SHL 777 Rose de Petra: Desert Rose

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The ancient temple of Petra soars high in the sky before a vast desert whose sands are stained pink and red with the blood of roses. The flowers are dusted with fiery spices, then nestled in a cocoon of green mosses and dry woods. A soft ambered hue hangs above them matching the gold-pink-red of the caves near the temple, while down below trickles a dark stream of smoky styrax, balsamic resins, and a touch of leather. A woman walks quietly in the shade, veiled in rose-red, her dark eyes watching the incoming shadows as the dusty desert wind brings sand, dryness and whispers of wood from distant lands. She wears Rose de Petra by Stéphane Humbert Lucas.

Every time I wear Rose de Petra, its desert inspiration and its layered, spicy dryness always make me think of Sting’s famous song, “Desert Rose“:

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes, this rare perfume
Is the sweet intoxication of her love

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

Sweet desert rose
This memory of Eden haunts us all
This desert flower, this rare perfume
Is the sweet intoxication of the fall.



Unlike poor Sting, Rose de Petra doesn’t make me feel tortured or pained, but it does indeed call to mind the desert rose that hides its “gardens in the sand” behind veils, each layer like a secret promise of more to come, before revealing its soft, sweet heart. I’m not particularly fond of rose fragrances, but I thought this one was very refined, wonderfully smooth, and really lovely. Yes, even “intoxicating” at times, just as the song says, though not because of the actual rose note, in my opinion.

Rose de Petra is a fragrance from the Paris niche house, Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 (hereinafter just referred to as “SHL” or “777“). Monsieur Lucas was the in-house perfumer for SoOud and Nez à Nez, but launched his new house in 2013. There were originally seven fragrances, one of which was Rose de Petra, followed by several new releases this year. They are all officially listed as being eau de parfums, but are really extrait or pure parfums with at least 24% concentration.

Rose de Petra. Source: SHL 777 Facebook page.

Rose de Petra. Source: SHL 777 Facebook page.

Until last month, all the 777 creations were exclusive to Europe, Russia, and Middle Eastern, but they are now carried in America at Luckyscent and Osswald NY. Monsieur Lucas kindly and graciously sent me samples of his entire 11-piece collection, from the jaw-dropping, spectacular, monster amber, O Hira (which blew my socks off), the smoky new Oud 777, the gourmand Une Nuit à Doha, and the superb Black Gemstone which was love at first sniff for me. This is the final review of the series.

Al Khazneh Temple at Petra. Source: Wikimedia

Al Khazneh Temple at Petra. Source: Wikimedia

Monsieur Lucas has a genuine love of the Middle East, from its majestic ancient buildings to its philosophical mysticism, and he uses both as the inspiration for all the fragrances in his new line. For Rose de Petra, he was moved partially by the magnificent, famed temple of Petra in Jordan, but also by “rose du sable” or the “desert rose.” As Wikipedia explains, those are colloquial names given to a desert crystal made partially from sand in a formation which resembles a rose. Sands and rose… that should give you a small idea of Rose de Petra’s nature, but its core essence is something very different in my opinion.

The fragrance is essentially a chypre-oriental hybrid, though you’d never guess that by looking at its official notes of its notes or the press release description provided to me:



Philter of Bulgarian rose,
red epithem, sensual and pungent.
Generous, silky and mystical rose.

Rose Oxide – Pomegranate – Litchi
Bulgarian rose
Pepper – Cardamom – Cumin seeds.

Regular readers of my 777 reviews will know by now that the official list given to places like Fragrantica or to distributors is merely a highly abbreviated, thumbnail synopsis. The lists are never complete, and leave off what I’d estimate to be 40% to 70% of the elements, depending on the fragrance. (In the case of O Hira, the one note “list” omits 99% of the actual notes.) Monsieur Lucas has told me candidly that he wants people to be moved emotionally by what they smell, not to be fixated on the details. He believes that perfume should be about a journey, almost a transcendental experience or escape. The minutiae detracts from what he wants you to feel.

Saffron. Source: (Website link embedded within.)

Saffron. Source: (Website link embedded within.)

