Hey Hey POSSE!! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies. I have had a lovely Dear Rose sampler here since last year and the name Bloody Rose drew my attention immediately. My mate Nick from Libertine Parfumerie grabbed the brand last year and it has been doing very well here in Australia. As you know I’ve been moving and stuff so the world is kind of topsy turvey around here and so I am only now getting to do a review of Bloody Rose right now for you all.
Bloody Rose by Fabrice Pellegrin for Dear Rose 2014
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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Ylang-ylang, orange blossom, incense, patchouli
These bottles are lovely. Simple, heavy and yet so obviously a piece of clever design work. I could imagine a one bottle on the vanity kinda person being attracted to the Dear Rose line in a shop because of the bottle.
Bloody Rose has blockbuster written all over it. If it was brought out by Yves Saint Laurent or Gucci we would be applauding them for taking a simple tried and true style, the radiant white floral, and giving it an edge. Now perfumistas don’t go thinking that Bloody Rose is a freaky Serge Lutens or a thick rich and nuanced independent offering, it’s not. What it is is a completely wearable, unchallenging fragrance that also has some beautiful bittersweet depths, imagine if you took the original Ellie Saab (which I personally adore) and added some texture that created a very beautiful interplay of light & shadow.
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A lovely sweet white flower opening that has scrummy hints of bubble gum, white flowers with a little green to help it pop. Persolaise does a great interview with the women on Basenotes and Chantal says of Bloody Rose, “ “Oh, Bloody Rose! Bloody Rose has no rose in it. It’s a hypnotic white flower. It’s the naughty girl. When she arrives, you don’t see her. She has a drydown of patchouli. She leaves a trace. Be careful with Bloody Rose. She’s kind of a bitch. But the perfumer didn’t understand. The vision of the perfumer was not the vision we had. Ours was extremely chic and elegant. His vision was obvious: big breasts, big everything. One day I said, ‘Stop! Go over it all again. Yours is too vulgar, too ordinary. She’s not dangerous.'” What a splendid visual I get from this, I can just imagine Chantal Roos saying that to Fabrice Pellegrin and then Fabrice getting exactly what they wanted.
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The dry down is a clean patchouli and the incense is playing a lovely supporting role but the whole lovely life of Bloody Rose on my skin is about white flowers. Sensual, alluring and very very wearable. I think this would be a superb choice for a bridal fragrance.
Edited from the Dear Rose site about the two women in charge, mother & daughter:
Chantal Roos … in 1976 beginning at Yves Saint-Laurent: Opium, Kouros, Paris, Jazz.
1992: to Japan … Issey Miyake… L’eau d’Issey.
1993: Jean-Paul Gaultier: JPG’s classic, Le Mâle
In 2000, the presidency of YSL beauté.
Chantal: “all the joys are there … intact … like on the first day … thanks to her”
Alexandra Roos… the life of a musician… singing … French chansons, four contemporary albums
Alexandra: “My mother inspires me … reassures me … gives me freedom”
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