This is such an inviting perfume.full of sophistication and elegance,yet quite alluring.when you enter a room your signature is there leaving people asking,"What's that fragenace you have on"?.it is almost like mixture of arabian perfumes but in a safe way.all the notes are in harmony with each other creating a beautiful symphony appreciated by everyone who likes arabian scents.ROSE MACREE DU DESERT is a laudable example of what a truly rose and oud perfume should be but it is not the best.Sophisticated, Oriental,Gorgeous,Rich,Warm,Stylish and Subtle.
It is a mix of opulent oud and the most gorgeous rose with a hint of saffron as the oud is strong at first,and pungent.once it dries down the rose is great and I could smell it for a long time.the dry down reminds me one of ARABIAN OUD perfumes.the bottle reflects the aroma it holds perfectly.ROSE NACREE DU DESERT is an intense fragrance with a huge dosage of roses not overwhelming like most of rose scents.The confident character will wear this perfume and feel the magic.two application to either neck is enough to cosume your entire body when you walk by another person for that person to notice you smelling great.
Longevity?+7 hours on my skin.
A beautifully realized dry, woody and spiced rose perfume that unmistakeably gestures towards Arabia – one can almost hear the maqam in the background. A rare, desiccated thing, pitched just right, not smelling fusty like many oud accords do, not overwhelming in its power, the various components rising to the nostrils like a most civilized yet exotic vapour. Guerlain claim the Western debut of the Persian rose of Iran in this perfume, but equally impressive is the soft as velvet patchouli used, all combined with wood shavings, a touch of saffron, cardamom, to sophisticated effect.
Late in the wear the patchouli does become increasingly prominent as is its wont, so that this becomes similar to other rose-patchouli creations with the other elements receded somewhat. Still, a fine outing, though the ho-hum later stages do make the price point questionable.
Got to say I'm really enjoying the lush syrupy rose, saffron and oud. The opening and heart are rich for sure, but I don't find the sweetness gets to cloying levels. The drydown is transformative where everything losses density and dries off as a musty patch base dominates and fades towards the close.
Colourwise up front is all velvet burgundy with black and green streaks intensifying during the drydown. Definitely a fragrance of two dominant and diverse stages. Longevity perfectly acceptable, for me at least. All in all, good stuff, rich, decadent but with a slightly macabre ending, and all the better for it IMO.
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Rose Nacree is fairly similar to Encens Mythique but minus the slight frankincense in it . There is also less patchouli and Rose Nacree is a bit sweeter .Yes, I know, I know, I am a philistine !
The dark rose in the opening is great- I get that sense of dark rose + oud and swirls of amber smoke and a bit of spice too . The Guerlain powder is there again .
I find it quite simple in total . This is a powdery rose with just touches *again* of the exotic. There is not enough oud to hit you over the head and not enough spice to curl your toes . Completely unisex though I suspect some men will not wear these.
So far after sampling 2 of these scents- I get the feel Guerlain wants exotic without too much edge and daring.
Less interesting than Encens Mythique but still a good quality Guerlain fragrance. Honestly, Nahema has more personality . Just sayin'.
Pros: Good quality exotic Rose
Cons: Price and availability"
When I first tried Rose Nacree du Desert I was a bit concerned that the rose blast that it opens with could be too feminine. But it turned out to be a dry rose scent, and it quickly transforms into a sweet, but not too sweet, spicy wonderful blend. The oud is there and the scent lasts for a long time with good outreach. This fragrance has made more of an impression on me than most - as I normally do not give much thoughts to a fragrance once I wear it. But with Rose Nacree I am constantly reminded of being in a Persian Garden..
There may be other fragrances with a similar combination of rose, spiciness and oud, but I am in no position to make a comparison. I just know that this perfume is wonderful.
As I understand, this is a limited release foremost for the Middle East. It is available at airports in Dubai, Doha and Beirut and possibly elsewhere in the ME and also in Paris at the Guerlain store.
01st July, 2012 (last edited: 07th July, 2012)