Keiko Mecheri: Loukhoum Eau Poudrée
I love Loukhoum Eau Poudrée by Keiko Mecheri. This gourmand rose scent really melts on your skin like buttercream. Musky, sensual, powdery, wonderful! My twin sister has been wearing the original Loukhoum for about five years now, also on her wedding day, which we all celebrated on Ibiza, my holy little island. I am the little sister, five minutes younger, and I prefer the lighter version, the Eau Poudrée. Loukhoum Eau Poudrée is my new summer love as it is soft and warm and develops wonderfully on sun kissed skin.
The opening with almond and rose is amazing. In the heart the scent pales down with accents of violet leaves into a base of vanilla and cream. Not to forget the tingling aspect of effervescent powder, which brings a very young character to this scent. This is by far (dare I say it) one of the most unique rose perfumes I know. It is a heavenly mixture of the same named Turkish delight and candied almonds without being girly or annoying.
Loukhoum Eau Poudrée is less sugary than its big sister and due to the musk it has a slightly animalic touch. It makes you just feel irresistible. That’s it.
Perfumer: Keiko Mecheri
Notes: rose, narcissus, iris, violet leaves, candied almonds, vanilla, musk
Annick Goutal: Rose Splendide Eau Parfumée
The limited edition of Rose Splendide Eau Parfumée was released in 2010. You absolutely should get one before it’s sold out. I’ve read that Annick Goutal was obsessed with how a rose can smell like a pear and vice versa. It’s so true! The sweetness of the pear underlines the rose in such a beautiful manner that you imagine to feel the velvety, cool petals touching your nose.
Rose Splendide Eau Parfumée is insanely beautiful. It is green and fruity, wonderful for the summer time, light and uplifting. Green leaves and the botanical smell of peonies remind me of the freshness of the morning dew on a rose before sunrise. It’s great to spray it on after the shower, this scent gives you the feeling of being a woman, strong and at the same time fragile – always beautiful. The pear is very intense in the opening but fades out after some minutes to clear the way for the rose, the queen of the flowers. The sweetness of the fruit serves now as a means to an end, to make the rose full-bodied and luscious. The result is gorgeous and very authentic. Musk and vanilla in the base make Rose Splendide Eau Parfumée a very seductive fragrance.
If you love Petite Chérie by Annick Goutal which is about pear and rose you will also love Rose Splendide Eau Parfumée. While Petite Chérie sets its focus on the pear, Rose Splendide Eau Parfumée focuses on the rose. Just the other way round.
Perfumer: Camille Goutal & Isabelle Doyen
Notes: peony, magnolia, Centifolia rose, pear, musk, vanilla
Byredo: Rose Noir
Rose Noir by Byredo is a rose perfume I would recommend for the guys. And there are only a few rose scents I would choose for men, amongst others Red Aoud by Montale.
Rose Noir is mysterious and dark like the atmosphere of a Benedictine abbey, maybe you remember the atmosphere in the film The Name of the Rose – mysterious and scary. You can feel the heavy wood of the library, the cold shadows in the old masonry and from the garden through a small window a sudden ray of light with the smell of a single dark rose underneath the window.
This rose is lush and of the deepest red you have ever seen. Do you know these dark red roses that seem to have a black shadow on their petals? That kind of rose. But the perfume has also lucid moments that are sitting like dew drops on the petals, filtering the light. In between Rose Noir smells like cotton – a wonderful contrast to the darkness of the rose. The moss adds a masculine touch to the rose and the tart drydown develops perfectly on men’s skin. There is even a hint of honey without being sweet. My special recommendation for the guys. Dare to be a beautiful flower! Women will follow you.
Perfumer: Ben Gorham
Notes: grapefruit, freesia, Damask rose, cistus, moss, musk