Roses are the best flowers ever! Not only do they look fabulous (both alive and dried) but they smell incredible! Recently, I have been going crazy over rose scented products and I can’t pass a perfume counter without stopping to sample their rose cologne. After much deliberation (and sniffing) I decided on which rose perfume I wanted. It wasn’t an easy choice, but I got there in the end!
The thing about roses, is they can smell really good and really bad, don’t blame the roses, blame the manufacturer. Roses need love. If the rose has been grown in poor conditions with too much fertiliser, bad pruning and poor light and not the right amount of watering, it just won’t smell as good as a high-quality, organic rose which has been taken care of. Bad roses make poor quality essential oils which made perfumes which smell bad. Which, of course, can be said of all essential oils.
I love the smell of rose perfumes as it’s floral yet dark and sensual. It’s not light and fresh other other florals, it’s heavy and dark. While rose falls into the floral family, I feel like it has hints of Oriental or woody notes in there too.
I am a big fan of L’occitane products, they always smell so dreamy! Their rose collection is called Roses et Reines, it is inspired by a the tale of the four daughters of the Count of Forcalquier, each of whom were said to be roses, all of whom were queens. This range uses beautiful quality rose essence blended with bergamot, blackcurrent and white cedar and musk. It’s rich and intoxicating, but marginally lighter and fresher with the citrus notes. The overall scent is of course, heavy red roses, it smells fabulous and I adore it! It’s perfect for late summer!
I’m a big fan of layering up scents, so here is the perfume along with the shower gel, body lotion and hair perfume… layers of fabulous rose scent!