On today’s winter solstice, Advent brought to me Hedonist Rose, by Viktoria Minya, a Hungarian perfumer based in Paris. Another perfume with a white wine accord!
The notes list is (going by a published list as well as my own nose): lemon, peach, rose (top); rose, peach, white wine (heart); clove, amber, musk, vanilla (base). However, I perceive the top notes as facets of the dominant rose, since so many roses do smell of lemon and fruit together with the unmistakable floral note of “rose.” As soon as I applied it, my nose said “Rose!”, not “lemon” or “peach.” In fact, if you dislike clove in fragrance, fear not! I don’t smell a stand-alone clove at all. Just a slightly spicy rose. Similarly, the heart stage is all about rose and it begs the questions, which came first — the white wine or the rose? Because many white wines have intensely floral bouquets, as illustrated above. Not to mention the peach accord, which is also a scent note found in both roses and white wines.
This is a very summery rose, purely floral. Because of that peach note, it calls to mind the many pretty roses that come in shades of peachy-pink:
As Hedonist Rose dries down, it becomes warmer and slightly less fruity, with a soft white musk at the base. I don’t pick up any vanilla or amber. All in all, this is a very appealing rose fragrance if you like rose scents, which I do; but there are others I would choose ahead of this one, both because of the fragrance and because of price. For some other suggestions, see my “Roses de Mai Marathon” posts! If I do that again next spring, maybe I’ll write about Hedonist Rose and Viktoria Minya in more detail.
Have you tried any of her line of perfumes? The original Hedonist seems to have been quite popular.
I am in accord on this fragrance, a nice rose, but there are others I like better. My favorites from Viktoria Minya are Hedonist Iris and Hedonist Cassis, both real beauties. I have nice travel sprays of these two.
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Another house I haven’t tried! Today in my calendar – Fracas. I used a tiny bit before my dentist appointment but will go a little wild when I get home.
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Wow, you smelled great for that dentist appointment! I hope it went well!
I tried several perfumes from the brand, but none of those that I tried graduated to a purchase. I was curious about Cassie but haven’t got to try it yet.