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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Les Parfums de Rosine Vive La Mariee: fragrance review & samples draw

Les Parfums de Rosine isn't removed from the romantic notion of fragrance as a pleasure, a smile, a memento to accompany the most beautiful moments of one's life. So there was nice building up for their wedding fragrance, the newly launched Vive la Mariée (long live the bride), without resorting to histrionics; the launch was discreet and the promises complied to the image we have of Les Parfums de Rosine.
In the immortal words of the Fiona character in Four Weddings and a Funeral to describe the love interest of the main protagonist, bride-to-be, Carrie (turns out, "to be and to divorce" and then "to love and not to be"): "Used to work at Vogue. Lives in America now. Only gets out with very glamorous people. Quite out of your league."
There is just something traditionally chic, even expected, about Les Parfums de Rosine and Vive la Mariée is no exception.

wedding dress by Christian Dior 1948 via hprints.com

Vive la Mariée smells translatable as feminine right away, the equivalent of tender décolletage heaving with the emotion of the moment, conforming to the notion of a woman on the happiest day of her life. It's rather easy to accept this warm, peachy-rosy vibe which recalls the best-selling accord popularized by Lancome's Trésor in the 1990s. Marie-Hélène Rogeon, head of Les Parfums de Rosine, who put rose in the heart of the line as the surest sign of femininity and grace, envisioned a soft, gently powdery, clean yet quite musky, heaving fragrance that would lend itself to the day but also to the days to follow. Whether you're going to like this balanced fruity floral fragrance (graciously done with one lump of sugar, not two) depends on your associations with this hugging (and huggable) "accord" that takes with it a hint of retro cosmetics' violet nuance.

Perfumer Benoit Lapouza (best known for his Fan di Fendi editions and Si Lolita for Lempicka, but artistically vindicated on ICONofly's art project Attache-Moi) folded fruity notes (of which they mention lychee and peach) into the clean brilliance of orange blossom and the detectable floral note of rose, garlanded by accent notes that act the way a beautiful flower arrangement compliments the blush on a woman's cheek. It's young, but not too young, if you know what I mean. The character of the scent is lightly sweet, even if a gourmand scent fantasy of praline, choux pastries and whipped cream is evoked in the press material; and that's a good thing (contrary to -say- Repetto Eau de Toilette with its misleading ad copy)

If past collaborations are any indication, Rogeon had previously entrusted Lapouza with Glam Rose in 2011. The parallels with this new fragrance aren't as far fetched as imagined, the two sharing a generosity of past glamor and emotional directness. The eau de parfum concentration is quite tenacious, providing a rich experience, but without risk of suffocating those who will come in the perimeter of a kiss.

For our readers, two samples of the new pefume will be given away. Draw is open internationally till Thursday midnight. Please leave a comment to enter the draw.


42 comments:

  1. Maureen14:39

    I worked for Lancome and used to wear Tresor...so if this is similar I think I would love to try it. Thanks for the draw.

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  2. I like gourmand roses so I am interested in this scent. Thank you for the drawing.

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  3. Oooh, that sounds lovely. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  4. I like gourmand roses too... Thank you for the draw!

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  5. Too late for the bride category, but sure would love to try the new fragrance. Eagerly awaiting winners announcement!

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  6. Rose-maniac Rosine has some interesting twists on rose. The description of this one doesn't sound too exciting, but as always one will have to smell.

    cacio

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  7. soupersusan19:56

    As a primarily chypre girl who still loves her roses and Rumba, I'd love to try this out. (And I got mariee ~15 months ago.) Thank you, Elena!

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  8. Elia20:01

    I've not tried the recent Rosine releases, so it sounds interesting.
    I'm still not sure which one of the old ones is my favourite, I've changed my mind a couple of times.

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  9. i'm coming up on the 1st anniversary in my 2nd marriage, well described as "the triumph of hope over experience"...so, why not?

