Review of Henry Rose Perfumes
If you’re anything like me, most perfumes I find quite irritating; others, I’m positively allergic to. Have you ever walked into an elevator with a woman (or man) doused in strong cologne, & found yourself sneezing upon contact with said fragrance?! For those of us in this category, particularly ones who strive to find quality, organic beauty products: Michelle Pfeiffer’s fine fragrance line, called Henry Rose, is quite simply a FIND. In this review of Henry Rose perfumes, I’ll break down each scent, what they smell like, how long they last, & if they’re best for day or night use.
**Author’s Note: I’ll state right up front ~ I’m not affiliated with Henry Rose in any way, & make no money off of any purchases. But I do love pointing people in the direction of SAFE, natural beauty alternatives.
“The term “fragrance” is often used as a catch-all for thousands of under-regulated ingredients. I set out to see if it was possible to develop a line of fine fragrances, proving you don’t need to sacrifice quality & sophistication for safety.
And we did it!”
– Michelle Pfeiffer, Founder, Henry Rose
Overview of Henry Rose Scents
Other “natural” perfumes I enjoy, such as Pacifica, have scents I love ~ but the sad truth is: they only last 1-2 hours. Henry Rose scents last around 4-5 hours; stronger ones, such as “Dark is Night,” last around 7-8 hours.
The list is below is written in order of my favorite to least favorite scents; top choices are starred.
- ***Dark is Night: My Rating: 9.8 = Almost Perfect! Better for Day or Night: NIGHT. Adjectives to Describe It: Sensual, Woodsy, Vanilla-y, Spicy, Complex, Many Layers, Dreamy, Alluring, Sexy.
- **Smyth: My Rating: 9.3. Better for Day or Night: DAY (I spray before I workout). Adjectives to Describe It: Bright, Cheerful, Positive, Very Subtle, No Dark Undertones ~ Just Happy!
- **Fog: My Rating: 9.2 = Love it!! Better for Day or Night: BOTH. Adjectives to Describe It: Mysterious, Hard to Define, Lingering, Intriguing, Wistful, A Misty Morning.
- Torn: My Rating: 9.0. Better for Day or Night = BOTH. Adjectives to Describe It: SWEET, Vanilla, Simple, Uncomplex, True Vanilla.
- Windows Down: My Rating: 8.8. Better for Day or Night: DAY. Adjectives to Describe It: Bright, Happy, Daytime, Sunshine, Hopeful, With a Hint of Mossy Depth.
- Queens & Monsters: My Rating: 8.4. Better for Day or Night: BOTH. Adjectives to Describe It: Sweet, Vanilla, Powdery, A Little Dusty/Musty, Finishes Well & Softens.
- Last Light: My Rating: 8.2. Better for Day or Night: BOTH. Adjectives to Describe It: Sweet Patchouli, Citrusy, Bright-ish, Very Subtle, Clean.
- Jake’s House: My Rating: 5.0. Better for Day or Night = DAY. Adjectives to Describe It: Watery, a little more Masculine, Tepid, Subtle, Slight Musky, Hard to Define.
Review of Henry Rose “Warm” Scents
Henry Rose breaks their perfumes into two categories: “Warm” & “Fresh.” This first section reviews all their “Warm” scents; my favorites are starred.
- TORN (“The richness of vanilla bean blends with the earthiness of vetiver roots to create an aroma that’s both spicy & floral.”): This is Michelle’s favorite scent. She classifies it as “Spicy,” while I would say it’s “SWEET” ~ very sweet! Almost too sweet for me. I love vanilla in general, but this was a little too cloying for me. I didn’t find any spicy notes, nor any floral to this. Just vanilla. Possibly good to pair with another, more complex perfume. Or if you love true vanilla: this may be your perfect scent.
Michelle Pfeiffer Movie it Conjures: “One Fine Day,” with George Clooney. Sweet, simple, uncomplicated.
- ***DARK IS NIGHT (“The woodiness of patchouli blends with the richness of vanilla bean for a decadent finish.”): I LOVE LOVE LOVE this scent!!! It’s my favorite of all her scents. Anything that has both vanilla & a woodsy feel is a winner for me. When I wear this, I keep smelling my wrists, because the scent is so intoxicating ~ & it gets better, more layered, over time. It lasts a long time, without being overpowering: if I spray it on at night, there’s still a faint whisper of it in the morning. This is most definitely a scent for a nighttime, at its most decadent.
Michelle Pfeiffer Movie it Conjures: “Scarface” or “The Fabulous Baker Boys.” A little dangerous, but intriguing; you want to know more.
