Ask Jean: What on Earth Is Dirty Rose?

We want to answer your most pressing questions—or, you know, just the things that you’re curious about. Please keep them coming to: [email protected] Below, a Q for our beauty director, Jean Godfrey-June.

Dear Jean, I love unexpected, not-everywhere perfumes—and for a long time, I thought they were less toxic than the big-name brands. (I’m totally bummed to learn that this isn’t the case.) I love florals…but with a twist. It has to be cool and a little weird. Is there such a thing in the clean, nontoxic world? —Sarah H.

Dear Sarah, I have your cool and weird perfect match: Dirty Rose from Heretic Perfumes is going to blow your mind. Rose de Mai, lemons, blackcurrant leaves, mate, pepper, and apricot are some of the gorgeous, pure ingredients, all swirled into organic alcohol handmade at a distillery in California’s Central Valley. It is both sexy and subtle, citrusy/floral with a dry, sophisticated touch of spice. It’s like nothing you’ve ever smelled, and beautifully long-lasting, too.