ROSE / WOODY / BALSAMIC
'A Rose For…’ is unique to the possessor, signifying the personal attachment to scent. Defined by no one, it is truly for you.
The fragrance is accompanied by the addition of a gold pen, allowing each owner to complete the individual naming of their scent.
An oriental rose of striking beauty, inspired by the affiliation of intense fragility yet powerful scent within the flower.
Contemporary and dark with a confident, complex character that places the rose with notes of spice, orris and woods, taking the wearer on an altogether diverse journey of romance. The main character of the fragrance is carried in the heart where the floral balance of red rose is delicately wrapped in incense, oud and orris. Characteristic warm woody notes of patchouli, sandalwood and amber in the base give the fragrance strength, refinement and depth.
Eau de Parfum
100 ml ℮ 3.3 FL.OZ. SPRAY
While I like this enough to have bought a bottle, I disagree with Floris that it is a *modern* floral oriental. It seems to me to be firmly rooted in the middle-eastern tradition of rose-oudh perfumes and reminds me very much of Jo Malone's Velvet Rose & Oudh, although I prefer this. I investigated Velvet Rose after smelling it when a member of my gym used to spritz it after a work-ou. It smelled lovely on her but a bit synthetic on me, whereas A Rose For ... smelss very natural, as bint Tapputi says. I agree with Birnam Wood that there is a touch of Portrait of a Lady about this and think it comes from a faint whiff of cigarette smoke. That might sound off-putting but it works in this perfume at least as well as it does in POAL. I like the top notes but also enjoy the dry down when, as Flawnt says, you get a woody, musky skinscent. I ordered this from Floris and it was delivered with a gold pen - gold as in the ink was gold rather than the pen itself - so that I could write my own name on the label after A Rose For ... in an ink that matched Floris's font colour. If you are buying this as a gift for someone, there are 3 places on the packaging and bottle where you can write the name of your giftee. Rather a nice touch, I thought, and Floris can certainly afford to throw the pen in at this price!
This is a very well rounded, pretty perfume. It's a sweet, jammy, incense-y rose oud. I wouldn't say that it is exactly original, but it is standout. It's not a potent, smelling in your neighbor's cubicle rose-oud combination, which as someone who absolutely loves rose-oud, I appreciate. It's friendly. A Rose For... starts out as a realistic rose and then fades down to a skinscent pretty quickly. At first the skinscent is a sweet jammy rose, but it quickly fades down to a woody, musky skinscent that stays on the skin. Scent: 9/10 Longevity: 8/10 Overall: 8.5/10
I only have and probably ever only have a sample but I LOVE this. It's a satin and velvet dream. bintTapputi expresses what I wish to let anyone know about this perfume. It's stellar....
The note pyramid is right: the incense only appears at the beginning. Darjeeling(??) sprinkled salt and pepper on top, then it moves toward a "white-green" side of cool-tone piney olibanum. The "white-green" note has lit the way for rose. At first, both soft floral petals and the astringent green calyxs open under my nose. The indole is soft, not heady. I also sense a faint citrus hard candy+soapy hint hidden behind. The florals soon settle down to a sour-sweet jammy rose, and this is the moment which reminds me Portrait of the Lady the most. Of course, this is a toned down version. The patchouli barely reveals itself, only disguised as a slightly woodier, puckery part of the rose. From this stage, the perfume doesn't change much, it just fades away.
This is the first perfume I've tried since taking a short 2 month hiatus away from fragrance, and it's a great one to bring me back. A wonderful oudy rose, the ideal sort. Not synthetic, not overwhelming or too strong. Warm, comforting, and just slightly exotic enough to peak and maintain an aura of interest and intrigue. Very well rounded, subtle and sexy. Stellar. 8/10