Perfume Calligraphy Rose (2013)

Perfume Calligraphy Rose by Aramis
Bottle Design: Tarek Atrissi
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Perfume Calligraphy Rose is a popular perfume by Aramis for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is floral-oriental. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Trudi Loren

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesSaffron, Honeysuckle, Oregano
Heart Notes Heart NotesTurkish rose absolute, Myrrh, Styrax, French lavender
Base Notes Base NotesLabdanum, Musk, Ambergris, Frankincense

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Scent

8.2 (281 Ratings)

Longevity

8.4 (211 Ratings)

Sillage

7.6 (220 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (205 Ratings)
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Schwälbchen

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Schwälbchen
Schwälbchen
Helpful Review    10
Of good resolutions and farewells
You are already a great group here on Parfumo and I very often enjoy friendly exchanges, stimulating comments ... AND ... of course the one or the other fragrance post, which my well-intentioned resolutions ... Well, you might know that too...

The package reached me last Thursday at an advanced hour. The joy about the carefully compiled content lasted only a short time, because immediately afterwards our eldest son rumbled into the cosy evening round and announced that his much-loved four-legged roommate suddenly didn't look so good. Her condition did not allow her to wait until the next day and so she had to be put into the experienced hands of a veterinarian that same evening. Once you have decided to live an enriching life with animals under one roof, you bear responsibility. This also includes one or the other unpleasant decision. And so we wished the elderly lady a good last journey after two days of intensive veterinary care. During these two days of hope, anxiety, chaos and disillusionment, I was accompanied and comforted by a fragrance selected by the dear SchatzSucher with unerring accuracy. I'd rather thank you Sven for the exquisite melange of the rehearsals and the honour that I can test these treasures.
Perfume Calligraphy Rose begins for me with a pleasant sweet-spicy prelude. It's a well-dosed 'herbal' sweetness. Not long, and the rose appears. And what a one. Not a teenage fresh rose. No, this one is slightly candied and reminds me a bit of a fruity liqueur without being sticky. I find the comparison with a rosendesert in the previous comments extremely apt and elegant. Oregano and lavender skilfully prevent the rose from slipping into the pompous heaviness and give the fragrance a kind of lightness. The wearer*in is enveloped in a protective, comforting, supple soft fragrancetaura. Warm amber and discreet incense accompany this beautiful rose for many hours. The shelf life is good with 8 hours. The initially strong Sillage is increasingly receding on my skin after more than 3 hours. This all doesn't sound so exciting now, but Calligraphy Rose is a real nose connoisseur. Further down in the comments a comparison to Tauers "Une Rose de Kandahar" has been drawn. Although both perfumes approach the rose theme similarly, the Tauer is "coarser" in the composition, louder and more self-confident. Well, if you're looking for decency, you won't go for the tauer. In a direct comparison, the Calligraphy Rose is clearly ahead. It is wonderfully balanced and manages the balancing act between spices, sweetness and a clear rose. Actually (and if a sentence already begins with "actually"...) another fragrance was preferred as the next purchase. Someone who's been on the wish list a long time. And there it still stands, because I'm all over this soft, warm, gentle fluid and I'm hoping to find a bottle left over.
My thanks go to SchatzSucher: dear Sven, thank you very much for your mail. With effort and thought you have chosen the treasures. The new fragrance experiences are a real ray of hope. And with sophistication and intuition, you've vamoosed my good intentions.

This weekend we said goodbye. My kids baked a cake. It was written in sugar with "Farewell Rosie" on it. Show must go on.

Namaste ;)
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Tinctureall

94 Reviews
Tinctureall
Tinctureall
Helpful Review    4
Seduction duties only
What a whopper of a tobacco/rose combo. Jumps on you and yells victory immediately in a soft woody/rosy/saffron sweet voice. This is no shybaby, but a tenacious tender lover straightaway. A massive centre of resins/muscs labdanum and talcum roses. Huge, yet gentle and soft.

A gigantic woody sweetie turkish delight of a fragrance.

