Birgit’s post about finding a perfume for the autumn season and her subsequent post about Ormonde Jayne Woman sent me rummaging through my samples and decants looking for my perfect autumn scent.
Let me back up a moment. Autumn is my favorite season with all of the red, orange and yellow foliage. I simply cannot get enough of it. Every year I set out with my camera to get the best shots of trees and bushes bursting with color one last time before the dreaded winter sets in. Last year I discovered Feminité du Bois and declared that I had found my autumn perfume, and as the seasons moved along I kept using Feminité du Bois because it is suitable year round. Right. Now what?
I sifted through my stash looking for something that would evoke the colors of the season. The roses are giving us their last blossoms of the year and then it hit me – a rose perfume. As much as I love Lady Vengeance and Portrait of a Lady, I tend to wear these two perfumes in the heat because of the patchouli. Then I came across the generous sample of Rouge Avignon that a dear friend gave to me during our sweltering summer. In the heat I liked Rouge Avignon well enough and decided to try it again this past week.
Gingerly opening up the bottle, I had a quick sniff. I sprayed once then twice and was immediately hit with the smell of roses infused with raspberry. Raspberries? It was such a gorgeous opening that I sprayed lavishly.
This is a deliciously dark concoction that sends me into squeals of joy. The woody notes mixed with the rose transports me to a wooded path hidden above pristine gardens which are being kissed one last time by the sun’s warmth giving off the scent of roses and fallen leaves slowly dying. Walking further along the path I come across bursts of yellow and orange set against the backdrop of a crystal blue sky.
This is what I am talking about, what I am searching for in an autumn perfume. Three or four hours of walking in the woods has left me exhilarated and believe it or not fully energized. I smell my wrists again, breathing in deeply and am now lying down in a bed of leaves with the memory of roses in the background.
The Phaedon website describes Rouge Avignon as:
“…a Gothic composition, as opulent and dark as the shadow of the Papal Palace looming over nations and centuries… The carmine red of the papal stole is conjured with a fleshy, spicy rose facetted by ylang-ylang and raspberry. In the heart notes, waxed woods, cocoa bean, black truffle and earthy smoky vetiver lure us into the private apartments of the Supreme Pontiff. Gilt moldings and religious ornaments glint in the firelight while gray tendrils of smoke rise from a censer burning sandalwood chips mixed with musk and amber.“
This is a gorgeous perfume created by Pierre Guillaume. If you fancy a dark rose perfume with a soft drydown give this one a try – you will not regret it.