Rose Poivrée (2002)
by The Different Company


Rose Poivrée information

Year of Launch2002
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 203 votes)

People and companies

HouseThe Different Company
PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena
PackagingThierry de Baschmakoff

About Rose Poivrée

Rose Poivrée is a shared / unisex perfume by The Different Company. The scent was launched in 2002 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. The bottle was designed by Thierry de Baschmakoff

Rose Poivrée fragrance notes

Reviews of Rose Poivrée

A sweaty perfume, thick with cumin and old-man body odor, almost leathery in its animalic intesity, played against woods, and with a struggling rose on top creating the illusion that this is supposed to be beautiful instead of compellingly repugnant.

As an almost-50-year-old man, this smells almost identical to my armpit odor at the end of a long day, so it feels strange to wear this as a perfume. But if you're a fan of other cumin/wood stinkers like Déclaration or Rose 31, this is the natural apex of that style, though it lacks Déclaration's artsy basenotes and the limpid prettiness of Rose 31's vetiver/rose combo acting as a foil to all the sweat. Ultimately, this is a deeply interesting perfume, but not for me.
28th December, 2020
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31st August, 2017
I was at once repelled and fascinated by this perfume. It's unpleasant but in a captivating way, and it's like nothing I've ever smelled. The nearest might be Mugler's Womanity, but it's even more bizarre than that. Totally alien, like something from another planet. If this was a car, it would be a Nissan Juke. So ugly, it's almost beautiful.
25th March, 2017
This is my first trial of The Different Company, and Rose Poivree had a decent amount of hype as a unisex rose option, so I'm slightly disappointed but this fragrance is still a relatively versatile, agreeable four-season unisex rose option. It leans to the fresh as opposed to heavy.

Coriander, pepper, and vetiver are all listed in the notes breakdown, and I get some manner of each. It's not especially spicy but slightly herby---the vetiver is the most prominent of the three. Rose Poivree is mainly a fresh rose, though, and not especially unique or special, at that. Projection and longevity are decent, but not for the price of $235 for 90ml. Not one I'll be buying, and I can't say I'd recommend it for the price.

6 out of 10
02nd December, 2015
This is originally has been made for women and I saw people on youtube that they put unisex sticker on it and they say a dude can pull this off as well which I'm kind of agree but still I think this fragrance is much more suitable for women not men.

The opening of this fragrance is a fresh, slightly green and natural aroma of rose along with spices and some musk.
The rose note here smells watery, transparent and exactly like rose petals. pink and white rose petals. now add some dry spices specially pepper and coriander to the scent and slightly sweet musk .... you will have the open of this fragrance.

As time passes spices get smoother and rose gets slightly sweeter and at the same time civet note kicks in.
I heard that civet in this fragrance is very heavy and it gives the scent very animalic feel but it's not like that at all.
Actually civet note is very smooth and it kind of give the scent a nice dirty feel which is totally wearable.
In the base I'm getting a simple fresh and slightly sweet rose with smooth earthy aura of vetiver surrounding it and spices and civet completely in the background.
Smells nice but I've tested better rose based fragrances with more interesting notes and better blending.
Projection is average and longevity is around 3 hours on my skin.
06th May, 2015
Genre: Floral Oriental

Rose Poivree goes on as a relatively straightforward spicy rose scent, seasoned with a bit of bittersweet citrus rind, and maybe even some melony fruit. It manages to smell cool and moist at first, yet somehow also very classical – even maybe a tad old-fashioned. This scent has a reputation as a civet monster, and though I’m highly sensitive to civet, I have to say I don’t think it’s all that up front in Rose Poivree. Instead its use is subtle, merging almost completely with the rose, to which it lends a gentle animalic tang.

As it ages, Rose Poivree’s rose accord becomes more and more indolic, which suggests to me that jasmine and/or orange blossom are in use. A hefty dose of powdery musk joins in, and at this point Rose Poivree begins to recall some of the great Caron scents of the early twentieth century. It’s regal, yet suggestive, and could easily have been worn by a tall, slender, dark-haired woman in a bob, a long sheath dress, and a Georges Fouquet sautoir as she walked into a smoky art deco jazz club. Only an hour or more into the development does the “poivre” in Rose Poivree venture into the foreground. The dark, sharp spice adds bite to the rose and indolic flowers while balancing out the powder and civet, which might otherwise have left Rose Poivree smelling stuffy and fusty. Rose Poivree sharpens and sweetens as it dries down to a woody base with just a touch of soft, rounded vetiver. Projection and sillage are both marked, as is often the case with rose-centered fragrances.

As an olfactory experience, Rose Poivree feels very much like a much younger cousin of such classic women’s scents as Fleurs de Rocaille or L’Heure Bleue. It smells nothing like either of them, but it has a similar gravity and mood about it.
26th June, 2014

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