I like many Bvlgari fragrances. I know they aren’t mind blowing or super original but I like many of them. They are simple and really convey a “mood”. For example, Omnia is one of the most “comforting” and “down to Earth” scents that I own. Green Tea is so “refreshing” and “energetic”. Rose Essentielle is one of the most “dainty” or “delicate” scents that I own. It is all lady. I find it very light, especially for an EDP. It is rosy but not super heavy and dominating like many “vintage” perfumes or fragrance oils or tuberose based fragrances such as Fracas or Michael Kors. This is light, almost “fluffy”. At first it is rosy, then you can slightly smell the crispness and “greeness” of violet leaves. The mimosa becomes apparent with some dry-down. This causes it to become soft and “fluffy”. It blends beautifully with the delicate rose. It makes it energetic and almost “bubbley”. It has a champagne vibe. It is fruity at times but in a champagne way, very true of a mimosa flower.  It is a lovely floral mix but don’t get me wrong, the star is the rose. This is def. a rose fragrance with a few other flowers and maybe a wood along for the ride. This is a super rosy interpretation of the original Pour Femme. I do prefer it over Pour Femme. But, I am a fan of rose. I love rose oils such as L’Aromarine. That being said, I find Bvlgari’s to be much more “wearable” and it is an artistic blend. It is a nice addition even if you have a soliflore rose that you love. It is nice and light. The star roses are “Ottoman” and “Prelude” rose, according to the website. I don’t even know if those are real.

I find that it does not wear very long on me. Of course, I am used to the staying power of rose oils. This one lasts about 3-4 hours on me and shorter in the summer. My skin just eats it. That is a bummer because the 1.7 oz. bottle retails for $92 and the 3.4 oz. for $132. My husband says that he can smell it on me much longer. ( I must add that this fragrance is a man magnet.) I think I may get too used to the fragrance? I do know that this one wears much longer than Voile de Jasmin which is equally as beautiful but with zip staying power.  I recommend this fragrance for those that love rose such as L’Aromarine Rose, Stella McCartney Stella (especially if you are looking for a “sheerer” Stella), Joe Malone Red Roses, and you may like this if you are a fan of “mimosa” fragrances such as L’Artisan Mimosa por Moi.  I must admit that this fragrance reminds me of a limited edition YSL Paris parfum that came out a few years ago, Paris Premieres Roses or something like that. I loved it but it was limited edition and went bye-bye. This is a great edition if you long for something super “lady-like” that still manages to be flirty. Not sure if you will like this one? A .34 oz. travel spray is available for $20 on sephora.com. * It is also available at fragranenet.com.


Bvlgari Rose Essentielle Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz by Bvlgari

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

I can’t explain it and I sure don’t understand it, but I have this weird obsession with Philosophy Amazing Grace Fragrance. It isn’t the most sophisticated fragrance on the market and is sure not the most interesting. I find something very comforting about this scent. The only thing I can think of is that it reminds me of someone positive in my childhood, my second grade teacher. She always had a Victoria magazine and I wished that she was my mom.

This fragrance is a soft floral musk and the notes are pretty unidentifiable. It is a white floral with a mix of an Egyptian musk. I can’t even find the notes listed on-line, which is a great sign for fragrance. Sike. This fragrance is very soft and polite and feminine. It is very “maternal” if I should use that as a description. It smells like it would make you a pot of chicken noodle soup if you were sick and tell you that it is ok that Cindy Lou wore the same dress as you to prom. It wears close to the skin like a nice cashmere sweater. When I wear it all my scarves, etc. smell like it days afterward. It comes in an EDT and an EDP. And this is one popular fragrance. Does it remind us all of something else or do we genuinely love it?

It is so strange that I like this. It is so unlike my other fragrance obsessions. It is soft, I typically like loud florals or spicy fragrances. It has a motivational message written on the label, which is so lame. A friend of mine works at a cosmetics store and says that she only sells it to teachers and mothers because children love it. When I wear this my sister says I smell like her ACT/SAT tutor. I guess that is a compliment. My husband says I like it because I am getting older and this means some kind of estrogen surge or something. Whatever, all I know is that for years I have tried to deny I like this fragrance and wear Piguet Bandit, Chanel Coco, Opium, Patou Joy, or pure patchouli oil. But, I gave in last week and bought the small EDT of this Amazing Grace. I love it and I can’t deny it. It makes me happy and comfortable. It is not my signature, nothing is, and I don’t know if I’ll but another bottle. I just know that I like it and I am obsessed with it and that is ok.