Rosa Ardiente by Kenneth Cory for On The Nose


Post by Azar


“We take fragrances into our bodies and feel them as much as understand them.” Kenneth Cory

Hello APJ,

Kenneth Cory is an artist, writer and perfumer working in San Francisco, CA. The powerful and subtle beauty of Cory’s scented creations are a testament to his understanding of the primal connection of fragrance to emotion and memory. The seven fragrances listed in Kenneth Cory’s Etsy shop ( are more than aromas. Each has an almost corporeal or physical presence. In my experience his perfumes actually feel like the smooth petals of a flower or the light translucent touch of a veil of fabric.

Today I am reviewing my husband Brad’s favorite On The Nose perfume, Rosa Ardiente.

Rosa Ardiente by Kenneth Cory for On The Nose

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Here are the perfumer’s listed notes:
Top: Bitter Orange, Saffron, Pink Peppercorn, Ginger, Himalayan Cedar
Heart: Moroccan Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Calamus, Beeswax Absolute
Base: Cistus, Black Musk, Vanilla Australian Sandalwood, Frankincense

My first impression of Rosa Ardiente is that of a deep, red rose suffused with the warm tones of saffron and beeswax complimented by the darker, herbal complexity of cistus. Brad’s first impression is quite different from mine, featuring a bright citrus, pink pepper, a light rose, the beeswax and a lot of cedar. After about 30 minutes the perfume (a 33% concentration) evolves on my skin to saffron and amber, drying into a tangy citrus spiked with frankincense and ginger. Brad’s experience of this phase of the fragrance seems to be overwhelmed by cedar and amber. Both of us find that Rosa Ardiente begins to hug the skin at about one hour, eventually fading to an ephemeral wash of cedar, frankincense, musk and sandalwood, disappearing completely after six hours of wear.

A backlit red rose with water dropsPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

I find it fascinating that saffron and beeswax play such a big role in my appreciation of this fragrance. I can barely detect the cedar element that is central to Brad’s experience of the scent, except, of course, when I sniff his skin instead of mine. Unisex fragrances like Rosa Ardiente are fun to share and compare (a lot of mutual arm sniffing). Sharing fragrances can also be budget friendly as one bottle serves to delight more than one person. The two of us actually share several fragrances including the Amouage Interlude Man that is technically Brad’s but has somehow managed to find its way to my dressing table.

Have you have tried Kenneth Cory’s perfumes?

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Azar xx

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Rosa Ardiente GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 2 Winners who will each get:
1 x 1ml sample vial of Rosa Ardiente (generously provided by Kenneth Cory)
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Tell us about YOUR favorite shared (unisex?) fragrance OR tell us about a perfume you will NEVER share with anyone.

Extra Chance?
Tweet: On The Nose: Rosa Ardiente by Kenneth Cory GIVEAWAY @KPCNose  


Entries Close Thursday 13th November 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by or some fun way
As Portia is away on Holidays we will release winners when possible, keep an eye out.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

37 comments on “Rosa Ardiente by Kenneth Cory for On The Nose

  1. Jaybee says:

    Rosa Ardiente sounds gorgeous! I’d be reluctant to share What We Do in Paris is Secret, because to me it’s fairy-floss fun and the feeling of being sixteen and in love, and I wouldn’t want anyone to rain on its parade, so to speak. I follow by email. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jaybee,
      I love the name – What We Do In Paris is Secret! I totally understand your reason for keeping this one to yourself. I have a couple fragrances I feel the same way about. You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  2. Joaquim says:

    I follow by email.
    I would never share FM’s Dans tes Bras (shame on you, Estee Lauder), it’s so intimate, human body, salty and mushroom…shame on you Estee Lauder! Hope they don’t ruin this

    Thank you for the draw.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Joaquim,
      They seem to be buying up everything (FM and LL and who knows what will be next?)! I’m hoping there won’t be any changes. Oh Yes, you are IN!
      Azar xx

