The Week of the Roses : Vacation Perfume

Today Patricia, our new contributing writer, talks about the dilemma of picking a perfume for vacation and why she decided to make her latest vacation a rose scented one. Patricia graduated from her mother’s perfume table to her very own bottle of Miss Dior as a young teen. This discovery started a lifelong love of perfume in general and green mossy fragrances in particular. After 30-plus years in the publishing industry, she works as an office manager in Boston, Massachusetts. Besides perfume, she loves long novels and spending time with her horse. Please give her a warm welcome!  

In Massachusetts we have a saying, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute,” so I wasn’t unduly concerned when the first few days of our summer vacation were cloudy and rainy. Still, the beachy fragrances such as Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess and Bobbi Brown’s Beach that I’d packed in my suitcase seemed to mock me, and even my favorite summer citruses didn’t satisfy me.


Fortunately my packing style has always been of the “everything but the kitchen sink” variety, so I had brought plenty of sample vials and small decants, including many roses, many of which I had not yet tried. But it turned out that variety was not what I wanted. What I craved were roses, and lots of them. Even after the sun came out on the third day, the roses and I were on a roll.  Rose perfumes turned out to be unexpectedly versatile: the heavier, darker blends suited the foggy and rainy days, while the crisp, bright ones were perfect companions for sunny beach outings. Here are six that I enjoyed on my vacation.

Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme

Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme is a dry unisex rose, great for daytime, which I wore while gallery shopping on one of the first grey days of my week. It was a pleasurable companion, non-obtrusive and fresh, great for daytime, but requiring frequent reapplication if you’re after a statement making perfume.

Le Labo Rose 31

Le Labo Rose 31 is often considered masculine and not much of a rose at all, but I love the combination of coconut, cedarwood and amber that makes it a cozy choice. Its musky warmth was just perfect for the first few foggy days when the beach was out of the question but a long hike ideal.

Les Parfums de Rosine Un Zest de Rose

Les Parfums de Rosine Un Zest de Rose is a fresh rose with plenty of lemon zest and green buds. It held up to a stroll on the beach and was noticeable on my wrists several hours later.  It reminded me of another summer favorite, Tocca’s Bianca, which is my idea of rose lemonade.


Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin

Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin is a true dirty rose. Even at the end of the day, I could still smell it on my skin. Wearing it is like lying on the damp earth of a rose bed on a still, warm night in mid-June. I wore it morning and evening and concluded that I must have a full bottle.

Frédéric Malle’s Une Rose

A show-stopper of a perfume, Frédéric Malle’s Une Rose is a full, intense crimson rose with just enough green leaves and dirt to keep me happy. I reserved it primarily for cool evenings, and I loved how it clung to my skin for hours.

James Heeley Hippie Rose

James Heeley Hippie Rose could just as easily have been called “Happy Rose.” Its bright and cheerful opening of peppery bergamot is followed by patchouli and rose. The drydown is a pleasant mix of vetiver, musk, and incense. A perfect sunny day perfume.

What perfumes do you take on vacation, or do you take a vacation from perfume?

Photography by Patricia Thomas



  • Elizabeth: Thank you for a lovely article, Patricia! I look forward to reading more from you.

    I am going to Germany for 10 days next week, and I am already planning which decants to take. So far I have Enlevement au Serail (my perfect spicy jasmine), vintage Emeraude (an oriental is required because northern Germany can have very cool summer evenings) and Apres l’ondee. That should be plenty, but I will probably bring more. 🙂 July 26, 2013 at 7:15am Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you, Elizabeth! Your choices for Germany sound lovely. Enlevement au Serail and Apres l’Ondee are favorites of mine as well, though I haven’t yet tried vintage Emeraude. Have a wonderful (and fragrant) vacation. July 26, 2013 at 8:49am Reply

    • Shelley: Hi Patricia , I really enjoyed your article, as well as the comments. Annick Goutal has a lovely rose fragrance called Rose Splendide. If you haven’t tried it, please do. As far as a travel scents, I always pack Goutal’s Hadrien, and Hermes’ Mediterranee. Hermes’ Pamplemousse Rose, is another great traveler. Tom Ford’s Neroli Portifino would also be great. July 26, 2013 at 7:47pm Reply

      • Patricia: Hi Shelley, and thank you for your suggestions! I like Hadrian and Mediterranee very much, but haven’t tried either Rose Splendide or Pamplemousse Rose. Hermes and Annick Goutal produce wonderful perfumes. I’m not as familiar with Tom Ford’s line. July 26, 2013 at 8:17pm Reply

  • Cornelia Blimber: Hi Patricia! Great list. There are so many roses, it’s not easy to make a choice. I love your description of La Fille de Berlin, very evocative.

    I don’t take perfume on vacation anymore since I took Versace Blonde to Rome. Italian perfume for Italy was the idea. The Romans opened the windows of bus 64 in a demonstrative way.
    I first explore the atmosphere now and buy some perfume on the spot.
    From time to time i give my nose a vacation. He deserves a rest now and then, he serves me so well!
    Looking forward to your contributions on Bdj. July 26, 2013 at 7:43am Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Cornelia, I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. I got a good laugh at your Versace Blonde story, as I own this perfume and know exactly what you mean. I once wore a heavy dose of Rive Gauche in a crowded elevator… and if looks could kill! And I agree with giving the hard-working nose an occasional rest. July 26, 2013 at 9:32am Reply

    • nikki: How funny, I know what you mean! When I lived in Italy, I used an Italian perfume Trussardi (the one in the white lizard case) and I was told that one uses that in the evening and maybe a little eau de cologne de lavande during the day! July 26, 2013 at 10:30am Reply

  • Austenfan: It’s wonderful to have a new contributor to Bois de Jasmin. I hope to read a lot more from you!

    I own quite a few rose-centered fragrances although I wear them less than I used to. From your list I am familiar with Un Zest and the Lutens. When I bought my Ecume de Rose it was a toss between that one and Un Zest. I have no regrets as Ecume is now discontinued and I believe un Zest to be still in production.

