Roses in a Basket on a Table by Henri Fantin-Latour, 1876
Mignonne, allons voir si la rose..
It is interesting how circumstances, both economical as well as personal, dictate your options. Sometimes you are lucky enough to get a happy ending, sometimes you don’t.
Of course money is an object. I would be lying to you if I said it doesn't matter.
That was the case with Eau Rose by Diptyque.
After the Holiday season consumerist avalanche, I was about to indulge myself with some Margiela Replica, or perhaps, Byredo’s Blanche or Gipsy Water. They sounded good, they looked better, they smelled amazing. All of them with no exception.
But then I’ve noticed that the Diptyque’s Eau Rose was on sale. Well, not on sale, but instead a slight price reduction. (like 10% off or something).
I am not a huge fan of floral, rosy fragrances. They are usually very light and they fade away almost immediately after applying . Also, usually they are kind of annoying fragrances; if wrongly interpreted they become rather vulgar scents.
But then again, it was Diptyque, a house renowned for creating the most beautiful, mysterious scents in the world. So I went for it and I tested it. Let me say wow, this scent opens with a beautiful splash of greens, like if you would find yourself in a rose garden, early in the morning in april, but then the fragrance evolves, and after it dries on your skin it's an whole different story. After that rush of greens you get all the intricate olfactory complexities that create a scent at the same time so simple and so complex as the rose.
A sophisticated, powdery scent of rose is the final stage of a perfume with a life of its own that is both intriguing as well quite poetic.Needless to say this option had one happy ending.
My evaluation is 4,5 out of 5.
Top notes are bergamot, black currant and litchi; middle notes are jasmine, geranium and rose; base notes are musk, virginia cedar and white honey.