Fragrance Sample Pack: Rose is a Rose, 8 x 1ml

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First and foremost - do not fear the rose. It is such a dynamic note in perfumery that no two rose fragrances are ever truly the same. Case in point: this sample pack is an homage to rose in all of its metamorphic capabilities. It blends seamlessly into compositions, adding an unmistakable signature: lift, freshness, depth, texture, and addiction. When placed front and centre, each faceted nuance is visible and discernable. This sample pack is the essential and virtually complete primer to rose fragrances - capturing the entire gamut of styles. You’re bound to find a rose suited to your tastes.

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Where to begin? For those trepidatious about the note, begin with fragrances where rose assumes a jointly complementary role. Fragrances inspired by Middle Eastern style accords are a good place to start. We’ve supplied three: in Montale’s Black Aoud, the rose serves to improve the oud note - but at times you might believe that it is the oud improving the rose. This is like an unctuous and bewitching elixir - intense and deep, dusky and potent, improved with the old leathery feel of labdanum and earthy and raw patchouli. In Histoires de Parfums Rosam, ‘rosam’ being the latin singular for rose, the rose-oud combination becomes a trio with the addition of saffron, with its shiny and almost honey-like intensity, then washed in incense. Of particular interest is the use of Arabian taif rose, known for its spiciness, complexity, and slightly tannic astringency. Altogether, it’s like a rose coated in glossy shellack. Finally, the daring Lyric Man (Amouage) is an unforgettable rose with dewy transparent petals soaked in lime, incense, and pine. In the background is a clever dose of dry wood coated in sweet powder. Watch as this fragrance blooms on the skin.

If you’re looking for rose realism, then turn to Etat Libre d’Orange’s Eau de Protection which pays homage to the full picture of rose: earthy stems and leaves included, as if pricking your thumb on a thorn, moving rose into the dark territory of black pepper, ginger, patchouli and cumin. This is a symphony though multiplicity. For power, in Penhaligon’s Much Ado About The Duke heady rose petals are macerated in fiery aromatic gin and wrapped around the slow-burning hum of spicy black pepper. You might even find liturgical incense, the humid air of cumin, and the earthy depth of vetiver amongst all of this. 

For a guilty treat, Tauer is the rose maestro. Incense Rose (Tauer) hypercharges rose and plays a game of contrasts, as reviving cardamon and clementine are grounded with the dark gothic notes of incense, patchouli, and castoreum. For the politely unusual, try PHI Une Rose de Kandahar (Tauer), which employs an exclusive rose from Nangarhar. PHI is a blushing rose of discreet and distinguished powdery elegance, met with a cool gust of tobacco, apricot, and pale almond, then combined with a beautifully refined note of amber and mature vanilla. Finally, Rose Flash (Tauerville) is the olfactory equivalent of rose petal jam - a giddy combination of sticky rose extrait with a boozy sweetness you could almost find in a glass of light red wine. Look closely and find lashings of cinnamon, raspberry, and amber contrasted against a salty lick and a fresh green aspect. A treat!