    When I go on holiday I bring a few small bottles of my favourite Nicolaïs ( Mostly Eau d’Eté and New York) and I often bring my old bottle of Bvlgari Pour Femme. Apart from that I travel with a huge collection of samples.
    And I never take a vacation from perfume except when I am ill. July 26, 2013 at 8:03am Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you for your nice welcome, Austenfan. I’m very pleased to be part of the BdJ team!
      I also like bringing the Nicolaïs on vacation since the 30 ml. bottles are such a convenient size. Eau d’Eté is one of my favorite PdNs and such a lovely summertime fragrance. July 26, 2013 at 9:44am Reply

  • Caroline: Glad to hear you appreciate green, mossy scents–one of my favorite genres as well. Not too familiar with rose-centric perfumes, but now I’m motivated to try my sample of Une Rose, and seek out a vial of Un Zest de Rose.
    Earlier this week, I tested DSH’s Rose Vert: dry, mossy and not quite what I was expecting, but in a good way. July 26, 2013 at 8:48am Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Caroline, Always glad to meet another chypre lover! Yes, do try Une Rose and let me know what you think of it. I haven’t tried Rose Vert, but your description makes me want to. July 26, 2013 at 9:49am Reply

  • Lucas: Hello to Patricia (waving!)
    I think I’d rather be taking vacation from perfume this year. In two weeks I’m going with my family to Hungary for 10 days. We’re going to Balaton, there’ll be a lot of swimming, perfume is not necessary there!

    I love roses and am happy to see my beloved Rose Anonyme on the list. I wore it on some hot days and I was surprised how long-lasting it was in the heat. I didn’t have to re-apply it.

    This summer I’m sticking with citrus, Eau d’Italie Acqua Decima is my star this season. July 26, 2013 at 9:20am Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Lucas (waving back!)
      It’s funny, but Rose Anonyme wasn’t an instant favorite of mine, but it definitely grew on me the more I wore it. Have a wonderful vacation and enjoy your Eau d’Italie Acqua Decima. Citrus is always so refreshing in hot weather. July 26, 2013 at 9:54am Reply

      • Lucas: For me Rose Anonyme was an instant love. I had a chance to try it before the release last year, I bought a big bottle the first day it was available from the local perfume boutique. July 26, 2013 at 1:49pm Reply

        • Patricia: Sometimes you just know 🙂 July 27, 2013 at 8:43am Reply

  • Heather W: Welcome, Patricia! Lovely to have you on board. I get obsessed with florals in the summer, especially white florals, but roses are getting plenty of skin time. There are several good roses from Sonoma Scent Studio that I like, and the SL Rose de Nuit has finally come into its own for me, but only in the evening. I keep forgetting to order a sample of Une Rose,but do want to try it. And I was gifted with Tocade by a lovely perfumista, and on me it is actually rather subtle and elegant, and suited to wear during the day. Paris is a good rose, too. There are so many. July 26, 2013 at 9:32am Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you, Heather! You are right: so many roses, so little time. I had totally forgotten about an old bottle of Tocade tucked into the back of my perfume cabinet. I’ll have to pull it out. And I wore Paris so much when it first came out (I’m dating myself) that I’m not sure I could put it on again. However I do have an old bottle that I smell from time to time. July 26, 2013 at 9:59am Reply

    • nikki: How wonderful you are wearing Tocade and enjoying it, Heather So lovely, the rose and soft vanilla fragrance by Maurice Roucel and the re-usable flacon in amber glass with caps in brilliant blue, verdant green or lava red. July 26, 2013 at 10:37am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Yes, Tocade is charming! Did you know, Nikki, that Rochas wiil have a new, uniform bottle for all the perfumes, including Tocade, and probably they will reformulate? Belle told me this. You can read it on Fragrantica. July 29, 2013 at 10:48am Reply

  • Aisha: Hi Patricia! I’m new to this blog (been reading it only for a couple of weeks now). This is also the first time I’m commenting.

    I usually don’t pack any perfume with me because I always get some while on vacation when visiting my parents in Hawaii. And I usually get it free. My mom always has a ton of fragrance samples from department stores. She’s allergic to most perfumes so she collects the samples for me and gives them to me. That’s how my collection of Chanel and Dior has grown over the years. I also enjoy the smell of suntan lotion, so that’s basically the fragrance I wear.

    Looking forward to reading more from you and all contributors to this absolutely beautiful blog. July 26, 2013 at 9:43am Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Aisha, and welcome 🙂
      How lucky you are, first to have parents who live in Hawaii, and second to have a mother who collects perfume samples for you!
      I also like the smell of suntan lotion, so be sure to stay posted for a review of Bobbi Brown’s Beach in the near future. July 26, 2013 at 10:42am Reply

      • Aisha: I look forward to reading your review. 🙂

        Yes, I consider myself very fortunate that my parents still live in Hawaii. My hometown is actually Honolulu. My mom used to love wearing fragrances (I still remember what her bottle of Joy smelled like) until she started developing migraines. I get migraines if a scent has too much patchouli, but can handle sandalwoods (thank goodness). Perhaps in the future a post about what to do if the fragrance you once loved starts turning against you? or something like that. 🙂 July 26, 2013 at 11:45am Reply

        • Patricia: Aisha, that’s a great idea. I’ve only had one perfume give me a migraine: Paloma Picasso’s Mon Parfum, which was a shame since I loved it. It also has heavy doses of patchouli, along with sandalwood, amber, musk and oakmoss. One of those notes (or combined) may have been the culprit. July 26, 2013 at 12:16pm Reply

  • mough: Hi Patricia! I too love horses, and just in a half hour or so, will go get on Silvio, my new dapple grey, and move some steers and bulls and calves, an odd mix, to their very green pasture. I spent the evening last night copying the “bull call” and getting the bull very confused. Threw dirt over his back at me. I was just in my underwear and a shirt. One of those nights…The image confused him. I SOUNDED like a bull calling out, but I looked like a half naked menopausal woman. Great fun.
    For such a dusty equestrian trip today in the heat, I’ll be wearing vintage Bal a Versailles. It also seems to go with horse activities. July 26, 2013 at 9:45am Reply

    • Patricia: Dear Mough, WOW! My horse almost faints if he sees a bush rustle slightly while we are in the riding ring. I can’t imagine what he would do if encountered by an actual bull! Like you, though, I do wear perfume while riding. My boy seems to like it when I wear Cristalle EDP 😉 July 26, 2013 at 10:05am Reply

