New Perfume Review Montale Arabians Tonka- Sweet and Powerful

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For a brand which puts out so much perfume it impresses me how often Montale hits the mark. There is a quality of knowing what their typical customer wants. It seems power is what that most coveted ingredient is by the Montale consumer. These perfumes do not wallow in subtlety they ascend with confidence. There is a charm in knowing what I’ll receive in a new release. Montale Arabians Tonka showed me they can do sweet and powerful.

Arabians Tonka is nominally a flanker to 2017’s Arabians; except there really isn’t that much of the original to be found in Arabians Tonka. Arabians was a great spicy leathery oud that I enjoyed. Arabians Tonka is a horse of different stripe.

In this case there is no spice, no leather but there is oud. Arabians Tonka is a much more stripped-down style of perfume. It focuses on imposing tonka on the classic combination of oud and rose. It could have been a sickly sweet gemisch. Instead it harnesses many of the facets of tonka to add sweetness to that stalwart duo of rose and oud.

Arabians Tonka opens on that rose and oud pair. There is a reason it is a classic. There is a reason Montale does great versions of it. All of that is on display in the early moments. Tonka bean is an ingredient high in coumarin which has that sweet dried grass scent of hay. It also has a strong vanilla-like scent. Both of those faces of tonka find their places here. The coumarin is built to temper the rough edges of oud that the rose didn’t already take care of. The vanilla beings out the beautiful floral quality of rose. It creates a sweet component which inserts itself into the rose and oud for a great accord. There is some amber which warms things up much later.

Arabians Tonka has 16-18 hour longevity and average sillage.

I have no idea what number of rose oud Montale releases came before Arabians Tonka. It is a lot of them. I don’t think they have one which finds the sweet complementing the power of the rose and oud as well. This is a stand-out among the collection because of it.

Disclosure: This review is based on a sample I purchased.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Berceuse Allegretto 7.2- Finding the Rhythm

Perfume lovers find many overlaps with the other arts. Music is a favorite one, especially as inspiration. I have generally found it difficult to find that overlap. The closest I come is thinking of a great perfume evolving in movements like a symphony. That works for me because each phase of a fragrance’s development feels like a combination of many notes as a piece of music uses many instruments to provide different harmonics. Berceuse Allegretto 7.2 is based on a single movement from a great symphonic piece.

Berceuse is the new brand from founder-creative director Will Carius. Mr. Carius wanted to make a perfume based on the second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. It has become one of the most played pieces of Beethoven’s extensive works. Even on the night it was premiered in 1811 it was encored. What is enchanting about it is the way it moves up and down in waves. There is a rhythm throughout its duration which allows for different sections of the symphony to shine. It is the tonal shifting within the classical music I enjoy which makes me listen again and again. The second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh is a good example.

Antonio Gardoni

When faced with a perfume inspired by this piece of music, I realized a great perfume is also about rhythm. The way it moves through its development it can also go up and down only to return. There are a couple of independent perfumers I think of who bring rhythm to their creations. One of them is Antonio Gardoni. Mr. Carius asked Sig. Gardoni to take on this task. In a blog post on the website Sig. Gardoni says it was the rhythm of the music which he thought he could translate to a perfume. and that is what Allegretto 7.2 does.

The technique Sig. Gardoni uses is to employ two different sources of three notes; lavender, vetiver, and benzoin. It is like the difference between two different players of the same instrument in the symphony. On the whole things will be identical. Look closer and the slight differences add a richness of tone because it is not just sterile copies. It is what makes a symphony the experience it is. It is what makes Allegro 7.2 the perfume it is.

The opening is what Sig. Gardoni calls the “group of herbs”. In Allegro 7.2 it is rosemary, thyme, and mint. The first of his dual ingredients, lavender, is the final part of the top accord. This provides an herbal quality from one of the lavenders while the other gently powders things. That powderiness acts as a soft contrast to the boisterousness of the herbs. The heart uses a full ylang-ylang and the two vetivers to form a kind of rondo as the vetivers pull between green and woody with the fleshy flower in between. This sense of rhythm reaches a crescendo in the base as the two benzoins set up between the sweetness of vanilla and the clean lines of cedar. Benzoin has an inherent sweetness that finds a partner in the vanilla. It also has a resinous quality with which the cedar meshes with. At this point Allegretto 7.2 swirls in sections around the vetivers and benzoins moving up and down, in and out.

