Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Quest for the Best Rose Perfume: Rose The One by Dolce & Gabbana

Continuing with my quest to find the best rose perfume is my review of Rose The One by Dolce & Gabbana. I have to admit that this perfume was chosen for it's name - Rose The One sounded very rosey to me! I have not tried the original The One by Dolce & Gabbana so this review won't be comparing Rose The One to the original.

What they say: Rose The One is a breath-taking realisation of a contemporary feminine floral, and a deftly sensual paean to the eternal romance of the rose. The scent is exhilarating and bursting with joie de vivre without surrendering any of the one's famously seductive magnetism.

The top notes lure us with a flirtatious rush of succulent pink grapefruit, mandarin and cassis. At it's heart lies a gloriously feminine bouquet of peony, lily, lychee and, of course, the impeccably graceful Bulgarian rose. A subtle hint of vanilla carries us down into a tenderly sensual musk and amber base, promising an evocative and soul-stirring silage.

What I Say: Wow - OK, I am unable to describe the perfume quite as eloquently as the Dolce & Gabbana marketers have so you will just have to put up with my more factual review (hey, I'm a scientist - our language is facts!).

Initially I am hit with a floral fruity burst. I couldn't detect grapefruit or mandarin, per se, but the fruity notes were definitely evident. As the top notes faded and the floral middle notes became more evident; however, the perfume never loses its fruitiness. It is when the middle notes are developing that rose can be detected. Although it is not a strong, distinct rose note, it is definitely recognisable as rose. The middle notes last on my skin for about two hours before the warm base notes take over. The vanilla is very evident to me and this gives the perfume a warm finish. The dry down is very pleasant and this lasts about another two hours on my skin though can be very weakly detected for many hours after.

I would say that this perfume has medium lasting power - about 4 hours on my skin as well as medium silage - a definite detectable scent trail is left but not an overpowering one.

I found this perfume to be very classy, which surprised me as I haven't previously associated fruity fragrances with classiness. It is also intensely and undeniably feminine.

How does this perfume rate as a rose perfume? Rose notes are definitely evident; however, it is not a pure rose fragrance. I get a lot of fruity notes with a strong vanilla finish. I would not describe this as a strong rose perfume but rather a fruity floral with some rose notes. Whilst this is a very nice perfume, the rose notes are not strong enough for this perfume to be a contender in my quest to find the best rose perfume.

Modern or classical? I believe that this is quite a modern fragrance. It is not a single note floral - there are many interesting notes that give it a certain modernness.

Day or night? This could pass for either - it is classy enough for wearing at night yet is not too heavy for day. The lychee notes give it a fruity element which works well for day ware.

Summer or winter? Although the vanilla gives this fragrance a certain creaminess and warmth I still do not feel that it is heavy enough for winter. This is a fragrance that I would wear during spring and summer.

Would I buy it again? I have never been a big fan of fruity notes in perfumes. I am a die hard floral lover. For this reason I probably wouldn't buy it again. However, I do have to say that I usually see fruity perfumes as being too young for me but that wasn't the case at all for this one. This perfume still exudes classiness - if you are after a classy fruity floral then I think that this might be right up your alley.

Where to buy? Rose The One by Dolce & Gabbana is available from David Jones, $129 for 30ml or $172 for 50ml

Have you tried Rose The One by Dolce & Gabbana? Are you a fan of fruity notes in perfume?

All opinions are my own and I received no remuneration for this post. This perfume was provided for consideration.