal steps of old lava that they have in the UK and Korea by the seaside. There is also a salty twang as we leave the opening. The heart is a rose garden. Dirt, humus, rose plants and even a winter leaf burn off in an old cement-brick incinerator. This is a childhood memory happily resurfaced in light of Lava Rose heart. Dry down gets woodsy and some incense smoke. Maybe right down the back I’m getting a warm burning that could be lava with a following wind and a tight squint, maybe it’s suggestion though.

From Fragrantica:

Strangers Parfumerie is another grooving playground for experiment additional approaches with finest quality of raw materials. With reduced unnecessary expenses so customers can expected the exceptional creations at a reasonable price. Founded by Prin Lomros in 2017.

Strangers Parfumerie is a side brand with Prin and Prissana. Sadly the website has no information I could find on the founder, vision, or anything. It’s just a shopping place. Cinnamon was underwhelmed by their Comme Un Carrousel.

Totally unisex and happily weird. I reckon Lava Rose is wonderful. The journey was fantastic. It’s not a big projector and the longevity is average so you can be guerrilla weird, introverted weird.

Don’t forget, 5 lucky commenters who put PICK ME in their comments will get a sample. I’ll let you know who the winners are next week.
Portia xx



  • AnnieaA says:

    Well I hadn’t even heard of Strangers Parfumerie. Am at the point of blinking in surprise when one of the notes in a feverish perfume description is actually discernible. Bat by Zoologist was the last “hey waddayaknow” reaction I can remember.

    …and pick me…?

  • Dan says:

    Hi, Portia!

    Stumbled across this blog post and absolutely love your style of writing- it’s as descriptive as it is light-hearted.

    Great to see a fellow Aussie on the fragrance scene and I will be trying to follow your posts as I’m new to the whole smelly-water schbang (lots of reading and research but no buys as of yet).

    Was also drawn in by your APJ about us page which really resounded with me: “We also like the idea of writing in a Southern Hemisphere time zone, so when we talk about spring there’s not a 6 month wait till the observation becomes valid.” A riot! So true.

    A spectacular read. Thank you! Pick me!


    • Portia says:

      YAY! Welcome down the perfumed rabbit hole Dan. Nice to have an Aussie dude in the house.
      You might like to also check out Aussie Fragrance Network on FaceBook, a specifically Aussie frag chat forum.
      You are in the draw.
      Portia x

  • Pam says:

    Ok. This one had me with Lava. As the first note. Really? I’m in! PICK ME!

  • Egeria says:

    I’m trying to imagine what Lava Rose smells like. I’d love
    to try it! PICK ME! Thank you for the draw!

  • March says:

    Don’t pick me (I wouldn’t appreciate a rose and couldn’t smell it anyway haha) but this does sound like fun! I’m glad you’re able to find interesting things for a song, those are often the biggest surprises.

    • Portia says:

      Hey March,
      Yes, getting lucky in a super discounted, discontinued Tester sale is always cause for celebration.
      One day soon I’m hoping your nose gets back in order.
      Portia xx

  • grizzlesnort says:

    I really like rose perfumes that aren’t too girly. Dirt and burnt plastic might do it. so PICK ME for your draw!

  • Dina C. says:

    I like the sounds of this one Portia, especially because of the May Rose since a non-perfumista friend and I were just chatting about rose scents yesterday. I gently tried to teach her the Ways of the Force, of course. 😉 I’d love to sniff this and then pass it along to her, so Pick Me. Thanks!

  • Elissa says:

    I really enjoyed reading this Portia and I’d love to discover this house! PICK ME
    Thanking you

  • Tara C says:

    I love a weird take on a common ingredient, pick me!

  • Renee Olichwier says:

    Pick me!

  • Sylvia says:

    Oh I missed this during the sale! PICK ME!!

  • Wild Gardener says:

    That place in the UK is the Giant’s Causeway, basalt hexagons that Finn McCool built to cross over the sea from Ulster to his cave in Scotland, a wierd place for a weird perfume by the sound of it; tar, rose plants and an old incinerator, sound like just the antidote to sniffing the latest stuff coming out of Sephora – seeing as my collection is back home right now and we are in the sticks on holiday.
    eBay, it say, many lava lamp but no Lava Rose, so pick me, pls …

    • Portia says:

      Hey Brian,
      YEAH! That’s it! Giants Causeway. Thanks.
      This will definitely be a far removed scent from the Sephora lot.
      You are in the draw.
      Portia x

  • cinnamon says:

    Always wonderful to be surprised by something. Glad you were able to snag a bottle. I didn’t find the info on the fragrances terribly useful — which is weird. You’d think it would be a marketing tool (even if a lot of marketing is just so meh).

    • Portia says:

      Pleasant surprises always welcome with the world of perfumery Cinnamon.
      Those notes list are so often fantasy. I don’t think they are written for perfumistas though, more at the general public.We expect the noted smells to be there.
      Portia x

  • Melanie says:

    Portia, this is a super interesting house. I’ve had many samples from LKNU and love Salted Green Mango. Aaron Swat and A Sorta Fairytale are now also in my collection. I adore Oliver and Gheorge and should have purchased these ages ago and these two have sadly been DCd. And I was too slow in the last LKNU sale to pick these up. The scents are a bit quirky and I on me, i think they enjoy a little heat to blossom. Glad you found a treasure. Take care xx

  • Louise says:

    I suppose roses are often represented in all stages, from green leaves to juicy blooms to cut stems to slight decay. I like that representing lava could take the same approach – both hot and smoky and cool and sea-washed. PICK ME.