Geisha Rouge is my “It is terribly cold outside, the wind is howling, my cheeks are frozen, but I still try to smile, when I get a whiff of my perfume!” scent. Perfect for harsh conditions, the oil of Geisha Rouge is like a little oven to carry about your person in the depth of winter.
Notes include tonka bean, tobacco, vanilla, sandalwood, cinnamon, star anise and clove. Geisha Rouge was created by Maria McElroy.
In anticipation of the new Geisha perfume Amber Rouge, that has been released recently and is on its way to me, I unearthed the tiny vial of Geisha Rouge that is undeservedly spending time in my sample box, patiently awaiting its turn in my review queue. I’m very glad I did. Rouge is just what I need at this time of the year.
Flowerless, based on the spices and woods used in traditional Japanese incense, Geisha Rouge is a quite linear scent that, to me, is dominated by cinnamon and clove. Those two hot spices do their best to warm me up, to glow like embers of a fire in the night. The base of sandalwood and a bit of sweet tonka, are the ideal structure to keep the spices going. Anise and tobacco are lost on my nose, but what I do smell is enticing enough.
Can you imagine, it is late afternoon, early evening, you are standing at a little table at a Christmas market (in German: Christkindlmarkt), drinking a steaming hot cup of mulled wine, stamping your feet, warming your fingers on the cup and you bury your nose in your scarf and inhale deeply?
What you want to smell then, is Geisha Rouge! It goes perfectly with glistening snow, jingle-ing bells and red-nosed