  3. Connie says:

    I follow by email and this sounds lovely. I would be hesitant to share any of my discontinued perfumes- particularly those that I only have a small amount of- because when they’re gone, they’re gone.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Connie,
      Thank you for joining the draw! Yes, sharing old and rare gems is sometimes unsettling. I am about to decant a very vintage and discontinued perfume for a dear friend of mine. I’m hoping she appreciates it as much as I do!
      Azar xx

  4. Rene Groyer says:

    I follow by e mail and I would never share my tiny sample bottle of Chanel Cristalle.Its virtually extinct now and such a great fragrance.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Rene,
      I think that is a wise move! I love Cristalle and only have a little bit myself, certainly not enough to share. You are IN!
      Azar xx

  5. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Great post Azar, as always.
    i have a few jealously guarded parfums that I keep solely for my own selfish enjoyment.
    DNEM but I did want to say HI.
    Portia xx

    • Azar says:

      Hello Portia,
      Thank you for picking that BEAUTIFUL ROSE for this post and for taking the time to drop by and say HI! Happy Trails! Have a wonderful holiday!
      Azar xx

  6. Robert Herrmann. says:

    I follow by email and love most anything with rose in it! The one I won’t share??? That would be Fragrance Republic #2, a truely ethereal rose and tuberose gorgeously tempered and grounded by a cacao base note. Yup….you’ll have to pry it out of my hands, I love it SO much!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Robert!
      FR #2 is my favorite of the line, at least so far. I have so many favorite roses it is sometimes hard to keep them straight (or organized)! Thank you for dropping by and joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  7. Jackie b says:

    I would share just about anything with my sister, she is poised at the edge of the rabbit hole…
    Everybody else, get your eyeballs off my teeny Norma Kamali Incense sample and my soon-to-arrive Mohur Extrait decant!
    I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jackieb,
      It must be great fun having a sister who shares your perfume passion and yum – Mohur Extrait! You are in the draw. Azar xx

  8. KatieSlat says:

    Hi Azar
    I follow by email. I share most of my collection but not Serge’s Fille en Aiguelles or the sadly discontinued Gucci #3.

    • Azar says:

      Hi KatieSlat,
      I am trying to be more generous with my collection. If I have more than 7ml of something I try to share it, even if just a little, but there are still a few beauties I just can’t part with. Thank you for commenting and joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  9. Elia says:

    Hopefully there’s no perfume I’d not share. This passion is insular enough.
    I follow by email, ty

  10. Lyubov says:

    Saffron rose? Give it to me!
    I am deep into roses. Any kind, indeed. But saffron rose makes me confident and bold.
    I don’t share fragrances with anyone in my family. I either give them entirely away (and don’t take even a drop while it is around), or I jealously keep a ban over my possessions (oh, I can be a monster guardian)! But I definitely steal spritzes from my mum’s perfumes, which were never mine. Or from my sister’s…Mean, am I not? 🙂
    Well, I am generously gifting them with samples, and they do not complain at all!
    The men in our house do not wear perfumes (pitty enough…), that’s why I cannot steal from them…
    However, I do have a shared favorite – Terre d’Hermes!
    Thanks for the chance! I haven’t tried anything from Kenneth Cory.
    I follow by email, and on the FB page.
    Lyubov recently posted…BlurryMy Profile

    • Azar says:

      Hello Lyubov,
      It seems like the love of fragrance is a family affair at your house (except for the guys).
      Perhaps sharing makes sniffing even more fun? BTW, another Kenneth Cory perfume I really like is Dark and Stormy, meant to smell like a cocktail by the same name created from, among other things, rum, ginger and lime. Thank you so much for your fun comments and for entering the draw!
      Azar xx

      • Lyubov says:

        Dark and Stormy sounds like a scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean, doesn’t it? Well, rum, ginger and lime…and I am off to the bar!!!
        Lyubov recently posted…BlurryMy Profile

  11. Lauren says:

    Hi Mom –

    I follow by email AND twitter and I still didn’t see that you had a post until you emailed me at work! Oops!!! So I don’t think I’ve tried a unisex fragrance since CK One in the 90’s. I liked it then – not so much now. Maybe it’s time to try a new one. I have a couple samples that you sent me that I probably wouldn’t want to share. Definitely not going to share the Spanish Geranium and there is another one but I can’t think of it off the top of my head. I think I need a cup of coffee… still trying to wake up:)!