      • mough: He’s a retired rodeo team roping horse, so he’s seen it all…Thank goodness. What a nice guy. I love him! He reminds me of the Clint Eastwood horses of yore–mostly dapple greys. Remember those, from the Outlaw Josie Wales days…Pale Rider…I always wanted a Clint Eastwood horse.Totally lucked into him. All I did was compliment this cowboy on his good lookin’ steed, twice, and he offered to sell him to me for cheap. He went on to be a bull rider…It PAYS to compliment a nice horse. Lesson learned. July 26, 2013 at 12:28pm Reply

        • Patricia: I love the dappled greys, but they are the very devil to keep clean. My boy is a chestnut, so the dirt blends right in 🙂 And always compliment a nice horse (and maybe his owner, too!). July 26, 2013 at 8:22pm Reply

    • Eva S.: Hi Patricia and mough!
      I´ve been chasing bulls, moving cattle and docking sheep in Wyomimng for three weeks (on horseback). Loved it, love Wyoming, but my perfumes from back home (Sweden) did not work as they use to in the dry climate.

      As for roses, I loved your article, and especially the photo, so wonderful!
      I have not found “my” rose yet, they sort of scare me a little….;)
      I have been thinking about Iroaz from Lostmarch, have to order a sample! 🙂 July 26, 2013 at 1:26pm Reply

      • Patricia: Hi Eva, Riding for three weeks in Wyoming sounds great. I’ve always been tempted to do the dude ranch western riding thing. It must be pretty thrilling to be able to move cattle and dock sheep. Horses are such wonderful creatures, and most of them have a very strong work ethic and enjoy their jobs.
        Good luck finding just the right rose! July 26, 2013 at 5:58pm Reply

  • Natalia: Hello, Patricia, thank you for this great article! I am glad you are on board, it means more wonderful stuff from my favorite blog 🙂

    What can I say, green rose, especially with a touch of moss, is my favorite olfactory concoction as well. I’ve just returned from a short vacation in Crimea where I took, among the others, Rose Ikebana, L’Eau de Chloe and Nahema thinking it would be a great evening fragrance. Well, Nahema didn’t manage to work at all, it simply disappered in the hot, dry air. Rose Ikebana, as beautiful as it is in the colder, more humid climate of Moscow, was still quite nice but it completely lost its melancholy note that I especially adore in it. L’Eau de Chloe, however, was amazing, exactly the perfume for that type of climate. Green, fresh, elegant and, to my surprise, quite long lasting (in the other parts of the world it disappears the second I put it on). I even got a random compliment on it, a lady who sat next to me on a bus said the perfume I was wearing was gorgeous and asked me what it was. I wrote the name on the piece of paper for her 🙂
    Also, I recently went on a trip to San Francisco, it wasn’t exactly a vacation but nontheless a very pleasant adventure. I must say, Chanel 5 never sang her part as beautifully as she did there. July 26, 2013 at 10:04am Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you so much, Natalia, for your wonderful additions to the rose list. It’s interesting, isn’t it, to see which perfumes work in the heat. I am surprised that you had such success (an even a compliment!) on L’Eau de Chloe. I must pull out my sample and give it a try in humid heat, though it might not work as well as it did for you in the dry heat. July 26, 2013 at 10:19am Reply

  • Ariadne: Lovely to read your post Patricia and to share your love of rose perfumes!
    Casual Friday today at work. I have on Juliette Has a Gun Lady Vengeance, maybe a bit of a “hippie rose” too and thus goes with jeans.
    I also love mough’s juxtaposition of BaV with horseback riding! I am a BaV devotee and am sure that works!! July 26, 2013 at 10:06am Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Ariadne, Juliette Has a Gun Lady Vengeance sounds perfect with jeans on a Casual Friday. Is your workplace perfume-friendly? July 26, 2013 at 11:11am Reply

      • Ariadne: No one has ever (dared?) complain about my use of perfume in the office! In fact one day one guy told everyone to go smell me, he was so taken with my scent of the day, which was Bulgari Jasmine Noir. July 26, 2013 at 6:59pm Reply

        • Patricia: Wow! One hears such horror stories about perfume-phobic offices, that it is nice to hear this. July 26, 2013 at 8:24pm Reply

        • Eva S.: Bvgari Jasmin Noir has given me a lot of compliments too when I wear it, in fact one of my most complimented parfumes together with Chanel no 5. July 27, 2013 at 4:05pm Reply

  • Lizzy: Welcome, Patricia! I enjoyed reading your week-long exploration of rose scents (one of my favorite notes!); Hippie Rose sounds like a must-try for me.

    I tend to pack decants for vacation days–they are the perfect time, in my mind, to experiment (less risk of offending someone I interact with regularly); still I will always include travel sizes of some favorites (Sonoma Scent Studio Rose Volupte, Donna Karan Black Cashmere, CB I Hate Perfume November, Lavanila Vanilla Passionfruit) in case I’m not in the mood to be adventurous. July 26, 2013 at 10:11am Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you, Lizzy! What a good idea to pack old friends in addition to decants and samples that you want to try. Sometimes we just need perfume to be a familiar background scent.
      I think you will like Hippie Rose. It’s hard not to smile while wearing it. July 26, 2013 at 11:15am Reply

  • NeenaJ: Welcome Patricia! I enjoyed reading about your rose selections and will make it my business to seek a sample of Heeley’s Hippie Rose. Le Labo’s Rose 31 is already a favorite of mine. Loved your image of the bleached out shells! July 26, 2013 at 10:21am Reply

    • Patricia: Thanks, NeenaJ! The shells were on a picnic bench in the back yard of our rental house. I added my beach glass necklace and snapped away.
      It’s hard not to like Hippie Rose, even if it isn’t a perfume you would select on a daily basis. July 26, 2013 at 11:19am Reply

  • Snowyowl: Welcome Patricia! I love the way you’ve described these scents, some of which I will definitely explore more deeply. Timely article as tonight I will be traveling for 10 days and was considering what to pack scent-wise. I often will wait until a trip and try out some of my decants in a new environment, and/or try something that didn’t quite appeal to me at home and when away, it gets new meaning entirely and I start to see it with fresh eyes. (I like that you didn’t go for the obvious of bringing Bronze Goddess or Beach to the beach! I’m trying to juxtapose what to bring to a country cabin weekend getaway!)