However.... and there is one, but not a bad one.... It is suffocatingly dense & powdery. Nice for a winter snuggle but probably not for a fresh day. Amber resinous dry down to powder with a moment of a sour labdanum/myrrh combo in the middle. This fickle lover then just suddenly changes tune, ups and leaves with a wisp of resinous powder reminding you of having been there at all.

Seduction duties only.
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MasterLi

367 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Very helpful Review    5
Sweet Rose & Myrrh...
What a performance! This fragrance opens with a bang of sweet, jammy rose surrounded by myrrh and amber and frankincense, with a big hit of saffron.

It reminds me a lot of the original Aramis - Perfume Calligraphy but with the oud turned down and the rose turned up. I personally don't really get any oud wood in this but the rose is full and sweet and juicy, albeit surrounded and supported by an ambery, honey-like vibe.

The fragrance feels syrupy, like rosewater used in a dessert. Ambergris, labdanum and musk linger in the dry-down, and the sweetness of the opening turns dark, muted and resinous towards the end.

I think this is one which, if you are a rose lover, you will adore. I find the opening a little sweet to my taste, but that comes from the myrrh, which is prominent throughout. I get a syrupy jam feeling with the rose but the incense and resins give it depth the more it stays on skin.

Try this out if you love rose style fragrances and Oriental/Arabian style perfumes done right. I highly recommend the Aramis Calligraphy range, especially as value for price. I like this syrupy rose!
WildGardener

101 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
Very helpful Review    6
A Rose by any other Name would not smell as Sweet
Another take on the Oriental, this time using amber made with storax instead of the usual vanilla.

The dull, soft sweet character of storax is accompanied for some of the performance by rose, and they create between them an amusing turn of Turkish Delight flecked with incense, cast in a resin and bitter spice shell. But storax upstages the star player and steals the show; persistently hanging around and humming sweetly on stage until some of the crowd have got completely bored with it.

Scientists say that no experiment is ever a failure. If you don't get the results you expected, you have at least learned something useful, ie: the answer you hoped for lies elsewhere. Trying to create an Oriental based on storax instead of the conventional vanillic amber was an experiment. We have at least learned that it didn't work, and that a large dose of storax gets tedious.
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Belgwen

94 Reviews
Belgwen
Belgwen
Very helpful Review    8
Oh.My.Word.
If animals had a signature perfume, this would’ve belonged to the Black Widow! A dark, dangerous lady with a red core. Black spices, luscious red roses, and a touch of gooey balminess that sticks to you like a spider web. If Matahari wore this, she would’ve had presidents spill out state secrets! This powerful juice smells like the older, sweeter sister of Yves Rocher Rose Absolue. One spray equals to 12+ hours of diffusion within your 12+ feet radius. If you love florientals, you just have to try this. Masterpiece!
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Greatly helpful Review    9
Calligraphy Rose
The rose is often maligned among fumies. It's quaint, it's prosaic, it's the low hanging fruit of floral perfumes. It's lovely on the bush but uninteresting in the bottle. Perhaps the rose's greatest sin among the cognicsienti: it's common.

I see it differently. The rose’s ability to play the common denominator makes it the ultimate contextual note. Whole genres are created through the rose's affinity with woods, ambers and resins, fruits and mosses. Rose notes make the most beautiful chypres, fruity florals, florientals and woody florals. It has so many intuitive pairings because there are many facets to rose that are enhanced by other materials and notes: patchouli, oakmoss, cedar, citrus, musk, labdanum, vanilla, berry. Rose perfumes can be woody, jammy, sweet/dry, bright/dark, soft, garish, innocent or skanky. Rose is to flowers what sandalwood is to woods: the broadest, most encompassing example of its genre. The best analogy I can come up with for the rose is blood types. Rose is the AB + blood type of perfumery: the universal recipient. The rose can be paired with just about anything.

And here is the trap.

