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Rose Prick (2020)
by Tom Ford

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Rose Prick information

Year of Launch2020
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseTom Ford
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Rose Prick

Rose Prick is a shared / unisex perfume by Tom Ford. The scent was launched in 2020

Rose Prick fragrance notes

Reviews of Rose Prick

This scent is pleasant and rosy-round enough, but it wears off fairly quickly, which is unfortunately not uncommon for Tom Ford. However, it is absolutely not worth the ridiculous amount of money TF wants for it.

If you're looking for the prick, you won't find it in the scent, but there's an enormous sting in the price.
18th June, 2020
Tom Ford Rose Prick (2020) is another ostentaciously-named limited edition private blend that banks on the deep pockets and fervent loyalty of superfans into the brand image of the Tom Ford label. Like other exclusives from this line, the composition itself is fairly gimmicky and linear, being a straightforward conceptualization a la Fucking Fabulous (2017), Lost Cherry (2018), and Lavender Extrême (2019) before it. Unlike the previous entries in this super-expensive flash-in-the-pan range, there is a bit more going on with Rose Prick beyond the obvious, but this is through and through a rose fragrance. If you can get past the fleshy pink bottle and the lewd name, you'll be presented with a candied sort of rose, heavy on tonka bean and fractured patchouli in the base, coming across like a lighter "macaroon flavoring" take on Tom Ford Noir de Noir (2007). This part I like about the scent, but the rest I really don't, even if I can't bring myself to exactly dislike Rose Prick either.

The opening of Rose Prick is a jammy Turkish rose blended with the more-common Bulgarian rose and a bit of that powdery rose de mai which sometimes finds its way into soaps, cremes, or lighter feminine-market rose products. This blend works to establish that candied confectionary sort of rose I mentioned earlier, and sits on top of the mostly pink pepper heart. The pink pepper and Sichuan pepper add body and heft to what would otherwise be a pretty transparent accord, and the synthetic patchouli/tonka base gives that rounded gourmand oriental-ish heft, but it's never woody or mossy like a chypre. Rose Prick isn't particularly fresh either even if it isn't the usual dark oriental rose, so you're left with a middling sweet "rose flavoring" on your skin, which probably has naughty intentions behind it. This lasts over 10 hours even though it isn't a screamer in the projection department, so Rose Prick is definitely more of an intimate sort of affair meant for weekends or long nights under romantic duress.

This isn't really my favorite interpretation of rose and for the price is utterly ridiculous, as there are many higher-quality rose and patch combos for much less money or expensive truly niche rose perfumes far more worth your coin than something that takes the rose/patch tandem and gives it the Willy Wonka treatment. Collectors of these aren't likely to give their bottles regular use because that isn't the point, so like most novelty fragrances from this lineup, it will be bought then squirrelled away for investment and flipping, or the yearly indulgence. Of course, with enough traction this scent could become the next Fucking Fabulous and be re-released in larger number again the following year (then indefinitely), but that hasn't happened so far with the others so don't hold your breath. Rose Prick is just another example of liquid brand hype sold at nosebleed prices per milliliter, but a mildly amusing adulteration of the core accord which made Noir de Noir so good. Try it for yourself but don't get pricked in the process. Neutral.
20th February, 2020 (last edited: 21st February, 2020)

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