    Great to have you here- I will come back to this list frequently as the intricacies of variations on rose themes are some of my favorites! Thanks! July 26, 2013 at 10:39am Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you so much, Snowyowl. I like your comment about seeing a perfume with new eyes in a different environment.
      A country cabin getaway sounds lovely. Perhaps you could bring a nice sandalwood such as 10 Corso Como, Diptyque Tam Dao, or SL Santal Blanc? July 26, 2013 at 12:27pm Reply

      • Snowyowl: Yum! Love your suggestions, thanks!:) July 26, 2013 at 1:56pm Reply

  • Anne of Green Gables: Thank you for the nice post, Patricia! It’s interesting that you mention Tocca’s Bianca. I asked for some perfume suggestions in the recent ‘Recommend me a Perfume’ post and one of the suggestions I got was ‘Un Zest de Rose’. I went to a deparment store in town to sample some of the perfumes recommended. Unfortunately, they didn’t have ‘Les Parfums de Rosine’. But a SA recommended me Tocca’s Bianca and I got a sample vial. When I wore it, I was surprised by how pretty it was. A lot of zesty lemon in the beginning and such a fresh, delicate, pink rose in the middle. It was supposed to have tea as well but so far, I haven’t detected any. BTW, does anyone know which shops stock ‘Les Parfums de Rosine’ in Munich? I’m dying to try ‘Un Zest de Rose’. July 26, 2013 at 10:41am Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Anne, You know, Tocca’s Bianca doesn’t get much love in perfume circles because it’s very simple. I don’t get tea in it, either. It’s really a one-trick pony: mouth-watering lemon morphing into a lovely rose. But it does it so well, and it’s fairly long lasting, too 🙂 July 26, 2013 at 12:30pm Reply

      • Anne of Green Gables: Yes, it looks like that it wasn’t so well received among serious perfumistas and I can understand why – as you said, it doesn’t have enough depth and it’s nothing groundbreaking.

        As a newbie, I’m learning a lot from reading different perfume reviews but at the same time, I feel obliged to like perfumes that everyone raves about and hate the ones that everyone trashes. If I don’t like something, it’s still difficult to know whether it’s because I don’t know enough to appreciate it or just because it’s simply not for me. July 26, 2013 at 4:30pm Reply

        • Patricia: Just keep sampling, and your own taste will emerge before you know it! July 26, 2013 at 6:00pm Reply

      • maggiecat: I also love Tocca’s Bianca and especially enjoy wearing it in the summer. I do get a tea note in the drydown, and only wish the opening lasted a bit longer! I’ve also gotten compliments on this one from strangers. It’s a good “office” or crowded room scent as well. July 26, 2013 at 6:46pm Reply

        • Patricia: We should start a Tocca Bianca support group 😉 July 26, 2013 at 8:25pm Reply

    • Annikky: Anne, you have probably checked it already, but Parfums de Rosine has a web site where you can order a sample set – quite reasonably priced. July 26, 2013 at 1:15pm Reply

      • Anne of Green Gables: Hi Annikky, thanks for the info. I actually prefer to sample in shops first. If I like it enough then I’d order a sample to try for a longer period of time. July 26, 2013 at 4:00pm Reply

    • Austenfan: If you don’t want a complete sample set, or would rather test your perfumes in a shop; according to Rosine’s website there are four perfume shops in München who stock the line. Just go to their website and look under retailers. July 26, 2013 at 1:50pm Reply

      • Austenfan: I am not sure if I can post the link here so I haven’t. July 26, 2013 at 1:53pm Reply

        • Victoria: That’s ok! You can post it. July 26, 2013 at 2:26pm Reply

      • Anne of Green Gables: Thank you, Austenfan. I already tried one of the retailers listed but failed. (I hope that it wasn’t because of my bad French pronunciation) I’ll try other shops. If not, I can always order a sample from First in Fragrance. July 26, 2013 at 3:56pm Reply

        • Austenfan: First in Fragrance has an excellent sample service but in this case it would be cheaper to get the samples from Rosine themselves, if you would wish to sample more than 4 or 5 of their fragrances, that is.

          These are the ones I found, that you yourself probably found as well.

          ROSENKAVALIERPLATZ 10 81925 MÜNCHEN 089 / 91 19 48

          Parfümerie Brückner GmbH
          Marienplatz 8 / Weinstrasse 80331 MÜNCHEN 089 / 22 38 74

          HOHENZOLLERNSTR. 64 80801 MÜNCHEN 089/ 33 43 58

          VERDISTR. 50 81247 MÜNCHEN 089 811 47 11 July 26, 2013 at 4:17pm Reply

          • Anne of Green Gables: I just checked and you’re absolutely right. It’s cheaper (3 samples for 10 euros!) to get them directly from Rosine. I’ll have to think about other ones to try. July 26, 2013 at 4:48pm Reply

  • OperaFan: Welcome, Patricia! As a rose lover, I can’t imagine a better introduction to your writing! I like the Malle and Rosine very much and must try Rose 31.

    Like you, I always pack a good variety of fragrances when I travel. Even my everyday handbag contains a pouch of selections. There are exceptions – I Never wear fragrances in a national park, and I don’t wear them on the beach. Maybe beaches in Mass are different from Jersey, but If I were to wear anything but dry woods and incense on the beach in NJ when it’s not windy, I’d be eaten alive by flies!

