Yves Rocher Rose Absolue for Women: Hello and Goodbye


 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. ImageMaybe 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. 

In the meantime, try Marks and Spencer Rose Eau de Toilette for a mere £6 for 30ml, or Yardley English Rose for only £7.59 for 50ml. 



9 thoughts on “Yves Rocher Rose Absolue for Women: Hello and Goodbye”

  1. They’ve discontinued it? Well what a bummer! This is the rose scent I always say is the nearest to a plain rose. So many roses are as you say ‘Rose and something’, and that isn’t always what you want. I have to be honest and say that I don’t usually like florals, but every now and again I’ll wear a perfume that doesn’t work for me and I layer something on top to cheer it up – this straight rose is a good choice. (In fact, the Secrets d’Essences are good for layering in general. I use the Voile d’ Ambre to warm up fragrances sometimes.)

    I know they’ve just released a Neroli in this series, as well as a nice not-very-indolic Jasmine.

  2. Yep, Discontinued. It’s Sod’s Law isn’t it? “Mmm this is nice, where can I buy it? Oh. I can’t”

    I often layer with a bit of light Musk too (Jovan does the trick for a tiny price). I shall look after your sample even more carefully now we know its scarcity value!

  3. What a pity. Its the sort of simple scent that I like very early in the morning, the sweetness means it works well if its a bit chilly, but its not overpowering and fades gracefully away. i have a bottle, but its half gone, Like you, I don’ t detect all the notes listed,I get an apple pie vibe (must be the caramel/cinnamon) – it definitely has a gourmand aspect, more so than the other simple rose scents you mention (the Yardley is also nice).

    1. Hello there Alice!

      Thanks for dropping by. I agree about wearing Rose in the morning. It feels so pure and clean somehow.

      An apple pie vibe? That’s interesting. I can see how you got that as I found this a bit “foodie” too.

      Keep hold of that bottle, it’s now a rarity!

  4. They seem to discontinue their perfumes on a regular basis. In the past few months, I’ve read a lot of praise for Yves Rocher scents that can’t be found anywhere, to the point that I think of all their perfumes as limited editions. (On the other hand, maybe there’s no real difference between them and other companies, and my lack if experience is showing.)

    1. Hi Laurels,

      Lovely to hear from you. You are quite right about Yves Rocher, and no, indeed, not all companies are so fickle, although I do think Avon is guilty of overproducing poor quality scents and discontinuing the good stuff. Don’t get me started on Avon (quick tip- ignore the Women’s and go straight to the Men’s).

      Sorry, back to Yves Rocher: their quality is consistently good, but as you say, there are many frustrated customers looking for their long gone favourites!

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