25 Rose Fragrances Every Perfumista Should Try

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A few weeks ago, Robin posted an update to her much-loved post 100 Fragrances Every Perfumista Should Try, adding twenty-five more fragrances worth seeking out. Angela has pitched in with a tempting selection of 25 Vintage Fragrances Every Perfumista Should Try, while Kevin has expanded our view with a list of 50 Masculine Fragrances. And what’s my “beat” here on Now Smell This? I’ve always gravitated towards florals, particularly rose-based perfumes, so I’ll do my part with a run-down of some must-try rose scents.

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1. Annick Goutal Rose Absolue

Annick Goutal was one of my “gateway” houses into perfume obsession, partially because it offers several rose-inspired fragrances. Rose Absolue is the most “true” rose of the group. It brings together essences of six different roses (May, Turkish, Bulgarian, Damascus, Egyptian, and Moroccan) into a radiant bouquet…

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Up for grabs: A Lab On Fire What We Do In Paris Is Secret

A Lab on Fire What We Do In Paris Is Secret

What is it: a small 15 ml bottle of A Lab On Fire’s What We Do In Paris Is Secret. It looks like the bottle shown above. I wore the fragrance to review it, and I made a small sample. The bottle still looks 95% full.

How do I get it: For a chance to win, leave a comment and tell me your favorite sweet fragrance, if you have one.

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A Lab On Fire What We Do In Paris Is Secret ~ perfume review


With a name like What We Do In Paris Is Secret by A Lab On Fire,1 you might expect some esoteric little niche scent that will horrify your co-workers and create havoc and dismay in the line at the grocery store, but nothing could be farther from the truth. What we’ve got here, at the most basic level, is an easy to wear and easy to love sweet gourmand.

A Lab on Fire is a sub- or sister-brand of S-Perfume, and their mission appears unchanged: collaborate with famous perfumers (in this case, Dominique Ropion), work on a small scale, and emphasize the juice over the packaging (What We Do is housed in a plain lab bottle with a smear of black paint and a label, and there’s a ziploc bag instead of a box; see image below).2

What We Do In Paris opens on honeyed citrus, bright, sharp and sweet. It takes on a dessert vibe almost immediately, with first sheer rose…

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