Rose Week 2014
M. Micallef Rouge No. 1 is a “throw back” fragrance to me. It’s a clean aldehdyic floral that brings to mind bits and pieces of pre-1980’s fragrances that I wear. Now this is rose week and I’ve focused on rose perfumes. Rouge No. 1 is more about the aldehydes and powder but it does have a nice “dewy” rose.
No. 1 opens with tons of aldehydes that will probably remind some people of hairspray (which I like. I’m from Nashville). It’s a jasmine with peachy aldehydes. Because of this, Rouge No.1 has an old-fashioned feel. It smells vintage. It’s fruity aldehydes and powdery “clean” florals. It reminds me of many great feminine perfumes pre-1980’s. In the heart, the rose opens and is accompanied by a fruity jasmine. The dry-down is a clean powdery white musk.
What I like about Rouge No.1 is that it reminds me of something a 14 year old girl would have worn circa 1959. It’s a fruity floral but it’s nothing like the fruity florals of 2009.
Notes listed include peach, tangerine, ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine, white musk, vanilla and benzoin. Launch date 2013.
Give Rouge No. 1 a try if you like vintage aldehydic florals. Or if you like perfumes like Huitieme Art Vohina, Tommi Sooni Jinx, Evyan White Shoulders, Chanel No. 5 EDT, Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps, Krigler Ultra Chateau Krigler 212 and/or Van Cleef & Arpels First EDT. Because it reminds me of other “vintage” feminines, I think of Rouge No.1 as more feminine. However, it’s a must try for anyone that feels comfortable wearing those vintage aldehydic “feminines”.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $245 at Parfumerie Nasreen. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Old school aldehydic peachy floral with a powdery base. This is one where I think people read the note list and expect something else. They read it and don’t think of 1950’s era perfumes. Well, that’s what it is like. Try it if you like those “flirty” floral vintages.
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