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I have several bottles of Rose 4 Reines eau de toilette by L'Occitane including tow of the 10 ml roller ball format. L’Occitane perfumes don’t come cheap so I’m always tempted by a good offer on a smaller bottle so that I can make sure I really love something before I buy a full size. I particularly love the roller balls as they are small enough to pop in my travel wash bag where space is always at a premium.
There are two rollerball versions of the Rose 4 Reines EDT - one which combines the fragrance with a lip gloss and the perfume only version which I have. It’s an attractive package with a long, slender glass tube that’s topped off with a golden cap that has a roundel with the L’Occitane name on the top. The colour of the glass is variegated from clear glass at the bottom through shades of pink and ending at the top in a deep red. It’s a lovely thing to behold.
Once the cap is removed, the small golden rollerball is revealed and you simply upturn the bottle and roll it across your skin. I think the ball is too small since it dispenses only a very tiny amount and as an EDT, it doesn’t have the lasting power to get by with such a small dose.
Rose 4 Reines (literally Rose 4 Queens) was released by L’Occitane back in 2009 and was positioned as containing four of the best rose extracts in the world. The name was inspired by four daughters of Count Forcalquier from Provence (the home of L’Occitane) who each married princes and went on to become queens. The four roses used for the perfume are from Grasse, Bulgaria, Morocco and Turkey.
It smells incredibly, deeply, intensely rosy. And that’s about that. I’d love to tempt you with lots of different complex fragrance-speak but the outcome is simple. If you like rose, you’ll like this. If you don’t like rose, keep on walking; nothing to see here. Real expert noses may be able to make a good story about the subtle differences between the four different national roses but normal people who lack the nose of a bloodhound will just get a sweet, juicy, blast of rose. Experts will claim there are notes of violet, blackcurrant, sandalwood and white cedar but I defy you to spot them through the overwhelming rosiness.
Sadly it would seem that L’Occitane have pulled the plug on this one and replaced it with ‘Roses et Reines’ in 2014 but it is still available online from many websites. It’s a ‘now and then’ for me - not a regular perfume nor one I can’t live without. But when I need a bit of rose, this is the one I reach for.
Eau Des 4 Reines is a fragrance inspired by the legend of The Four Queens of Forcalquier / The queens' favourite royal roses comprise the heart notes of this delicious and fruity spray / These notes are infused with subtle scents of violet leaves, blackcurrant, white cedar and heliotrope / L'Occitane Eau Des 4 Reines is a bEautiful, fresh, delicate and velvety scent with muted hints of fruit / Top Notes: Blackcurrant, violet leaves and bergamot / Heart Notes: Grasse rose, Bvlgarian rose, raspberry, Turkish rose and Moroccan rose / Base Notes: Blackberry, white cedar, musk and heliotrope /