Rousse, of course means redhead in french, and that word always conjures up my favorite redhead, Pippi. The hero of my own childhood, she gets new attention from me now, as I read her adventures to my son, who loves Pippis irreverence and tries to justify his own, let us call them “interesting”, ideas with Pippi´s brilliant influence.
Rousse, created in 2007 by Christopher Sheldrake, features notes of mandarin, cinnamon, cloves, spices, floral & aromatic notes, fruit, cinnamon wood, precious woods, amber, musk and vanilla.
This fragrance is a very straightforward composition for a Lutens, and maybe that is why I like it so much. I mostly want to love all of the Lutens universe, but often end up thinking, it is all too much, too many notes, too much development, too much going on for one perfume. Not so with Rousse. It is far from boring, but it is not a convoluted, overloaded super-perfume either. It starts very cinnamony, often likened to cinnamon candy, that hot start calms down somewhat, but the cinnamon is with us for the ride, and that is a great thing too, in my opinion. Later the woody notes come in, all rather dry and a little dusty with vanilla adding a measure of sweetness. Rousse is almost linear in its development, not particularly strong or longlasting. I like to wear it in fall and winter, it is also a very good foundation for lighter perfumes in the cold season. I love to layer it under florals, to give them more depth and a more wintery feel.
Pippi would probably find it a little tame. I think she would go for a little something from Etat Libre d´Orange…
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