Now that I tested Rosam and completed my journey into this "trilogy" by Histoires de Parfums, I must say overall I quite liked Ghislain here. Petroleum, Ambrarem and now Rosam are three good scents, each with its own personality, but connected by a clear and consistent stylistic "fil rouge", which I would sum up into a sort of "post-modern", mostly tending to "dark" also, revisiting of classic themes. Rosam opens with a captivating and fascinating rose-oud accord, which smells quite unique, in a sort of industrial-mystical, austere and dry-to-the-bone way, restrained, sharp but silky and captivating, rounded by artificial means but without smelling "fake" or plastic. There is a really peculiar ghastly transparency, heavy like concrete but at the same time, breezy like a winter day. The rose notes are processed in a very interesting way, they are not "predictably" rich or dense as they often tend to be, but rather "plain" and dry in a creative way: this scent makes me think of its accords as thin, linear, white-grey fogbanks one gently floating on another, refreshed only by some delicate hints of citrus, amber and spices. Still, they manage to smell vibrant and "alive" in their own way. With my references to "post-modernism" I am not implying this is some avant-garde or minimalistic scent - it partially is (minimalistic), but it has also a prominent "mystical" and Oriental feel all over, so don't think of anything to "abstract" or synthetic. The evolution is close to zero, and fairly long-lasting. I must also note that it's not exactly a "pleasant" scent to wear, it's intellectually interesting but frankly, as a scent itself, a bit too much linear and austere – to the point it almost becomes boring after some hours. Nonetheless it's a really interesting work.
Histoires de Parfums' rather articulate take on the rose/incense/woods theme. Slightly dusty but never dry, the rose velvety and just a touch soapy, the woods warm but elegantly restrained. In my view ROSAM sits snugly somewhere between By Kilian's Rose Oud and Amouage Lyric Man. That can only mean one thing: it's a winner.
Rosier than the rosy Boucheron Pour Homme. I enjoy it as much as its older cousin: immensely!
How many rose -oud -saffron combos have you smelled? too many, last one i smelled was Montale Black Aoud, but that name suits this here scent much better! How can this be interesting? Unique?
I would call it Roseman:-) , this is the only rose that suits better to men then to women! The drydown is completely woody oud smell, it radiets cleaness, simplicity, freshness, but in unique way, while Montales ouds are somehow moisturized and medicinal, bit heavy,creamy too, this here is light and more abstract
This is amazingly well balanced scent but the name would suggest its all about roses!No it is not! the rose from the opening fades away slightly but steadily that you can hardly smell it in the drydown, wich lasts forever, longevity and silage are great!
Another good release from Histoire De Parfum and another oud/rose combo for us. I would say " a more civilized, smoother or less barbarian Black Aoud". This is in my humble opinion a great, barely averagely dense, ambery/oud scent with a citrusy, almost aqueous and slightly dusty rosey initial feel and a following enduring rosey creaminess with a dark-spicy side (patchouli-oud-spices) and a dose of dust, soapiness and air in the whiff. Inhaling this one i feel some Black Aoud and Dark Rose's deja-vu for sure but i agree that the medicinal side of oud is here not so evident and that the note of amber is prominent although not utterly creamy. The final remarkable note of saffron, on the side of frankincense, introduces a touch of cool spicy air, exoticism and dust in the final wake. The dry down introduces a more sweet, intense and woody kind of base in comparison with the sharper and cooler Black Aoud. The almost dusty-aqueous rosey initial feel evolves towards a wonderful, still cool, balmy rose that is incensey/opaque, soapy, airy but averagely creamy, consistent and mysterious. There is in this phase a sort of opaque mustiness in the air which is anyway not lacking its spark of prickly/floral sophistication. A bold patchouli whispers silently its discreet strength in the general poetic and silky dimension. Another great alchemy for the lovers of the rose.
13th April, 2012 (last edited: 02nd March, 2013)