So. This Happened: a Rose Trocadero Giveaway

So..Posse. Mashup Musings Time!   Two years ago, when my marital status changed, I made the decision to stay here at the back of beyond because it’s cheapAF, relatively stress-free and allows me to travel a lot more, Covid notwithstanding… anyhoo… I have been trying to be a bit more spontaneous in travel, with mixed results.  This past Thursday?  Eh.  I think if you look up ‘disaster’ in the OED you might see my Thursday.

I’d decided to drive down to St Louis to see the extreeeemly talented bassist Christian McBride and his crew who were doing a tribute to my beloved bassist Ray Brown at Jazz St Louis, one of my favorite venues.  St Louis is a quick, easy trip from my neck of the woods, so I figured ‘rent a car, get a ho-tel room, boo-ya!’ done.  Right?

Welp!  Nature had something to say about that.  I went to Hertz, where the lovely lady gave me a silver Chevy Spark, which is about the size of one of my larger totes.  Maybe.    Roomy inside, it was clean, full of gas and windshield solvent… clippety-clop on down to the Arch.  Everything was going GREAT until I dropped down into 155 (the feeder into I-55).  About 30 miles down the road it turned into a near-total whiteout, in the teeth of the oncoming storm.  Those of us in the right lane dropped down from 70mph to a sensible 25mph, flashers on, 4-5 car lengths between us…others with Not a Lick of Sense blasted through on the left…… you can see the detritus of those vehicles, still.  It’s always fascinating to see how physics wreaks havoc on 18wheelers.  How can you end up jacknifed completely backwards, up a hill…… anyhoo… LOTS of those.  Miles and miles and miles of those.  ‘why didn’t you just get off the highway, Musette?‘ you might ask…. well, this is one of those highways that traverses acres of farmland.  What if you get stuck on a country road, where vampires are probably just waiting to rip you out of your little crackerjack rental and suck you dry.  Because it could happen.  Vampires are not affected by blizzards, or so I’ve been told.

so why am I boring the toenails off you with that tale?  Well, I dunno if you remember the time I got stuck on a deserted highway pass in the midst of a tornado and Mitsouko got me through???  This time it was Rose Trocadero by Le Jardin Retrouve.  Courtesy of Portia’s post on their fig perfume (I thought I’d read about the Rose but I must’ve imagined, since I cannot find it anywhere!) it was in the sample set I ordered – I spritzed it on prior to this journey. ›

So let’s talk about What Happened.  Do y’all remember Tea Rose by Perfumer’s Workshop, which was my  introduction to a heavy,creamy rose perfume, back in the Jurassic Era (aka the early 70s).  It was a stunning surprise, all the oily fabulousness of a heavily scented rose.  Gorgeous.  Except that every other woman (and probably a few men) marinated in it!   Now.  Imagine that scent … in a ‘roid rage!  That’s Rose Trocadero

You think that’s a bad thing?  Think again.  Something about this iteration both celebrates and blasts through the oiliness of the rose (I used to distill rose oil so I know whereof I speak) – it’s rose atop rose but the top notes include blackcurrant, which gives it a bit of sweet-sour acidity; the middle is sliced through with geranium, one of my favorites notes (gives a medicinal, green vibe) – and a hit of clove, which reminds me of Coty l’Origan.   Base notes are musk and honey but lemmetellya, the rose stomps all over that noise.  This is that Godzilla on the subway rose.  And AGAIN, that is NOT a bad thing.  This is an unapologetic rose, a diva rose, Maria Callas.  You’d better be ready for this gal because she will eat your lunch.

She even beat that blizzard.

I was freaked by the whiteout, slickAF roads, semis skidding sideways off the road (right in front of our eyes!), cars, vans… and me in this teeny, invisible car, praying to the Road Gods… while the Rose Gods, in the form of Rose Trocadero, kept me focused and sane.  She kept saying ‘hey!  pull yourself together – you are NOT crashing while I’m in this stupid little car, so get a GRIP!’.  So I did.

