[sample/affiliate] More rose loveliness to remind us that spring is on it’s way eventually. When I smell a rose scent, it almost always makes me think of red roses – weirdly, in the way that fragrance can cross-message to brains, when I smelled this, I thought of pale pink. I’ve photographed the Fragrance Paintbrush with yellow roses because they’re so pretty but in reality smell of absolutely nothing at all. After a little bit of research, popular fragrance opinion is that darker shade flowers smell more ‘rosy’ and yellow roses are least likely to have that familiar rose scent although they may smell of violet or even a bit lemony. See how easy it is to fall down a fragrance rabbit hole?

Jo Loves Rose Petal 25

As it happens, Jo Loves Rose Petal 25 contains Rose de Mai which is indeed a pink colour rather than red so it doesn’t have that heft that rose fragrances often do. It also utilises Rose Absolut which can come from a variety of species which serves to bolster the ‘rosiness’ of the fragrance.

Jo Loves Rose Petal 25

What’s making this particular rose fragrance a little different is the inclusion of Ambrette – sometimes known as musk mallow – a kind of musky note with a skin scent that makes the blend instantly at home when you apply. I’m an advocate for the paintbrush style of application although be warned, you get a big kick of alcohol before the fragrance settles. It’s a lovely thing to stroke the brush on the skin – a good place to paint is on your inner upper arm as it keeps the scent close to you with wafts as you move rather than in a static state on your neck or similar. If you like rose notes with a bit more about them than full on flower you will like this, I think. It’s £40 HERE, non affiliate HERE.

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