Tuesday, February 2, 2010

And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong...

DSH Perfumes la Rose fleurette (Rose No. 2)

I didn't manage to finish rose week last week, so I'm wrapping up today. I am now T-minus 3 weeks and counting from the dreaded Bar exam, which is the licensing exam for practicing attorneys. This means that I want absolutely nothing more than to talk to you all the time, and also that I have absolutely no time to do so. Forgive me if the posting becomes a bit sporadic over the next three weeks. I promise to make a list of topics that occur to me during that period to bombard you with.

Since the last time I posted I was talking about Papaya, I'll give you an update. Her heart appears to be enlarged slightly. They can't tell us more until we get an echo-cardiogram. It may be a small problem that will have little to no impact on her life expectancy, or it may be...more serious. My tendency is to assume it is worse; my husband is the opposite. I'm trying to take his approach for the time being since it will be a few months before we get the echo done to see if the hole closes on its own, which sometimes happens in kittens. Meanwhile, despite ridiculous vigilance on our part and a 24/7 sentence to a short collar of shame, she has managed to get at her stitches, so she and I are headed back to the vet today. Also, I have to keep her away from our second youngest, Aldor, because they play too rough for her right now, which has led them to sit on either side of our closed bedroom door like they're Romeo and Juliet.

And speaking of ill-fated love, let's talk about roses and attempts to bottle their essence, shall we?

DSH la Rose fleurette (Rose No. 2) is my third and final DSH rose. According to the perfumer, la Rose fleurette is "Delightful. Blushing. Flirtatious." and has the following notes:
Top notes: Apple Blossom, Bergamot, Violet
Middle notes: Centifolia Rose Absolute, Damask Rose Absolute, Egyptian Rose Geranium, Moroccan Rose Absolute, Sweetbriar
Base notes: Heliotrope, Honey, Honey Musk
This is, as it says, a light, flirty rose. It is another true rose, which is an impressive feat because it's a hard perfume get and Ms. Spencer Hurwitz has managed to create two: this and American Beauty (Rose No. 1). It does not fall into either of the popular rose camps of late, the patchouli rose or the honeyed rose. Instead it is fresh and light and delightful, with a little but of a soapy edge from the violet and a little bit of fruit sweetness from the apple blossom. This is a rose I think a man could wear, though I don't think anyone think of it as manly on first sniff. The apple blossom bit reminds me, on immediate application of the taste of apple brandy, but the whole production isn't overly feminine. It just seems...authentic. Though all three of the DSH roses I've tried -- American Beauty, Beach Roses, and this one -- are well made and worthy of owning, I think I might choose this on for its originality and versatility. By being not what all those other roses are, it becomes something better. At the same time, anyone could easily make an argument in favor of one of the other two over la Rose fleurette and that would be totally legit.

You can buy la Rose fleurette direct from the perfumer in 1oz EdP for $30, as well as the parfum in various sizes and presentations, including antique bottles and limited edition charms. American Beauty is also available in shea butter body lotion and foaming creme, which is currently on sale.

Just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed
that with the sun's love
in the spring
becomes the rose.

- "The Rose," Bette Midler (you can listen to the song here)

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The Left Coast Nose said...

Well, I know you are busy, and I'm sorry you'll be posting less, but I have to say, I love the fact that every time I drop by here, I get another tune stuck in my head.

I don't know the scent, so I can't engage there. Sorry about the kitty. Did you see "Up"? The dogs call it "The Cone of Shame."

Diana said...

I did see Up. I thought it was marvelous.

And we do call it the "cone of shame" around here. :)