    Looking forward to reading more from you. 🙂 July 26, 2013 at 10:42am Reply

    • Patricia: Ah, Rose 31, the non-rose Rose fragrance! Do try it, if only because it is so different.
      My handbag needs to be cleaned out every so often because the samples and decants multiply like rabbits. I put perfume on in the morning, then pop the decant in my purse. Repeat seven times and it’s time to purge!
      Thank you, OperaFan, for your nice welcome 🙂 July 26, 2013 at 12:37pm Reply

  • nikki: Hello Patricia!
    Welcome! Thank you for yur article and the pretty photos, especially the shell one! Thank you for reminding us of roses! I was just admiring my mini roses outside and when I came in sprayed some Annick Goutal Grand Amour which I received yesterday. The first sniff is roses to me, cool roses like sterling silver lilac roses with their mossy scent.
    Your choice of YSL’s Paris is an amazing, breathtaking rose perfume softening to a powdery halo.
    If I were to choose a rose perfume for a cloudy vacation day, it would be Creed’s Fleur de The Rose Bulgare. It is an early morning rose scent, the really sweet scent of a light pink rose. July 26, 2013 at 10:50am Reply

    • Patricia: Hello Nikki, I haven’t tried either Grand Amour or Creed’s Fleur de The Rose Bulgare. You make them sound just delicious. Two more to add to my list! July 26, 2013 at 12:40pm Reply

  • Vishishta: Hello Patricia,

    Nice to read a collection of roses. I too, love roses, and especially in the summer. I too, also lived in Bosten for a good many years and observed the changing weather.

    These days I wear Keiko Meicheri’s Attar of Roses,which I discovered from a sample on Luckyscent. It is soft and very subtle. I wore it to a meditation gathering and a woman next to me asked me what I was wearing. She complained about the overwhelming nature of most modern perfumes but complimented me on the beauty of this understated rose/incense scent. I intend to try more Meicherei fragrances soon.

    Welcome to Bois de Jasmin. We have a lovely group here! July 26, 2013 at 11:27am Reply

    • Sandra: My favorite rose scent is Shanti Shanti by Miller et Bertaux.
      I find it beautiful, sensual, and long lasting. July 26, 2013 at 11:50am Reply

      • Patricia: On the list it goes! July 26, 2013 at 12:48pm Reply

    • Patricia: Keiko Mecheri is a perfumer I’m very fond of. I will have to try Attar of Roses. Two I can recommend to you are Ume (a dark plum) and Peau de Peche (fresh peach), both of which I own. I also love Canyon Dreams, a sandalwood from her Bespoke Collection, but only own a decant, as it is prohibitively expensive. July 26, 2013 at 12:47pm Reply

      • Vishishta: Thank you for the tips. I love sandalwood also, but as it is so rare, I guess it is natural that it is expensive. I will get samples of the Lime and Peche. July 29, 2013 at 11:11pm Reply

  • Maxine: Welcome Patricia,
    I’m heavily into roses at present , FM’s lipstick rose and Une Rose have put me into a spin, your description of Une rose is perfect , the sillage and longevity is amazing.
    I’ve just sent of for Le Labo Rose 31 and am thinking about Serge Lutens Rose de Nuit, at this rate I’ll be smelling great but surviving on fluids.
    Great to have you on board. July 26, 2013 at 11:34am Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you, Maxine 🙂 Isn’t the violet/rose combination in Lipstick Rose to die for? It always brings me back to my mother’s dressing table. As a young child I liked to “read” the names and then smell each one before carefully putting it away. FM really nailed the exact scent of those red lipsticks from the fifties and sixties. July 26, 2013 at 6:06pm Reply

  • Deborah: Hello Patricia and thank you for all those rose fragrance ideas. I have been wearing Soir de Lune recently and not only do I love it, it is one of the only perfumes that others have spontaneously commented on. All I can smell in it is Rose, but I understand there are other notes – my uneducated nose:) I am discovering how vital it is to correlate the perfume to the temperature and Un Zest de Rose sounds perfect for a warm summer day July 26, 2013 at 12:13pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Deborah! I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. I haven’t tried Soir de Lune and will need to seek it out. There are so many wonderful rose perfumes out there. July 26, 2013 at 6:08pm Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: Patricia, you write beautifully and I loved your descriptions of the perfumes you brought on your vacation. I haven’t been on a vacation for quite a few years. My last one was in 2008 to Sicily. I always brought perfume with me but also have always purchased a few bottles during my past vacations to Italy. I never thought of myself as a rose perfume lover, but I have most of the fragrances mentioned in your post and also some of the other posts as well. I do adore Le Labo Rose 31 and SL’s La Fille de Berlin. I’m looking forward to more of your blogs! July 26, 2013 at 12:24pm Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you so much, Phyllis! I am planning on going to France this fall and have been saving my pennies in order to buy La Fille de Berlin while I am in Paris. I agree that it makes for a special scent memory to purchase a perfume while on vacation. July 26, 2013 at 6:12pm Reply

  • Dina Mack: Hi Patricia – Love the post! Cristalle has been my signature, go-to, scent for many years. But, on vacations, I tend to take small samples (Cristalle Eau Verte for the last one, but I like the original better:) And, even use a variety of swatches from magazines brought on the trip. Have you tried Diptyque’s L’Ombre Dans L’Eau? I love it, but mainly when it’s cooler outside. Looking forward to trying the scents on your list! July 26, 2013 at 12:34pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Dina…and thanks! I’ve found that I prefer the EDP of Cristalle to the EDT, although I have both. The EDP is such a nice skin scent, I think. I have a small department store sample of the Eau Verte and I like it, but I agree with you that the original is better.
      I will plan on revisiting L’Ombre dans L’Eau this fall. This one wasn’t an instant like for me. It might require another try. July 26, 2013 at 6:17pm Reply

  • rainboweyes: Welcome, Patricia and thanks for the lovely article. I love the smell of real roses but for some reason I cannot stand it in perfume. Actually, there is only one rose-focused scent I own – Perles de Lalique and a few more which I wear occasionally: Parfums del Rae Coup de Foudre, Byredo Rose Noir and Diptyque Ombre Dans l’Eau.

