It might just be my imagination, and a feeling of tentative hope that my city has come through the worst of the pandemic, but the roses in my neighbors’ front yards and the local parks seem lusher than ever this year. I’ve also been wearing some new-ish and new-to-me rose fragrances to mark the May/June transition, so here are my thoughts on five of them.
Back in the early spring, I finally got myself over to the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship to sniff my way though Dries van Noten’s year-old fragrance collection. I admired a few of them, but my personal favorite of the group was Raving Rose…
From Santa Maria Novella, Dentifricio Fior d'Iris / Iris toothpaste: "Toothpaste with a fresh aromatic flavor. It contains ireos powder, known since antiquity for its astringent and abrasive properties. The aroma of costmary gives the toothpaste a singular, minty-spicy taste while refreshing and deodorizing the mouth." Can you taste the iris? Is it delicious? I have no idea. $20 for 60g at Smallflower.
A 2 minute spot for Italian niche brand Santa Maria Novella, including the new Rosa Gardenia.