Parlement of Foules Lupercalia 2006, 2008, 2011
Posted 30 January 2006 - 07:07 PM
As a medievalist and a girl who likes roses, I was especially excited for this one, and am so glad and honoured (!) that I get to be the first to review. I'm doing this really fast for those of you who want to put in a last-minute order, so forgive me if this seems a bit rushed, but I'll edit it later.
In the bottle, heavenly roses warmed by resins. It's exactly what's in the description ... and yet, so much more than that. White roses, I guess, are lighter than those of any other colour, less rich and opulently scented, but softer and more innocent, and yet a bit sharper.
(Macha, wonderful label art on this one. I love it!)
Oh, that white rose is sharp! This scent isn't too floral because of the resins keeping it in check, and it positively blooms on my skin. This is traditional courtship in an English rose garden at the height of rose season with a feudal manor in the distance. Parlement of Foules dries down to a warm, soft rose, unobtrusive, not overly floral, and positively beautiful. This is courtly love at its best, immortalised in the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower, and now this small amber bottle sitting on my desk.
I love this. I'm so glad I've got another bottle of this on its way to me. I guess this means I'm in love with love. 10/10.
Posted 30 January 2006 - 09:26 PM
Just a reminder that rose and my skin chemistry do not get along historically.
The white rose is so sweet and soft spoken compared to the other types of rose. But just as the previous poster rabid pointed out, it's softer and more innocent, yet it is a bit sharper. If I didn't know better I'd swear this had dill or frankincense in here. It does get more fresh and pretty the longer it's on my skin.
It's lightly sweet, just a wee bit and this sharpness too and then the underiding freshness of the rose scent is there at the back end of the sniff so to speak.
Not as floral or rose-like as I thought it would be. More delicate, which is good. If I could only smell the back end of the sniff it would be perfect, it's this other resin note that is in the way. Maybe I shouldn't have tried this one after Night's Pavilion, dunno.
Dunno yet. I'm on the fence.
1-5 rating (5 being best)
This post has been edited by UltraViolet: 31 January 2006 - 08:54 AM
Posted 30 January 2006 - 11:36 PM
Posted 31 January 2006 - 12:06 AM
Posted 31 January 2006 - 03:38 AM
I'm not the biggest rose lover in the world and I tend to favor complexity, so I might downsize this bottle by decanting or just sell it outright.
Posted 31 January 2006 - 05:47 AM
I'm glad I got a couple of bottles because this strikes me as both reverential and classically romantic. I can see myself reaching for this as a comfort scent on a day when I just want to wear something that makes me feel lovely.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 09:39 AM
You probably shouldn't let my weird chemistry influence any last minute purchase decisions. :P
Posted 03 February 2006 - 11:41 PM
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Posted 04 February 2006 - 02:13 AM
As it dries, the rose is enveloped in a base of earth. The resins, whatever they are, are keeping the rose from dominating. Almost woodsy. It's very beautiful, subdued, understated, but alluring. Some roses tickle and turn sharp in my nose - this one doesn't.
This is a quiet, romantic, classic scent. I hope it strengthens and lasts - I would love to try this alone (and not shortly after getting a noseful of red lantern!)
Posted 04 February 2006 - 12:28 PM
Utterly romantic and feminine. :P
Posted 05 February 2006 - 05:19 PM
Wet on my skin, this was very sharp/perfumey and I was ready to wash it off. Then it completely morphed after a couple of minutes into a soft, slightly sweet rose with the spice of frankincense in the background.
It reminds me a bit of the sweetness that I got from the rose in The Peacock Queen, only softer and with the resinous bite. I love Kittyflop's description of this as a "pale rose" because that is the phrase that kept coming up in my mind as I sniffed this one.
After an hour this smells like golden syrupy sweet myrrh with a hint of fresh cut rose. It fades quickly after the one hour mark.
Parlement of Foules is romantic and soft on me, very good for a Valentine's Day sort of rose. It would be fitting to wear on a romantic dinner date. I wish that this lasted longer, but it's one that I don't mind reapplying.
Posted 06 February 2006 - 12:24 PM
Posted 06 February 2006 - 07:39 PM
Strong enough to leave an impression but not enough to be overwhelming.