    By the way, I love to try scents in a new environment, especially in a different climate. I don’t care much for jasmine scents at home (Germany) but love them in the heat of Southern Europe where I mostly spend my vacation.
    My summer vacation choices this year included Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan, Artisan Parfumeur Thé pour un Eté, Olfactive Studio Lumiére Blanche, Ramón Monegal Impossible Iris – and zillions of samples to try 🙂 July 26, 2013 at 1:04pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hello, rainboweyes, and thanks for your nice comment! July 26, 2013 at 6:23pm Reply

      • Patricia: I own Coup de Foudre and love it. I didn’t include it in my article since I was examining roses new to me. I know what you mean about roses, though. They can be problematic.
        Your summer vacation choices are lovely. I have tried and like them all. July 26, 2013 at 6:27pm Reply

  • Ksenija: Hi Patricia and welcome! I loved the article, I must try the Hippie Rose, that one is not familiar to me yet. Your article reminded me on my last summer when I spent a couple of weeks testing all the Perfumes de Rosine range. It was lovely! But that was a city holiday, not a proper one with beach and sun kissed sand. For that, I like my perfumes big, bold and beautiful. Luckily, so far no one in my vicinity complained. My choices for the day are Estee Lauder ‘Beyond Paradise’ and Lanvin ‘Arpege’ and for the night, Douglas Hannat by Piguet July 26, 2013 at 1:12pm Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you, Ksenija! You must smell very good on your holidays. Do try the Hippie Rose, as I think you will like it. July 26, 2013 at 7:27pm Reply

  • Annikky: Dear Patricia, thank you for a lovely post and welcome! I always give extra points for a history reference in the title 🙂

    I generally like my roses fairly dark, so it’s not a surprise that from your list, Une Rose is my favourite – although I like Portrait of a Lady even more. Other roses I like are Mohur, Cafe Rose, Lyric, Ta’if and L’Ombre dans L’Eau, but the latter I find more green than rose. Stella is probably the sheerest rose I have owned and enjoyed. I’ve yet to try the Heeley and Le Labo roses and seem to be the only one in the world who finds Rose Anonyme sweet…

    There’s no real vacation for me this year, I have just moved (to Brussels) with only a couple of bottles: I plan to take advantage of excellent perfume shopping opportunities here and in nearby capitals. July 26, 2013 at 1:49pm Reply

    • Patricia: Dear Annikky, How clever of you to notice my takeoff on War of the Roses 😉
      Mohur and Lyric are also favorites of mine. I hope to someday own bottles of each.
      I hope that you settle in quickly to your new home and that you enjoy your perfume shopping adventure! July 26, 2013 at 7:34pm Reply

  • Mel: Hi Patricia! Love your first post! the only rose I own is Andy Tauer’s Incense Rose which I adore. But the L’Artisan Voleur de Roses I think is gorgeous and it’s on my list. My only vacation this summer was to the U.S. Open golf tournament in sweltering Merion, PA. Herba Fresca to the rescue!!! Not a rose in sight, but nothing like the brisk wake-up call of mint to clear the fog of muggy weather. July 26, 2013 at 2:33pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Mel! Herba Fresca sounds perfect for a sweltering golf tournament. Two others that would be great for that type of weather would be Eau de Rochas and Eau de Guerlain. July 26, 2013 at 7:46pm Reply

  • rosarita: Welcome Patricia, looking forward to more of your posts! I picked the user name rosarita years ago because rose is a favorite of mine. I appreciate your description of Un Zest! I wear it a lot and if I travel in the summer a decant goes with me, along with samples of Black Aoud and Portrait of a Lady. Your pictures are great, esp. the one of the shells. Dry shells smell so good, that smell brings back good beach day memories 🙂 July 26, 2013 at 4:11pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hello Rosarita, and thank you! Black Aoud is a little much for me, but I like White Aoud. And Portrait of a Lady is just plain gorgeous. Can’t believe I haven’t snagged a bottle of that one yet. The salty, dry smell of shells is special, isn’t it? July 26, 2013 at 7:50pm Reply

      • rosarita: Black Aoud is certainly intense! I had a sample that lasted well over a year, because just a dab is plenty. Now I have a decant and it will last for years. Love that dark rose. July 27, 2013 at 12:31am Reply

        • Patricia: Rosarita, For rose and oud, I also like Agent Provocateur. Have you tried that one? July 30, 2013 at 6:03pm Reply

  • Karen: Hi Patricia! Enjoyed your thoughts. It’s winter here in the Southern Hemisphere so summer vacation seems long way away, but on a recent trip to Cannes I took Elixir des Merveilles along – there was something about the salty warm oranginess of it that worked perfectly for me in the Mediterranean sea breezes. As for roses, I am totally obsessed with ELDO’s Rossy de Palma even though I’m quite picky about rose perfumes. Just love this and I can’t even quite say why. July 26, 2013 at 4:36pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Karen, I haven’t tried ELDO’s Rossy de Palma, although I like quite a few others in the line. Another one for the sample list.
      I envy you your trip to Cannes! I haven’t been there since I was a teenager. July 26, 2013 at 7:54pm Reply

    • AnnieA: Also an RdP fan. I wear it more in the colder months, though. Off to humid Montreal soon, bringing my usual summery Vetiver Pour Elle as well as quite a few tried and true samples such as Trefle Pur. July 27, 2013 at 10:08am Reply

      • AndreaR: PdN’s Eau d’Ete is my go to summer scent here in the Pacific Northwest, but Rossy de Palma is my true love and I’ll buy a FB when we’re in Paris this September. July 27, 2013 at 10:37am Reply

        • Patricia: I will definitely have to try Rossy de Palma. Have fun in Paris! July 27, 2013 at 10:47am Reply

          • AndreaR: What’s on your perfume wish list in Paris? I can’t visit them all because I’ll be overwhelmed, but I know that I want to go to Serge Luten, ELDO, Patricia de Nicolai and Frederic Malle. July 28, 2013 at 12:02am Reply

      • Patricia: Off to find my decant of Vetiver pour Elle 🙂 July 27, 2013 at 11:02am Reply

  • Karina: Welcome Patricia! I have been going through a rose phase and have also concluded that La Fille de Berlin is wonderful and I must have a bottle. Roses can be very versatile as you say, there are types for any kind of weather, mood or occasion. I like dark and sultry roses so I probably wouldn’t take them on a beach vacation, for that I would probably opt for a white floral fragrance. I haven’t seen Chloe Intense mentioned around here much but for a mainstream perfume I think it is another good example of a rose fragrance. July 26, 2013 at 6:33pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Karina, I must admit that all of the Chloe iterations make my head spin. However, I don’t believe that I’ve tried Chloe Intense. I do like Love, Chloe and the original Chloe from 1975 and vow to get them all sorted out at some point. (Just don’t get me started on Miss Dior!) July 26, 2013 at 8:08pm Reply

