A Dozen Roses Angel Face ~ fragrance review

A Dozen Roses Angel Face, front viewA Dozen Roses Angel Face, back view

June is the month of roses, and somehow I — a devoted rose-lover! — haven’t posted a single review of a rose perfume over the past few weeks. This review will both fill and not-quite-fill that requirement at the same time, since it covers a rose-themed fragrance that doesn’t smell particularly, well, rose-y.

Angel Face is the sixth fragrance in the Dozen Roses collection. It’s described as “a divine inspiration: enchanting, enticing, desired,” and its composition includes notes of black currant, apple, peony, violet, jasmine, lilac, patchouli, roasted tonka, vetiver and rose absolute. It is named for the Angel Face rose, a floribunda rose with ruffled, mauve-lavender petals and a fruity scent. (And it’s not to be confused with Ava-Luxe‘s Angel Face, a powdery white musk.)

I haven’t ever smelled an Angel Face rose (please comment, if you have!), but this is definitely a fruity-floral fragrance with a gourmand edge rather than a straight-up floral…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2012, part 2

Our series of holiday gift posts continues; today we’ve got travel sizes, coffrets and rollerballs; up next: home fragrance. If you missed part 1 (scented body products), you can find it here.

L'Artisan holiday coffrets 2012

From L’Artisan Parfumeur, holiday coffrets for ladies (Mure et Musc, Premier Figuier and La Chasse aux Papillons Eaux de Toilette) and gentlemen (Timbuktu, Fou d’Absinthe and Mechant Loup Eaux de Toilette). Each is $98 for three 15 ml bottles at Luckyscent

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Caron Delire de Roses & A Dozen Roses Electron ~ fragrance reviews

>Caron's Délire de Roses urn & bottles>Caron's Délire de Roses flacon

Every February, we consumers are reminded in many not-so-subtle ways that the rose is the flower of romance, and that we should be buying roses, giving roses, and wearing roses in all their forms. I happen to believe that rose fragrance is a perfect choice for any day of the year, not just Valentine’s Day, but I’ve decided to wear and review some recent and new rose releases all the same. One is a 2011 launch from the classic house of Caron, and the other is the latest offering from A Dozen Roses, a new niche collection that was itself founded in 2011.

Caron’s Délire de Roses Eau de Parfum is described as “an exquisite concoction…redolent of a spring garden in full bloom,” with top notes of blended rose petals and lotus flowers, a heart of lily of the valley and rosebush leaves, and a base of jasmine and lychee. It opens with a sheer cluster of rosebuds and lily of the valley, and it eventually dries down to a soft, fruity rose that stays close to the skin. Between these two floral phases, the fragrance’s mid-development is warmed by an unexpected salty-amber aquatic note. Since Délire de Roses has a transparent feeling and light staying power, it would work well as a rose fragrance for warmer weather. Other than that salt-breeze heart, it reminds me a bit of Crabtree & Evelyn’s Evelyn (now Evelyn Rose), one of my favorites during the early 1990s.

Overall, Délire de Roses is pretty and girlish and bright…

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