Well.... perhaps you remember a lawsuit filed by Jean-Charles Brousseau against Inter Parfums around 1995, citing breach of contract regarding the juice and the distribution of Ombre Rose? Apparently the formula was not supposed to be altered, and it was to be sold only in select stores. It took several years, but he won his lawsuit and set about to restore Ombre Rose.
From an article entitled, "Ombre Rose's Second Life," WWD
, November 1, 2002:"In 1995, Brosseau took Ombre Rose's then-fragrance license-holder Inter Parfums to court, claiming a breach of contract regarding its juice, which was to remain unaltered, and its distribution -- which was to remain highly selective. Brosseau won the case four years later and immediately went to work on the fragrance that's called Ombre Rose L'Original.
'I had to restore the formula,' Brosseau said of the oriental floral juice created by perfumer Francoise Caron. The fragrance's top notes include rosewood, honey, ylang-ylang and peach. Heart notes feature rose, lily of the valley and iris. Its base notes are musk coumarin, vanilla and sandalwood.
Brosseau also reinstated the initial hexagonal Ombre Rose bottle that features a floral pattern. As in the past, the eau de toilette bottles have a translucent motif with a frosted background and the parfum extract flacons are in black."
There's a lot of information on the internet on this, if you do a search.
As for Ombre Rose, I agree that it's dark, mysterious and elegant -- very sensual fragrance, I think. I find Le No 9 Cadolle (EdT), Ombre Rose and Lutece similar to each other, and I think I'm starting to prefer Ombre Rose over both of those. I really don't pick up rose in Ombre Rose, however -- just floral notes in general, lots of wood and vanilla and quite powdery on my skin. I definitely love this one in the winter, when the air is drier. Fabulous! Not so great on my skin when the humidity is high though. :-[
And did you know that at one time Cher wore Ombre Rose (along with Opium, Vanilla by Jean Laporte, and Ritz by Charles of the Ritz)? She may still wear it, I don't know.
In an interview regarding her own perfume, Uninhibited, she said: "When I smell Ombre Rose, it smells very sensual and it smells great. And at the last minute you smell a baby in there somewhere. That's the way my perfume is -- it's got an up-front of being very sexy and sensual, and then right at the last minute it kind of goes into a real innocence. I kind of like the combination of it."