The Rose does fade a bit, but then towards the end of a first date, it's nice to get closer and cozy up a bit for that "first kiss".
This post has been edited by Heavenlyrabbit: 10 February 2006 - 03:06 PM
Posted 07 February 2006 - 07:26 AM
Still, this is a beautiful scent and I love it. It gets the Fuchsia Tights Award of 2006.
Parlement of Foules Haiku,
I hadde suche a dreme!
The bloming rose of her breste
Al tendre whyte mete.
Posted 07 February 2006 - 09:31 PM
Posted 08 February 2006 - 02:39 PM
Overall they're definitely soft, sweet resins. Very natural smelling, given I felt I was out among seeping trees and fresh-cut plants. The rose is very faint and soft on me, almost to the point where I don't pick it up at all, but it's enough to keep it from being too much resin.
I'm going to let this one age a bit to see what it does, because I'm not actually sure that it's me.
Posted 09 February 2006 - 08:50 AM
Well, it seems that one of the “soft resins” in Parlement of Foules is actually loud, rough, abrasive myrrh. Ouch! There is the beautiful white rose, indescribably light, sweet and pure, floating over a faintly spicy (is the other resin here frankincense?) bowl of savory/bitter meat rub. The throw is all rose, but as soon as my nose approaches my skin I get nothing but myrrh. Woe!
Dry, the frankincense (or other spicy resin, whatever it may be) comes up a bit more, and the myrrh loses some of its rough edges. The rose has faded too much to save it, though. As an experiment I layered some Two, Five & Seven over the dry Parlement, and it became almost what I think others get from the beginning – cool roses over warm resins, although the extreme unsweetness of the myrrh is still present. Still, I don’t generally wear the blends that require layering to smell good – too much like work, and I’m the poster child for Lazy Libra. :P I suspect I’ll be looking for a new home for the Parlement of Foules.
Posted 09 February 2006 - 12:09 PM
The overall effect is that of sitting in an old medieval chapel filled with white, translucent roses in which the smell of incense lingers on every surface and cold stone wall.
It is mighty pretty. It's sweet & innocent, much like the concept of courtly love.
Posted 09 February 2006 - 12:48 PM
Posted 09 February 2006 - 06:53 PM
I didn't order this initially because I figured I have enough roses and resins around. There aren't many roses I can wear, and I have every single resin scent the lab offers. In the past I've enjoyed layering Cathedral with various rose scents, usually to pretty decent effect but this takes those experiments and perfects them.
The rose in Parlement is one that I particularly love. It is a very fresh, green rose, slightly sweet, slightly winey. It makes me think of pinkish green rather than white, but it's beautiful, whatever it is.
The resins, which are almost just like those in Cathedral, a little smoky, thick and sweet, just weave in and out of the rosepetals perfectly. It's strong, but not overwhelming. It creates exactly the mood of rose incense smoke that I was hoping for. This works much better than my own layering experiments and it does not give me a headache like Rose Cross did.
Thank goodness for swaps! :P The Valentine scents so far are 3 for 3 for me...and I have a feeling I'll wind up loving all of the other ones too.
This post has been edited by sarada: 09 February 2006 - 06:53 PM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 01:27 PM
it's absolutely yummy.
Posted 11 February 2006 - 02:38 AM
In the bottle: lovely roses.
Wet: Roses. Roses. Roses.
Drying: Roses. Where're the promised resins?
At least on me, roses trump resins. The resin seems to anchor the rose a smidge, but this is a simple almost ethereal rose very akin to Black Cat. This is the daytime wear version. It's unobtrusive. Lovely.
After a couple of testings, it's obvious that slathering will be the only way to keep from having to reapply. Parlement doesn't last as long as two other wonderful roses: Black Cat or LitA. Think of it as a personal rose.
Very nice. May try layering with LitA sometime for kicks.
ETA: Even-handed slathering does help the staying power. Third time's a charm. More resins detectable and delectable. Really enjoying this scent!
This post has been edited by yellowrose: 15 February 2006 - 06:37 AM
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Posted 11 February 2006 - 03:04 PM