This fragrance was one of my Scentbox subscriptions. For those who don’t know, Scentbox is a monthly perfume subscription service that sends a 0.27 ounce spray bottle full of scent to subscribers each month for $14.95. Each month they give you a metal traveling case with the spray vial of perfume. These tubes are reusable and I often re use them with Scentbird perfumes as those are the same size but do not come with a travel case each month (you can order them separately, but I have extra so I don’t bother.)
In addition each perfume earns you a Scentbucks credit which you can save to use in the purchase of a full bottle of perfume which they do sell on their site as well. Each monthly sample ends up with about $2.24 in scentbucks earned, which can over time lower the cost of a perfume. In the meantime I am trying all different scents to see what perfume it is I want to order.
The perfume I tried this month was Bella Rosa by Oscar de la Renta. On the site its description reads…
Bella Rosa by Oscar de la Renta is a Chypre Floral fragrance for women. Bella Rosa was launched in 2019. The nose behind this fragrance is Harry Fremont. Top notes are pink pepper, freesia and mandarin orange. Middle notes are pink rose, jasmine and orris. Base notes are patchouli, sandalwood and amber.
As far as perfume descriptions go, this one was not as intriguing as they usually are. Typically perfume descriptions try to whisk you off onto an exotic holiday or a more fanciful life then you’ve ever dreamed of having. This one saw no reason to do so. It was in my recommendations though so I added it to my queue and this month it’s turn came about.
I will say the scent is perfect for this time of year. It is lightly floral but not cloyingly sweet. It is delicate and feminine and reminds me that all these rains we’ve been having lately are leading into growth and life. It is an excellent pick me up for a dreary day.
It does however not last long. On skin the scent lasts maybe an hour or two before fading to nothingness. It lasts much longer on cloth though so if you spray your shirt instead of your skin you can still get teasers of the scent throughout the day. While I wasn’t happy with the length of time it lasted, I did enjoy the scent, especially now. It has a calming sort of effect on me. When I inhale and close my eyes I can picture people in ball gowns and jewels in an old black and white movie where nothing truly bad ever happens. It’s one of the funny movies rather than the more angst filled ones. This is the scent you can almost see the dancing ladies wearing as their silks whisper across the dance floor. It is that kind of scent.
See this is what happens when the perfume company doesn’t provide me with a fanciful description. I make one up myself. Still I think that describes what the scent of the perfume sort of embodies.
I don’t know if I would buy this again. Currently I am enjoying using it. I find it soothing and pretty, but I am not happy with its duration. It’s not a definite no though either. Usually with perfumes I am very much a yes or no sort of person. This one may actually be my first maybe. I have to say the bottle is absolutely beautiful and definitely something I could see on my perfume shelf. And as vain and shallow of me as that sounds, I like pretty bottles. I won’t buy it just for the bottle, but as I am already on the fence it may sway me towards a future purchase. For now, I like the Oscar de la Renta Bella Rosa. Whether or not a bottle ends up in my collection is to be determined later.