Frederic Malle launches collection of their classic Rose scents

06th February, 2020

Available now from Fréderic Malle is Roses : A Collection – a coffret featuring five of the brand's interpretations of the popular floral note.

The company say:

"Rose is to perfumery what the nude is to drawing.” Whether pure, futuristic, sophisticated, synthetic - or created from an orgy of natural ingredients, each perfumer has his, or her, own interpretation of this flower, perfumery’s most conceptual theme.

The set features 75ml bottles of the following fragrances:

Lipstick Rose (2000, Ralf Schwieger): "Vintage Hollywood glamour. A star’s moment of privacy at her dressing table with her lipstick, which she spreads carefully onto her lower lip"

Portrait of a Lady (2010, Dominique Ropion): "At the fore, an exuberant dose of Turkish rose — 400 flowers per 100ml bottle, no less. Beneath, a bed of patchouli heart imbued with sandalwood and frankincense."

Promise (2017, Dominique Ropion): "Frédéric Malle celebrates this principle with a promise of his own, whose beating heart is made of two precious varieties of rose: rose essence from Bulgaria and rose absolute from Turkey are lifted by apple, pink pepper and clove, and bound to a sensuous base of patchouli, cypriol and labdanum"

Rose & Cuir (2019, Jean-Claude Ellena) : "At the fore, an emphatic reinterpretation of rose; pure, streamlined, uncompromisingly modern. Blended with a unique extraction of timut pepper, geranium bourbon and a note of cassis for freshness and spice. Yet a quiet storm lies beneath: vetiver and cedar forms an earthy bed of dark, mysterious leather with Isobutyl Quinoline at the centre – an intensely bitter molecule, largely forgotten since its use in the daring perfumery of the Jazz Age."

Un Rose (2003, Edouard Flechier) : "An earthy rose is tinged with Périgord truffle for a subtle taste of the gothic. This crimson femininity is bound by wine dreg to a darker base, the rose’s secret roots."

Roses: A Collection is available now.

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      • hednic | 6th February 2020 15:19

        This is good for those who haven't yet tried them.

      • Bavard | 6th February 2020 16:15

        I would like to be excited. On paper, it's brilliant. I'd love a house that's a better version of Frederic Malle. I love the style, but the fragrances just don't quite work for me. From this group, I like Portrait of a Lady, and I've only briefly smelled the newer ones, but Lipstick Rose and the base of Une Rose aren't great, to me - harsh, modern aroma-chemicals. 75 ml of Lipstick Rose!?

      • | 6th February 2020 16:58

        [QUOTE]"dark, mysterious leather with Isobutyl Quinoline at the centre – an intensely bitter molecule, largely forgotten since its use in the daring perfumery of the Jazz Age."[/QUOTE]

        That just seems flat-out untrue. Aramis? Bandit? Azuree?

      • cacio | 6th February 2020 17:09

        I have not smelled yet Rose et cuir, but i'm as skeptical as The material is forgotten because of the restrictions, so no chance there are appreciable amounts here. Bandit would whip this out of existence.

        However, I do in general like the line. Portrait of a lady is a standout. The modern woody aromachemical in it actually works well-sort of a monster rose.

      • cacio | 6th February 2020 17:37

        Not available yet on the US website. Available apparently in Europe, for eur 120. Bottles are 7 ml each

      • Bavard | 6th February 2020 17:58

        That makes more sense than 75 ml.