Well, I’m far too OCD about details for such abstract esotericism. I like to know what’s in a scent, especially when I detect a lot more than what is listed. In the case of Rose de Petra, I smelled saffron, patchouli, styrax, a balsamic resin, cedar, vanilla, tonka, a tobacco-like leatheriness, a leafy greenness, and an oud note. So I wrote to Monsieur Lucas, and it turns out that many of those things are indeed in Rose de Petra, though not the oud which he was happy to hear about and which he said was a sort of “mirage” that he’d intentionally sought to create.

The list of notes in Rose de Petra is actually closer to the following, though Monsieur Lucas hinted that even this is not complete:

Essence of Bulgarian rose, rose oxide, litchi, pomegranate, pepper, cardamom, cumin, saffron, cinnamon, patchouli, leather, Peru balsam, styrax, vetiver, cedar, oakmoss, tree moss, labdanum [amber], coumarin, and vanilla.

One of the visual inspirations for Rose de Petra, and its rose note. Source: Stéphane Humbert Lucas.

One of the visual inspirations for Rose de Petra, and its fruity Bulgarian rose note. Source: Stéphane Humbert Lucas.

In his correspondence with me, Monsieur Lucas said he sought to make a fragrance that highlighted contrasts. The fruitiness and gaiety of the Bulgarian rose; the heat, spices, stoniness. and mystery of the desert; the sandy beauty of the “Rose du Sables” or desert rose; and the striated stone of Petra. He wanted a composition that was “chaud et froid,” hot and cold, with small touches of various mosses and “green” fresh cedar counterbalanced by the fiery spices, the rich Peru balsam, dark leather, and smoky styrax. And, to demonstrate the contrasts, he shared the photos which inspired him and which represent the visuals of Rose de Petra in his mind:

"Rose du Sables," Desert Rose rock crystal. Source: Stéphane Humbert Lucas

“Rose du Sables,” Desert Rose rock crystal. Source: Stéphane Humbert Lucas

Source: Stéphane Humbert Lucas

Source: Stéphane Humbert Lucas

Rose de Petra opens on my skin with pink roses that are dewy and wet, simultaneously pale but rich. For all their delicacy, they are heavily sprinkled with spices from nutty cardamon and dusty cumin to the fieriness of black pepper and red-gold saffron. Sweet cinnamon follows in their trail, then the fruity tartness of pomegranates. The liquidy dewiness is a subtle, muted touch which stems from the lychee (or litchi), and it is quickly overwhelmed by a heaping dose of very fruited, purple patchouli which turns the rose from pink to blood-red.



There are other elements noticeable as well. As the spices grow stronger on top, the first hints of the dark base appear, almost like a shadow falling over the background. There is a subtle, tiny streak of smoky leatheriness from the styrax, while the Peru balsam adds both an undercurrent of sticky darkness and a full-bodied richness to the scent. Lurking at the edges is a tangy sweet-sourness, accompanied by a leafy greenness. It goes beyond mere pomegranates, and I initially wondered if a tiny dose of cassis had been used as well. At a much higher dosage and quantity, those notes reveal themselves to be oakmoss.

I’ve tested Rose de Petra a number of times and, while the overall parameters of the opening are largely the same, the perfume really shines if you apply more of the scent. My sample atomizer had a very wonky, temperamental spray that gave out little dribs and drabs, so the first time I applied roughly the equivalent of one decent spritz from a bottle. On subsequent occasions, I doubled and even tripled the dose and… good heavens, the oakmoss really shines forth. In some fragrances, moss notes can smell pungently mineralized, grey, fusty, dusty, or akin to dry tree bark. Here, however, it is lushly green, rich, and smooth.



These richer elements transform the rose in less than five minutes. From the delicate, pale, dewy, little thing of its opening, the rose now feels drenched in a darkly fruited liqueur, as if a rich cordial had been poured all over the velvety petals. Fieriness lies just underneath from the spices, while a subtle, tart tanginess from the pomegranates weaves in and out of the top notes like tiny, little fireflies. The whole thing likes on a base that is plushly green from the oakmoss, but overcast with black shadows from leathery, smoky, balsamic elements.