So.  The giveaway:  I ordered a sample set – I thought I was getting Cuir de Russie along with Rose T but got something else entirely (BOO!) – but the other two are lovely and well worth sampling.  But it’s definitely Rose T I want to share – if you love Rose, you must try it.  If you hate Rose (or have never tried Rose), I urge you to try it, just to see what an unabashed ROSE smells like.

Y’all know the drill:  leave a comment – let me know if you love or hate Rose- I’ll have Rudy aim a ballistic at randodot and pick a winner


Oh… btw:  that jazz session? After checking into the empty, terrifying Overlook Hotel I braved the ice-slicked streets to get to the venue.  Canceled.  LOL!  I couldn’t even get all that mad about it – ’twas just the weirdest, freakiest Thursday.  Lordt.  Spontenaity is… well…

…but I’m glad Rose Trocadero was with me on that freaky, scary day!

  • Ariel says:

    There’s a combination of weirdness, frustration, and bad weather that always set me to laughing by the end of the day (sometimes maniacally). The world is what it is and my expectations are what they are- and my general response to the absurd is joy. I’m glad you are ok. I hope you’ve had some music-listening at home in the meantime.

  • Pam says:

    I love a great rose scent and still have a bottle of Tea Rose. And your drive reminds me of one I drove through years ago. Remnants of a hurricane that had moved inland. And at night! When I reached my destination, I cried.

  • Queen-Cupcake says:

    I love a good rose perfume. Even more though, I love anyone who will go to that kind of effort to see & hear LIVE MUSIC! Yaay!! XOXOX

  • Ellen McGeady says:

    I always stayed away from rose for many years, because my best friend was allergic to roses. I’m now many miles away from her and am trying to get back to rose fragrances that I’ve missed. Would love to win. I’m glad you’re safe.

    • Musette says:

      thank you! that was a brutal drive!


    • Ariel says:

      My best friend gets headaches with all but the nicest rose scents- and I still don’t want to risk it. The only silver-lining of distance from her would be that I could wear them. Thanks for being a good friend. I’m sure she misses you.

  • Jennifer S says:

    Well that totally blew and I had to lol at parts cause you tell it so well! Glad you made it through ok and hopefully they’ll reschedule that gig.
    Not a ‘rose only’ lover. Best for me is if its surrounded by other notes.

    • Musette says:

      I forgot about the coffee set the next morning but…to be honest, I mostly just wanted to go home.

      This is ONLY rose. Only.


  • March says:

    You can leave me out of the draw (I wouldn’t want it if I COULD smell it hahaha) but man, that trip! I’m so glad you got there and home safely. I still say there’s not a pattern or lesson here, except that sometimes things go pear-shaped. I pollyanna my way through it by reminding myself the ways in which it could have been way worse.

  • Koyel says:

    What a terrible experience! I’m glad you had the scent to keep you company 🙂 I love rose and have more rose scents than I can wear in a lifetime. But I always love meeting new facets of the note!

  • rosarita says:

    Ack Ms A, whiteouts are the scariest driving conditions and I know what I’m talking about, here in the land of lake effect snow. I’m so glad you are ok but that cancelation is especially cruel.
    I love rose – my username is rosarita for a reason. I used to spritz my incandescent cold light bulbs with Tea Rose; when a lamp was turned on, this lovely rose would scent the room. Glad you had a big boss rose stiffening your spine during that hellish drive!

    • Musette says:

      yeah, you would definitely know! It was terrifying!
      The cancellation was just the icing on the cake! I really did just bust out laughing, it was such a perfect end to the day.


  • Dina C. says:

    Whew! So glad that you made it through safely in your little silver bullet of a car with Rose Trocadero! …and what a bummer that after all that the concert was canceled! Rose Trocadero sounds great! Somehow I missed out on the whole Perfumer’s Workshop Rose scent craze, but I’ve read about it. I used to think I didn’t like rose scents, but now I have a few. Side note: for Valentine’s Day my hubby surprised me with a bottle of Malle Synthetic Jungle! And I’m loving it so much! Thanks to you and all the posse writers who blogged about it. Love finding a new favorite. 🙂

  • Alityke says:

    NOT fun driving in unexpected blizzards! Done it far too often. Same for driving in gales or floods.
    Your tale reminded me of driving home in flask floods on my little MX-5 (Eunos) vintage, soft top sports car! Interesting drive! But yeah stay on the main roads, no hidden beasties, well other than sinkholes or mineshafts but that’s a different story.
    Bit of a beggar all that stress & expense to find the gig was cancelled
    Please don’t enter me in the draw, I have the whole line sample set

  • cinnamon says:

    That sounds … really unpleasant. Glad you are ok, but too bad on venue after all that stress.

