Welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly. This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.
Today is April 24, and it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, to quote Mr. Rogers. My garden is flourishing, and I have several roses blooming. They are mostly David Austin English Roses, which were bred to be very fragrant, and so they are. It’s actually quite interesting, how much each rose’s scent can vary from rose to rose. Some are more fruity, others are more spicy, but all are very recognizable “rose” fragrances. I love rose-centric perfumes, too, and they were some of my first acquisitions when I began seriously collecting perfume 5-6 years ago. One of those was Jo Malone’s Red Roses, a true rose scent which leans toward fresh and green. Another, a bargain beauty that is easy to find at a good price, was Roses de Chloe, a soft, pretty rose that is very true to the flower.
Now I own many more rose fragrances, and I’ve branched out beyond the fresh floral roses (though I still love those). Another I like is Miller Harris’ Geranium Bourbon, which is a spicier rose, though still clearly floral and not Oriental. The rose is less dominant; the geranium, green and spicy at the same time, is an equal partner here. I know some perfumistas really dislike rose-based fragrances, while other love them with a passion. Where do you fall on the spectrum? Any particular likes or dislikes among rose fragrances?