Photo: David Hare. Source:

Photo: David Hare. Source:

I know some of you are cumin-phobes who shudder at the mere mention of the word, so let me reassure you here and now: you needn’t worry. Nothing in Rose de Petra smells fetid, sweaty, food-like, or reminiscent of stale, unwashed body odor. Rather, each and every time I’ve tested the fragrance, the note is more like an abstract, spicy dustiness. To be honest, the cumin is a really subtle, minor note in the opening, hardly detectable on my skin next to the saffron, liqueured fruits, oakmoss and rose. And, as time passes, it grows even more abstract, like a mere suggestion of dustiness left at the bottom of an ancient spice drawer.

Photo: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP for Vivienne Westwood, London Fashion week, 2013. Source:

Photo: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP for Vivienne Westwood, London Fashion week, 2013. Source:

At the end of the day, the rose and only the rose is the star of this soliflore. Rose de Petra feels like one, big long aria by a rose wearing different costumes, shedding the chypre-like mosses and patchouli veils of its opening to show its more purely oriental skin later on.

It is like Salome and the Dance of the Seven Veils, but it also reminds me of something else: Frederic Malle‘s famous Portrait of a Lady (“POAL”). I wasn’t keen on the latter which was a gooey, rose-patchouli explosion on my skin with virtually no oakmoss to imbue it with any real chypre character. Rose de Petra’s opening feels like a spicier, substantially less syrupy, much deeper and richer version of the Malle scent. There is a greenness and subtle tanginess to the 777 fragrance that POAL lacks, and more dusty spiciness than the Malle ever demonstrated on my skin. Rose de Petra also feels much more concentrated, at least at first.

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20 minutes into its development, Rose de Petra grows even spicier, and begins to resemble another famous fragrance. As fieriness and dustiness take over the blood-red, velvety flowers, Rose de Petra is slowly turning into what most people seem to experience with Amouage‘s Lyric Woman. On my skin, the latter was largely all about the ylang-ylang with very little spiced rose, so perhaps I should compare Rose de Petra to Lyric’s sister from the same nose: Epic Woman. The latter was definitely all about spiced, dusty, woody roses on me, but the very jammy richness of the flowers probably makes Rose de Petra closer to the conventional interpretation of Lyric Woman. The bottom line, though, is that the 777 creation starts off on my skin with similarities to Malle’s Portrait of a Lady, then turns into a combination of the Malle with one or both of Amouage’s famous rose fragrances. To be sure, there are differences, but the kinship is there.

Cedar. Photo: Brett Stewart, with permission. Source:

Cedar. Photo: Brett Stewart, with permission. Source:

Thoughts of Epic Woman come to mind again at the end of the first hour when Rose de Petra loses some of its jammy sweetness and chypre accords. The perfume turns woodier, drier and slightly balsamic as the base elements begin to rise to the surface. The oakmoss retreats, the subtle touch of tartness from the pomegranate dies away, and the individual spices turn more amorphous and indistinct. It’s no longer easy to pull out the cinnamon, black pepper, saffron, or even the dustiness of the cumin; everything has melted into each other, as the notes overlap seamlessly. Even the very concentrated denseness of Rose de Petra softens, with the sillage changing to match.

Rose de Petra starts off as quite a strong, robust scent with decent projection. Using the equivalent of 2 tiny sprays from an actual bottle gave me 2 inches of sillage, while 3 small sprays gave me 3 inches. However, those numbers soon drop, and Rose de Petra’s concentrated, rich opening bouquet turns quite airy and soft roughly 75 minutes into its development. At that time, the sillage drops to an inch above the skin, where it remains for the next few hours. So, when taken as an average whole, I would say that Rose de Petra is generally an airy, light scent with soft, almost intimate projection.

Source: YouTube video of Desert Rose, posted in full at the end.

Source: YouTube video of Desert Rose, posted in full at the end.

At the start of the 3rd hour, Rose de Petra shifts again. The dry, woody tonalities grow stronger, and there was a definite suggestion of oud on my skin when I used a lesser quantity. At a higher dose, that was not as evident, though the cedar most definitely was. In both cases, however, and regardless of quantity, the perfume takes on a darker quality as the woods and smoky styrax rise up from the base to envelop the rose. Even the leather grows faintly more noticeable, though it is still mostly a subtle suggestion on my skin.