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  10. Madalina21:01

    The happiest day of my life will be next month, so I'd be more than delighted to be entered in this draw! Thanks!

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  11. Anonymous21:25

    I love roses and as a bride to be I would be delighted to try this one
    Thank you for the draw
    Phanie

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  12. I'd love to try this. I was very impressed by their 'Twill Rose', the slightly more masculine in their line. Thanks for the draw.
    x

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  13. leathermountain00:08

    Vive les mariees, in our case!

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  14. Ellen00:31

    I'm interested in how "bridal" this will be, though I'm certainly NOT a bride. Thank you for the opportunity of the draw.

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  15. spankysparkle04:01

    If this fragrance makes me "feel young but not too young" I will love it. Thank you for the draw.

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  16. A not-too-sweet gourmand rose? Yes, please.

    Thank you for the draw!

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  17. I'm a sucker for (the much-maligned) fruity-florals :-P Thanks for the draw!

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  18. As a fragrance lover, it's always wonderful to sample. Thank you for sponsoring these draws!

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  19. Just got married last month! Searched high and low for something new, fragrance wise. This sounds special, and I'd love to try it.

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  20. VeniH10:30

    Love smell of roses, esp. with a gourmand accent! Actually I love roses as flowers, too, and even as (prickly) bushes in my garden :-) And the description: "It's young, but not too young, if you know what I mean" is lovely, too. Could I apply this to myself? Young but not too young? I am 46 :-))

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  21. I would love to give that to my mum, she is a big Tresor fan.

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  22. I would like to enter the draw, never tried the brand.

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  23. Anonymous12:29

    Sounds so lovely when you describe the fragrance. I would love to enter the drawing to see if the image I conjured matches your picturesque description! Thank you

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  24. I love roses. Thanks for the draw.

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  25. Haven't tried any of their fragrances, but would love to. Thanks for the draw.

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  26. Mary K14:38

    I really enjoy so many of the offerings by Parfums De Rosine (Rose d'Ete, Poussiere de Rose and Zephir de Rose being among my favorites), So I would love to try this one. I am also a fan of Tresor. Thank you for the drawing.

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  27. Thanks for the draw! The fragrance sounds intriguing

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  28. Mary P.15:14

    Our anniversary is next week - 34 years - so no dew left on our roses, but I would love to sample this fragrance. It sounds just lovely.

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  29. I've read about this house but haven't had the opportunity to sniff any of their fragrances. And I love roses, so thanks for the chance!

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  30. Anonymous16:10

    I'm looking for a rose scent to replace Mariella Burani which I can no longer find. Tresor was a favorite but I would love to explore this new creation. Thank you for spreading the word.

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  31. I have very mixed feelings regarding Tresor. I wore it when I was too young and too sensitive so my associations to Tresor are rather sad or at least melancholic. I would love to try this rose for sure.

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  32. a rose is a rose is a rose. What's not to love about a peachy one! This sounds delightful.

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  33. I love Tresor but I couldn't have it because the last time I tried it on my skin it burns & my skin turned red. Too bad I really like it on me but I just couldn't have it due to the allergy.

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  34. Lili Bitmore20:11

    This is invaluable scentsational reading. Thanks for the education. Please add another to the mix, All best wishes, Lili

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  35. Would love to try this!

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  36. Olivia01:16

    Thanks for the draw - this sounds lovely for days when I don't want to feel complicated. It sounds like the perfect scent for taking my daughter out for a tea party :-) thanks!

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  37. Irina04:34

    would love to try this
    thanks for the draw

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  38. peachy-rosy wow! I love both-I do love roses. Please enter me in the drawing thank you.

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  39. Would love to try...thanks for the review and draw.

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  40. I have long wanted to try anything at all from Rosine. Thank you for the chance.

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  41. Hmm, fruity roses interest me - and so do heaving bosoms! I'm entering the draw! (Unless I'm too late.)

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