A simple and clean everyday fragrance, light on the roses
I had chosen Norell Blushing with the hopes that this would be heavier on the roses and an evening perfume - as it boosts 500 Damask roses per bottle - but instead, it is more of a daytime scent, the roses are more subdued than I hoped for. The perfume opens, as many perfumes of late do, with a bright burst of citrus and peach, which really sweetens up the perfume. Notes of rose and jasmine soon follow with the underlying warmth of sandlewood, making Norell Blushing smell clean, much like soap. This seems to be an ongoing trend in perfumes as of late - not that it is a bad thing at all, but not really original or unique. I do like the perfume, but have encountered this trend all too frequently. Usually, it is blended with white flowers - Blushing just blends primarily with roses, leaving a bit of powdery scent as well. It is a simpler blend, not like the original Norell from days of yore, which was a very complex perfume, along the lines of a Chanel. A nice add to any collection (especially with that gorgeous bottle), but again, really not that original.
Edit: After typing this up at the office - mind you, it's an old concrete building suffering from industrial carpeting without any upgrades since the 80's - an outside worker came in to test the fire alarms. My office is in the small lobby area, and the worker, a young guy, told me that this was the best smelling office that he had ever been in. Mind you, some days the mold here is very overpowering. But today, I wore Norell Blushing and I am the only one in the office due to spring break (I work in a building on an educational campus). But this perfume got a big thumps up from a rather bashful young man. He really liked it enough to compliment me, who must be 15 years his senior.