Photo: my own.

Photo: my own.

Rose de Petra now demonstrates a chiaroscuro effect, a play of light and dark, as the darker shadows are contrasted by a glow of warmth from the labdanum amber and by a definite streak of creaminess with a slightly powdery touch that speaks to the tonka and vanilla. (The note list mentions coumarin, but, for me, that often has a hay-like characteristic that I don’t detect here. Plus, coumarin comes from tonka beans, and that’s what I detect, so that’s what I’m going to call it.) Rose de Petra continues to be spicy, but it remains largely abstract, though once in a while a more distinct whisper of cardamon and pepper does pop up.

Rose de Petra has lost a lot of its thick richness, both in terms of the jammy, velvety rose and the perfume’s body itself. It feels much airier and softer than it did in the first hour. As a whole, Rose de Petra is now a spicy, dry, woody rose, lightly flecked by a dark resins, a suggestion of smokiness, a golden warmth, and creamy vanilla. There is a whisper of something almost like oud, but only a minute, lingering patina of jammy, patchouli sweetness or oakmoss.

Rose de Petra turns wholly abstract by the middle of the 4th hour. It is the merest wisp of a soft, slightly spicy rose with woodiness and tonka vanilla. Though there is a touch of sweetness, the perfume’s dryness and the occasionally sandy, powdery feel of the vanilla call to mind the desert sand of its inspiration. Sting’s “Desert Rose,” indeed. It’s very pretty, but it’s also a complete skin scent on me by this point.

The perfume continues to subtly shift, as the tonka vanilla grows stronger with every passing moment and vies with the woody tonalities for second place. By the start of the 6th hour, the lightly spiced rose is infused with as much creamy tonka as woodiness, all in a gauzy wisp that coats the skin like translucent pink silk. On occasion, a lingering hint of pomegranate floats by to startle me, almost like red dandelion fluff in the wind. Once in a blue moon, a hint of something darker follows it, but, for the most part, Rose de Petra has shed its dark shadows, opting for vanilla instead of balsamic, leathery, smoky elements. In its final moments, the perfume is a blur of sweet, dusty, pale pink roses with vanilla and the faintest suggestion of something woody.

Photo: my own.

Photo: my own.

All in all, Rose de Petra lasts between 8.5 and 9.5 hours on my skin, depending on how much I apply. It has the shortest longevity of any of the SHL line on my skin, and it also feels like the softest of the 11 fragrances. Like almost all of Monsieur Lucas’ creations (minus the 2022 Generation Homme which I despise with a passion), Rose de Petra feels very smooth, expensive, and refined. It’s hardly the most revolutionary, unusual, edgy scent around, but then few rose soliflores are.

In fact, I have to say, I liked it a lot more than I thought. Rose perfumes aren’t generally my thing, especially when they’re gooey and overly sweet, but I find very mossy or spicy versions much more appealing. Rose de Petra is what I had hoped both Portrait of a Lady and Lyric Woman would be on my skin, combined into one scent. I really liked the fiery bite that briefly resembled chili peppers at one point when I applied a greater dosage, along with something verging almost on a tobacco undertone from the mix of dark resins, labdanum and leather. The combination of dry dustiness, jammy sweetness, and fiery spices was particularly nice when contrasted with the oakmoss.

Even the fruitchouli was well calibrated so that it didn’t take on Portrait of a Lady’s purple, syrupy excesses. Actually, I think Rose de Petra’s heightened degrees of spiciness and background woodiness that really helped in that regard, along with the subtle touch of pomegranate. All three things ensure that the patchouli remains as a sort of tart, tangy liqueured cordial, instead of revoltingly sweet molasses. The pomegranate may not have been hugely noticeable in its own right, and I would have preferred much more of it, but I think it works subtly and indirectly to help keep the balance.

Photo: my own.

Photo: my own.

In the subsequent stages, the interplay between the creamy vanilla, the leathery base, and the warm ambered glow is truly lovely, especially when counterbalanced by the woody dryness. I can’t rave enough about the strongly balsamic, darker elements. They seep into everything, transforming the rose from the chypre of its opening into something purely Oriental, but none of it is sharp. All of it feels smooth and velvety soft, even the leathery, slightly smoky styrax. By the time the final stage rolled around, Rose de Petra frequently reminded me creamy, golden petals, thanks to the lovely vanilla tonka.

