Eschewing the modern trend for lighting up rose notes like neon signs against dark, woody backgrounds, Pretty in Pink offers a fresh, feminine take on the most classical of themes.
My personal benchmark for pink rose soliflores has long been Serge Lutens’ Sa Majesté la Rose (Christopher Sheldrake, 2000) whose unapologetic opening strongly recalls waxy citronella candles. By comparison, Pretty in Pink’s hesperidic head notes feel restrained and balanced, but there’s an appreciable citric tartness all the same, as well as a toppy musk that lends the composition a slightly retrospective vibe. Running through the entire perfume is a pronounced, Floralozone like ozonic note: initially, this carries the rose aloft with its breezy freshness, but come the deep dry down phase when the rose has faded, I find it has a bit of a bleaching effect on the pale woods and musks. Proof nonetheless that there’s always room for a good rose scent.
Nose: Chris Bartlett
House: Pell Wall Perfumes
Release date: 2011
Notes (per Fragrantica): bergamot, mint, neroli, rose, lily, violet leaf, lily of the valley, jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, musks, spices.