Many fumies disdain rose perfumes because, where's the artistry in a note that can't help but smell good? What good is beauty if it's common? My counter to this line of thinking has two parts. 1) There have been terrible rose perfumes, so quality isn't guaranteed. 2) Smell Amouage Lyric Woman, Vero Profumo Rozy or Paco Rabanne la Nuit and tell me that rose lacks character.

Aramis Calligraphy Rose takes full advantage of the rose and uses oud to make a woody rose/floriental hybrid. A hybrid/hybrid. The rose springboards off a light oud note to create a heady, jammy, boozy perfume with lush sillage and a long arc. Aramis clearly sees the perfume as a market-expander, a foot in the door of an Arabic sensibility and demographic. The marketing strategy is simple to the point of crass, especially compared to Amouage, a comparison Aramis would desperately like the consumer to make. But the perfume is lovely. It steps straight into the line of fire of the rose critics by being a 'feel good' fragrance. But passing the Guy Robert 'smell good' test is only the first hurdle of any perfume. From there, a perfume must then be considered in light of criteria such as coherence, balance and thoughtfulness, and Calligraphy Rose rises to the occasion.
Platinum1

59 Reviews
Platinum1
Platinum1
Helpful Review    6
~ Exotic Aramis ~
~ A complimentary Calligraphy from another continent could not have arrived at a better time of the year. The winter here in my corner of the world has refused to give over to spring and that is what I found in the two seasons of this Aramis! To my nose a dominant dark spicy oriental that blends seamlessly with a submissive emerging floral. The day my grateful sample arrived I spritzed my wrist cautiously wanting to savor the moment. The darkness of of the Myrrh caught my nose first and left me wanting more. It wasn't until I took a walk outside into a swirling breeze that it all opened up and even as a strong man I was left weak in the knees! I sat down on the deck to take in this beauty from across the Atlantic. Like hand written poetry the perfume flowed into a lyrical composition of a long lasting flowery myrrh. Swirling Saffron and Rose complimenting the smokey resinous darkness seemed all very exotic to this fresh aromatic Chanel lover. As always I easily imagine lovely images compliments of my nose and this magical elixir evokes in me an exotic dancer desirable, mystical, seductive in her movements behind her veil of Turkish delight!
Kind Regards, Plat ~
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Very helpful Review    9
Resinous rose
I am usually not a fan of rose – not at all, honestly, except for a couple of masculines - but this Aramis scent nails it completely. It manages to smell “rose”, but without that sort of haunting soapy heaviness many rose scents have (or on the contrary, without smelling like floor cleaner as many cheap rose scents). The key here is how perfectly they managed to balance rose with a smoky-dusty sweet resinous base, which is discreet but perfectly enhances the elegance and the juiciness of rose “taming it down” enough to provide some more dynamism and colour. This fragrance is quite simple actually, as it’s basically a resinous rose; but it’s really pleasant, solid, much versatile, surprisingly unisex and compelling. Nothing ground-breaking, but perfect for “mild fans” of rose which wouldn’t wear rose bombs, but still enjoy the note a bit. Silky, warm and classy. Honestly if I’d ever buy a scent with “rose” in its name, it would be this. It’s cozy, effortlessly refined and really pleasant to wear. Total good quality for the price.

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ScentedSalon

96 Reviews
ScentedSalon
ScentedSalon
Helpful Review    8
Creamy Rose
I wanted this for many years because of the beautiful calligraphy bottle but because it was not easily obtainable, I waited and waited, leaving it unsmelled and undiscovered. After all, I have many rose perfumes. I did not think I could find anything unique or more wonderful than what I already tried and loved.

When Calligraphy Rose finally arrived stateside, I got a really good price. Having read many reviews, I was confident I would like this rose. I already have the saffron version and will be getting the original in the near future.

When I opened the package, the smell was already present. It was an old fashioned rose, but jammy. When sprayed, the jamminess really opens and the rose is in full bloom. The surprising thing is that the rose does not stay long, and this is the genius of this perfume: the drydown is distinctly rose-free. There is a milky spiciness there, almost like saffron pudding.

