Some people may enjoy wearing the smell of old-fashioned lipstick but I am not one of them. Notice I said the word "wearing" because from a curiosity viewpoint, it can be very interesting to do a bit of time travel via smell. Frederic Malle's Lipstick Rose conjured up nostalgic thoughts of my grandmother's purse, rummaging around in my aunt's crowded cosmetics drawer and the most beautiful model ever- 50's model Suzy Parker, all very glamorous and happy memories. Lipstick Rose really does have that unmistakable rose and violet "lipstick" fragrance that I remember from the Revlon days of yore. "Cherries in the Snow" anyone? But as far as wanting to personally smell like a tube of lipstick, I shall politely decline the offer.
Per The Perfumed Court, here are the notes: violet, grapefruit, ambrette, coriander, tagette, aldehydes, rose, iris, raspberry, and heliotrope.