Allegretto 7.2 has 12-14 hour longevity and average sillage.

I have spent extra time with this perfume because it changes so much on my skin, which seems to be Mr. Carius’ intent. It also has brought to my mind something about Sig. Gardoni. He has an unmistakable signature to the way he designs his perfumes. I’ve heard other perfume lovers refer to it as his Gardoni-ness. After Allegretto 7.2 I think it is more his rhythm which forms that signature just like an elite musician’s technical mastery. Allegretto 7.2 celebrates all phases of creativity; with rhythm.

Disclosure: this review is based on a sample provided by Berceuse.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review The Harmonist Moon Glory- Night Flowers

Much of my childhood was spent in the sunshine in South Florida; the nights left their impression, too. As soon as I could stay up as late as I wanted that meant I was awake after midnight most nights. There is a stillness to that time of day even in an urban area. In the tropics there are also the scent of the many night-blooming flowers which are indigenous. Jasmine is the most common. When I smell a really deep jasmine it makes me think of the post-midnight hours. This is how I experienced The Harmonist Moon Glory.

Lola Tillyaeva

The Harmonist is the brand founded by Lola Tillyaeva in 2015 based on Feng Shui principles of Yin and Yang. Each perfume carries the energy of one or the other. The inaugural collection was 10 perfumes with which Ms. Tillyaeva collaborated with perfumer Guillaume Flavigny. I somehow missed out on these entirely. Thankfully I am getting a new opportunity to get acquainted with the brand through this first release in the “Prequel Collection”; two new releases for 2020 the first of which is Moon Glory.

Guillaume Flavigny

Moon Glory is meant to be the Yin member of the Prequel Collection. It is intended to capture the energy of a full moon shining upon a tropical garden at twilight. It is that scented demarcation of day to night as the night-blooming flowers provide the sensation. M. Flavigny uses jasmine with the unusual “queen of the night” flower to create a fulsome dusky floral accord at the center of Moon Glory.

That jasmine is what greets you from the start. This is not the transparent airy jasmine analogs. This is deeply narcotic full-spectrum jasmine. M. Flavigny then adds a syrupy complement with lychee. It is as if the sweet blooms float on a similar flow of lychee. This repeats itself as queen of the night appears providing a lighter harmonic of sweet floral which is deepened by honey. It is the opposite of the top accord where jasmine is carried by the lychee, in the heart the honey carries the queen of the night. M. Flavigny buttresses the tropicality with precise amounts of ylang-ylang and passionflower. This pulls together into a deeply satisfying floral accord. M. Flavigny rests it on a base of sweet sandalwood and warm Peru balsam.

Moon Glory has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

I know many want their spring florals to be more delicate, not me. Moon Glory is the kind of depth I prefer in a floral perfume without becoming overwhelming. I think it could easily be worn in place of the typical spring style perfumes. Maybe you just need to embrace the flowers which come out at night.

Disclosure: This review is based on a bottle provided by The Harmonist.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Hermes L’Ombre des Merveilles- A Different Mineral

My favorite perfumers develop themes over their perfume making. It is one of the reasons I enjoy covering new releases looking for those connections. One of those favorite perfumers is Christine Nagel. She has just released her second flanker to the original Hermes Eau des Merveilles called Hermes L’Ombre des Merveilles. She extends some of the mineralic themes she began in 2017’s Eau des Merveilles Bleue.

I could actually say the beginning of Mme Nagel’s mineralic phase began in 2011’s Etat Libre D’Orange Archive 69. That perfume is remembered more for the camphor but underneath there was a mineralic accord built around incense. That returns in L’Ombre des Merveilles in a prominent role. In Eau des Merveilles Bleue she wanted an accord of oceanic stones which she delivered beautifully. It has been one of my favorite versions of an aquatic perfume from the last few years. L’Ombre des Merveilles combines this experience into a different mineralic style of perfume.

Christine Nagel

The ingredient list is only three items; incense, tonka bean, and black tea. Those are the prevalent ingredients although I think I detect a couple of other things too. Those things call back to those previous two mineralic perfumes by Mme Nagel.

