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I absolutely adore the scent of rose fragranced products as I find the smell to be so pretty and intoxicating but only if it is done well. If it is done badly or mixed with the wrong thing then it is to easy for it to smell sickly and cloying.
L’occitane do a lovely rose perfume that is wonderfully rose scented but lightened with citrus based fragrances. It is simply lovely but it is very expensive so it isn’t something that I would buy very often but it makes a nice treat if I am in the mood for something rose scented.
The eau de toilette is very light and fresh but it scents my skin surprisingly strongly and lasts a good amount of time. It smells very classy and lady like and isn’t at all old smelling. I think you can smell cheap rose perfumes a mile off as they tend to be very artificial but this one smells wonderful and expensive.
The bottle is also very pretty. I really like when a perfume has a nice bottle because I think it is more than just how a perfume smells and I like there to be a whole package especially when a perfume is expensive and this is such a pretty perfume bottle that I like displaying in my bedroom.
There are other products to enjoy with the perfume and they are lovely too and they not only intensify the smell of the perfume and make it last longer but are a pleasure to use on their own too.
I also purchase this as a solid perfume quite often because it is so much cheaper and although it isn’t nearly as strong it comes in a lovely tin that I can carry around with me and apply whenever I feel like it. Although not strong it smells exactly like the spray perfume and gives my skin a lovely scent of the fragrance.
I just wish this was cheaper like all L’occitane products because it is lovely and if it was cheaper then I would use it much more often but because it is a little bit expensive and because although I love rose I wouldn’t want to wear it everyday I only get this occasionally which does make it feel more exclusive and more of a treat for me.
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 /