There is something sinless about white roses. They have a pure and delicate feeling, and they seem to light up below the summer daylight. If you are anything like me, you feel an urge to smell roses when you see them, but few know what is responsible for this enchanting scent. The proliferation of fake rose scents and modern breeding displaced the smell of roses in many people's minds. Walk through a rose garden on a warm summer's morning, and the range of fragrances can be intoxicating — take the same walk later in the day, and the smell will be different due to the various chemicals that make up the scent. The same happens to fragrances, the resulting scent depends upon many factors. Why am I talking about roses? I was drawn into the hype of Chloé just when I was planning my last vacations to NYC and I snagged a whiff of powdery rose from a friend of mine. "What perfume are you wearing?" I asked, and she told me it was Chloé, what else? Powdery is an accord I am fond of, and Chloé was missing in my collection.
Chloé is a fresh, woody, musky and floral harmony. It is not a rose-centered solinote perfume, but as in a bouquet, the rose absolute is surrounded by other white blossoms, such as magnolia and gardenia, for instance, with a hint of woody depth. I like to think about the delicate and sensual white rose still covered with morning dew. I don't know if the white rose kind is used here, but to me, the mystery is hidden in a white rose, the common thread running through the whole fragrance. Something stirs in my heart when I smell this heavenly scent.
On my skin, Chloé rises to a fragrance that is immediately revealed, full of sensitivity and mystery. The result is the best for female and male creativity. The overture is fresh, fruity, and a bit citrus. Freesia is crisp, bright, and white, I recognize the lovely and gentle smell the Asian lychee, and a dusty, clean, rosy peony completes the accord. This is a beautiful rosy floral fragrance, the rose comes out on top. To be frank, if you are someone who thinks 'grandma' when they hear 'rosy fragrance', that is not the case with this. Of course, the scent has the familiarity of certain other fresh, floral scents, Calvin Klein's Escape came immediately to mind, yet felt utterly contemporary and fully realized, so sharp, so piercing.
To me, Chloé always reminds me of a calm springtime day in a peaceful backyard. That beautiful smell of flowers kissed by the sun. When the teasing opening notes soothe down, the heart takes the classic rose and ingeniously turns it into something vibrant, intimate, more sensual, which is refreshing but not the traditional old lady scent way. The peculiar character of this freakish rose is accompanied by magnolia and lily of the valley. Again, the heart is white, pristine, immaculate. Everything turns around the rose, perfectly balanced, like the musicians of an orchestra who follow the maestro.
The final stage comes with the queen rose, meeting the woods. Subtle intimations of warm amber, elegant honey-like cedarwood with a tad of pencil-sharpener vibe, and pure blackberries musk form the base of the scent. The finish is the most heavenly cedarwood and amber composition I've ever experienced on my skin. Like a warm hug.
It's so tender, lovely, classy, sophisticated, and soft, but the scent stays on my skin a long time, and I don't have to spray a lot to smell it. A subtle, floral scent that is great for daywear, Spring is the best season to me. The smell is complex and offers many different layers. It hints at being playful but also has a bolder note to give it a classy age. Wear it in leisure time, or on a working day, it won't be offensive to your mates. The fragrance, on the whole, is quite floral yet fresh but also has a hint of sweet fruit to keep it from becoming cloying.
Lately, a bouquet of powdered florals, rose, cucumbery and slightly soapy floral scent. It has grown on me to a point where I am mildly obsessed. I would be 1000% happy to be proven wrong, but in my experience of rocking this awesome rosy fragrance, I wasn't disappointed at any moment. What do you think?
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