I've worn expensive perfumes since my teens. I used to bankrupt teenage boyfriends at Christmas and birthdays! Anna Sui sugary sweetness makes me cringe now but it was a must have at the time. Oh well...
These days it's Tom Ford, a variety of Chanels* and Miss Dior.
BUT on a recent jaunt into the Louis Vuitton boutique to have old faithful (a battered old speedy) repaired, I very nearly parted ways with €200 for a bottle of Louis Vuitton Rose des Vents perfume. Instead, I left with lots of testers. A better solution!
I've never been a fan of rose perfume. When I was 7 or 8 I plundered a neighbour's pink rose bush and ground each petal with water thinking it would make perfume. It didn't work and she was furious so maybe that put me off. And my granny used to have a box of pink rose scented soap flakes, for handwashing delicates, in the downstairs bathroom. Once I ate enough of them that I vomited. I can still taste the artificial rose flavoured soap coming back up. So, no, never a fan of rose perfume after that.
But Rose des Vents is different. It's gentle and not at all overpowering or cheap and artificial smelling, as rose perfume can be. (Now it wouldn't want to be cheap smelling; it's €200 after all!)
I also received a ridiculous number of compliments while wearing it. Shop assistants, hairdressers, friends and even the husband. It was an elegant, subtle (and very expensive smelling) daytime perfume.
So did I buy it? No. I can't justify that money on a perfume. I draw the line at Tom Ford.
But I happened to be reading Tatler** and they mentioned that Roger & Gallet perfumes are worth a sniff because despite their reputation as a pharmacy brand of smelly soap, they actually engage some of the best noses in the industry and their perfumes punch way above their price point.
For the last few days, I've swapped current my daytime scent (Chanel No.5 L'Eau) for Roger & Gallet's Rose eau douce parfumee (gentle fragrant water). It's not eau de parfum; it's literally just scented water meaning it's light and doesn't last all day. But it's a ringer for the Louis Vuitton! And it's under €20.
Just to be clear...what with Mother's Day just around the corner... I wouldn't say no to the LV bottle; I just wouldn't spend €200 when a tenth of that gets me the same smell, albeit without the Maison Louis Vuitton prestige.
There is a variety of other Roger & Gallet rose scented products and some are stronger perfumes with spicier notes to them so I'll try those next. But for about €17, I'm happy to forgo Louis Vuitton and shove a bottle of this stuff into the nappy bag for spritzes throughout the day.
Anyone else tried Roger & Gallet perfume or other pharmacy brands? This could be the start of a new frugal me!
*I always return to No.5. Always. I flirt with Mademoiselle, Chance and Eau Premiere but No.5 has my heart. Some say it's mumsy but a long time ago a man I thought I was in love with told me that I smelled like sex and he couldn't get my scent out of his mind. No.5 of course.
**No I'm not a minor British aristocrat (which is obviously the only reason one buys Tatler non-ironically). I was at Monart last week and they always have a few copies of it. I read it for the laugh.
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