Sunday 25 April 2010

Simply Roses - Roses de Jardin Interior Fragrance

"A bed of roses", "come out smelling like a rose", "Everything's coming up roses", "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet", "look at life through rose-tinted spectacles" ... whichever expression you pick, roses always seem to be synonymous with pleasant, beautiful, positive things.

That's great news for this collection of rose-based home and beauty products, named quite simply "Simply Roses". If you like the colour pink and the delicate, feminine scent of roses, you'll be in your element.

I was sent the Roses de Jardin (which sounds so much more romantic than Garden Roses !) Interior Fragrance to try out. I was slightly apprehensive because when it's done badly (and presumably cheaply), rose-scented products can sometimes smell cloying and sickly. This was certainly not the case here though - it smells of actual roses, like a walk around a quintessentially English garden after a summer rainshower, rather than a cheap pack of rose-scented toiletries that your great aunt probably picked up in the pound shop !

The website says, "A spritz here and there of our Roses de Jardin Interior Fragrance will perfume your home with the deliciously lingering scent of vintage garden roses. Bring the outside in and convince yourself it's summer every day of the year! " Well, they took the words right out of my mouth. Even if you just spray it into the air, as opposed to on to bedding or cushions, the scent does linger for an impressively long time. The smell is feminine and delicate, but not overly so - my husband thought it smelt nice and natural too - and it's not overpowering or headachey, as some room fragrances are.

Carolyn Dunster, who set up the company, is a professional florist so she knows her stuff. She explains, "Simply Roses was born out of my personal passion for the world's favourite flower. Our range of rose-inspired body, bath and home fragrance products is a luxurious hand-picked collection created to reflect the natural beauty of a Simply Roses bouquet. Enjoy ! "

My only very slight criticism would be that the bottle looks a bit cheap and homemade - the glass bottle allows us to see the purity and the prettiness of the pink liquid inside, but the bottle itself and the plain pink stick-on label don't reflect the high quality of the product inside. It doesn't really matter because once you've spritzed the spray, you will most probably keep it out of sight in a cupboard, but if you are giving it as a special gift, it does slightly cheapen the image of the product which is a real shame.

As a sufferer of hayfever, I absolutely love the fact that I can take advantage of the wonderful scent of roses without spending the next couple of hours sniffling and rubbing my eyes !

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £14.95 for 100ml

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