Whips and Roses (2012)

Whips and Roses by Kerosene
Bottle Design: John Pegg
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Whips and Roses is a perfume by Kerosene for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is floral-leathery. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Perfumer & Creative Guidance

John Pegg (Marken-Inhaber)

Fragrance Notes

Bergamot, Blood orange, Bulgarian rose, Iris, Jasmine, Leather, Musk, Rose stem, Sandalwood

Ratings

Scent

6.7 (76 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (59 Ratings)

Sillage

6.8 (59 Ratings)

Bottle

8.1 (57 Ratings)
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stephaniek

44 Reviews
stephaniek
stephaniek
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Good Thorns
A rose, just clipped from a thorned bush, is what you get with WHIPS AND ROSES. Only it's as upon the inhale, your nose isn't deep into the bud but up against the stem. It smells of a real rose STEM. It's unique, like no perfume you've ever sampled, but the longevity and projection are sadly thorns, too easily stripped away.
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
3
Tea Rose without the Petals
John Pegg, the perfumer of Kerosene, has a huge fan club, and the hype which precedes his perfumes naturally sets up expectations. He has been hailed as some sort of Wunderkind self-taught perfumer who began working out of his garage. I believe that when he first got started, this was an edgy, cool and exceptional thing to do. These days, not so much so. Today, "self-taught" perfumers are sporing like mushrooms, as though to prove that anyone can mix essential and fragrance oils together. And of course they can: there's certainly no law against it!

WHIPS AND ROSES to my nose is closer to THORNS AND HYACINTH. The opening smells decidedly of tea rose without the petals, as though the "rose stems"--listed thus among the notes--were thrown into a blender and pureed, the petals having been reserved perhaps for the production of an independent batch of rose water or soap.

As this perfume dries down, it smacks more and more of hyacinth and less and less of even the green part of roses. Moreover, the expansive hyacinth-like note (which may be mimicked in perfumery through the use of the very same molecules used to produce the scent of rose stems, for all I know!) mutes all of the other alleged notes of the composition.

Not a rose perfume, not a leather perfume. There is a slight powdery wood in here somewhere, but overall I find WHIPS AND ROSES to be a rather cold and sterile, muted-floral green.
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Ysbrand

84 Reviews
Ysbrand
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Tamed dominatrix
When i generously poured Whips & Roses on my skin this morning, with such a playful name, it is no secret i was looking for new thrills. Only roses themselves exhibit soft petals and hard thorns equally, always ready to give you both pain and pleasure: just like any romance (or any professional dominatrix) that can be properly called so.

The best part of Whips & Roses to me is the opening: a piercing rose note that is more a top than a bottom, sheathed in a strange accord of black leather plus something synthetic, greasy and sweetish that reminds me to plasticine . Please dont read "synthetic" as it is a bad thing! It is strange enough to make me intrigued and be out of the beaten track, and smells good enough to be glad of wearing it on your skin. It is not a dirty scent, but it is physical enough to be sexy. Like the stuffy air of a bedroom, foul and flowery at the same time...

Whips & Roses is never loud, and is as about roses as it is about leather. This rose note is high pitched, and powerful, but it never manages to dominate the whole fragance. A cosmetic iris rounds the leather, giving the impression of a clean skin. Powdery, dusty, refreshed by a healthy dose of citruses, you can easily wear this fragance to the office or the gym. The jasmine and the gardenia are very low profile, just enough to add a warm sensuality without giving their typical femininity. The fragance stays always sexy, but not as sexual as its beginning.

The rose stems pressence brings an interesting greenness over the clean, fresh musk, but the rose´s voice lacks authority (and insolence) as the fragance evolves. I would presonally prefer the blood orange and the bergamot more silent, but i found Whips & Roses very enjoyable. The final outcome is a light, fresh, greasy leather with butched-up rose nuances.

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