My only quibble with the fragrance is that it’s too soft and airy, with sillage that is a little too intimate, but all that is a matter of personal preference. It’s also not a hugely distinctive scent, except in terms of its quality. There, I think it stands neck and neck with offerings from Amouage or Frederic Malle. As a whole, I think Rose de Petra is a refined, approachable, uncomplicated but luxurious scent that could be worn on a variety of different occasions, including the office after the first hour has passed. I also think it is unisex, thanks to the darker, drier, and woody elements.

Rose de Petra is one of the more affordable creations in the 777 line. It retails for €148 or $220 for a 50 ml bottle of pure parfum. I think it’s definitely set at the right price. As a side note, Rose de Petra costs less at $220 than a comparable 50 ml bottle of Lyric Woman which retails for $280, and it is fractionally cheaper than Malle’s $230 Portrait of a Lady. If you love either of those fragrances, you should give Rose de Petra a sniff.

In the meantime, I leave you with an unofficial video for Sting’s Desert Rose. Its desert imagery, stunningly vivid colours, and romantic mood feel like a perfect fit for Rose de Petra in my mind.

Disclosure: Perfume sample courtesy of Stéphane Humbert Lucas. That did not influence this review. I do not do paid reviews, and my opinions are my own.

Cost & Availability: Rose de Petra is an Extrait or pure parfum that is only available in a 50 ml bottle and costs $220 or €148. In the U.S.: Osswald NY carries the 777 line, and sells Rose de Petra for $220. Luckyscent also has 777 fragrances, and sells Rose de Petra for the same amount. Outside the U.S.: Currently, the Stéphane Humbert Lucas’ website is under construction, and doesn’t have an e-store. The best online resource is First in Fragrance which has all the SHL 777 line, including Rose de Petra. In London, you can find the collection at Harrod’s Black Room, while in Paris, they are exclusive to Printemps under the name 777. Zurich’s Osswald also carries the line, but I don’t think they have an e-store any more. The Swiss perfumery, Theodora, also has SHL 777, but no e-store. In the Middle East, used to have 6 of the earlier fragrances, but I no longer see them on the website. In the UAE, the SHL 777 line is available at Harvey Nichols and at Bloomingdales in the Dubai Mall. In Russia, SHL 777 is sold at Lenoma. Ukraine’s Sana Hunt Luxury store also carries the line, but they don’t have an e-store. Samples: In Europe, you can order a sample from First in Fragrance. In the U.S., none of the decanting sites currently carry this fragrance, but Luckyscent and Osswald NYC sell samples. Osswald’s Sample Program has a 3-order minimum but free domestic shipping. Pricing depends on the cost of the particular perfume in question. They range from $3 for a 2 ml vial, up to $9 for fragrances that cost over $300. Given Rose de Petra’s $220 price, a 2 ml spray sample should cost $6. It’s a better deal than Luckyscent’s $5 price for a small 0.7 dab vial. You can call Osswald at (212) 625-3111 to order, or use their website.

28 thoughts on “SHL 777 Rose de Petra: Desert Rose

  1. I have a habit of skimming articles (blog posts, etc) first and then coming back for a second (or third) thorough read, so I’ll admit I didn’t read every single line of this review. That is another reason my reaction is really quite funny – totally ridiculous, in fact, and shows the kind of craziness some of us fragrance fanatics seem to be prone to:

    I want want want!!! Such material lust – I simply MUST get my little paws on this one, must try it, must smell it, must seek it, oh. . ..OMG!!! Sounds like it may be my holy grail. . .!!! Want! Want! Words fail me! Sounds awesome!! Etcetera. All this, in spite of having many, MANY scents I simply adore. But hey! This MIGHT BE INSANELY GREAT for me!!

    I exaggerate. Or perhaps not.

    Thanks for the review. :-p

    • Heh.

