Cafe rose for me has unbelievable longevity and is my favourite private blend as well as m first owned niche perfume. On skin I get atleast 15 hours, it is one of the few perfumes that i can constantly smell upon myself.
I must also add I absolutely the transition this fragrance makes from being a very spicy mature like rose smell moving towards a nice thick patchouli based dry down.
This fragrance here I must say opened my eyes towards niche perfume. A truly sublime edition to the private blends.
"Honey, here is a rose scent you might like"
I spritz it on a card and sniff...
"Ummm Rose and spice"
My wife says hold on while she hunts down the coffee beans to sniff..
"Ok...let me sniff"
I give her the card and she inhales.
"Umm..Where did the rose go?"
"Well dear it was there a moment ago."
My only gripe with Cafe Rose is that it doesn't stick around long enough. The opening, a fuchsia-toned rose blend with a bare hint of spice is accented beautifully by a synthetic but warm coffee and wood base as seen previously in Polo's underappreciated Double Black. It is a showcase for rose (not the bright English variety, but the more dark, smooth, and less cheery Bulgarian or Damask)and an easy wear for men and women, and as of late one of my favorite releases from the Tom Ford line. This is not a scent for casual samplers, but a nod to the real rose fans sampling niche scents. There are countless fragrances out there which straddle the lines of commercial and gender acceptability but this is not one of them. If you do not enjoy the smell of roses, do not enter here. If you are a rose fan, welcome home.
Rose lovers, this is for you! A beautiful dark rose with a touch of saffron and coffee. Not much coffee though. Semi sweet and seems like another keeper for the ladies. Because of the darkness of the rose, a guy could rock this also. I get a little amber and patchouli in here as well. Not bad. Not full bottle worthy IMO. But, I could go for a decant (which I have). 7.5/10
Cafe Rose is a balanced fragrance with a dense rose smell and not the fleeting floral lightness with which many rose scents can be associated (i.e. Jo Malone' s Red Roses, though pretty much every JM offering is light).
It's a strong scent that is anchored well by the coffee, incense, and patchouli, which I cannot detect individually but rather absorb as one dark, woody base that doesn't contrast the rose but rather complements it. I'm not familiar with rose enough to detect the different types of rose notes listed, but this doesn't smell like most rose scents because it is so heavy in general and so heavily rosy in particular. Jo Malone's Velvet Rose & Oud is a decent comparison, but that is somewhat sweeter and spicier, and less wood and rosy. The dark rose aspect is similar to that of Noir de Noir, as well.
Cafe Rose leans slightly feminine but is effectively unisex. I could see men and women alike wearing, and I would consider buying it myself. With the Tom Ford Private Blend label and price, my high expectations for projection and longevity were both more or less met. It projects beyond a foot and a half and lasts in the vicinity of eight hours, after which it devolves into a skin scent.
Of course fans of rose who aren't familiar with this should smell it, but anyone who enjoys woody florals should try it as well.
8 out of 10