From the category archives:

-Paul Smith

Friday, September 16th

09:00  Paul Costelloe*
10:00  Corrie Nielsen
11:00  Caroline Charles*
12:00  Jena.Theo
13:00  Bora Aksu*
14:00  Maria Grachvogel
15:00  Jean-Pierre Braganza*
16:00  sass & bide
17:00  Felder Felder*
18:00  Basso and Brooke
19:00  Ann-Sofie Back Atelje / BACK*
20:30  PPQ*

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Profile: Paul Smith

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(image from www.paulsmith.co.uk)

My post on D&G’s 3 L’Impératrice was planned to be the final post in the Fragrance Friday series, but what happened a couple of weeks ago gave me some more inspiration.

I was in a big (and very busy) supermarket, and I happened to walk past a lady who was wearing a beautifully soft, elegant and classy scent. After I decided that I really wanted to know what she was wearing, she was nowhere to be seen. But I managed to find her.

“Excuse me…I walked past you a few minutes ago. May I ask if you are wearing any fragrance?”

“Yes, it is Rose from Paul Smith.”

“It smells gorgeous!”

“Thank you!”

(I did feel like some kind of a fragrance detective. The trolley was part of my disguise…)

A few days later, I stopped by my local department store and tried it again. (I was quite sure I tested it when it was launched a few years ago, but I didn’t really remember the scent.) It was just as lovely.

According to Paul Smith’s official website, the rose that inspired this fragrance is Paul Smith Rose, which was cultivated and given as a gift from Paul’s wife for his birthday. It was first presented at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006. The fragrance features notes of rose, green tea, violet, magnolia, and cedarwood.

Between Rose and Stella by Stella McCartney (one of my favorite fragrances and also a rose-based scent), Rose is softer, more mellow, and more grown-up, while Stella is fresher and crisper. Both are very feminine, but Stella is slightly edgier.

I am not feeling the urge to purchase Rose at the moment, but I am very happy that I rediscovered this beautiful fragrance by chance.

This concludes my Fragrance Friday series, but there will certainly be more posts on fragrances. Later this year, I will talk about Blush by Marc Jacobs and Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge by Bulgari, two of the fragrances that I have that I think are quite suitable for fall and winter.

Here is a look back at the other fragrances featured in the series:

Sheer Stella 2010 by Stella McCartney

Untitled by Maison Martin Margiela

Paeonia by L’Occitane

NYC by Sarah Jessica Parker

Elemis Eau de Parfum by Elemis

Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani

Harrods for Her, for him & Swarovski Limited Edition by Bond No. 9

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