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Rose Absolue (1984)
by Annick Goutal


Rose Absolue information

Year of Launch1984
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 66 votes)

People and companies

HouseAnnick Goutal
Parent CompanyAmore Pacific
Parent Company at launchAnnick Goutal

About Rose Absolue

Rose Absolue is a feminine perfume by Annick Goutal. The scent was launched in 1984

Reviews of Rose Absolue

I cannot pass a rose bush of the open petalled variety without leaning over for a sniff, and the familiar scent (despite some variation) remains surprising – deep, nectarous, narcotic but somehow also soft as down, airy and cooling. Each time, it is a love renewed.
I have yet to come across a perfume that gets this contradictory balance of a natural rose right – and why should it? Artistic perfection must aim for different standards of excellence and modes of expression to natural perfection, imitating which is a thankless task.
Rose Absolue is a successful rose perfume, but lest we forget, it is a perfume not a rose. Its opening is strongly reminiscent of rose water, which has that delicate but strong quality that is so bewitching, and a huge dose of the sweets. It’s ringed by a faint whiff of mothballs – perhaps indoles were employed, as they often are, to plump out the floral bouquet. Given time, all indolic suggestion vanishes and the rose becomes cloud-like, super soft, and floats from the skin like a comforting aura – it has traces of both soapy and deeper attar roses to it, but it’s the gossamer, lilting quality that lifts it above many another perfumery rose. A visual analogy helps – Rose Absolue is like a canvas with a thin band of deepest crimson and a huge fade of feathery pink bordering on white.

A skin scent after 4 hours.
21st October, 2017
All I can smell from this is rose. I came to check the notes, and the only notes listed are roses, and Darvant's review further supports my impression that natural-smelling rose is the effect of this perfume.

In my experience, I notice a correlation between perfumes smelling natural and not feeling especially strong, and that applies here. I feel like this wears close to the skin. Up close though, it is a beautiful, natural, soft rose smell.
19th March, 2017
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This one starts like a synthetic rose smell of toilet spray/laundry detergent. But then it gets better. Much better. After 30 mins it is a blooming rose bouquet and as it dries down it goes through the various stages of rose bouquet as it decays.
Just avoid first 30 mins and you are good
24th February, 2017
Close your eyes and imagine you are in a garden filled with roses and a scent of fresh morning breeze is caressing your skin and relaxing your mind.Rose Absolue is a pure heavenly scent full of vitality and an exciting adventure.this light hearted and sophisticated fragrance is richly feminine,very seductive and sypbolize the is strong so a little goes a long way but it is not overpowering.
Clean,Elegant,Subtle,Feminine,Linear,Classic and Classy.

This timeless classic elevates a womans beauty through a rich bouquet of roses like Turkish rose, bulgarian rose,may rose and damask rose harmoniously blended together to take you a dream state of bliss. always attracts compliments from both sexes. highly recommend this to any serious rose scent lover.the scent soft enough for day wear and romance enough for intimate moments,when wants walking with your lover in a spring flower garden.


Longevity?Very Good on my skin.


18th June, 2016
Rose Damascena, the queen of the roses, Turkish rose, the great Damascus one and others types of roses all combined is an indescribable rosey bouquet so inebriating, indolic and fragrant. Romantic and royal as in a fairy tale. The scent is able to penetrate till the center of your brain through the nose. Frankly i don't smell any trace of rawness, greenness, lymphatic or old-school feel since the aroma is absolutely floral in a deliciously graceful and ethereal way but even in a so much perfumey, intense (almost oily) mode to become almost edible. An ode to the love for the life.
18th December, 2012 (last edited: 28th April, 2015)
Legend has it that Rose Absolue is based on a signature mix of three very specific rose essential oils and, when there's a bad year and one of the three isn't up to snuff, they simply don't make the perfume that year. This came from an Annick Goutal salesperson, so take it with a grain of salt, but that's the official explanation for why Rose Absolue is almost impossible to find for years at a time.

If you can, it's definitely worth a sniff. The rose notes are fantastic, and notable for what they lack more than what's there. Without woody and green supporting notes, this never smells like burying your nose in a real rose - instead, it's like a pure rose petal smell you'd encounter in candy or rosewater more than a perfume. Also, it smells like rose oil, not that honey/lily/strawberry smell that passes for rose in most rose perfumes, so it really doesn't smell like a standard rose perfume that way, either.

I think this is what makes Rose Absolue such a love-it-or-hate-it perfume. Like I said, it doesn't smell like a normal rose perfume. Instead, it smells almost more functional, so it reminds me of candy (or, on a bad day, rose air freshener) more than perfume because it's rare to smell basically unadorned rose oils as a perfume - we tend to associate them more with cleaning or cooking.

What little ornamentation the roses receive, as far as I can guess, is a hyper-juicy orange note on top that mixes in a way that reminds me a LOT of Amouage's beloved Homage Attar, as well as a subtle soapy white musk in the base, but the real star is always the rose.

21st June, 2012

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