Scent of the day: Rose Absolue by Yves Rocher

Day two of a rose rotation.

I decided to do these rotations as a way of a: making myself go through my stash rather than reaching for the same handful of perfumes every time; b: filtering out the ones I’m really not going to wear again; c: making myself concentrate and focus on something each day.

I bought Rose Absolue as one of a batch of three EDPs by Yves Rocher in the Secrets d’Essences range, since they have been discontinued. I associate Yves Rocher with quite poor-quality fragrances, so it was something of a surprise to find they had done this high-end range. 

This is a fine, boozy red rose with a jammy, natural feel, in the same vein as Jo Malone’s Red Roses Cologne and Aramis’s Calligraphy Rose but with more booze than the Malone and less incense than the Aramis. It’s also a worthy alternative to Serge Lutens’ Fille de Berlin for a much lower price.

Within about an hour, it dries down to a powdery red rose skin scent on me (my skin eats perfume alive) but it then lasts pretty well. On me, there is perhaps a trace of patchouli, but very light, and I don’t get any cinnamon or cedar as listed in the notes on Fragrantica.

Overall, this is a very nice addition to my rose fragrance wardrobe. Nice bottle, too.

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