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Today we are going to look at a decant I bought in a split recently. I was reminded of my sample when I saw the house displayed in Fortnum & Mason in London recently. I try to keep up but honestly there are too many releases to maintain even the most cursory knowledge of many of the newer houses coming out, let alone all of their offerings. I know it’s been said before but it would be so much better if lines kept to a couple of original releases and then a couple each year, more than that and I get overwhelmed and often bypass them completely. A Dozen Roses brought out three perfumes in 2011, two in 2012 and one in 2013. Now that’s a sensible amount!
Shakespeare in Love was released by A Dozen Roses in 2011.
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Heart: Jasmine, gardenia, rose
Base: Vanilla, woodsy notes
Sadly I did not pick the bottle of Shakespeare in Love up to see how it felt but I love the look of them and on other blogs I have read that they are a feel good style, heavy and easy to use. I could imagine this being a solo bottle on a vanity for those that only need one fragrance and who receive it as a gift.
WHOOSH! Shakespeare in Love opens sweet and remarkably like a freshly cut pear on open, including the cool wetness and even the slightly metallic knife but this sensation only lasts momentarily and then the pear is joined by rose and the white flowers but my skin throws up a predominant rose, the sweet, fruity and spicy rose accord of a Just Joey in the early morning when it is beginning to let its fragrance go.
Photo Stolen Flickr
Though Shakespeare in Love has a story from its juicy pear and to its slightly generic vanilla/woods tail it is essentially a soliflore with a twist, as you would expect by the companies name it is all about the rose and as a rose fragrance it delivers with a very low level murmur of white flowers bolstering but never really showing themselves. Over the last couple of days I have been enjoying it immensely and my decant is more than half gone. I like the price too, very reasonable.
Do you ever wish for a fragrance that is both elegant and fun? Shakespeare in Love is a happy combination of the two. If you like to smell freaky and unusual, if fragrance is not fun for you unless it’s a challenge then Shakespeare in Love will be too perfumey, to pretty and probably too easy to love. This is comfortable fragrance that I would be happy to wear as a dress up or to meet a mother in law, fragrant but not overpowering and jammy enough that it could very easily be a gift to someone just discovering that there is a world of good smells that do not have designer or celebrity names attached.
Photo Stolen DeviantArt
Shakespeare in Love is quiet but noticeable, it has a sneaking projection that becomes evident after you have sat still for about 30 seconds but does give a good sillage in the initial 2-3 hours after which it settles to a pleasant rose/vanilla/wood wash that is pretty but not groundbreaking.
Further reading: Natalie at Another Perfume Blog hates Shakespeare In Love, The Perfume Magazine does an interesting interview
A Dozen Roses has $125/100ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $3/ml
Do you like roses? What are your favourites? Tried A Dozen Roses?