The mineralic accord is built around a very austere silvery frankincense. This is the kind of incense I often think of as light shimmering off a metal surface. I think I also smell judicious amounts of violet leaf and, wait for it, camphor. This time it is the camphor which takes the metallic quality and flattens it out into a stone accord. There is a real precision in Mme Nagel’s perfumery here. I might be wrong about the exact materials but whatever she is using takes the sterile metallic frankincense and turns it into dry stone. The remaining two ingredients provide some depth to the stoniness. The tonka bean used is high in coumarin adding in warmth. The black tea adds in a slightly smoky dried leafiness also imparting warmth to the stone. Once it all comes together it is like being in a cave where a fire has warmed the stones.

L’Ombre des Merveilles has 8-10 hour longevity and average sillage.

The perfume geek in me has enjoyed dissecting the mineralic accord here. I look forward to Mme Nagel eventually letting me know what she did use to transform the incense to stone. I have come to adore this alternately chilly then warm fragrance. I think it is about to match those upcoming spring days which have the same temperature pattern.

Disclosure: This review is based on a sample provided by Hermes.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Navitus Parfums Part 2 Intimus, Navus, Oud Imperium, and Oud Luxuria- By Taking Some Risks

Continuing the overview of Navitus Parfums I began yesterday in Part 1. The remaining four perfumes in the inaugural collection are by perfumer Christian Carbonnel. Creative Director Steven Gavrielatos shows an interesting difference between the four constructs. The duo without oud in the name, Navitus Parfums Intimus and Navus, continue the aesthetic begun in the three perfumes from yesterday. The two with oud in their name, Navitus Parfums Oud Imperium and Oud Luxuria, those take some exciting risks. First the non-oud two.

Intimus is the fruity floral of the bunch. To Mr. Gavrielatos’ credit he gives it some verve by choosing different fruits and florals for Mr. Carbonnel to combine. The fruity part comes through a tart pairing of crisp apple and sunny lemon. It has a snappy attention getting quality which sets the stage for the green lily-of-the-valley to provide the floral. Baie rose acts as a bridging note between the tarter fruits and the greener muguet. This is a light-filled spring fruity floral at this stage. It takes on some shadows in the later going as patchouli and oakmoss provide some shade. It ends with a dry woody framing.

Intimus has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

Navus is my favorite of these two because it is a brilliant citrusy style of perfume overflowing with exuberance. Grapefruit holds the center of the top accord complemented by bergamot, orange, and neroli. It is a compact citrus accord until Mr. Carbonnel pierces it with baie rose and juniper berry. It takes what starts off as closed in and explodes it across my skin in shards of gin and herbs within the citrus. This is the most kinetic of the Navitus releases especially in these early moments. Ylang-ylang provides a tropical contrast before vetiver and cedar round out things.

Navus has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

Steven Gavrielatos (l.) and Christian Carbonnel

As I say often expectations are a funny thing. Having explored the other five Navitus Parfums I thought the ones with oud would be typical smooth oud accord fragrances. Mr. Gavrielatos and Mr. Carbonnel shredded those ideas with two perfumes which embrace every edgy piece of oud in two perfumes not meant to be for everyone. Oud has two nominal descriptors; “medicinal” and “barnyard” each of these picks one and elaborates upon it.

Oud Imperium goes for the “medicinal” vibe of oud. More accurately the bandages scent oud sometimes possesses. There is a dichotomy of dirty wound underneath clean bandages. It is the push back of the cleaner notes against that medicinal scent which makes Oud Imperium so interesting. The oud is right there and is first resisted by apple and lavender. The former does a better job of holding its own. Muguet also picks up on the apple and contrasts with green floral. Just as it seems the oud is ascendant tonka bean comes forward to add a warm toasted quality as complement. It softens the edges of the oud especially over the later stages moving it from confrontational to comforting.

Oud Imperium has 12-14 hour longevity and average sillage.

