A rose, roots and all, is how the person in the shop described it to me as I tried it on, and my first impression was of finding the holy grail of rose scents. Till date well over 400 aroma molecules have been discovered that comprise the scent of roses, so there is plenty of room for variation, and those who pooh pooh the idea of rose soliflores or of smelling like a rose should really know that a rose can be suggested in thousands of ways. Une Rose made my senses tumble, it was like stopping after spinning round and round in a rose garden the earth, the roses, the grasses, the leaves all seemed to weave in and out while I tried to steady myself. What fine drunkenness! I held on to that for over a year before finally buying. Well, familiarity showed a somewhat different creature. The earthy scent that had so captivated me seemed to be much more subdued than on first impression (or maybe it was an unfortunate difference in batches), a certain sharpness to the rose which brightened it considerably seemed to be more in evidence, and at times there was that uncomfortable feeling of tasting the perfume at the back of my throat. So, not quite the miracle I had waited so long for. But I have always loved the rose-geranium combination: its ballsy, piercingly sweet but with tart edges if done right. The geranium not only brings additional honey but foliage and refreshment. And in Une Rose, the wine dregs rounding the creation carry it so much further than the blended flowers of other, lesser perfumes. The woods in the base could have been better, with more depth, there seems to be something quite like Iso E Super lurking in there. I can now see that this isnt quite as perfect as I had thought. But love rarely is, and I still love this with a passion.
Une Rose by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, 2003
Rated #608 in Fragrances
Une Rose opens with a blast of either authentic Bulgarian rose oil or something that approximates it very closely. The opening is stunning rose with a bit of citrus--even the clove and honeyed bittersweetness of the Bulgarian rose otto is present and last quite a bit of time (leaning toward my hunch that it is synthetic). But alas, the beautiful soliflore gives way to a discordant and synthetic white floral mess (muguet, magnolia, etc). For a purer rose, I would steer toward Creed's Fleur de The Rose Bulgare.
Une Rose is a tremendous rose soliflore. It opens with the rose taking full front and center, joined by a fruity supporting accord that somewhat smells like subdued banana mixed with cedarwood. That said, the rose is the star, and the supporting notes compliment it nicely. This is a natural smelling fresh rose, without most of the dirtiness you find in many other rose scents. There really is not much in the way of development here... what you smell early on is what you get until the end... "The end" will take you quite a while to get to, as Une Rose has tremendous longevity and very good projection. While Une Rose is the kind of scent I prefer smelling on a lady, it is wearable for people of both sexes. This is a captivating rose indeed, and I can highly recommend it to anyone seeking a beautiful rose soliflore. The main problem I have with the scent is its price-tag. $215+ for a 50ml bottle of a soliflore like Une Rose seems scandalous to me... That said, it is undeniable you are buying one of the best rose soliflores on the market, if not the best. So if you have the cash go for it, says I. I give this strikingly beautiful scent a 4 to 4.5 out of 5.
WOW! Went to Liberty today (last summer) and the assistant gave me the sample of "Une Rose" which quite frankly is the best and most authentic Rose I have ever smelled. Full-bodied, rich, humid rose with an earthy undertone....as if the whole plant was ripped out of the ground after a rainy night at lunchtime. I love "West Side" by Bond #9 which is a boozy, vanilla, biscuit-wafers, kind of rose, but if you want a bursting rose after a long rain, when the bud opens in the sun, THIS IS IT! The Jacaranda Rose explosion of a perfume!!! Unbelievable!!! (oh and before I forget Czech & Speake also do a lovely one called "Dark Rose" which is also worth a try albeit just a cologne)
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - Juliet Capulet in Romeo & Juliet Clearly Shakespeare wasn't a rose fragrance enthusiast for the variance and nuances among rose scents are mind-boggling. I usually prefer my roses dewy fresh though there have been notable exceptions. UNE ROSE is anything but dewy. It is plummy yet transparent, with a prominent woodsy undertone and a wine-like vibe that I found alluring in the beginning but soon wore out its welcome with its grating, somewhat acetonal presence. Une Rose did knock my socks off though - with its pricetag.
It's a rose! And came out of the bottle full bloomed and bold. I was all ready to sit back and let this work magic. A ripping headache inducer after 20 mins and off she came( as much as I could any way) such a pity.
Opening begins with a strong rose accord that is alive and verdant. Geranium is present as well, and Im struck by the juicy, springy quality of the scent at this point. Nothing old-fashioned about it. Then, the scent gets warm, mmmmm. Like red wine. So sophisticated, so rich. Over the top sillage. Recommend a spritz between the breasts and thats it. Interestingly, the scent seems to have a motor that gets stronger as it develops. The frag becomes very intoxicating and begins to feel almost too heady, too muchbut not quite. Scent thens retreats a bit and draws you in more. ☺ In the drydown Une Rose loses its sweetness. Wood accords reveal themselves, with an aromatic, then slightly spicy note. The rose accord continues, but more quietly. Here, the scent takes on an almost masculine quality. A surprising scent. A fabulous scent.
I bought 3 Editions for my mother.. Musc Ravageur, Carnal Flower, Une Rose.. and loved them SO much I just ordered 3 in a row! Une Rose, Carnal Flower and Noir Epices in the mail... Of all these, Une Rose is possibly the most startling.. it's a cool, animale, disciplined rose that never appears to topple over or get flustered.. it just CONTINUES irresistably like a power of nature, blooming and glowing. It's a dark RED rose that somehow can be worn by both men and women. There's nothing like it. It's the first rose scent that has completely convinced me that I can wear rose... it is a masterpiece.
This one is a confident and unsentimental rose with a riveting plot. First, it has a lemon zing freshness complemented by an ever-so-slightly harsh note like nail polish remover; if people mention 'thorn', the acetone would be it. Next is the sensation of chewiness that Une Rose affords it really is like certain wines in this regard and feels viscous and fleshy when taken into the mouth via the nose. There is a dark honey sweetness to it, but also a minty fresh sheen just tinging the edges, that must be the geranium. It has chamomile charm too, which dovetails with the earlier honey and lemon touches. But best, and most prominent of all, is the truffle accord alluded to by Fléchier himself and that moves through Une Rose in a pungent arc from beginning to end: it's garlicky, vegetal, earthy, and petrol-like all at once, thereby obliterating through sheer pizazz any threat of dandyism or mere prettiness. Fantastic.
It just figures! Both Une Rose and my favorite perfume (Montana Parfum d'Homme) are made by the same perfumer -- Eduoard Flechier. Both of these perfumes share a particular characteristic -- nuclear sillage and massive longevity. But their notes differ. Une Rose has a harsh opening -- I almost figured it for Tea Rose by the Perfumer's Workshop (which I hate). And it was this sharp rose top note that I disliked a lot. But, one hour later, I could smell incense. Roses and incense. And as it progresses, the incense comes out more and more. Longevity was incredible. Some of it got sprayed on my wool sweater by accident, and I hung it up in my closet after the end of the day. Two days later, my closet still smelled completely of Une Rose -- not the incense part, just the roses smell. Apparently it took the heat from my wrist to get the incense to come wafting out. I agree with Endless79's review, in that Une Rose is a "bright" rose and remains so, for the 24 hours it continues to give off fumes, whereas Guerlain's Nahema has a more creamy mellow drydown. I've only tried two perfumes by Flechier, but if these two are any indication, Flechier likes to do things big and long.
Une Rose by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, 2003
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