When I say that a fragrance is "breathtaking", do you believe me? Like in a sumptuous, wonderful, creamy, and flowery musky indulgence that interrupts my breathing as I eagerly plunge in for a second sniff? Sweet enough to captivate me, rich enough to keep me, and complex enough to seduce me, Rose Gourmand is an absolute star of the Exclusive line, one of the sexiest floral gourmands I've ever smelled. I'm still catching my breath.
Rose Gourmand is the latest piece from the ZARA Exclusive Collection that I added to my wardrobe. I put it back the first time I tested it because the prime few moments were very similar to Montale's Roses Musk, which I already own, so I went further. After leaving the store, the perfume took a different turn, becoming creamier and softer than Montale, which instead takes on a more musky and powdery appearance. Let me say that the more it warms and develops, the more it resembles Montale Intense Cafe, a brighter version of that without the coffee accord, of course. Still, the floral, gourmand and creamy nuances are strictly the same. I must point out that this perfume changes a lot on the skin compared to the paper strip. On the latter, it has a delightful scent, similar to candy; on the skin, that smell of candy turns into a much softer and slightly powdery gourmand accord.
Rose Gourmand greets me right away with a bite of faint zesty, a kind of alcoholic-lemon vodka, which lasts only a while before a sweet blend of delicious caramelized rose petals dipped in vanilla cream soars to the top. Here I get an inebriant and addictive scent of fragrant rose and vanilla vibe. This bouquet unfolds with a slightly fresh scent. However, this freshness is somewhat eclipsed by the sweeter notes. Notes like sugar and vanilla take a sharp prominence, only to be accompanied by a fresher, balancing scent of the rose.
The heart goes on with notes of sugar and rose. This perfume has one foot in the floral realm and one in the gourmand realm, and it makes me consider if there is such a thing as rose milk caramel. Overall, you get a gorgeous, sweet, greedy fragrance with lovely hints of rose sprinkled in.
Finally, the dry down comes, with the nuances of clean white musk, a spoonful of smooth vanilla, and just a hint of dry cedar. The white musk helps center the composition. When this cologne starts to dry down, the amiable notes remain present and mellow out a bit. The vanilla is very pronounced, and the rose is upfront with the musk lingering in the background. A breathtaking love story that envelops you in an aura of luxurious exotic seduction and lasts for hours, simmering to a low hum of the softest vanilla you could dream of.
Rose Gourmand is a fantastic fragrance to wear during the colder seasons. This fragrance is reasonably sweet and very strong, making it too offensive to wear it properly during the warmer seasons. Nonetheless, during the colder months, this fragrance is a real gem. I think this perfume is suitable for work. You can also wear it during the evening, or for a date; you will smell very sexy and sensual. With its sweet, floral aroma, you have a real compliment getting fragrance, and you're sure to leave a remarkable impression. An unimaginable scent that smells of roses and vanilla--a simple combination but smells great to my nose. It also has excellent projection and fantastic longevity and smells smooth. The radiant rose in full bloom, married to buttery vanilla, not too sweet, that wears well until it fades softly into a skin scent in about 5-6 hours in the northern Italian autumn climate. I can't wait to try the performance of this perfume in the coming winter months!
This review bases upon a 80ml (2.7 fl. oz) I own since October 2020.