That leaves the “barnyard” for Oud Luxuria. This is my favorite of the inaugural seven because it takes the parts of oud which are the most difficult to work with and creates a fantastically layered perfume. It opens with that slightly fecal barnyard scent of oud. Mr. Carbonnel rolls out two florals to work with that in rose and osmanthus. Rose is the traditional partner to oud. The choice of osmanthus is excellent because the leather apricot duality works ideally against an oud of this kind. As the florals settle into the oud it flowers into something very compelling. Mr. Carbonnel uses a deft amount of spices as saffron and cinnamon add a simmering warmth. It all turns very resinous in the base as silvery frankincense pushes onto the scene. The austerity of good frankincense as contrast to the dirtiness of good oud is balanced perfectly here. It stays right in this sweet spot of rose, osmanthus, frankincense, and oud for a long time.

Oud Luxuria has 12-14 hour longevity and average sillage.

The five non-oud Navitus releases are well-done versions of niche styles. Mr. Gavriealtos made some inspired choices by asking his perfumers to work on the fringes of those styles. It has formed a coherent collection which colors within the lines while pushing at the edges of them, too. The two oud ones, those rip the page out of the coloring book and crumple it up. They are audacious in their use of oud. This is probably the right mix of a debut collection to show what your new brand is all about. I am excited to see Mr. Gavrielatos successfully make the transition to creative director. I see the potential for some excellent perfumes to come.

Disclosure: This review was based on a sample set provided by Navitus Parfums.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Navitus Parfums Part 1 Absolutio, Primas, and Virtus- Doing It Correctly

The last year have seen a lot of those who comment on perfume making the leap to making perfume. It is not a natural transition. Just because you can speak about perfume it does not guarantee you can create perfume. Of the people I admire who have successfully completed this change it is the ones who have a passion for it. It is that which I believe is the most critical ingredient. If you come at it from a cynical perspective, you are no better than the large brands working on creating fragrance via focus group. There are plenty of success stories to emulate; Zoologist, Eris and Arielle Shoshana began as perfume writers before becoming creative directors who make great perfumes. I have a new name to add to that list Steven Gavrielatos of Navitus Parfums.

Steven Gavrielatos (l.) and Jorge Lee

Mr. Gavrielatos is better known by the name he has produced videos on YouTube under; Redolessence. He has been one of the longest running video reviewers. He was approached to take over the creative director duties for a new brand midway through 2018. If you have the inclination to want to do this, you could not ask for a better situation. With the money to back him Mr. Gavrielatos could take the time to find the right perfumers to collaborate with. He would settle on Jorge Lee, Bertrand Duchaufour, and Christian Carbonnel. Together they would produce a debut collection of seven perfumes. It spans a wide spectrum of styles. It also shows a sense of direction from someone who is making perfume for his own enjoyment. Over the next two days I am going to do reviews of all seven of the inaugural releases because it is a line which has done things correctly.

Navitus Parfums Primas is the “freshie” in the collection. There is a shorthand in the video reviewing community for the fresh and clean style of fragrance. Mr. Gavrielatos asks Jorge Lee for some different interpretations of fresh within Primas. It starts right away as grapefruit is given an enhancement via green mango. This isn’t the ripe mango seen in other fragrances. By using the green version it does make for a fresh citrus with a tropical twist. An airy jasmine intermezzo leads to an earthier base than I was expecting. Patchouli and oakmoss don’t go for that chypre vibe. Instead they find a fresher harmonic which labdanum also supports. The final part is cedar and synth woods for a long lasting dry woody finish.

Primas has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

Steven Gavrielatos (l.) and Bertrand Duchaufour

The next two perfumes were composed by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. As much as I facetiously call him the “High Priest of Resins” for his ability with incense perfumes. I could also give him a similar sobriquet for his use of spices in his perfumes; the “Sultan of Spices”?  Both Navitus perfumes show how he can use them differently.

In Navitus Parfums Absolutio it is through the use mainly of saffron. M. Duchaufour merges it with almond in the early going. This gives the almond a toasty feel as the saffron wraps it in a golden glow. It gives way to a fascinating heart accord of caramel apple. The carnival treat is brought to life with the crisp apple under a gooey caramel. All around this is the warmth of the saffron. This is a gorgeously realized transition. As Absolutio develops the gourmand style deepens from caramel to chocolate. Mr. Gavrielatos also seems to have decided to not let this go full-on gourmand. It is a lighter style of gourmand than I usually encounter. The use of woody ingredients in the base keep the touch lighter through to the end.

Absolutio has 12-14 hour longevity and average sillage.

