Perfume Review: Stephanie de Saint-Aignan Le Pot Aux Roses
As far as I am concerned, there can't be too many faux/stylized vintage rose scents reminiscent of 1950s powders and lipsticks. In fact, there aren't enough of those. Therefore Le Pot Aux Roses by Stephanie Saint-Aignan has become a welcome addition of my retro-chic rose collection (which up until now included all of two scents).
Le Pot Aux Roses is softer, fresher and "younger" in feel than my other two favorites in the genre, Lipstick Rose and Drole de Rose. The scent starts with a subtle but very juicy green note, and this fresh undertone lingers throughout the development, "lifting" the sweet and powdery florals, making them appear touchingly fragile, not quite fully ripened. Whereas Lipsick Rose and Drole de Rose are very violet-heavy on me, in Le Pot Aux Roses, it is iris that plays the most prominent supporting role. It must be because of the presence of iris that the Saint-Aignan's creation makes me think, rather surprisingly, of Dior's Bois d'Argent. Imagine the latter even softer, even fluffier, with an addition of a delicate rose note, and most unambiguously feminine, and you have Le Pot Aux Roses. This is one of the most charming compositions I have come upon in a long while. If I were 19 again and getting married again, this is what I would have worn on my wedding day. I am not and I am not, but the giddy spring is in the air, and Le Pot Aux Roses is hitting just the right spot these days.
Le Pot Aux Roses is available at stephaniedesaintaignan.com and is expected at luckyscent in the near future.
The image is by Juan Gotti.