    Ah, roses. They work well on me but the only only I’ve really loved is SL Rose de Nuit.

    I’m with Tom: better to stay on highway vs getting off in some weird, small place where the demons reside.

  • Zazie says:

    Well that Thursday might not have been what you expected, but it makes for a good story. And like all adventures, especially those where you are on your own, it has good in it. Overcoming the adverse circumstances and all that good stuff.
    Make you feel stronger somehow, don’t they.
    I used to hate rose, until Mohur by NV and Secret de rose by PdR came along. Then came portrait of a lady. And I think I’m a believer now. They are all oriental roses, and I love them and wear them very, very often.
    And I love sample sets.
    Nowadays, it’s my guilty pleasure. You are able to discover new brands with leisure and help you be mindful with your FB purchases.
    So yes, please enter me in the draw!!! 😉

  • Tom says:

    I love rose and will be coincidentally talking about the same tomorrow. Will have to explore this one.

    Why didn’t you get off the highway? Because maybe you’re SANE? Woman alone gets off the main road in bad weather and… Is the plot of about 1000 movies called things like “Wrong Turn” or “Kansas Cleaver Massacre” or “Frozen Vampire Death Cruise”. You don’t get off the main road. You get the gas at the rest stop, not at the tumbledown place with the grizzled proprietor who is missing an eye/fingers/teeth who tells you not to stop at the old hotel. And if you do stop at the hotel you don’t investigate the mysterious noises. And if you do, after escaping the hacksaw-wielding maniac, you don’t go back for your toothbrush… You keep the cheap Chevy on the highway and if necessary check into a Motel 6. That’ll be enough horror for one night..

  • Christina says:

    Sorry about the cancelation but glad you knew better than to fly down dangerous roads. Grandma loved the original Tea Rose and the fragrance bothered my dad. Too bad that sometimes he wasn’t very nice with her when we were all in the car together. Grandma would discreetly put some Tea Rose on in the back seat. “Did you just put on Tea Rose?” he’d ask. And of course, she would look clueless and wait until Dad continued driving to smile and wink at us. ; ) Would love to try Rose Trocadero. Grandma would so approve.

  • Portia says:

    WOW! What a story Musette,
    It was CANCELLED! Bum.
    Portia xx

  • Chantillylace says:

    So glad you came out of that adventure safe! Rose wasmy late husband favorite scent. I have been down to Rose rabbit hole for sometime. I would love to try the beast! ???

  • Shiva-woman says:

    ? You couldn’t get me out in that kind of weather! I live in the Sierras in California and we’re expecting snow. We’re hunkered in the bunker! I’m one of those that loves a rose (and my middle name is rose). I don’t like a lot of white flowers but oh the Rose–jammy, lemony, peppery, rich musky–all the iterations of rose. I’m glad you made it safely. Remember, “It’s not the destination, it’s the…oh never mind…”

  • Filomena says:

    I am glad you are safe and did not have a crash.

  • Tara C says:

    Please do not enter me, Tea Rose is my nemesis.

    Sorry about your scary failed road trip! Like most of these things, it seemed like a good idea at the time, right? 😉

  • taxi says:

    Great travel tale! I love the scent of roses & this one sounds like a winner.

  • Claudia M. says:

    My mother wore Diva back in the day and it was a fabulous rose chypre ?

  • Gina T says:

    Rose is my favorite note, and PW Tea Rose is my favorite fragrance of all time. I must try this. Oh my!!! Your story was amazing, too. So glad you made it safe.

  • Lisa Reed says:

    I love rose