First of all, I love Lanvin Rumeur. It was made by St Francis of Kurkdjian, or rather re-launched by him after its original creation in 1934. Rumeur is beautifully retro and feminine (see my earlier review), so you can imagine how my interest was piqued when I saw a 50ml bottle of Lanvin Rumeur 2 Rose on sale for 20GBP today (Superdrug).
Well it’s been fruitied up and flowered about for the younger market and result is disappointing. It’s not unpleasant, but it would blend in with everything else that is worn today. Sillage is poor and the longevity reminds me of when you use your favourite shower gel. It smells great in the shower, and possibly for another twenty minutes, but after that? “There it was, gone!”as we say in Wales.
Rumeur2Rose has almost nothing to do with the original Rumeur as far as scent goes. There are Roses, a bit of Pear and some nameless generic fruity notes, maybe some White Musk for a fleeting second, but that’s about all you get. It lasted nearly an hour on my skin, which would please me were this a cologne, but for an EDT that’s pretty poor. It smells as if it had been washed off by the rain, which despite severe weather warnings for Wales, it was not.
Save your money and invest in Rumeur instead. It is all Magnolia, Patchouli and Woody florals. Divine. Rumeur2Rose? Walk on by my friend.