a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
CAFÉ ROSE – 2012 – ♂♀
Classification: Chypre Floral
Top: May Rose, Saffron, Black pepper
Heart: Bulgarian Rose, Coffee, Turkish Rose
Base: Amber, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Frankincense
Price: $205 for 50ml bottle
Café Rose is one of four new introductions for Fall 2012 from Tom Ford’s Private Blend Collection. The film noir inspired name itself suggests that this fragrance has a dark and disturbing past, but Café Rose is as familiar and comfortable as a warm fur coat. When I first saw the name, I couldn’t help but think of some of my other all time favorites from Tom Ford Private Blend, issues like Tobacco Vanille and Amber Absolute. I was hoping that Café Rose would be as interesting and memorable. While Café Rose is interesting, it is by no means memorable.
Café Rose opens with sweet rose, then sharp and spicy black pepper. The top notes contain a sheer, cozy saffron that further intrigues you by coupling with a dark, semisweet chocolate, drizzled with a luscious bit of rich coffee. This combination is quite alluring but very short-lived. There is no lack of rose in Café Rose with May, Bulgarian and Turkish varieties being the primary scent of top and heart notes. The base of Café Rose is an old-fashioned combination of patchouli and sandalwood, with a slap of amber for good measure. It also has a puff of frankincense to make it mysterious. There are no big surprises here from Tom Ford. Café Rose alludes to a gourmand fragrance but this fragrance ultimately boils down to a sweet innocent garden rose enjoying a morning coffee.
I must admit that I was mildly impressed with Café Rose upon first sniff. All the allure of coffee and chocolate disappeared very quickly making the fragrance extremely one note. I feel that Café Rose is one of the most interesting of the four new introductions by Tom Ford. The primary issue with Café Rose is the lack of complexity in the fragrance in the dry-down stage. I find Café Rose to be a little bland and uninteresting, and quickly turns into a subtle and lovely rose skin scent, but not much more. The gourmand coffee and chocolate notes made this fragrance intriguing. Unfortunately, those elements just evaporate leaving your skin smelling of a lovely rose garden.