I last visited an Yves Rocher store when I was in Poitiers in March. How I wished they had these stores in the UK! The website is excellent, and you always get samples with every order, but it’s not the same as sniffing your way round a ton of testers and leaving with a pretty bag full of goodies.
Yves Rocher Rose Absolue is a simple Rose scent, and sometimes that’s just what I want. I used to keep Rosewater in the kitchen. It is excellent on strawberries, which may be why my overwhelming impression on first sniffing Rose Absolue was of strawberry cream chocolates (Quality Street or Roses, I’m not fussy).
The notes listed on Fragrantica are: Cinnamon, Rose, Patchouli, Cedar and Tonka bean. Maybe if I was really pushed I would say there is indeed a hint of Patchouli, and Cinnamon, but otherwise, it’s Rose petals all the way, with an Almond finish.
It is an excellent Rose, scent although no two Roses are the same. Rose fragrances can be Rose/Musk, Rose/Spice, Rose/Chypre, etc. Yves Rocher’s contribution is, initially at least, Rose Caramel. After a few minutes, the Caramel drifted away, leaving an almost medicinal rose scent behind, which was very agreeable indeed. Longevity is excellent at around nine hours and I kept catching delightful wafts as I moved.
As I came to conclude this review and supply you with stockists, I came a cropper. Reader, I have sadly led you a merry dance. This has been discontinued and is very hard to get hold of, even on the French website. However, all may not be lost.
I wrote to the Yves Rocher Press Office and they confirmed that this is no longer made, but they have just launched Comme Une Evidence Intense which, they assure me, has dominant Damsask Rose notes. They will be sending me a sample in the post and I will duly review and report back to you.
As much as I love fragrance, with all the complicated accords and concoctions and top, middle and basenotes; sometimes, all I want is the simplicity of a Rose.