If I was wanting a full-on gourmand from M. Duchaufour it was waiting in my sample of Navitus Parfums Virtus. If Mr. Gavrielatos was reining him in on Absolutio; Virtus is what it is like to let him run free. Virtus is a howlingly good gourmand because it is so unrestrained. Another thing M. Duchaufour does well is to balance the ingredients in perfumes with a list of ingredients longer than a shopping list. In Virtus he directs each of the ingredients to their proper place within the whole. It opens on a spicy mix of cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and saffron. This is that spice cabinet accord I enjoy as each ingredient swirls around and through each other. As it moves into the heart the spices come to settle on a sage scented honey accord. This is that sweet-savory dichotomy which can be so satisfying. It is given a creaminess through fig and beeswax. It goes deeper as tobacco picks up the sweetness of the honey and carries it downward into a place where vanilla is combined with a chocolaty patchouli to complete this full-spectrum gourmand accord. It rests again on a dry woody base.

Virtus has 14-16 hour longevity and average sillage.

Tomorrow I will return with the final four releases from Navitus along with some closing thoughts on the line as a whole.

Disclosure: This review was based on a sample set provided by Navitus Parfums.

Mark Behnke

The Sunday Magazine: Maggie Rogers

I’m a dinosaur when it comes to finding new music. I miss the days of going to the record/cd store and hearing something playing in the store. I know the modern version of that is watching YouTube. I just have trouble finding those off-beat voices I like among the things I don’t care for. Which is how it wasn’t until she performed on Saturday Night Live, I hadn’t heard of Maggie Rogers.

This was in November of 2018. I would download her album “Heard it in a Past Life” a few months later when it was released in January 2019. Ms. Rogers rise is the new story of musicians finding their way.

Maggie Rogers

She was attending a master class by producer Pharell Williams while she was at NYU. A video of Mr. Willaims response to her singing her song “Alaska” went viral. It opened doors which allowed her to sign a deal to record her own music.

Ms. Rogers has that emotional undercurrent to her voice that draws me to my favorite singer-songwriters. It was what cased Mr. Williams’ reaction and it was what caught me late on a Saturday night through my television.

To her great credit she didn’t run straight into the studio to record. It took over two years before her major label debut. One interesting thing about that is she refined the use of electronic elements within her folk foundation exemplified by “Alaska”.

The song which shows this best is “On + Off”. There is thumping electronic melody over which Ms. rogers lays her folk lyrics. It is the starkest juxtaposition of that. The popular singles; “Light On” and “Fallingwater” do it to a lesser degree. It is what makes her album so interesting because it moves between radio-friendly folk music to something more alternative in composition.

I always look back over my iTunes statistics to see what I’ve listened to the most each year. I was surprised to find “Heard it in a Past Life” in my top 10 for 2019. Like Ms. rogers herself it just snuck up on me.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Nautica Midnight Voyage- An Imaginary Pirate Looks at 60

If you’ve been interested in the boats that ride on the ocean you’ve probably visited a historical exhibit containing a large wooden sailing ship. One of the things which always struck me when I would be on one of those ships was the way it smelled below deck. Once you got down there the scent profile would shift from airy sea spray to wood keeping out the ocean. It was a more claustrophobic effect.

There was a roadside attraction “authentic pirate ship” close to where I grew up in South Florida. While I am pretty sure that it wasn’t ever a pirate ship the staff sold it. When you went below decks there it was plunder over comfort. They told us the pirate’s life was sleeping in a hammock swinging over what you stole. I spent time imagining snoozing on my hammock above the spices we just stole from that merchant ship. My sample of Nautica Midnight Voyage gave me a connection to that dream.

Nautica is a brand which represents the beach life. That extends to their fragrances which are all aquatics of one kind or another. Midnight Voyage doesn’t break away from that. What is slightly different is it is that below deck juxtaposition I mentioned as Midnight Voyage is more woods than ocean. This is what perfumer Alexis Grugeon produces.

It opens with baie rose given some support with pineapple and bergamot. This is much more that fresh herbal-ness baie rose imparts. The fruit is here to keep it tilted to that side of its nature. There is a compact sea spray accord as we head to our hammock. Below us are sacks of spices. The chill of fresh mint and the cool swoosh of cardamom provide a reminder of what we took. This is a very pleasant top accord. It gives way to a deeper woodiness through the synthetic Woodleather and Ambrox. The former is an oud equivalent. In Midnight Voyage it reminded me of the treated timbers of the hull of the ship. Ambrox does its typical dry woody thing.

