“ Brand: Molton Brown „
~~ Molton Brown's Rogart ~~
I love trying and testing out new products and regularly keep my eye out for offers where I can obtain free samples. Whilst I am not interested in designer labels in respect of clothes, shoes and handbag I must admit to loving designer fragrances with my all time favourite being Estee Lauder's Beautiful. A few months ago I saw an offer to apply for a free 2 ml sample of Molton Brown's Rogart and this review discusses my thoughts on the fragrance.
I cannot admit to having previously used anything from this brand as their high prices are a real deterrent for me and whilst they opened up a store a couple of years ago, which is located not too far from my home I have never stepped through the doors. This is clearly a luxurious brand as the 2 ml glass vial was presented within a book style card with beautiful silver script on the front.
On spraying the fragrance onto the inside of my wrist I was greeted with the most delightful aroma, which I was unable to identify, but it seemed considerably masculine and reminded me of an aftershave. The reverse of the card provided a description of the notes contained within the fragrance and as a result, I was able to identify one of them being juniper berries, which was combined with elemi oil; something I'm not familiar with. I was certain I could detect a hint of pepper or a similar spice, but there was nothing on the card or on Molton Brown's website to suggest this. Once the initial aroma had settled I was able to witness an extremely uplifting clean and fresh scent with a slight sweetness, which I learned was icy angelica and sweet maple. I generally have a very good sense of smell and am able to pick out individual aromas, but I'm not familiar with all of the notes contained within this product.
The final notes or top notes are fir balsam and gaiac wood and I have to admit that I found the entire combination rather bizarre as in my opinion they did not work well together. Whilst the fragrance was woody it also offered a fresh aroma, but I found this rather confusing and Molton Brown's description of this product discusses ancient spice trails, a labyrinth of memories and cosiness. I found the fragrance quite powerful and its staying power was first class, but I cannot admit to finding it favourable and by the end of the day I was fed up with the scent and had to scrub it off my wrists.
This is a unisex fragrance with Molton Brown listing it under the men's section. My sister quite liked the aroma as I gave her the remainder of my vial, but my husband was not keen at all and was in agreement with my opinion where there was simply too much going on. This is not a fragrance I would be rushing out to purchase and I feel its £50 price tag for 50 ml is rather excessive, as I found nothing luxurious about Rogart. I dithered with awarding a star rating to this fragrance, particularly as I initially liked the scent, so only two stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.