      I can only say that this may be my favorite comment in ages. It rivals one of Sally M’s epic replies. 🙂

      As a side note, I thought of you while writing this review. Thought of how you might like the rose in this one vs. that in LM Parfums Ultimate Seduction. I thought that you’d like both, but that Ultimate Seduction might win out a little for you. Then I remembered that you love woodiness and dryness as well. My final conclusion: you were screwed and your wallet was going to hate me….

  2. I’m one of your cumin-phobes and didn’t love Lyric, but I did like Roja Dove’s Amber Aoud, which is a rose. Definitely going to have to give this one a sniff. Excellent review, btw. That video has some incredible images. The desert ones remind me of some of the shots in Tarsem’s film The Cell.

    • I am rather obsessed with the visuals in that video. It’s beautiful, while the actual, official Sting video for Desert Rose pretty much sucks, if you ask me. As for the cumin here, I think it’s very smoothly blended into the larger, generalized “spiciness.” From what I can remember of Lyric’s cumin note, I think it’s much more subtle here. I found the saffron and cinnamon much stronger, then the cardamom, then the pepper, and finally the cumin. Hopefully, it will be that way on your skin, too. 🙂 BTW, the rose in Rose de Petra is NOT as sweet, gooey, or jammy as Amber Aoud. This is a much drier, woodier scent as a whole.

      • I’m realizing that I love spicy and woody more and more so that makes me even more intrigued! 🙂

  3. JAR is right. I didn’t order a sample of this one due to the rose – I’m not good with rose scents. The only aspect I liked on Porrait of a Lady was it’s name (and Frederic Malle, the man behind). But this one sounds lovely and now I could beat myself for not geting the sample… And BTW, I love cumin…

    • JAR?? I’m afraid I’m a little lost. Oh, JulesinRose?

      This one is VERY pretty, and the spicy, darker aspects are truly appealing — even to a non-rose person. I think if you get Oumma, they would go wonderfully well together. For a cumin-lover, however, you may be a little disappointed, as that part is very subtle. It’s thoroughly blended into a more generalized, amorphous “spiciness” if that makes sense.

  4. JAR, as in Joel Arthur Rosenthal – “sometimes you just have to experience it”, without any rational considerations (” I’m not for rose soliflores, etc…”). And I most probably would very much like Rose de Petra, just as I love my classic oud-rose-saffron scents (i.e. Amouage’s Attar Asrar). I love cumin, but only if it’s in the right place – both, parfum- and food-wise, so I’m fine without it as well.
    Now that I tried more of the 777 scents I can say that O’Hira, Black Gemstone and Soleil de Jeddah keep the longest on my Skin – so I’m curius about the longevity of RdP. Black Gemstone is a stunning parfum, I might.put it on my wishlist for colder times (like Christmas…;-) ).

    • Ah, that JAR. I didn’t understand the connection to Rose de Petra. Visiting JAR in Paris provided a lot of food for thought, as my piece on that demonstrates, but I’m still largely unconvinced by his approach, notwithstanding the interesting intellectual implications.

      Re. Rose de Petra, I think the longevity is significantly and substantially less than the other fragrances, primarily because it is a much lighter, airier creation than all the ones that you’ve mentioned.

      I’m so glad, by the way, that Black Gemstone was a hit for you. It seems a lot of women struggle with the opening, and some never like the rest of it either, though a few have enjoyed the drydown once the opening fades away. You seem to be one of the luckier ones, but then you’ve mentioned how your skin tames more intense elements. 🙂

  5. oh good lord, but that sounds delicious. I was fortunate enough to spend four days in Petra–I have watched the sun rise at that temple–and anything that comes close to conjouring up the magic of being there has to be worth trying.
    (Particularly if it doesn’t have the gloopiness of PoaL).

    • Well, to be honest, I don’t know if ANYTHING could capture the actual magic of Petra! And, in truth, Rose de Petra feels more French than Middle Eastern, despite having elements of the oriental genre in it. But it is a lovely fragrance and it most certainly didn’t have POAL’s gooey “gloopiness” on my skin. (Thank God. I’m really not a fan of the Malle fragrance!)

