Rose Week 2016
Être au Parfum is a trio of rose perfumes launched in 2015 that are meant to be worn alone or layered. Each perfume displays a different faucet of rose soliflores.
Here’s my quick take on each one:
“The Citrus Rose”
Une opens as lemonade. It gets greener and more herbal with wear reminding me of geranium and lemon balm. The heart is a a bright citrus-y rose. Because of all of the lemon mixing with florals, I’m reminded of magnolias. The heart is a greener rose. It eventually dries down to “red roses” and white musk.
Notes of lemon zest, mint leaves, bergamot, Bulgarian rose, geranium, rose buds, musk and ambergris.
Une is worth trying if you want a citrus rose or would like a rose-y “eau de cologne” (like Parfums Rosine Cologne de Rosine or CREED Asian Green Tea).
“The Jammy Rose”
Deux opens with a sharp, green rose and dark berries. Deux is a radiant, jammy rose that leans more green with wear. The heart is more like rose water with fresh, green patchouli leaves. It dries down to a “green” patchouli and white musk.
For a patchouli/rose, this one is fresher and sheerer.
Notes raspberry, black currant, hedione, Bulgarian rose, rose water, muguet, patchouli, musk and ambergris.
“The Gourmand Rose”
Trois opens like fig leaves and coconut milk with plum jam. To my surprise, Trois is a very heady white lily. It wears as a white lily with mouth-watering nutty notes of coconut and praline. The heart smells more like ripe stone fruits, you can almost smell the peach fuzz. The heart is darker. It reminds me of a nutty roast of black coffee and patchouli with sweet florals. The dry-down is like a praline amber cream over a faint plummy tuberose and patchouli.
Notes of dianthus, cyclamen, plum pulp, May rose, black peony, heliotrope, patchouli, praline, ambergris and vanilla bean.
Give Trois a try if you like gourmand florals. Or if you like perfumes like Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud, AERIN Amber Musk, Vera Wang Rock Princess and/or Xerjoff More than Words.
Out of the three, I like Deux the best. It’s a fresher take on that classic rose/patchouli combo. However, Trois is a close contender. I think of it more as a plum/white floral even though it could be a gourmand rose. Trois is the most complex of the three.
Projection and longevity of these are below average. They wear more like an EDT with the exception of Trois which wears more like an EDP.
The set of three retails for $210 at Etre Au Parfum. At this time, they aren’t sold individually.
*Samples provided by PR. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Fragrantica. Willem van Aelst still life, date unknown from oceanbridges.com.