Nicolaï, Parfums

A selection of perfumes and home fragrances made by the French perfume house Nicolaï, Paris and perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï

Nicolai Rose Royale A Youthful, Pretty and Elegant Rose

Nicolai Parfumeur Createur Rose Royale is a pretty youthful elegant rose fragrance and the latest release of this French perfume house. It starts with a fresh citrus bergamot note, changing  into a slightly warmer dusty natural rose scent. This rose is large, full and light pink. The overall feeling Rose Royale brings, is one of comfort and easiness.

Like Rose Oud, another creation of perfumer Patricia de Nicolai, Rose Royale feels very soothing. There is a fruity touch, making it more contemporary and giving the impression Patricia de Nicolai follows new trends in the fragrance industry well. I would not call it an exciting fragrance but no soliflore (a fragrance dedicated to one flower) generally is. If you like natural rose scents, Rose Royale is certainly worth a try.

The inspiration for this scent was taken from the roses in Palais Royale, which is situated closely to the new Nicolai laboratory in Paris.

While doing research for this article I found this citation in the Nicolai, Parfumeur-Createur, un metier d’artiste book, which suits the essence of Rose Royale very well.

“A beautiful perfume, worn, makes others want to be near you..(..) A beautiful perfume is one that you want to keep, like a child who tries to catch clear water from a fountain.” Patrica de Nicolai

Rose Royale captures the natural scent of a rose very well but still remains interesting. It wears quite close to the skin and on my skin it had medium longevity (2-3 hours) Something I experience with Nicolai Rose Oud as well.

I find Rose Royale to be full bottle worthily. It is well made, wears easily and can be worn to many different occasions like work, at the weekend or to all kinds of celebrations. There is a certain easiness and informality to it. I expect Rose Royale will get more love in the Nicolai shops than amongst perfume bloggers for this reason and can imagine it becoming one of their bestsellers. It will make an excellent gift.

Notes: Top Blackcurrent Buds, Passion Fruit, Bergamot, Middle Rose (Turkish Rose), Coriander, Ambrette seeds, Base Immortelle, Sandalwood, Guaiac Wood and Musk.

Have you tried fragrances of the Nicolai Parfumeur Createur perfume house ? Do you have a favorite one?

Wishing you all a very happy Easter!

Disclaimer: This review was based on a sample provided for PR purposes. My opinion and photographs are my own. The fragrance was tested directly on skin.

Top 5 New Perfume Discovery Sets – Handpicked Holiday Gift Ideas –

Perfume discovery sets are an excellent way to try new fragrances and great gifts for the holidays. It is a very convenient way to store perfume samples as well. I love to give discovery sets for the holidays. Some new sets were introduced recently. The sets which caught my eye are sold by Nicolai Parfums, Parfums Viktoria Minya, Heeley Parfums, Atelier Cologne and Sultan Pasha Attars.

1. Nicolai Parfums

This set with fragrances made by French perfumer Patricia de Nicolai can only be bought online. It includes the following 6 scents in 1,5 ml sprays:
Patchouli Intense, Ambre Cashmere Intense, Musc Intense, New-York Intense, Fig-Tea, L’eau miXte

Price: 29 euro for 6 samples/1,5 ml online via their website

2. Parfums Viktoria Minya

Two discovery sets are available. An interesting and elegant looking travel set with 5 sprays containing 15 mls of the whole range. A cheaper way to discover the perfume house is the sample set with 1,75 mls dab samples. I find this smaller set a very good way smell each fragrance, get to know them and compare them to each other. The only draw back are the dab vials instead of sprays. Included in the set are: Hedonist, Hedonist Rose, Hedonist Iris, Hedonist Cassis and Eau de Hongrie, Viktoria Minya’s ode to Tokaji Wine.

Price: 19 euro for 5 samples/1,75 mls or 159 euro for 5 sprays/15 mls – online via their website

3. Heeley Parfums

A new set was introduced by the perfume house Heeley Parfums including 5 fragrances: Sel Marin, Hippie Rose, Cardinal, Oranges and Lemons say the Bell’s of St Clement’s and Menthe Fraiche. Heeley is a perfume house I really like, I own a bottle of St Clement’s but this set is very tempting.

