L’Artisan Parfumeur has launched Rose Privée, created by legendary nose Bertrand Duchaufour and Stephanie Bakouche.
I have been wearing it for a couple of days exclusively and have fallen in love with the stuff. Rich or poor, rain or shine, you can get a rose fragrance any old day, so these days a rose scent has to make the discerning perfume purchaser sit up and take notice.
Rose Privée does just that and comes at the classic rose, (in this case Rose de Mai), at a different angle. By turns sour, then sharp, then rich, then peppery, Rose Privée kept me interested by pricking my preconceptions for a good eight hours.
Notes: basil, lilac, geranium, green mandarin, beeswax, blackcurrant, hay, chypre accord, magnolia, May Rose, patchouli, amber and violet leaf.
The rose comes out straight away with a sourness that is most likely that green mandarin note, but there is a peppery dryness about it too- almost like a tea note. This reminds me of those rose petals you find in pot pourri- they may be dried and papery but they have a vintage-y rose waft about them still. This could be dry grass feel of the hay note. The flowers come through strongly, with little scents of rose and magnolia drifting around me pleasantly throughout the day. I always find Rose de Mai quite exotic compared to other rose scents. Rather than going Turkish Delight, May Rose seems to go a bit tuberose on me- its heady and creamy.
The whole shebang is rounded off pleasantly with some earthy patchouli, some more of that hay we talked about, and the faintest girly trace of violet leaf and lilacs.
It’s a beautiful rose with faints hints of spiciness and heat that lends itself perfectly to Autumn.