My husband discovered a third response to fragrance yesterday evening, just as I was accusing him of having only two in yesterdays post. Upon being asked for his opinion (what was I thinking anyway?!) he stated “All these perfumes are totally similar, one is just like the other, and that is probably because they are from the same range!”. And all that with the unwavering conviction of someone who knows what he is saying. Okay. (Just so you know, I let him smell Une Rose and L´Artisan Parfumeur´s Bois Farine!)
On to more serious pursuits:
Une Rose was created by Eduard Flechier for Les Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle in 2003. For me this is the reference rose I compare all others against (even Demi-God Serge´s Sa Majeste la Rose). Why? Because it is the perfect rose, one single perfect flower, from the softest, dew-covered petals down to the dirt still clinging to the roots, bottled for eternity (well, almost when stored properly).
Une Rose starts with a bright, fresh burst of “happy” rose, a little geranium for freshness and a tinge of green, a little citrus, all innocently enough. But soon it starts to develop and that is no wallflower, it is UNE ROSE, so now one would start to regret overspraying. One spritz is sufficient to last the work day. It smells like a rose in full boom, in bright sunlight, you smell the green of the rosebush, the earth, slightly damp, dark and cool. It smells alive. Divine. Une Rose is not a rose fragrance of the sweet, feminine kind, no prissy english maiden in sight, but more of a robust, self-confident french woman over thirtyfive, with an awareness of her dark side.
The drydown is ambery, darkish, with remnants of rose lingering for a very long time.
Une Rose is a perfume for days when I need strength, it anchors me, without weighing me down. It is outstanding, beautiful and unique.
And I´m sure this is the first review ever where Une Rose is mentioned in one sentence with Bois Farine. (Thank you, Honey!)