Price: 135 euro for 5 small/15 ml spray miniature bottles

4. Atelier Cologne

I read about this marvelous set on Undina’s website and am considering buying this new set. It is not only excellent value for money as a set but a 30 euro gift voucher is included as well. The set includes the extensive Atelier Cologne line of 30 fragrances.

Price: 30 euro for 30/2mls – free shipping for the sample set

5. Sultan Pasha Attars

Ultra niche perfumer Sultan Pasha recently introduced a sample set on ebay including Thebes Grade 1 and Grade 2 which he made after scenting the original and famed Guerlain Djedi. These intriguing two different versions of one scent are well worth buying the whole sample set for. If only to smell their compelling difference.

Price: 66 euro (55 pounds) for 25 small (2 drops) sample attars via eBay

Have a bought perfume discovery sets as a gift? Or are you planning too? Did you like one of these sets?

All prices in this article are excluding postage as they differ per country, please check this before ordering.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post in any form; and it does not contain affiliate links.

All photographs were taken from the official websites except the first photograph. The first photograph was made at florist Menno Kroon in Amsterdam by Esperessence.

Links:

Nicolai Parfums
Parfums Viktoria Minya
Heeley Parfums
Atelier Cologne
Sultan Pasha
Undina

Nicolaï Maharadjah Room Fragrance

What will tomorrow bring

The best image to illustrate the scent of Nicolaï Maharadjah is the painting What will tomorrow bring? made by Henriette Hackenberg. The colours in the painting are found in the home fragrance Maharadjah. The blue from the lavender, brown from the cinnamon, dark red from the clove, gold for the warm vanilla and orange for the overall feeling of comfort. The roomspray and scented candle give me a cozy feeling of enjoyment in my house like the painting. They are a perfect match.

Nicolaï Paris is a French perfume brand which was founded by the French perfumer and president of the Osmoteque in Versailles, Patricia de Nicolaï. One could say the Osmoteque is a perfume museum and archive where one can attend lectures, have private consultations and scent old classic perfumes. It was founded by former Jean Patou perfumer Jean Kerleo.

Nicolaï has a large home fragrance collection including room diffusers, room sprays, scented candles, catalytic lamp liquids (for Lampe Berger burning lamps) with at this moment 25 different scents and 3 Christmas fragrances.

It has a perfume line as well, as most of you already know. Except for two, Just un Reve and Rose Oud, Nicolai perfumes do not work on my skin. Her perfumes are not my taste as I find them a tad too sweet.like adding one cube of sugar to my coffee which then overdoes it in sweetness. So I prefer the room fragrances for my home as most of them are perfumed treasures on their own.

Nicolaï Paris has a home fragrance line consisting of candles, room sprays, reed diffusers, essential oils, lamp liquids. It has a bath line as well.  My favorite room fragrance is Maharadjah. It is very well suited for autumn and winter and a bestseller in the Parisian Nicolaï shops.

The best image to illustrate the scent of Maharadjah is the oil painting is my living room, What will tomorrow bring? made by my dear friend Henriette Hackenberg. The colours in the painting can be found in Maharadjah. The blue from the lavender, brown from the cinnamon, dark red from the clove, gold for the warm vanilla and orange for the overall feeling of comfort. The roomspray and scented candle give me a cozy feeling of enjoyment in my house as does the painting. They are a perfect match.

Maharadjah comes as a scented candle, reed diffuser, essential oil, lamp liquid, room spray and used to be sold as eau de parfum. I have tried them all. It comes in a more intense version as well, with the same scent but a bit more intensified. The reed diffuser is my favorite.

This is not a fragrance if you are looking for a subtle home scent as its throw off and longevity are amazing. But this is what I personally enjoy. The reed diffuser lasted almost a year. I find it to be well worth its price of 46 euro.* As it is a high quality fragrance and a magnificant scent, a perfume bottled as a room fragrance giving pleasure for a year.  What more would one want for one’s home ?

Have you tried Nicolaï home fragrances ? Or do you use other home fragrances ? Which one are your favorites ?

All room fragrances can be ordered on the official Nicolaï website and the Perfume Lounge in The Netherlands.

More paintings on: Henriette Hackenberg’s website

Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this article were bought by me.

*Note 1: But price is always personal and what you are willing to pay for a (room) fragrance.

*Note 2 : This review discusses Maharadjah not the other scent from Patricia Nicolai Maharani, which is different.