  6. I love your photographs of flowers!! I am so glad you used them! And The video could be everywoman’s dream. That black Arabian was something! I enjoyed the brief part with the blonde rider on the beach who had good skills, on a horse. And the long black mane on the grey stallion was amazing! Sorry, here I am talking about the visuals and I should be talking about the perfume. Your review is gorgeously written as always, and perhaps someday this will cross my path, to try. But I have my Lyric to tide me over until then.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the visuals. In fact, I thought of you when I saw the video, as I know how you feel about horses. And thank you for the compliment on my flower photos! 🙂

  7. This is the only one of those SHLs that have appealed to me even a little bit. I love rose scents of all types, and this one does sound lovely. I am a fan of Lyric Woman which I perceive as a floral incense-woody; I liked PoaL up until that Youth Dew base started wending its way up (at which point I could NOT get it off my skin fast enough). Gah. Tolu.

    I am concerned about the dustiness you mention, however, as “dusty” is about as big a turn-off to me as “jammy” seems to be for you.

    I would so love to visit Petra.

    • I think you’d like this one, Mals, even with the dustiness. The latter is really more the result of the spices and woodiness than anything else. The spices don’t translate into the cumin that horrifies people so much as spiced dustiness, like the sort of dust that you’d find at the bottom of an old spice drawer. I’m not sure if that makes a lot of sense, but hopefully I’m alleviating your concern.

      Do you not like iris scents, because I think the Khol de Bahrein might appeal to you quite a bit if you do.

      • Surprisingly, I don’t mind cumin. It smells like food, not BO. But dustiness in general I really hate – that aspect is what makes patchouli anathema to me. Would you say Lyric has any dustiness to it? I would not – yes, woody, yes, incense, a bit dry but not dusty.

        Out of curiosity, are you familiar with L’ARte di Gucci?

        • No, I don’t think Lyric has any dustiness to it. In contrast, its sister, Epic, definitely does. I know the sort of patchouli dust to which you are referring, so if it’s any comfort, that’s not the sort of dustiness there is here.

          I am not familiar with the Gucci, but I believe it was a rose scent, no? I’m afraid I’ve never been eager to rush out and smell rose perfumes, and it’s discontinued now, I believe.

  8. Oh, God. I thought I escaped that Desert Rose song 14 years ago (do you recall how relentlessly it was played on the radio? Because I do!) and now it’s back in full force! Why must you always earworm your way into my head! *hums From Paris to Berlin*

    Sting song aside, this sounds quite nice. This certainly sounds more promising than the dismal POAL, and while I haven’t tried Lyric or Epic Woman, I’m confident the comparison is a positive one. This is a line I’ll need to try at ScentBar due to the $$$ nature of them (despite how relatively affordable this one is).

    • You are never going to forgive me for “From Paris to Berlin,” are you?! I think you may be traumatized for life…. *grin* 😀

      I really want you to try the 777 line because I feel sure there will be at least one that will impress you greatly. I don’t know if it would be this one or one of the others, but I feel sure you will be taken by their opulence and depth.

      BTW, I laughed at your description of POAL as “dismal.” ROFL

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  10. Lovely. If I hadn’t already splurged on Mohur extrait a while ago this would have been a must have. Rose de Petra feels more everyday vs the denseness of Mohur for evenings. Both are beautiful.

    • I knew you’d like it. I’m so glad! I think it’s quite different in olfactory notes and profile from Mohur, but you’re right that both are lovely in their own, separate ways. I’m glad you got to try Rose de Petra, Paskale, even if a bottle isn’t in your future. (But, hopefully, a bottle of Khol de Bahrein will be. 😉 )

      • Oh yes. Thank you thanksgiving sales: Khol de Bahrein is on its way in its full bottle glory. But my oh my, SHL777- they’re all beautiful if not all my taste.

        • Some place had a sale on fragrances at the level of SHL 777?! Lucky you! Congrats on your bottle, my dear.

  11. Hi, I very much enjoyed this review. I’m curious to know, have you tried Grossmith’s Saffron Rose and would you say there’s any similarity? Thanks!

    • Hi there, I’ve tried Saffron Rose, and I don’t think Rose de Petra is similar. Frankly, this is a much better fragrance, in my opinion, than the Grossmith. Better materials, far more complex, smoother, richer, more distinctive, and more original. It’s beautifully multi-faceted, in my opinion, and definitely worth a try.

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