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Bvlgari Rose Goldea: The Essence of The Jeweler 2016

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Bvlgari Rose Goldea was launched in 2016 as a flanker to Bvlgari Goldea, which I haven’t tried so can’t compare. The nose behind Rose Goldea is Alberto Morillas, who also created almost all of the Bvlgari range for women, and to whom I owe gratitude for creating Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi for By Kilian, which I plan to review soon. perfsocpreciousperfume

I puzzled over Rose Goldea since I couldn’t figure out why this rose scent smells so distinctive. I spotted the peony, notable for adding feminine prettiness to many florals, but couldn’t put my finger on why this rose smells both sharper and lighter than other rose fragrances. The answer is pomegranate. Now, whilst red fruits can often add a Haribo sweetness that repels, rather than attracts me, pomegranate has enough bite and bitterness to put the petals in sharp relief and showcase their unique properties. The pretty peony builds it up, and the pomegranate leaves a strangely pleasing bitterness in its wake.

Bvlgari  Rose Goldea is a mufti faceted rose that has none of the Turkish Delight notes, nor the jammy sweetness of other rose perfumes.  Jasmine adds a headiness and there is s tiny bit of vanilla in the base, but the frankinscsence and sandalwood sober it up and keep it in check.

All in all, this is an interesting scent that brings out the botanical sharpness of a rose, rather than going down the romantic route. I would go as far as to say that, despite the impossibly pretty bottle, this could make an excellent unisex choice. It showcases strength and delicacy at the same time and is most certainly worth looking into should you come across it on your beauty counter trawling travels. I liked it very much and I am pretty much marinated in it. Gorgeous.

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My sample was in the Perfume Society Precious Perfumes Discovery Box. You can buy the boxes from their website here. Alternatively, you can buy full bottle of Bvlgari Rose Goldea from Escentual or John Lewis. Opinions are my own.

Isabella Rosselini’s Manifesto: Any Time, Any Place, Any Where

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Isabella Rosselini is a very beautiful woman. Oozing the class of her mother, Ingrid Bergman, but with a warmer, less glacial beauty, Ms Rosselini’s smile and wide set eyes have gazed down from many a billboard and movie screen during her long career as a model and actress. On retirement, she went into design and fragrance. Her fragrance Manifesto, was a hit, and although it’s playing hard to get right now, it’s still on Amazon, eBay and other stockists: not High Street, but still out there. (This is my way of trying to avoid saying it has been discontinued, as I cannot find out for sure).

My very first thought on smelling Manifesto was of Cinzano Bianco: the sweet and herby drink of my gilded youth! Must be the Basil and Green notes. Manifesto is delicate and light. Greener than Kermit, this almost fills the gap in my heart left by Gucci Envy.

It is everything you need on a hot sticky summer’s day. Basil, Bergamot, a light touch of Pear, gentle flower petals. It’s never overpowering, but as light and refreshing as mint leaves and ice cubes. As the opening green notes meld into a leafy herbal background, the Jasmine , Neroli and Rose come out gently. Even in the basenotes, it’s green as can be, and that suits me down to the ground (today was the hottest day of the year at 31C).

Manifesto is beautiful, and I love it, and I wish just one of the numerous new launches coming out every week would risk being the first to stick their toe in the pond and say “How about a nice green scent that starts like Cinzano Bianco and ends up a bit like Herba Fresca without the mint? We don’t have enough of those.”

The still beautiful Ms Rosselini is pure class, and with the help of  Nose Alberto Morillas, she has created a thing of beauty. Her Manifesto states that the best luxuries in life are the simple small things. In her fragrance, she leaves out the fanfare, and just keeps nature’s best ingredients.

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