  • maggiecat: What a lovely article! I enjoy bringing samplers and decants when I travel (which isn’t anywhere near often enough!), but I also like to shop for perfume souvenirs so I try not to being too much. And sometimes what I think I’ll want to wear doesn’t work. The eaux de cologne I love in North Texas were just “blah” in Hawaii when I was lucky enough to go three years ago. Actually, Hawaii smelled so wonderful itself that perfume seemed almost superfluous! July 26, 2013 at 6:50pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Maggiecat, I went to Hawaii once as a teen and hope to go back again sometime. What a magical place! I can see that perfume wouldn’t even be necessary (well, maybe just a little…). July 26, 2013 at 8:11pm Reply

  • Eastofeden: When I want rose…I want rose. My favorite is Evelyn Rose by Crabtree & Evelyn (The original formulation…the new version smells peachy in a juvenile way. It is not bad..but not the scent I love and crave). There is also a oil of rose that I buy from a fragrance vendor at a local renaissance faire that I love too. Both these scents are simply rose in no holds barred bold flamboyant single note way. I find the simplicity sophisticated.

    For rosy blends I like YSL Paris and I love the white rose scent among the aldeyhedic starchy notes of Estee Lauder White Linen. July 26, 2013 at 8:15pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Eastofeden, Is it difficult to find the original formulation of Evelyn Rose? It can be so frustrating when a beloved fragrance is discontinued or reformulated. July 26, 2013 at 8:33pm Reply

    • Andy: Eastofeden, have you tried Perfumer’s Workshop Tea Rose? I am the same way (I don’t crave rose often but when I do I want ROSE!), and I find that it definitely satisfies my cravings without breaking the bank. To me, it is pure, unadulterated rose, and it is long lasting as well. July 27, 2013 at 9:30am Reply

    • Austenfan: White Linen and Paris are by the same nose, who must adore roses as she has done so many excellent ones. I love both, and I agree, the rose in WL is excellent. July 28, 2013 at 10:28am Reply

  • Robert: Thank you for the rose-heavy article, always welcome. My 2¢: Czech & Speak Dark Rose, with the qualification that I write from chilly, stormy midwinter. July 26, 2013 at 10:04pm Reply

    • Patricia: Thanks, Robert, for your recommendation. On the to-try list it goes! July 26, 2013 at 10:25pm Reply

  • emily: I have changed my fragrance plan due to the weather as well. Today it poured (I’m having a staycation) and I ditched Balenciaga Paris for just the merest spritz of Tuberose Gardenia. It just seemed more floral and light. I love rose fragrances when they include other elements – not single notes of rose. I’m dying to try Apres L’Ondee, it’s mentioned so much here! July 26, 2013 at 10:29pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Emily, It’s always good to stay flexible when it comes to fragrance. The weather and one’s mood can both be so changeable! Apres L’Ondee is just lovely. Hard to believe it first made its appearance in the early twentieth century. July 27, 2013 at 8:22am Reply

  • kaori: Welcome Patricia. I am glad to find another green mossy fragrance lover. I don’t wear rose fragrance very much but like FM une rose. The beach, your picture, is nearby? Very clean and nice. July 26, 2013 at 10:31pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hello kaori! Always glad to find another chypre lover 🙂 Isn’t Une Rose the epitome of a rose soliflore? The pictures were taken on Cape Cod, about an hour and a half from where I live in Massachusetts. July 27, 2013 at 8:29am Reply

  • Hajusuuri: Hi Patricia! Great to see you here and congratulations on your first guest post! I am ready to go on vacation myself and have just about decided to go monogamous with Atelier Cologne Sous le toit de Paris. It will be perfect in the heat (Greece and Turkey) and transitions nicely for evenings in a formal or semi-formal setting. I am not a super fan of roses but your selection sounds wonderful! July 26, 2013 at 11:30pm Reply

    • Patricia: Dear Hajusuuri, Many thanks 🙂 Your vacation sounds fantastic. My daughter just returned from Turkey, Greece, and Italy and had an unbelievable time. Atelier Sous le Toit de Paris sounds like a perfect choice for the heat. Have fun! July 27, 2013 at 8:38am Reply

  • Portia: How exciting for you to be a part of and welcome to Bois de Jasmin. I enjoyed your post immensely and now shall go search out Hippy Rose, which I haven’t yet tried.
    Portia xx July 26, 2013 at 11:56pm Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you, Portia! Please do search out Hippie Rose. I think of it as the rose version of Bombay Bling. It has the same irrepressible cheerful energy. July 27, 2013 at 8:42am Reply

  • Andy: Welcome, Patricia!

    I am not always a fan of rose in my perfumes, but I do like Rose Anonyme very much, especially on overcast summer days. For the occasional times when all I crave is a really simple, bright rose, I keep Perfumer’s Workshop Tea Rose around. I find that I use that one more as an all-purpose room/bath/letter scenting spray, but I love that sort of versatility since I don’t crave roses often enough. That being said, as an avid gardener and plant-lover, I love the many fragrances of real roses. Especially the heavenly bright pink roses (Rosa rubignosa) that grow by the beach. I am about to depart for a week at the beach, so I especially loved reading your article. When I travel, I usually take a break from perfume, but I was inspired by your post, and I have so many samples that this time I think I’m going to take them with me! July 27, 2013 at 9:26am Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Andy, Thanks for your nice welcome!
      PW Tea Rose is one I do not like on skin, but I use it as you do, as an air freshener and in the bath. Nothing can replace the scent of a rose in the garden. Sadly, roses from the florist have been bred for looks only and have no scent at all. Have you read Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart? It’s an excellent look at the flower industry, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in flowers.
      Have fun on your vacation! July 27, 2013 at 10:58am Reply

      • Andy: Thank you for the book recommendation. When I see florists’ roses, I no longer even go in for a sniff, because I’ve been disappointed so many times. July 27, 2013 at 12:19pm Reply

  • Emma M: Hello Patricia, a week of roses sounds heavenly; I read your article with delight and now I must seek out Rose 31 and Rose Anonyme.

