Hippie Rose is very wearable - I liked it immediately. I love a fun, funky rose, but the question for me is usually one of integrity. Patchouli-rose is easily likeable, but it can smell kind of cheap if handled wrong - it's so tempting to rely on that great patchouli-rose sexiness. I think it requires a deft touch to take it out of that headshop vibe - easy to like with their sense of play and frivolity, but cheap and obvious. Hippie Rose is more urban.
And more casual. It's more patchouli than rose, subtle and dusty, a little incensy (not much - it extends the green patchouli theme, as does the vetiver), with a lot of air to take it out of the headshop fog, and make it more hep. The result is more refined - hippie chick grown up, amped down, but with a mini skirt in the back of her closet. Its sense of casualness works well. Heeleys can be linear, but I don't mind if I like the fragrance, so I'm checking to see if this will wear well for me.
At this point I like Hippie Rose - its subtlety makes it a fragrance I can wear more places. I love Agent Provocateur but its assertive patchouli-rosiness makes it difficult for me to wear casually during the day. The original idea behind the first Agent Provacateur flanker was to make an AP Lite you could wear during the day. But it was a disappointment to me, as it wasn't what was promised, but tweaked into something closer to a distant cousin and their fix for adding lightness was liberal doses of hairspray. To my nose, Hippie Rose is closer to what the Agent Provocateur flanker should have been.
30th January, 2015 (last edited: 16th December, 2015)
So what makes it a “hippie” rose? A hefty shot of patchouli, of course! However, in keeping with Heeley’s thoughtful and sophisticated fragrance aesthetic, Hippie Rose doesn’t offer the sort of big, brash patchouli and rose accord you’ll encounter in Bond No. 9’s West Side or L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Voleur des Roses. Instead, Hippie Rose weds a modest, civilized patchouli note to a wood and rose accord that’s highly reminiscent of Shiseido’s excellent and intermittently available original (“Black”) Zen.
Add some soft amber, discreet spice notes, including cinnamon, clove, and black pepper, and a dash of incense, and you have rose-based fragrance that while surely unconventional, is perhaps a bit too suave and cultivated to have been caught rolling in the mud at Woodstock. Never mind: countercultural or not, it’s a highly gratifying scent, from first application to its smooth rose and vetiver drydown. Yet another winning entry in a line remarkable for its consistent quality.
A peculiar rose with Heeley's distinctive linear, architectural and aerial feel. Fresh and feminine, but at the same time, thanks to patchouli and (I assume) some incense/woody notes, also masculine. Very clever and simple, a bright concept developed in a totally well-balanced way. Warm and long persistence.
14th January, 2014 (last edited: 16th April, 2014)
Now here’s a surprise from Heeley, a rose with plenty of murky undergrowth, resolutely old-fashioned, turning its face against the soapy, clean or simply loud characteristics that tend to dominate recent rose fragrances. I wouldn’t have expected it of him – so many of his other perfumes place the emphasis so strongly on the clarity of notes, they sometimes skirt banality.
This hippy is out in the garden: a mature rose among mossy, herbal aspects; there’s a hint of licorice that bridges effortlessly with a dark, rooty patchouli. The patchouli is beautifully judged, its presence is central but well contained, it’s no yawling feral beast. This is the kind of fragrance that rises to the nostrils as a perfectly formed accord; there is a completeness to it that resists too much picking apart of notes, one grasps it immediately and is satisfied. Or at least I am! Pretty linear once the top settles.
Hippie Rose opens with a blast of bergamot, before moving quickly to the heart notes consisting of patchouli and rose with a green grass undertone. I actually get more patchouli than rose, but both certainly are co-stars. Base notes feature the remnants of the patchouli and rose combo, with moss and vetiver joining them. Projection is above average, with above average longevity.
I went into trying Hippie Rose with high expectations. The scent has been compared to my favorite scent, Portrait of a Lady, and has many of the same notes... Alas, Hippie Rose is not like Portrait of a Lady to my nose at all, and I actually find it somewhat insulting to that great scent to even compare the two. This one is watery, with an almost Chap-stick like accord that features a lot of patchouli and rose. The rose does not smell real to me here at all. I just can't get into it, and I don't want to smell like a faux rose tinged Chap-stick balm all day; my guess is few would. What was Heeley smoking when they released this one? Definitely not recommended. 2 out of 5 stars.