Rose de Grasse Aerin Lauder


This is the closest to the natural smell of a rose, in a bottle, I’ve ever encountered. I LOVE the smell of live roses but have always hated the cheaply imitated and failed attempts to capture it. But Aerin Lauder nailed it with this one. Bravo! It’s really beautiful!

Despite the other notes listed, this definitely comes across as a soliflore.

It’s a bit strange though because after spraying my wrists, I couldn’t smell a thing for about 5 minutes. I first sniffed the cap and smelled the dried down notes that were so lovely, then sprayed my wrists and couldn’t smell anything but alcohol. I resniffed the cap and it seemed I had become anosmic to the scent immediately because I still couldn’t smell it. I grabbed my bottle of Mitsouko to make sure my nose wasn’t broken and it surely wasn’t lol. But even after a jolting sniff of my Mitsy I still couldn’t smell the rose.

But after about 5 minutes the most amazing rose scent developed and I couldn’t keep from smelling it! It’s fairly linear on me, with soft sillage but last’s all day. It’s a gorgeous fragrance worth every penny. The creme de la creme of rose soliflore perfumes! ❤

Season: Spring/Summer

Top notes: Ambrette, Water notes

Heart notes: French rose, Bulgarian rose

Base notes: Amber, Musk, Wood notes

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Like This Tilda Swinton ELDO


First of all, I find there is something ethereal about Tilda Swinton, something other worldly but exquisite and this frag seems to capture that.

As far as my nose has taken me thus far,  I really have not encountered anything Like This in a perfume before.  I’m grasping for comparisons and it’s not pumpkin pie. It truly stands on its own and was instant love and an instant favorite. 

 My purfumista friend has a bottle and let me sniff it and I knew immediately I had to have it but it’s not easy to find in stores or in 100ml so I ordered it directly from ELDO website after being haunted by the memory of that scent for a few months. Knocked my signature frag right out of its spot.

Its such a satisfying comfortable smell, like in an almost gourmond way. To me it FEELS like hot cocoa by a warm fire on a cold night.  Cuddling a sleepy puppy. Coming home after being away too long. Peace of mind. Content.  Maybe even maternal.
I get mostly immortelle and sweetened ginger but also a very present raw pumpkin note. I know this is more appropriate for fall but I want to wear it all the time, especially to bed. I can’t imagine anyone NOT liking this frag honestly. It’s really something special and brings out an emotional nostalgia everytime I put it on.

It’s a rather strong frag on opening. I only use 1 spray for day and 2 max for evening.  Good sillage. Excellent longetivity at 12 hours and I could still smell it on my sweater after 5 days or so.

If I had to choose a desert island frag,  this would be it. If I had to pick just one scent I wanted my grand children to remember me by after I passed away, this would be the scent. It’s that special. Eternally beautiful, emotionally moving, and completely amazing. ❤

Season: Fall

Notes: Immortelle, Ginger, Pumpkin, Tangerine, Neroli, Vetiver, Rose, Heliotrope, Musk

                                  “Like This” from Rumi

If anyone asks you
how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual wanting
will look, lift your face
and say,

Like this.

When someone mentions the gracefulness
of the nightsky, climb up on the roof
and dance and say,

Like this.

If anyone wants to know what “spirit” is,
or what “God’s fragrance” means,
lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.

Like this.

When someone quotes the old poetic image
about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen knot by knot the strings
of your robe.

Like this.

If anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead,
don’t try to explain the miracle.
Kiss me on the lips.

Like this. Like this.

When someone asks what it means
to “die for love,” point

If someone asks how tall I am, frown
and measure with your fingers the space
between the creases on your forehead.

This tall.

The soul sometimes leaves the body, then returns.
When someone doesn’t believe that,
walk back into my house.

Like this.

When lovers moan,
they’re telling our story.

Like this.

I am a sky where spirits live.
Stare into this deepening blue,
while the breeze says a secret.

Like this.

When someone asks what there is to do,
light the candle in his hand.

Like this.

How did Joseph’s scent come to Jacob?

Huuuuu.  (inhale)

How did Jacob’s sight return?

Huuuu. (exhale)

A little wind cleans the eyes.

Like this.

When Shams comes back from Tabriz,
he’ll put just his head around the edge
of the door to surprise us

Like this.

Tilda  Swinton reading Rumi poem Like This:

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