    I love rose and I’m always on the quest for the ‘perfect’ rose fragrance – I adore REN’s rose otto bath and body range, any suggestions for a rose fragrance that smells similar would be very welcome!! July 27, 2013 at 12:50pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hi Emma & thank you!
      Alas, I am not familiar with REN’s rose otto bath and body range.
      Can any of our readers help Emma with her request? July 27, 2013 at 3:57pm Reply

      • Annikky: Emma, have you tried SL Sa Majeste La Rose? I love REN’s line, too, and I think there is a similarity between the Lutens and REN Rose Otto products. If I’m not mistaken, both are based on Moroccon rose oil. Maybe the essential oil itself would be an option as well? July 27, 2013 at 5:03pm Reply

  • ferris Égoïste: hello patricia, I am so relieved that I am not the only one that detects no rose in the infamous Rose 31. To me its a spicy, woody,musky and somewhat slightly sweet fragrance. On vacation I usually take decants of 3 scents, Égoïste, Eau Des Merveilles,and Caron Pour Homme. I can wear these scents anytime/ anywhere and are quite versatile. Enjoyed your article. July 27, 2013 at 1:48pm Reply

    • Patricia: Hi ferris, There is certainly something to be said for traveling with fragrances you know will be right for any occasion.
      Glad you liked the article 🙂 July 27, 2013 at 4:04pm Reply

  • stina: Thanks for your lovely post, Patricia – I’m looking forward to many more!

    I’ve been exploring rose fragrances on and off for the last few months, and have sampled quite a few of the ones mentioned here. I hadn’t heard of Hippie Rose; it’s been added to the top of my pile of sample lemmings.

    An inexpensive rose perfume that would be great for travel is Pacifica Persian Rose solid perfume; it’s a simple, lovely, lemony rose with good tenacity (and it’s inexpensive – $9 for a 1/3 oz tin). Be sure to get the *solid* perfume and not the spray! The spray version has an odd chemical-synthetic note that’s really off-putting.

    Can’t wait for the fall release of NVC Mohur extrait; supposedly this will have better tenacity than the EdP. July 27, 2013 at 3:21pm Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you, Stina!
      Your recommendation for an inexpensive solid rose perfume is much appreciated. I only have two solid perfumes, and one (Agent Provocateur) is a rose. They are indeed good for travel…no worry about the contents leaking inside your suitcase or carry-on. July 27, 2013 at 4:10pm Reply

      • stina: Another excellent solid perfume is Jazmina from Providence Perfume Company. It’s a gorgeous jasmine with touches of tea and grassy hay, and it has excellent tenacity and sillage.

        It costs $40 for a sturdy 1/2-ounce glass container; I’ll be taking it on my next business trip (if I don’t use it up first!).

        I’d love to try Mandy Aftel’s solid perfumes, but they *start* at $210 for 1/4 oz and they’re only available in sterling silver containers! I’d never travel with anything that expensive, it just isn’t worth it. July 27, 2013 at 4:26pm Reply

        • Patricia: Jazmina sounds lovely. I’m partial to any perfume with notes of hay, and it is a bargain to boot! July 27, 2013 at 5:27pm Reply

  • maja: Thanks for a lovely post and welcome to BDJ, Patricia. 🙂
    My love for roses is pretty recent and I love Rose Anonyme, too. My roses must be either dark or gourmand but I will have to find a green, fresh one to love, too. Un Zest sounds great! July 28, 2013 at 7:33am Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you, Maja. Un Zest is a wonderful fresh green rose and a good one to sample to fill that category.
      Regarding samples (below), that’s pretty much what I do, too. Though I had to declare a moratorium on buying new samples, since at this point I have more unsniffed than sniffed samples. 🙂 July 28, 2013 at 11:15am Reply

  • maja: Ps. About samples – I tried to follow a fashion tip from a friend of mine who brings on holiday all the clothes she never wears in the city and ends up buying croissants in the morning in golden gowns 🙂 So I took all the samples I didn’t have the time to explore to wear them on vacation. July 28, 2013 at 7:40am Reply

  • Nemo: Thank you for the lovely and informative post! I’ve recently started exploring rose perfumes a little bit, and thus far I have found any that I like very much but none that I love. My explorations started with a random sample of Stella someone gave me, and while I have tried many more realistic (and probably more complex) roses since then, Stella is still my favorite thus far. I have not tried any on your list yet, but they all sound wonderful especially the Hippie Rose and the lemony roses! July 28, 2013 at 8:13am Reply

    • Patricia: Dear Nemo, Thank you, and enjoy your rose exploration! Other favorites of mine are Eau Suave by Parfum d’Empire, Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle, and Lyric Woman by Amouage. All are worth a sniff. July 28, 2013 at 11:22am Reply

  • Isabeau: Welcome Patricia, lovely post!!

    My favourites are Byredo Rose Noir, Roses Musk and Roses Elixer by Montale and the beautiful Rose Barbare by Guerlain! Also like Rose Baie by Le labo.

    Me packing perfume for a holiday is terrible..It is always way too much, but always with me on Summer holidays is Sun by Jill Sander and Coco M. extrait. And a dozen of samples 😉

    I do need a bottle of Rose31, husband is leaving for San Francisco next monday, I think he should bring a bottle togehter with the city exclusive Limette 27 😉 July 29, 2013 at 8:16am Reply

    • Patricia: Thank you, Isabeau. Your perfume choices sound lovely. And lucky you to have a husband who brings back perfume! July 29, 2013 at 8:46am Reply

  • ralu: Lovely post, Patricia! I also live in New England, Boston to be exact.

    I wear perfume all the time, even when I go to the beach. Some beach favorites are VS-Bombshell, D&G Light Blue, Bruno Acampora- Musc and Pink Sugar. July 29, 2013 at 5:03pm Reply

    • Patricia: Thanks, ralu! The only time I don’t wear perfume is when I’m sick. A cold, yes…fever, no. Oh, and in yoga class. There are just too many people close together in a small room. July 29, 2013 at 7:44pm Reply

  • Poodle: Another Massachusetts girl here. I always bring samples on vacations with me. I also always look for a fragrant souvenir to bring home with me. I love roses but they don’t always love me back. Some turn sour. I need to find my perfect rose perfume. July 29, 2013 at 7:48pm Reply

    • Patricia: Poodle, I love your idea about bringing home a fragrant souvenir. Even a small scented soap makes for a nice memory when you use it back at home. Good luck finding that perfect rose! July 30, 2013 at 6:07pm Reply

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