Hopping aboard the wayback machine today for Ombre Rose, a fave of mine in the ‘80s. I remember owning and loving that little opaque black mini bottle with its round, clear-glass stopper. It just looked so chic and French sitting on my dresser. And I loved holding it in my hand as much as wearing it, as the bottle’s mix of smooth and raised textures was a tactile pleasure.
The scent itself was the perfect blend at the time: soft, creamy, elegant, yet comforting (and my-then-rose-hatin’ self didn’t detect enough of that note to set off any alarms). I’m sure I was also partial to the vanilla, LOV and ylang-ylang. Which, while we’re going back in the day, I have many happy memories of from one of those Coty Sweet Earth solid perfume compacts. Anyone remember those?
I wore Ombre Rose during my very enjoyable college years, so it holds pleasant olfactory associations. It offered a cozy counterpoint to louder, more outspoken scents such as Giorgio, Poison, and the like, fragrances that I loved in moderation but didn’t want to wear too frequently.
I think Fleurine over on Basenotes put it just perfectly: “Old-fashioned but not Old Lady, with a softness that seems to reference Guerlain. Hard as it may be to believe, there was at least one whispery soft treasure from the 1980s, Ombre Rose. A must for any powdery fragrance fan.”
This is one of those scents that you could wear anywhere, at any time (save for triple-digit summer heat, perhaps) and it just creates a cloud of warm, happy comfort around you, or at least it did for me. I’m not sure about its reformulation status, but I got a dab sample vial recently from Surrender to Chance and it didn’t strike me as markedly different, but who knows?
Notes and info here from Surrender to Chance: “Jean-Charles Brosseau Ombre Rose was introduced in 1981. Created by Francoise Caron with notes of coumarin, vanilla, ylang ylang, lily of the valley, rose, orris, sandalwood, musk and honey. Ombre Rose is one of fragrances from the last 100 years that Roja Dove believes to be the true classics of their decade.”
This is one ‘80s scent that’s worth revisiting, although similar fragrances came along later. With all the big-gun scents dominating that decade, what softer, more low-key fragrances from that era that captured your heart?
Photos borrowed from Fragrantica