Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile and Les Parfums de Rosine Ballerina No. 1 ~ perfume reviews

Pink rose

My last review of a rose-centered fragrance was posted way back in June, if you can believe it or not. (It was a review of Maria Candida Gentile’s Cinabre, which would actually make an excellent fall fragrance.) What’s become of me? To remedy this situation, here’s a double review of two newish rose fragrances from brands that have been around for a while.

The Italian house Acqua di Parma has just released Rosa Nobile, “a tribute to the ‘Queen of flowers'” that includes top notes of Sicilian mandarin, Calabrian bergamot and pepper; peony, violet, lily of the valley and Centifolia rose in the heart; and base notes of cedarwood, ambergris and musk. The Acqua di Parma website features an entire page focusing on Rosa Nobile’s story. It mentions Rosa Nobile’s “brand new and modern personality,” because — of course — the consumer must be assured that there’s nothing dowdy about roses…

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Fragrance gifts for Mother’s Day 2014, part 1

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, 11 May. Here are a few early gift ideas for anyone who wants to get a head start on their shopping…

Mary Greenwell, Plum solid perfume

From Mary Greenwell, a solid perfume in the Plum fragrance: “Mary Greenwell’s quintessentially English PLUM fragrance was created in collaboration with fourth generation perfumer and master of fragrance François Robert. A fresh, warm scent – fruity top notes of plum, blackcurrant, peach and lemon blend elegantly with a feminine floral heart of gardenia, tuberose, rose and jasmine and musky base notes of sandalwood and patchouli.” 3 gms for $120 at Net-a-porter

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Les Parfums de Rosine Majalis ~ perfume review

Les Parfums de Rosine Majalis

I had to raise an eyebrow at the most recent issue of Allure magazine, which featured an article discussing “the return of the rose” in contemporary fragrance. I didn’t realize the rose had gone anywhere, since I’ve been wearing rose-inspired perfumes most of my adult life. Furthermore, Les Parfums de Rosine has been offering rose-centered fragrances since the company was revived in 1991, so they would seem to have been ahead of this trend (?); when I first began exploring niche perfumery a decade ago, I found many scents to love in the Rosine collection. (I would have liked to include more of them in my list of 25 must-try rose fragrances, believe me; I was just trying to keep things balanced!)

Majalis is the latest launch from Les Parfums de Rosine, a “seductive and sophisticated” floriental…

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