Hey Hey POSEEEE! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and today we are going BACK! Way back. It’s 1998. Rose d’Ete is released by Les Parfums de Rosine and it has that lovely aquatic vibe that is coming back into fashion lately. Interesting how fashion turns full circle, imagine 15 years ago telling people that almost every man would have a dirty great beard in 2014! No one would have believed you.
Rose d`Ete by Francois Robert for Les Parfums de Rosine 1998
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica Gives these featured accords:
Top: Galbanum, bergamo, Granny Smith apple
Heart: Rose, mimosa, lotus, lime (linden) blossom
Base: Musk, ambrette (musk mallow)
Granny Smith apples are something we grew up with here in Sydney, Granny Smith herself lived 2 suburbs away and every year they have a festival in her honour. That crisp bittersweet zing, even now, has my mouth watering and my lips puckering in memory. A Pavlov response if ever there was one. Another fabulous rose memory I carry in my heart and nose is my Mum’s favourite rose, well favourite after Mr Lincoln, a yellow rose called Freesia. We had them in the front yard and as her favourite flower colour was yellow and it was SO fragrant and full of bloom we spent a lot of time tending to it.
What do those two stories have to do with anything?
Photo Stolen Flickr
In Rose d`Ete, we are greeted at the outset by a lovely crisp Granny Smith apple burst. It’s sweet and tart and juicy. When people say mouth watering I often think they are overstating the case for dynamic theatrical engagement but here I have a mouth that’s watering ferociously. It’s a totally fun open and I love that snap & zing, great memories with Granny Smiths and also I can smell the idea of cool glass of water nearby. A refreshing chill behind the apple, very nice. Then the fragrance sweetens and the rose flows through, a sweet fruity rose that shimmers prettily. Not the glacé fruit of my memory of a Freesia rose but a sugared, candy fruit version. If a yellow rose is for friendship then Rose d`Ete is a really fun friend.
Photo Stolen Wikipedia
The story doesn’t go much further, and a cool glass of water stays very pretty and sweet. I think that some of the ingredients are available commonly because through the heart of the fragrance I keep getting reminders of some of the hugely mass produced floral fruity stuff. Though this was not the run of the mill in 1998 I think it has become a little generic.
Not bad. Really, not bad at all. To be honest I like Rose d`Ete and would think it a wonderful fragrance for someone young or youthful, someone who is still light in their heart. Someone who would be thrilled with a bunch of yellow roses, the ones that mean friendship. I will wear Rose d`Ete a few times more, I wonder if it would be a fabulous reminder of warm weather fragrance in the dead of winter? Maybe Rose d`Ete could be the joys of summer in a spritz.
Photo Stolen Pixabay
Roses? Do they sing to you or make you tremble with Granny On A Bus fears? What rose do you love to wear?
DON’T FORGET our MeetUps through the USA in November 2014
SCENT BAR LA Wednesday NOVEMBER 19 2014 with Killian Hennessy MeetUp 5-7pm
BARNEYS + NEIMAN MARCUS CHICAGO Monday NOVEMBER 24 2014 MeetUp Barneys (Beauty Downstairs) 1.30pm
OSSWALD N.Y.C Saturday NOVEMBER 29 2014 MeetUp 2-4pm
TWISTED LILY BROOKLYN NYC Sunday November 30 2014 MeetUp 11am-1pm