Roses de Mai Marathon: Rose Goldea

Some fragrances just make you happy, from their packaging to their perfume. Bvlgari’s Rose Goldea is one of those for me. I love the color pink, but I especially love the less purply pinks, and I really love light pink with a sprinkle of gold. Ka-ching! Rose Goldea comes in the most beautiful boxes and bottles, with just that shade of pink; and the right fragrance to match.

I’ve posted before about how much I hate the full-size bottles of Bvlgari’s Omnia line of fragrances, but I love their Jewel Charms purse sprays. The Goldea series of fragrances all share a bottle shape that I find very pleasing too:

Bottle and box of Bvlgari Rose Goldea eau de parfum fragrance.

Bvlgari Rose Goldea; image from

I’ve also written about how M. Alberto Morillas’ fragrances so often appeal to me, even when at first I don’t know that he is the perfumer behind them. He definitely knows how to create crowd-pleaser fragrances as well as high-end niche fragrances for his own line, Mizensir, and lines like By Kilian and EB Florals. His list of creations is extraordinary. (By the way, M. Morillas is one of several perfumers who has used his supplies of perfumers’ alcohol and his knowledge to producing hand sanitizer for use during this pandemic — kudos to him and his colleagues!). He is the master of floral fragrances, and those are my favorite genre, so it’s to be expected that I would like many of his creations. If you follow him on Instagram, he also has a beautiful garden and often posts photos of it and the flowers that bloom there. Sometimes he posts photos of himself working at home with living blossoms and plants on the table before him! He has told at least one interviewer that if he had not become a perfumer, he would have become a gardener or a landscape designer because of his love for flowers.

Rose Goldea is a sunny, bright fragrance. It starts off with a pop of bergamot and pomegranate, but the rose reveals itself very quickly. It is soon joined by a pink peony note as the bergamot vanishes; the pomegranate persists a bit longer, but it slowly takes a back seat to the rose and peony notes. Some of the brand’s copy notes that the original Goldea was intended to evoke both gold itself and a golden sun; Rose Goldea follows in that tradition as a sunny scent, one that evokes the sun just risen during a rosy dawn. The peony note adds some dewiness, which helps create the intended impression of soft rose petals. Rose Goldea smells the way my featured image of the classic rose “Eden”, or “Pierre de Ronsard”, looks.

The notes list includes jasmine and peach as heart notes. I do pick up a slight hint of jasmine, but it is very light; and I smell only a hint of peach. A soft white musk creates an impression of wispy white clouds; it is very airy. As Rose Goldea dries down, I actually smell the pomegranate returning to linger in the shadows. On my skin and with my usual light application, Rose Goldea lasts for a few hours. It would likely persist longer if I used its companion body lotion and shower gel, or if I applied it more heavily. All in all, this is a very feminine, soft, pretty rose fragrance that is more than a soliflore. It smells like a very pretty bouquet of flowers cut from a garden, not from a florist. It makes me happy.

Do you have any favorite Bvlgari fragrances? Or fragrances by M. Morillas?

3 thoughts on “Roses de Mai Marathon: Rose Goldea

  1. Oh, I also tend to like Bvlgari fragrances, and Rose Goldea is one of my favourites from this house! It reminds me of Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet in the sense that (as you mention) it evokes pink garden roses from a garden. Only, Rose Goldea is a bit more intense, with Goldea’s sun-like warmth.

    Morillas does know how to present vibrant florals. I wasn’t a fan of his recent Mémoire d’une Odeur, but I did like Gucci Bloom… My favourite composition from this perfumer, however, would be Kenzo Flower.

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  2. I am using my own lighter fragrances as hand sanitizer….EA Green Tea and Yardley English Lavender work great and smell great.
    My current Bvlgari love is Voile de Jasmin which really smells like Chowards Violet Candies on my skin.

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