* Cafe Rose starts off with pepper and hay surrounding a jammy rose.
* The pepper burns off quite quickly (less than 5 minutes) and the rose really shines.
* An hour into it, the rose starts to sing loudly with stronger projection then when initially sprayed.
* A minty note starts to envelope the flower which kind of makes it sparkle.
* This wears differently – sometimes, a light coffee note in addition to or instead of the mint note – which dries the rose out a bit.
* In the base, the rose continues to be the focus with a clean patchouli and light amber grounding it.
Summary: I should put in a disclaimer that I am a fanboy of the Tom Ford Private Blends (a Fordie), so I tend to really love the line. This is a bit difficult to write, but I am a bit disappointed with Cafe Rose. Of the four scents in the Jardin Noir collection, it was the only one that spoke to me on first sniff. When I wore it the first time, sprayed at the store – it was quite wonderful. With each additional wearing, the sparkle kind of dimmed. The idea of coffee and rose is quite fun. I was hoping it would be like a grown-up take of A*men with rose added (now that’s an idea for the next mashup collection for Thierry Mugler – someone call him), but it ends up being a good, if standard, rose scent with a little bit of patchouli and coffee in the mix. Cafe Rose isn’t bold or special enough to me- I like it, but don’t love it. Usually, the Private Blend lines inspire a much stronger reaction from me. I am just imagining if they would have done Cafe Rose with the intensity of say Tobacco Vanille, or the quirkiness of Amber Absolute. The personality of the Private Blends that I love just isn’t here. Cafe Rose is a good rose, not a great rose. I will stick with Amouage Lyric Man and Le Labo Rose 31 for my go to rose moments.
Disclaimer: Image courtesy of NeimanMarcus website. Sample provided by Saks sales associate.