A refined rose in the last stages of bloom, sunk whole into a chunk of aged amber. How did it get there, to be preserved for centuries? Wine-dark rose, a dusting of vanilla, and precious amber. This is a warm, feminine scent with depth and a touch of mystery.
Posted by Basil-kun on 15th Aug 2014
Clean, most "pure" rose scent I've come across. The vanilla softens it, but the rose is definitely rose. First amber-based scent I like. So romantic. It reminds me of the beautiful national parks in the American Southwest, for some reason.
Posted by Hayley on 16th Sep 2013
This scent is gorgeous and it makes me feel gorgeous. The amber and the rose balance each other perfectly, with a little bit of sweetness and a lot of depth.
Posted by A.O. on 5th Aug 2013
...but the rose simply does not work on my skin.
I can't mark this down too far since it is exactly as described (elegant, warm, darkly sweet amber with rose), but with my skin chemistry, the rose goes what can only be described as "waxy." (This may be what people describe as "soapy," but it smells of stale wax, not anything remotely resembling soap.) Rose tends to do this to me, so I may have to give up my quest of finding the perfect rose scent, but if my skin chemistry didn't make roses go so wonky, this would be a contender.
The amber in this, however, is perfect. Warm, elegant, classy, and feminine. It has a touch of sweetness, but the sweetness of a deeply-colored honey, not the bright sweetness of sugar. If I want a warm, feminine scent, this is it.
Amber lovers should love this, but those who tend to have a difficult time with rose should probably stay away.
Posted by Safyr Drathmir on 18th Sep 2012
...that's what I have to say about this one. It's a lovely piece, in the bottle all you smell is tea roses with a hint of that subtle amber, but no vanilla, which isn't a bad thing, because Vanilla and I have a love/hate relationship. On me it starts out very much like if you rubbed crushed rose petals on your skin, it's very wild tea rose-y first on. Then settles and well...it smells like a museum...you know that old and dusty sort of smell that seems to cling around the fossils? Or that musty smell of old books? Yeah, that one. Oh, and kind of like not quite incense, but like smokey applewood. I collect crinoids for a family member, and when rinsed off and dried, they sort of smell old like that, so tea roses and fossils? Check. It's interesting, then about 20 minutes later, I get a whiff of amber sneaking in. I like it. I'd wear it as an everyday scent, because it's a brilliant take on a classic. Another perfect one for my antique perfume bottles.
Posted by a.h. on 19th Jul 2012
I just got done writing on another review that I hate heavy florals. But I will occasionally really like a floral note if it's in another scent I like, and I very much like vanilla and amber, and I like the smell of old fashioned real roses--the ones that REALLY smell like something--so I figured, eh, what the heck? Throw that squee in!
My initial reaction upon putting it on was OH NO WHAT DID I JUST DO IN THE NAME OF EXPERIMENTATION?!?!?!
I could give you an endless list of reasons why I don't like florals (stereotypical! often fake and chemical smelling! Put in everything because heck don't girls want to smell like fake flowers!) , but in the end I think it comes down to a toy. I had, for reasons that escape me, a pink plastic toy of some manner as a small girl. The 'feature' of this toy was that it was deeply embedded with a floral scent. The pink one hypothetically smelled like roses. Being in the same room as this thing on a warm day gave me a splitting headache and I swear if I accidentally touched it while I was digging through my toy box, the odor clung to my fingers for hours and hours afterwards--plastic and fake roses. Ugh. I think that's the only toy I ever lost on purpose.
For the first few minutes I had this on, I felt almost as if that toy was reaching back from the past and tapping me on the shoulder, as if to go "I FOOOOUNNNDDD YOOOOOOU."
There must be something about my skin chemistry that brings out all the worst elements of a floral note for the first five minutes it's on my skin. When it dried, however, it was a delightful smell. Amber, which I love, warm, sweet vanilla, which I love, and sweet, real roses, which I love. Delightful.
As I type this, it is now the end of July and I don't think this is the sort of scent I want clinging to my skin at this time of year. However, I think it would be just the kind of warm, festive scent I'd like to wear around the winter holidays.