Review of Caron Or et Noir by WinterWheat
I am mystified by the "dark rose" descriptions. To me, dark rose equals... well... "Dark Rose" by Czech & Speake: rose with leather and oud wood and incense and other "dark" ingredients. Or et Noir is, in contrast, a very Caron-like rose: saturated and pink and dewy and very much like the creamy-turning-to-powdery rose in Bellodgia, cranked up to 11 and lacking the throbbing bassline of carnation for which Bellodgia is known. Or et Noir dries down to a sweet and almost "chewy" rose, like rosewater fondant. Colorwise it evokes a rich dusty pink, feminine and luscious and completely free of the disturbing-yet-alluring dissonance of, say, Serge Lutens Rose de Nuit or People of the Labyrinths A*Maze. Then again, when I first bought Rose de Nuit, it too struck me as an innocent rose--and then I read the reviews. I guess my roses have to commit some serious crime for me to consider them "dark." The rose in Or et Noir, despite her best intentions and the effrontery of her initial and short-lived geranium blast, remains innocent.