Scent of the day: Rose Ispahan by Yves Rocher

Day six of a rose rotation.

This is a vintage splash bottle of EDT that I picked up on French Ebay, which enables me to use it like a cologne and splash it all over – something that’s needed because this fragrance is fairly weak.

Rose Ispahan is a delicious, sugary pink confectioner’s rose with a soft, fluffy quality like the inside of a rose-flavour macaron or the rose-scented marshmallows I buy from Chocolatier Casati du Lac in Bagnoles de l’Orne every Christmas.

The start is quite rose-sherbety, followed quickly by rose-vanilla and then, after about an hour, the spices kick in – still very soft and gentle and definitely gourmand: if this is patchouli, as listed, it makes the most of the chocolate facet.

This is a lovely fragrance that envelopes you like a pink angora sweater, but needs (for me) reapplication to keep it topped up.

I grow Rosa Ispahan in my garden, btw – it smells nothing like this.

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