Monday, March 29, 2010

Rose, you're a man.

I assure you this is not a post about drag queens and transgenders, although it might inspire you to be more tolerant and open-minded. Associating objects with a gender drives me crazy, unless it is for the obvious. Bra for women, condoms for men. I accept that, but please don't tell me pink is for girls, eyeliner for women, and flowers for ladies. If not for the inconvenience with removing eyeliner every night, I'd gladly wear it (it's a godsend for Asian eyes). As for flowers, they should be appreciated and adored by both men and women.

The rose is perhaps the most understood of all flowers for it is a symbol of love and beauty and mentioned in the world's library of proses, poems, folklore and history. It is used in art, perfumery, beauty, medicine and is also an indispensible material in fragrances for men. As you might have already guessed, this post is an introduction to the world of roses for men.


Egoiste by Chanel is spicy and woody with a mysterious carnation and bulgarian rose heart. This is the playboy's rose.

Charriol Men by Charriol - sweet and distinguished, this features rose among green grass and amber. A rose for the heir born with a silver-spoon.

Dreamer by Versace is a mesmerizing fragrance that is almost too hard to describe with words. It sits up there in my top 10 and features rose infused in gin and herbs. A rose for the hopelessly romantic romeo.

Rose 31 by Le Labo is a cardboard rose with hints of spices and coconut. It smells so clean yet dirty at the same time. Perfect rose for a surgeon.

Black XS by Paco Robanne - Froot Loops for a big man. Juicy, succulent fruit platter decorated with devilish black roses, this is emo-rose.

Calamity J by Juliette had a Gun is so masculine that Romeo decides he should wear it instead. This is serious rose dealing with musks and woods so forget anything fruity and loopy. Calamity J is rose for a male rebel.

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