This is a warm, soft, musky red rose floating in a bowl of cream. There's a subtle cedarwood tang, at least for the initial half hour. Drôle de Rose always reminds me of luxurious makeup from times past -- scented lipstick, old-fashioned rouge, and silky face powder. As with all of the L'Artisans I've tried, the scent story remains fairly consistent throughout the day -- but crisper in the bottle and on initial application to the skin. Hm! I just read the scent description on the L'Artisan site. I'm not crazy with the makeup scent memory: "Embodying the perfumer's memory of her mother kissing her goodnight before going out for the evening, this is the smell of expensive face powders and lipsticks."
Fragrances -Christian Dior - Escale à Pondichéry - EdT
Merteuil 12/12/2009 10:54:00 AM
I read about this scent in Lucky magazine, too, and I'm glad I did. I was able to buy a decant sample, but I think I'll need to get more. This is not your usual light, summery, slightly sweet green tea scent. It hit my skin as a dark-brewed Earl Grey: intense black tea plus crisp florals and citrus. Within a couple of minutes it settled into powder and clean white linen. A little while later it's like a sandalwood box holding traces of mysterious dry spices. This all happens very quickly on me, and even the sandalwood box fades quickly. I'd be interested to try this in an eau de parfum, but I may have to content myself with frequent sprays of the eau de toilette.
After reading the delicious noirish page on Notorious in October's Elle, I headed right to Macy's to spritz some on. I'd been hoping for something crisper: fresh dark berries, bitter chocolate, and elegant pepper. I should have been warned by Elle's mention of the "fan favorite" vanilla note. On me, this became yet another headache-inducing choco-caramel-vanilla scent. The first thing that came to mind was Thierry Mugler's Angel, as another reviewer mentioned. I love to eat rich desserts (and often). But I don't want to smell like them all day.