Midnight Voyage has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

Midnight Voyage is another well executed aquatic from Nautica. They could do these in their sleep by now. I am appreciative that they seem to be trying a little harder. It helps this imaginary pirate still think of being on the high seas at my age.

Disclosure: This review is based on a sample provided by Nautica.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Calvin Klein cK Everyone- Staying in Your Lane

Calvin Klein is one of the most successful mass-market fragrance lines by giving their fans what they want. Ever since 1994 with the release of cK One that has been fresh and clean perfumes. Mostly as flankers of cK One or Eternity, especially recently. When there have been new attempts at new perfumes like Obsessed, they all hearken back to cK One. I recently received a sample of Calvin Klein cK Everyone and thought it was time to check back in with the brand.

Alberto Morillas

The house style of Calvin Klein is ideal for the current trend in perfume for the millennial generation. The perfumes have always been on the transparent side. For cK Everyone Alberto Morillas is the perfumer behind it. He understands this aesthetic since it was he and Harry Fremont who created it in cK One. One of the things which causes this to stand apart a tiny bit is there is a pinch more energy in it. When I tried it on a strip when the sample arrived it wasn’t as similar as the flankers usually are. I’m not trying to say this is a large departure but there are some nice flourishes on the typical Calvin Klein foundation.

It begins with the classic fresh citrus opening, in this case orange. What gives it that different energy is a booster of ginger. It is just the right amount. What comes next is the slight change I liked best. It is listed as a heart accord of blue tea. This has the feeling of a lighter tincture of black tea. Is that why it is blue? It is a transparent tea laid over typical aquatic ingredients. I enjoyed it more than I would have thought. The Calvin Klein cleanliness returns with a lot of clean woody cedar.

cK Everyone has 6-8 hour longevity and average sillage.

There is always talk of brands learning to stay in their lane. Which means understanding what your consumer wants and providing it to them. For the past twenty-five years you could say Calvin Klein has excelled at this. The latest evidence is cK Everyone.

Disclosure: This review is based on a sample provided by Calvin Klein.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Rosine Ballerina No. 5- Candied Rose

When my seasonal rose grouchiness appears this time of year it is because the new rose perfumes all sing from the same hymnal. Dewy debutante rose constructs meant to be fresh and spring-like. Insert grumpy harrumphing from the author here. I can count on being bored every spring. I can also count on some brands deciding to go their own way with rose which is what I found in Rosine Ballerina No. 5.

Delphine Lebeau-Krowiak

Rosine has been making perfume under the creative direction of Marie-Helene Rogeon for nearly thirty years. Her signature has been variation on rose fragrances. This is not a rose line of perfumes which summons my inner curmudgeon because Mme Rogeon has rarely designed rose perfumes to anyone else’s playbook but her own. The Ballerina Series is a good example of that. Most of them are distinctive interpretations of fruity floral including Ballerina No. 5. The exception is Ballerina No. 3 which befitting its Black Swan-like bottle is a dark woody perfume. Perfumer Delphine Lebeau-Krowiak has produced all the Ballerina Series fragrances except No. 2. The twist this time is to make the rose as if it was coated in crystalline sugar providing a gourmand patina to the fruity floral.

Ballerina No. 5 opens with juicy tangerine along with a rich rose petal accord. This is no blushing debutante rose from the beginning. A fuller rose essential oil deepens the rosiness. Violet helps enhance the candied effect of chunky sugar crystals covering the velvety spicy rose. This is a compelling rose accord which is where Ballerina No. 5 chooses to pirouette for a quite a while. Slowly benzoin and patchouli add in a faux-chocolate undertone to the candied rose. The clean woods of cedar and guaiac frame it all in the end.

Ballerina No. 5 has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

There is another way to create a spring rose and Ballerina No. 5 is it. The gourmand aspects are not so heavy this would be too much for a May garden party. You would likely turn heads because you chose not to smell like every other fresh rose perfume in the room. The candied rose of Ballerina No. 5 can dance circles around those.

Disclosure: This review is based on a sample provided by Rosine.

Mark Behnke