Josephine

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Josephine

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"She had teeth like cloves!" was one unkind remark. She was from and had two children and had lost her husband to the French Revolution. She was a lady who lived by her charm and her wits, luckily she had plenty of both. Her fashion sense was second to none, and her ability to put on a party was the stuff of legend. She had quite a few highly placed lovers among the various ruling bodies of the French Revolution but she managed to attract and enslave one short younger Corsican Corporal who became Napoleon.

At first she was disdainful of the too ardent suitor, she toyed with him and didn't treat him as respectfully as she should have. Gradually he won her heart and they were married. Alas, constancy was not Josephine's strong suit and she dallied with a dandy named Hipolite Charles when Napoleon was on the campaign trail to Egypt. Of course he was cheating on her, too BUT that was different. He loved her. "Don't bathe until we meet again," was an ardent line from one of his blistering letters to her.

Alas, when two ultra passionate people fall in love, all hell breaks loose. As Josephine got older and Napoleon grew more successful her love for him waxed, and his love for her waned. She could have no more children and he divorced her. She retired to her home outside Paris, Malmaison (Bad House) with its fabulous rose gardens, and pined for her husband. It is said that she painted the walls of some of the rooms of Malmaison with civet musk to have the smell soak into the house forever. Though he married again and had the heir he wanted, it is thought that Napoleon's last word was "Josephine!" I think that it was.

Roses, the old fashioned and wildly flagrant pink and red/white striped kind, combined with a jolt of what I call "Ivory" musk (it's like a white musk but much nicer with more character), galbanum to keep a bitterness in the mix like love gone awry and add a clean edge to it all as if tears had washed away the traces of touch.

Floral, spicy, musky
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Josephine came across as a very pretty pink rose with the musky element in the background. In the vial, I detect the rose with a green element that may be the galbanum and something in the background that comes across as slightly fruity that may be the musk. On my skin, the green aspect of the galbanum dissipates quickly and it becomes a rose with musk. It wore on my skin as primarily a rose note for several hours. After about 2 hours the musky note became more prominent on me and in the final drydown stage the musk was all that remained. Rather appropriate for Josephine, who had a love for musk, as well as her famous roses.
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This is honestly not like anything I've ever smelled before. In the bottle, and for the first good hour or so after application it is a bitter rose. I can come up with no better term than bitter rose for this, with the bitter taking the forefront.
After the initial hour, a musky, pale rose takes over from the bitterness. Its all a bit wistful, a bit old fashioned, a bit sound.
Its a story in a bottle. Its impressive. I'm not sure how often I'll reach for it, but boy howdy is it evocative.
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