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Voleur de Roses (1993)
by L'Artisan Parfumeur


Voleur de Roses information

Year of Launch1993
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 425 votes)

People and companies

HouseL'Artisan Parfumeur
PerfumerMichel Almairac
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group

About Voleur de Roses

Voleur de Roses is a shared / unisex perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur. The scent was launched in 1993 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Michel Almairac

Voleur de Roses fragrance notes

Reviews of Voleur de Roses

Voleur de Roses.

Floral woods.

Rose and patchouli have gone hand in hand in perfumery since many decades ago. Voleur de Roses is a rose-patchouli, but unique in an overcrowded niche. There is a haunting melancholic quality to it, helped with a rose that's fresh, moist, dark and plummy - paired with an earthy, damp patchouli. Part of it hints at soil, but it is rather abstract. This is a perfume that tells a story. Someone came and took away the roses in bloom, just after the summer showers. All that's left are a few petals in the ground. Voleur de Roses - what a perfect name.

Like several other L'Artisans, I find Voleur de Roses to be a subdued fragrance. It has average duration on skin of about five hours, but sillage is rather muted after the first thirty minutes or so. Still, I'm still willing to ignore this in consideration of how charming and memorable Voleur de Roses is. Among other rose-patchoulis, Voleur de Roses smells vaguely similar to Czech & Speake's No 88, though the latter is more brooding, gothic and opulent. Voleur de Roses is elusive, and therein lies part of its attraction. Once the roses leave after about an hour, the dry down is a sublime floral-woods, faint and delicate.

Voleur de Roses is lovely to wear on rainy summer days. Unfortunately it might leave you before you'd want it to, but you'd long for it and want to go back to it. There are gazillions of rose-patchoulis on the market, but Voleur de Roses remains a rare specimen.

20th January, 2018
Voleur de Roses, thief of roses in English, is the fragrance of an elfstruck forest night, dark and mysterious and occult. It is one of the few perfumes you can find in Morticia's wardrobe. The patchouli here is a rough one, dark like moist fresh dug soil, and earthy is its smell as well. The rose is there from the beginning, but to me it is a rose that already starts to rot, giving the scent an overall impression of decay, even more than the patchouli already does.
The rose fades within the journey of this perfume, but never leaves completely.
I feared the plum before I first smelled it. But the (to me only slightly noticable) plum in here shares the dark aspects, that plums of older cultivated varieties sometimes share in their odor, a dark, almost earthy un-sweet fruitiness, not the commonly known note in perfumes nor comparable to the overbred plums found in supermarkets nowadays. And I thank Mister Almairac for this choice!
I suppose beta damascone has been used in here within the plum/rose accords, but am unsure to which amount? But I'd be interested which other materials would have been used to create this plum accord.

Surprisingly the sillage on my skin is quite heavy and it was well sensed (and complimented) by others, when I first wore it (in an Irish pub and later that night in a gothic club). By the votings of others in the databases found in the net and the often rather mild sillage of L'Artisan perfumes I didn't expect it, but am pleased about it.
The longevity is moderate though. If I had to pay the full price of 120€ I would not be satisfied with it but for the 39.90€ I have paid it is okay to re-apply.

I really like this perfume, time will show if I may even start to love it (but so far it's on the best way to reach that goal).
It is very different to another patchouli rose perfume created by Michel Almairac, Rouge Nocturne from Terry de Gunzburg, so don't be misled if you know the latter, they don't have that much in common, scentwise.
Another blind buy from L'Artisan I do not regret :)
17th January, 2016 (last edited: 23rd January, 2016)
I love Voleur de Roses! Some rose fragrances are just too much...cloying, "funeral home" strong. This one is just right, and the patchouli adds the depth and sexy appeal. I'm saving up for a FB of this!
31st December, 2015
Voleur de Roses is a nice soft rose with patchouli. At first spray one might say that it comes on strong, since the rose is dominant here with a background of patchouli. Patchouli can sometimes be overpowering and cloying, not here. To my nose it is not a strong rose/patchouli like other fragrance I own. The dry down is very nice, warm and quite floral.
09th November, 2015
Genre: Leather
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The opening accord of dry, yeasty rose and patchouli is exquisite. Then, after I've worn it for five or ten minutes, the patchouli and rose mutate into…cannabis smoke. That’s right: it doesn't smell like a head shop - it smells like my brother-in-law's bong!

When the drydown arrives, two or three hours later, it's a lovely arrangement of woods, but what Voleur de Roses does in the middle is beyond my tolerance. I won't appear in public smelling like I've just smoked a whole pound of weed.
09th July, 2014
I am hard pressed to think of another perfume that is so instantly attractive to my nose. It is a relatively simple scent based on three notes - rose, patchouli, and plum - but the interplay between these three notes is fascinating. The opening is that of plums on the turn, a sweet smell of fruit slowly rotting in the sun. This is a genius note, because since it is so quickly joined by a wet young rose and damp, earthy patchouli, you aren't quite sure whether the fruity decay belongs to the rose or to the freshly upturned earth, so the rotting plums effectively form a bridge between the rose and patchouli. It actually kind of reminds me of Diorella a bit - not the scent itself, but the way that the note of rotting fruit is set against the earthy background notes to create dissonance and interest. The feel of the perfume is wet, lush, and what I can only describe as "botanical".

I don't find this as dark or as brooding as other reviewers. The patchouli dominates the rose, yes, but it is not a sinister, raw, or aggressive sort of patchouli. In fact, that brings me to what I see as a big drawback to this scent: the whole thing comes off as quite delicate and transparent, like a Japanese silk screen print. With notes as "tasty" as these, you want the scent to be deep, bloody, resonant and almost pounding in their intensity. But this never provides that rich type of boldness I crave. Another issue is longevity / sillage. Normally, I don't care about this at all, placing most if not all of the importance on the quality of the fragrance itself and whether I respond to it or not. But I have to say that I would like to at least be able to smell the fragrance on me one hour after applying.....

I had the opportunity to buy this at a very good price from a fellow basenoter, but after dithering for a few days, I decided not to pull the trigger, due to these issues. I tested about three vials of the fragrance over the course of two days, each time dumping the entire vial on my skin: each time, the same thing happened - after one hour, the fragrance had grown almost too faint to smell, and after two hours, all trace of it was gone. It's a great pity, because the smell itself is just amazing. It really is. One of the most gorgeous perfumes I've tested in the last six months. But even at the excellent price at which this was offered, it is still too costly to use purely as a cologne splash, which is the only way I could ever get this to stay perceptibly on my skin. Two big thumbs up for the smell itself though.

30th June, 2014

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