- QUEENS & MONSTERS (“The freshness & zest of petitgrain balances the fluid sensuality of sandalwood to create a woody aroma.”): I love the name of this one, & I thought I’d love it ~ but I found it just OK. Similar to “Torn,” it’s a bit too sweet; I get a lot of vanilla, as well as a powdery scent (I believe it’s the “Coco Musk” bottom note), which I don’t enjoy. But many people love this scent! It won Allure’s “Best of Beauty” Award for 2020. And I should mention: it does finish better & more mellow; at first, it’s quite strong. But it smooths out nicely, creating a somehow nostalgic scent.
Michelle Pfeiffer Movie it Conjures: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” At first sweet, but then grows more complex; a little nostalgic.
“It smells like an old prom corsage, or an old love letter.” – Elizabeth Clarke
- WINDOWS DOWN (“Bright grapefruit encounters honeyed neroli & soft earl grey tea for a light & floral finish.”): This is the happiest scent in the line! The notes I wrote on it: “Happy….wakes you up! Bright & fresh!” This is a scent you’ll want to spray in the morning, as an ode for a great day. It smells like a road trip beginning, or being outside on a spring day. When it finishes though, the bottom notes of musk & moss ground it, giving it more complexity than just a simple fruity fragrance.
Michelle Pfeiffer Movie it Conjures: “The Witches of Eastwick.” Light & bright, but with an eventual darker tone.
Review of Henry Rose “Fresh” Scents
- JAKE’S HOUSE (“Watery clean freshness encounters honeyed neroli for a light & clean musky finish.”): I believe this is Henry Rose’s best-selling perfume (it’s also Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite), but personally, it was my least favorite. My note when I tried it: “Tepid wateriness….YUCK. Dislike. NO!!” This one I had the strongest negative reaction to, but I tend to prefer sweeter scents: & this is not that. Of all her scents, I this is the most “Unisex” ~ either a man or woman could wear it.
Michelle Pfeiffer Movie it Conjures: “Wolf,” with Jack Nicholson. Slightly mysterious.
- ***FOG (“The lightness of vetiver wood is cut with a soft musk to create a perfectly balanced freshness.”): This was the “sleeper” hit for me: at first, I wasn’t sure about it. Then, the more I wore it, the more intriguing it became. Fog is the hardest scent to define, & I think it’s one of the most complex: it keeps changing, & it’s first scent is not how it finishes. This is a perfect one to layer with other, sweeter scents ~ as there’s almost no sweetness here (except perhaps a hint of orange). My notes when I tried it: “Subtle, light, earthy, woodsy….turns into a subtle, but beautiful scent.”
Michelle Pfeiffer Movie it Conjures: “Tequila Sunrise,” where Michelle is romanced by Mel Gibson AND Kurt Russell. Her character is a bit like “Fog” ~ mysterious, sensual yet business-like, subtle.
- LAST LIGHT (“Fresh floral notes come together with musk & patchouli to create a smooth, woody effect.”): This one reminds me a bit of “Queens & Monsters.” My notes: “Sweet, citrus-y patchouli; almost too sweet.” I should have loved this one, with its peach & bergamot top notes: but it simply finished a bit too sweet on me.
Michelle Pfeiffer Movie it Conjures: “The Age of Innocence.”
“It’s very light ~ not overwhelming, & people will only notice it if they’re close to you. It smells like soft peach-scented powder & a hint of citrus, with something clean ~ like freshly washed linen. A good summer scent.” – Amanda
- ***SMYTH (“Crisp green apple is rounded with watery notes & sheer white woods for a bright finish.”): This was another sleeper hit for me. At first, I rated it an 8.2 ~ I thought it was too subtle; I couldn’t really smell it that much after spraying it. But then, you realize you can smell it, & it’s quite lovely, & very happy, bright, apple-y. I LOVE the apple notes here, but they’re not overt: they’re far more subtle. And unlike “Windows Down,” there are no darker bottom notes: this is just fresh, true, & a straight-forward bright, uplifting scent.
Michelle Pfeiffer Movie it Conjures: “I Am Sam.” Simple & lovely.
“The vibe is an outdoor picnic under an apple tree, no shoes allowed, top-knotted hair, & the sun warming your skin.”
– A Picky Perfume Wearer
Review of Henry Rose Perfumes
And that’s a wrap on Henry Rose! What are your favorite scents in her line, & how long do they last on you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below ~ & for more articles on natural health & beauty, click here.