    • Azar says:

      Hi Lauren,

      The same thing happened to me. I went into my WordPress account and saw that (for some reason) things had changed (?) so I changed them back. Regarding “unisex” fragrances: I think the edges have blurred on everything these days. People who love perfume will try just about anything and wear what they like no matter the gender designation. To that end perfumers have started to create more (and maybe even better?) gender neutral fragrances. However, I still can’t see B wearing a lot of powdery sweet orris or (heaven forbid) heliotrope! Some may call it conflict of interest, Lauren, but you are a fellow perfumista and you are in this draw!

      Mommy Azar xx and X

      • Lauren says:

        Thanks for entering me in the draw. Just so you know – after you emailed me yesterday I saw the tweet and the email. I had just over looked them. Yesterday was a very Manic Monday:)!

  12. Nemo says:

    I follow by email, and my favorite unisex fragrance is Chergui. It is particularly special to me because it is the first (of many, I hope!) perfumes that my bf decided he liked enough that he wanted to try it himself 🙂 Thank you!

  13. hotlanta linda says:

    LOL – I`m the only scent fan in my family, and online is my only scent-loving extended `family`, so no sharing of the red-blooded type on a day-to-day basis 🙂 This entire line sounds nice – thank U for the introduction! We follow a la blog, e-mail, and FB 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Linda,
      When I wrote this post I was thinking that you might appreciate Kenneth Cory’s fragrances! Thank you for dropping by and entering the draw! You are IN, of course!
      Azar xx

  14. dremybluz says:

    I follow by email. This sounds like a really marvelous rose fragrance. One to be worn by everyone. I have a very small amount of a wonderous orange and musk perfume I found 40 years ago. This gem I do not share with anyone. The perfumer made his clients special order fragrances, long before this form of perfumery became so popular. The shop and perfumer are now long gone, but I still have my liquid treasure.

    • Azar says:

      What a wonderful story, dremybluz! At one point I had a special scent like yours but, thinking I could get more, I used it all up. I have been searching for a substitute ever since. You are so IN! Thanks for joining the draw.
      Azar xx

  15. Kenneth says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Azar! I love that both you and your husband enjoy Rosa Ardiente. It never ceases to surprise me how much a fragrance can change on a different person. Our experience of the same scent can be so different as well. It’s fascinating! As for me, I am usually wearing my own scents since I feel I need to test them extensively, and I am constantly making my friends test them, too, perfumista or not!

    • Azar says:

      Thank you, Kenneth, for providing the samples for this draw! We (my family) are all hoping to see you again and sniff your perfumes at the next Artisan Fragrance Salon in Seattle.
      Azar xx

      • Kenneth says:

        I will surely be making my back to beautiful Seattle in the near future, but sadly there will be no Seattle Fragrance Salon in 2015. TasteTV decided not to do a 3rd year. I will be at the next Salon in San Francisco, however, in March.
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      • Azar says:

        I was afraid of that but I wasn’t sure what TasteTV had decided. Brad and I will be in SF in March for a school orchestra exchange. I hope it coincides with the Salon.

  16. Veronika says:

    You must tell me how you follow APJ

    Well, hi! I am absolutely new ere and am really impressed by the work you do! Absolutely great!
    I follow you via email. My favorite fragnance at the moment is Amouage Interlude Man. Yeah, man. Cause their female scents are too sweet for me, and this one I really like. Even thought it’s unisex, I would say, I will never share it with my boyfriend.
    The perfume I dream about is Le Mat by Mendittorosa.

    Tell us about YOUR favorite shared (unisex?) fragrance OR tell us about a perfume you will NEVER share with anyone.

    • Azar says:

      So glad you dropped by, Veronika!
      I’m sorry that you missed the drawing cut off (Nov 13, 10:00 pm AUSTRALIAN EST). The winners names have already been pulled but keep checking APJ for more draws, reviews, etc. BTW, the only “problem” I have with Interlude Man is its incredible longevity. Despite soap and water I can still smell it two or more days after application! Have you had a similar experience with IM?
      Azar xx

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