Tauer Une Rose Vermeille is described as a gourmand rose that is an homage to the ever popular rose. Une Rose Vermeille covers the many aspects of rose from it’s refreshing citrus side to its sweet, candied and edible side. Rose is frequently and commonly used in perfume. We know stuffy, formal roses; we know childlike, innocent roses. We know thorny, living roses. How is Tauer’s rose different than the thousands of other rose perfumes that we’ve sniffed before? Une Rose Vermeille is an homage to the diverse usage of rose in perfumery. It’s all of them and none of them. Une Rose Vermeille is also an homage to femininity. It flirts with all of the popular feminine stereotypes/characters used in literature and in cinema. Une Rose Vermeille is like the Cindy Sherman of perfume.
Une Rose Vermeille opens as this head-spinning, intoxicating blend of warm cotton candy rose-violet and this cool, camphoric lavender. Do not let my “cotton candy rose” scare you. It’s a very sweet berry-violet-rose but grown-up because of the parade of other notes in this perfume. There’s Tauer-esque incense, not smoke, but steam peeking through, creating acrid warmth. It smells like frankincense and sandalwood incense steam. The rose is an old-fashioned red rose that has a rich, citrus component. Rose Vermeille is every where and so much is happening at once. It’s brash but in a good way. It’s the “I’m every woman” of the perfume world. Like I said, there’s this coy-innocent violet candy floss, a mature matriarch rose, gamine-tomboy lavender and this sultry-exotic seducing incense steam. It covers the entire spectrum of popular female characters. It covers the citrus, green, sweet and velvety aspect of rose as well. The base is more of a macaroon incense, sweet but steamy. Childish and grown-up.
Une Rose Vermeille is brash and that’s why I love it. It’s all these feminine stereotypes wrapped up into one: the lolita, the diva, the tomboy, the seductress, the matriarch. This is why I call it the Cindy Sherman of perfume.
I can see people not liking Rose Vermeille because so much is happening all at once and the perfume is a real “bodysnatcher”. It jumps around, switches characters and plays many roles. Rose Vermeille also contains notes that turn many people off such as an aromatic lavender and old-fashioned rose. I find this chameleon of a fragrance very charming.
Notes listed include lemon, bergamot, lavender, Bulgarian rose, raspberry, violet, vanilla, Fijian sandalwood, tonka bean, and ambergris. PERFUMER – Andy Tauer
Give Une Rose Vermeille a try if you like gourmand florals or sweeter florals or perfumes like Guerlain Insolence, Bond No.9 NY Bryant Park, Hanae Mori Butterfly, Parfumerie Generale Bruleure de Rose and/or Givenchy Hot Couture. Compared to other Tauers, I find that Une Rose Vermeille isn’t as long-lasting and usually fades on me at 5 hours.
An 1 oz bottle of Une Rose Vermeille retails for $133 and is available at Tauer’s online boutique.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A cotton candy rose over macaroon incense. A gourmand rose. I like Rose Vermeille but I don’t love it. I’m interested in a bottle but I’ll decide that when my sample is gone.
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