Monday, December 26, 2011


Hope your Christmas was a nice one. Satoshi had to work, so it was just another day for us. To date, we still have no flurries to speak of, though other parts of Japan have been getting blasted with snow....maybe I should jinx myself and talk about the sunny weather we've been having?!

Awhile back, Kathy wrote a post asking if being obsessed with rose tea blends was a girl thing?


julieandrieu I picked up this rose tisane by Julie Andrieu when I went to France in September.

I should have read the ingredients because rose was the last in the list. Cardamom overpowered the whole thing.

I was kinda disappointed with this one.

løv The Løv Organic Rose tea on the other hand was nice.

Make sure to brew it to the specifications on the back of the tea tag, or you will "kill" the very delicate rose fragrance.

mujirose MUJI's rose jasmine, is more jasmine tea than roses, but I liked how you could see the red specks of petals here and there.

laduree Ladurée's rose nougat was heavenly, the flavor was nice. As soon as you took a bite, your whole mouth was filled with the rose aroma and it wasn't overly perfumy.

lacuregourmande On the other hand, La Cure Gourmande's rose nougat had no rose flavor to it at!

rizaulait The rose riz au lait (rice pudding) from Épicerie Lion have these candied roses and pearl sugars.

rizaulait (2) I made a batch and it was sweet, not much rose flavor to it though, still pretty though.

rosesdereims Fossier's Roses de Reims are biscuits, they are just "rose" colored, no rose flavor.

They are kind of hard and the box suggests you dip them in some champagne or wine while eating them.

They aren't too sweet even though they are dusted with powdered sugar.

paulsmith Paul Smith's perfume "Rose" smells like a rose!

By the way, Santa (Satoshi) brought this for me for Christmas. (Thank you!)

toiletries The face mask and yogurt pack by Pure Smile (a Korean brand) smells really nice, it is a delicate rose fragrance.

Happy Bath Day Rose tablet, made in Japan, is so potent, I put this in our bath water and even after re-heating our bath water the next day, it still smelled like we had just put the tablet in.

honfleur91711 (4) The rose petal soap (far right) I bought in Honfleur was more of a clean soap scent than flowery. Not overly perfumy, guys won't feel girly using it.

I think whenever someone uses rose in their products it can be hit or miss. Hopefully I'll be able to find more "natural" rose smelling items because I think I'm hooked.


2kamuela47 said...

Merry Christmas! That nougat looks good! :)

Anonymous said...

Umm... suddenly, I have the need to consume and use anything rose-inspired. I wonder why?

K and S said...

Merry Christmas Laura, it was delicious!

:) Paz, you make me smile.

Take care you two.

K said...

Wow you have had a lot of rose products!

Japan Australia said...

Merry Christmas! We had a nice family Christmas this year with Roast Turkey and Pork and lots of veggies, finished off with some traditional Christmas pudding topped with jelly and vanilla bean custard :)

Japan Australia

K and S said...

I know K :0

sounds like you had a great Christmas J-A!

Take care you two.

Lizzy Do said...

I never knew there were so many rose infused goodies...all so unique and lovely!

Mariko said...

Wow! I had no idea there were so many rose-flavored things. So cute.

Rowena... said...

Love your theme post. I had seen those Reims biscuits and thought about getting them but glad now that I didn't. No rose flavor?! They were priced at 4 or 5€ per box and I was gonna make a rose charlotte with cream cheese.

K and S said...

amazing isn't it, Lizzy?!

it is quite surprising how many items we can find here Mariko.

I guess if you do buy these biscuits Rowena, you'd have to add rose water to your cream cheese.

Take care everyone.

Kathy YL Chan said...

Ahh so much rose Kat!! I love it! ^_^ That Laduree nougat looks especially good...they don't have it in NYC, but I'm going to check next time I'm back in Paris!

K and S said...

I hope they have it when you visit Paris, Kathy!

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I really like the scent of rose as long as it isn't overdone. ;-) You have had quite the collection of rose items.

K and S said...

Thanks, I agree with you Deb :)

Take care.

moshi mooch said...

I love roses too!

K and S said...

Cool! Moshi :)

Take care.