I absolutely love the sillage and lasting power, but the quality of this perfume is shown in the fact that it is neither too strong nor too powerful, yet it is always present. This is difficult to achieve and I tip my hat to the perfumer. This is a spicy rose like no other and I really discovered something new in this perfume, or rather, the way the rose was treated elevated it in a different way than most other rose perfumes.

(Note: I tested and wore this in winter.)
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Drseid

670 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Greatly helpful Review    8
Powerful Powdered Rose...
Perfume Calligraphy Rose goes on with sweet honeysuckle mixing with deep rose with mild saffron spice support. As the composition moves to its early heart the sweet honeysuckle and mild saffron spice remain now in support, as the rose strengthens into the star, joined by co-starring powdery lavender. As the composition moves through its heart the honeysuckle turns to more of a sweet strait-up honey, as the lavender powdered rose gradually adds in a prominent smooth styrax derived incense-like undertone. During the late dry-down the rose and lavender dissipate, revealing relatively clean musk and slightly powdery vanilla in the base. Projection is outstanding, and longevity excellent to outstanding at 12-14 hours on skin.

Perfume Calligraphy Rose has been a composition on my radar for quite some time, but its limited distribution made trying it always just out of reach. Finally having now gotten a chance to sniff the composition it is clear it was worth the wait. No, one is not going to find a super-innovative concoction as let's face it, powdered rose has been done many times before. What distinguishes Perfume Calligraphy Rose from its many competitors is its outstanding performance and solid execution while still adding a small wrinkle or two to the standard powdered rose fair with its styrax derived incense undertone and honeysuckle derived sweetness. The powdery lavender can get just shy of too powdery at times, but deftly remains just within tolerable limits for the powder averse. That said, in truth, the *real* way to enjoy Perfume Calligraphy Rose is smelling its fabulous and powerful scent trail, as the powder becomes barely noticeable, letting the rose and incense accord shine in all its glory. The bottom line is Aramis has a solid history of producing quality compositions at bank account saving prices, and while the limited distribution Perfume Calligraphy Rose with its approximate $100 per 100ml price point is about double the cost of their regular line offerings, this "excellent" 4 star out of 5 rated winner keeps their bang-for-the-buck tradition intact and is well worth a sniff (and purchase) if one can find a bottle.
4.0/10
Coutureguru

223 Reviews
Coutureguru
Coutureguru
Helpful Review    8
Too pooped to pop ...
I was expecting quite a lot from Perfume Calligraphy Rose but once again I've been let down in 'flankerville'. This tired release is just too 'pooped' to 'pop'! I really don't know why I bother because flankers invariably disappoint ... it's just that with the notes listed, this could seriously have been fantastic. Instead it's just average.

I very much enjoy the fore-runner Perfume Calligraphy, and have turned a number of friends on to it ... the same will not be happening here.
This fragrance has a very 'muted' feel to me, as if one were sniffing it from behind a wool blanket. It is pretty much a straight up Rose/Musk with very little going on to call it Middle Eastern. Myrrh, Frankincense and Labdanum would generally constitute a rich, deep Incense vibe ... not here ... I could hardly catch those ingredients in the hefty, 6 spray test I gave my arm today.
In it's favor, the Rose here is very nice (albeit tame) and the Musk is fine, not 'laundry-ish' as a lot of Musks these days tend to be ... rather a little more old fashioned like the nitro-musks of perfume days gone bye. Not being a huge fan of heavy Musk, this aspect of Perfume Calligraphy Rose sits very well with me.

What a shame that this fragrance does not rise to the occasion, at least for me personally ... for a moment there it appeared that someone at Lauder had found their way out of the mire and was about to start designing wonderful fragrances again. Oh well ....
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Carlitos01 141 days ago
I discovered that seduction can be bottled with Calligraphy Rose. A delightful composition of myrrh, labdanum, olibanun & rose. Recommended!+3
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AmberScent 160 days ago
Aramis, out of its confort zone, produced this admirable rose, saffron, amber, incense and balsamic masterpiece fragrance. Well done Aramis!+4
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