Ah, gentle reader -- where have I gone? It's a question I ask myself.
David has finished the school year and been around to spend time with me, so I've been taking advantage of that. That and the cats have been sick -- ALL FOUR OF THEM.
|PB&J --so cute!|
Shelley is obsessed with The Office, and specifically why the actor/ess who play Jim and Pam are not together in real life. She kept asking me over and over while we were driving for hours around cemeteries, parking lots, neighborhoods, etc. how they could not be together in real life. I began watching the show so we could talk about it. Now I agree with her. Also, I think I'm in love with Jim. Not the actor, the character. I can say that here because David does not read my blog. No one should tell him.
So I admit I've been distracted in a vacation-y way. But I promise, dear reader, to talk to you more. After all, what would I be without you?
Weather here is crazy town. I know, I know. I say that a lot and it seems like I am forever talking about the weather. I've found the weather is one of the largest influences on what perfumes I wear from day to day. Not what I try, but what I actually wear. Depending on the weather, I either bundle up or opt for looser warmer weather clothes. The combination of the weather and the fashion ultimately creates a scenario that ends up pushing me into one set of scents or another. The weather has been unseasonably cold and wet lately, more like November than June. This keeps leading me back to trying winter scents, even when I'd like to move on to summery scents.
Thus, YOSH's Winter Rose has hit the line-up for review a couple of times, but I kept pushing it off because it wasn't seasonal. Well I'm just going to go with the crazy weather and give you this review, and maybe soon Oregon will get around to a proper summer. Winter Rose is a limited edition creation of Yosh Han, inspired by her travels through Turkey. Only 250 eight millimeter bottles are available. It is described by Han as follows:
A completely organic botanical fragrance, Winter Rose evokes dreamy landscapes filled with lush textures and colors, spices from the markets, mysteries of the desert caves and ancient ruins, and glorious roses from Isparta. Winter Rose resplendently captures the beauty of roses with a tinge of cardamom-- it is soft and delicately sweet; it is a gem of a fragrance that exemplifies the spirit of the people.I love rose scents, so I was excited to try this one. On me, though, Winter Rose is a lightweight in a world filled with beautiful roses. Mostly I feel like it's comes off as a very nicely made rose scented massage oil. The scent of oil in this, a sort of bland, cleaness, is just so powerful in this. It's almost like the smell of a well-baby oiled baby. After a while the faint rose is jointed by a mixture of very gentle almond nuttiness and orangey citrus, but it's still not the dominant paradigm.
I try to imagine what sort of situation or event I'd want to wear this for, and all I can think of is a scenario wherein I knew I was going to be wearing next to nothing and in very warm weather. It seems like the sort of scent a person would wear when they wanted just the barest hint of scent, the sort of thing a woman might want, in a passionate moment, to be mistaken for simply the scent of her. Sounds sexy, no? It's certainly got that potential. But for me it just doesn't have enough umph to be worth the price point, particularly when I can have equally organic Red Flower's Guaiac, which does something similar but does it better.
I'm wondering if the issue is that it is an organic, which I have a mixed feelings about, because from my perspective, while I'm all for the natural/reusable/organic/local grown/etc. movement, I don't know that it has any place in perfume. The fact is that synthetic sources can often make excellent perfume -- scents that might not otherwise be able to be created or capturing scents that, in order to create them naturally, would be environmentally more harmful than using the synthetics. I don't think naturals should be getting banned because, let's face it, if you've got allergies then you know before you start putting on scent it might not work for you, but at the same time, I think limiting your artistic palette to organics seems unnecessarily limiting to me, like an English author trying to use only words with a Germanic root to write a novel, or trying to speak without using "E"s. While it might seem like a fun and challenging intellectual exercise at first, after a while it seems kind of pointless or pretentious at best or suffocating at worst.
What are your thoughts on the organics issue readers? Are you drawn to scents because they are "organic" or "all natural" more/less than other scents? Does it matter? Do you care at all?
You can buy 8ml of Winter Rose from Luckyscent for $200.
"Looking out on the morning rain, I used to feel uninspired.
And when I knew I had to face another day,
Lord, it made me feel so tired.
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind.
Your love was the key to peace my mind,
'cause you make me feel,
you make me feel,
you make me feel like a natural woman."
- "Natural Woman," Aretha Franklin
(You can listen to the song here)
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