I was living my regular life and then last Thursday night I got a text from someone I haven’t been in contact with for 40 (yeah, really) years. I was so shocked. Someone from secondary school.
She was in London on holiday: could we meet up … on Saturday (reminder that she contacted me on Thursday night). I said, um no, Saturday wouldn’t work (I’m over 2 hours from London by train). So, in the end it’s going to be a phone or video call. Has that happened to you – someone from a long long time ago pops up after decades?
Anyway, on to the Rosine – and sorry for my sad, somewhat unimaginative pics today.
I tried this line at the now gone Bendels on 5th Avenue in New York City. Founded in 1911 by Paul Poiret and ‘revived’ (it didn’t survive the great depression) in 1991 these were mostly soliflores.
Les Parfums de Rosine used to be fairly strictly roses of different ilks. Now, it looks like the house has a load of different things.
Back in the ‘90s, when I knew it, the Rosine stand was at the back of the ground floor at Bendels – if I’m recalling correctly, sort of up a few steps on a curved staircase, sitting in a sort of landing. I don’t remember seeing more than a dozen different bottles.
The bottles were nice: hefty ovals, each with a decoration on the cap. A tassel, a ribbon — you get the idea. Now, some of them have frilly ballet skirts between the cap and the bottle.
I’m not sure why I ended up there. Rose soliflores really weren’t my thing. But somehow I came away with La Rose de Rosine. Which was a solid but not very exciting (violet, marigold, ylang, lots of different rose oils/attars, jasmine, iris, tonka, benzoin and Peru balsam) perfume released in 1991 (François Robert was the nose).
Even decades later I’m not sure what made me buy it. But clearly something did because I have a very strong memory of doing it (a lot of my purchases merge, particularly after online became a thing). I recall it being very rosy, of course, with a bit of powderiness (violet, marigold, iris?), not terribly complex and not much of a drydown (fairly unsurprising, given the base notes). I’m sure I ‘liked’ it, but it was never ever love.
(A bad pic of my yellow climbing rose which is covered in buds)
In any case, I know I wore it for a period. How long that was I can’t recall.
I don’t think I had the bottle terribly long before it got rehomed. I have this idea it got purchased during a period when I had a fairly significant disposable income and was searching for something to love, so was sort of happy to fork out for things in the hope I’d come to love them. And it was cheap (it’s now 130 euros for 100ml of juice).
So, do you own any Rosines? Do you have strong memories with regard to buying certain fragrances or do things now completely merge together?
(Pics: Pexels and mine)