Rosé All Daé is a truly gourmand Indie fragrance launched in 2018, by company owner and house perfumer Daniel Gallagher. That’s one very Irish name and branding, but actually the house is based in California, a state wherein one can find multitudes of indie fragrance houses. This fragrance was a top ten finalist in the Artisan Category of the 6th annual Art and Olfaction Awards. And here are the notes:
- apple crisp, plum, Turkish rose absolute, brown sugar, golden honey, tonka bean absolute,
- labdanum, vanilla, Australian sandalwood, patchouli, white musk, stainless steel
Holy catfish, batman, this one smells good! I thought the stainless steel note was a metaphor, but as you’ll note from a message I’m about to read from Danial himself, it’s no joke.
“Rosé All Daé was originally inspired by an exceptionally aromatic Cinsault rosé originating from the Texas High Plains. Of course, this inspiration only served as a starting point, because what came to be was something that even the perfectionist in me was completely smitten by. Aged in stainless steel, with the sweet and tasteful olfactive notes of apple crisp, plum, brown sugar, golden honey, and tonka bean absolute, and soldered together by an exquisite Turkish rose absolute, this eau de parfum will keep you warm and elicit happy thoughts on some of the cooler fall and winter days.”
This unique scent blasts out apple crisp served in small bowl of dark, bubbly red wine with hot honey drizzling over top. I say drizzling and not drizzled because the honey really wafts hard core into the nostrils – at the same time as the apple pie note – but not meshed with it as an accord. I detect the patchouli and musk early, and strangely I think it is these notes, along with whatever is creating that stainless steel note, that gives an impression of sharpness and strangely, cigarette ash. The ash is not a bad thing.
There is caramelized brown sugar in the mix, adding to the sweet gourmand effect, but although my first impression of the scent is smooth and heavy, somehow I feel that the fragrance is in fact rather light. I think the honey, being thick, viscous, and syrupy-sweet, is an illusion. Once it melts away there’s an airiness here.
The rose is not obvious, but it’s there. I’m not 100% sure if it’s a jammy rose or if it is just the goopy honey hanging around. Let’s go with juicy rose, since the whole concoction is indeed mouth-watering.
Whether you eventually get to that airiness or not, this scent is comfort food for the nose. It’s homemade apple crisp or pie or strudel or whatever warm cinnamon apple desert gels with your memory, coupled with a class of wine on a cool day. All day. Yes. I could do that.
Unfortunately, on me this does not last all day. Nor on me does it project like a monster. Perhaps it does not linger in the room after I leave, either, but I have no definite feedback on that yet. But I can say that I am delectable to those close to me. I hope others have better luck with the performance aspect of this fragrance.
The negatives of this perfume:
- For me, the hot honey vibe can be excessive. If you don’t enjoy honey, be careful, but note that it does subside.
- Do not overspray. When I first got this, my reaction was surprise at its intense warmth, and then I felt pure obsession. It’s a very more-ish perfume. So I put on more, which was not a good idea because more is not more in this case. I started to smell odd wafts of pickles, metal, and burnt rubber.
So due to its average performance, and the two negatives I mentioned, I wouldn’t blind buy this one, although I did, and don’t regret it. I did get this one at a good price, however. A 30ml bottle retails for 95USD, which is no small number. Gallagher fragrances also offers sample sets – a smart option to try out a fragrance before you invest.