“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Gender: for women „
I am a huge fan of the french beauty company Yves Rocher and have been buying their products since I was 18 (and at the risk of making myself sound old that's 18 years now). I have tried just about every new product with the exception of the make up (as I rarely wear any) but the likelihood is I have either owned most of, or had samples from Yves Rocher at some point over the years. One such sample that led me to a full size purchase was from their Secrets D'Essences range of fragrances and is entitles 'Rose Absolue'.
My review will now focus entirely on Rose Absolue.
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
Rose Absolue is one of Yves Rocher more 'premium' fragrances and comes housed in a very smart looking glass bottle which is cylinder shaped and contours slightly outwards towards the neck. At the nape of the neck the bottle veers in drastically before once again becoming wider at the top where the lid ends, giving a somewhat hour glass shape in a fashion.
Rose Absolue is an Eau De Parfum so is more concentrated than an EDT, but still comes in a spray format which personally I do prefer. This EDP comes in one size of 50 ml (except for when being sold as a miniature as part of a collection of Secrets D'Essesnces at Christmas, though not available singularly to buy). To buy the 50 ml this currently costs £43 which is way out of my price range and as usual I never pay full price for YR products as I simply couldn't justify the costs. I actually received this full size bottle free in November as a Birthday present as they send regular customers a product they have purchased more than once in the past and as I have bought 2 bottles of this in previous years then this was my gift which I was very pleased with.
As with all YR products they can be purchased much cheaper by taking advantage of the frequent offers of 2 for 1, B.O.G.O.F, or the percentage offers of up to 70% off.
This can be purchased via post from their mailing list, online @www.yves-rocher.co.uk, by phoning 0870 049 22 22, in store or by perusing Ebay.
*~*The fragrance itself*~*
Rose Absolue according to Yves Rocher is "...For women who love the very best in floral fragrance, this sublime scent is created with two high quality Damask roses with the most voluptuous, sensual and complex notes.."
Rose Absolue is classed as 'Floriental' being a fusion of floral, oriental and woody notes which include:
*~*My thoughts on wearing this fragrance*~*
As I have purchased this before in the past it's a safe bet to say that this is a firm favourite with me and though I wouldn't say it's my most favourite Yves Rocher perfume it's certainly up there amongst the elite. I have to start by saying I'm not normally drawn to floral fragrances at all as I find they can be far too sickly and cloying, however there is something about rose based perfumes that I just love. I first became aware of this when it was first launched a few years ago now and was sent a small sample sachet to test it out and I have to say I was impressed enough to buy my first bottle (though only on offer price!). This was followed up some time later by a second bottle which had just been used up when I received this as my free birthday gift so it came at the right time and was very welcome too.
What I love about this EDP is how soft and feminine it comes across as and isn't sickly at all when applied. On removing the large lid there is a small looking nozzle situated directly underneath and before I even begin to spritz this onto my skin there is already the most beautiful rose aroma emitting. On actually spraying this onto my pulse points the top note of rose damascena is instantly apparent and envelopes my skin in a rich and warm rose essence.
The rose is obviously the key ingredient here given the fact it's called Rose Absolue, but don't be deceived into thinking that this is any old rose scented fragrance because it's far superior to any other I have ever come across before. The heart note of cinnamon adds a warmth and there seems to be a peppery scent mingled in here though there is no actual mention of this, this is merely my own opinion on how it comes across.
The base notes of tonka bean and patchouli help to create the woodiness described in it's grouping and I think they give the overall fragrance a much needed depth. The rose used in the opening notes is quite sweet but because of the deeper notes used throughout I feel it has the perfect balance and is very much suited to my skin.
I am not a floral fan as mentioned but anything with rose used is the exception and this is just the most beautiful rose fragrance I have come across to date. I used to associate rose fragranced products with a much older generation but this just oozes romance and sensuality and could be worn by women of any age. There is a fresh dewy feel to this when worn and doesn't feel powdery like some fragrances can and as mentioned isn't remotely cloying or sickly.
Though I tend to wear this as a day time scent I have worn it on an evening as well and have had several compliments and people asking what fragrance I am wearing but mainly I would say this is ideal for the day time, but that's just my preference. Yves Rocher perfumes used to smell divine but not seem to last very long disappointingly but these newer collections seem to have more longevity and as this is an EDP it does have a good life span when sprayed - normally around 5 hours.
Even if you are not a fan of rose fragrances I would still recommend this as I never thought this would be my cup of tea but it is a beautiful scent that smells very fresh and lifelike and not artificial at all.
Top marks from me despite the usual high price tag, but well worth every penny.
I'm a perfume collector and own a 3 x 5ml miniature set of the Yves Rocher Secrets d'Essence range including Rose Absolue. This fragrance is the second addition to the Secrets d'Essence series, a themed collection where fragrances are based around a particular natural raw material in this case three rose absolutes. Having used up two miniatures of Rose Absolue recently as I loved it so much that I now invested in a full-sized bottle.
The fragrance is housed in a clear cylindrical bottle that widens slightly at the top. The round, clip-on stopper reminds me of those old dispensary bottles. The fragrance itself is pink and may lose its colour with time - this is due to the natural essences present. The outer packaging is an all over white one - except for the lovely deep pink seal hanging off the top - to keep in line with the rest of the collection.
Top notes: rose
When I wore Rose Absolue last summer, in a matter of minutes, the rose broke down in the heat and left me with a kind of stale chocolate-y smell, the patchouli and spices combined together. I felt a huge chunk was missing from the fragrance and stopped wearing it. I revisited it a few days ago and whoa! I wouldn't have imagined it could be so lovely. From the first spray, I'm getting warm, juicy roses straight from the flower petals that are also dewy and fresh. The sensation is so plush and smooth that I imagine touching those very petals in my hands. A few minutes later a spicy, even chocolate-y feel joins the accord that grounds and emphasises the rose playing on its naturally deeper, spicy aspect found in some rose oils. This phase is quite tenacious and is detectable for about 2 hours.
Heart notes: cinnamon
The dominating accord I'm getting in the middle after about 3 - 4 hours of evolution is the scent you'd get from a bunch of fresh roses in a vase or by smelling a rose bush. It's realistic, fresh that also has an earthy and spicy tone to it. The main materials that come to mind are patchouli and spices, especially cinnamon; the unsweetened, leafy, peppery smell of cinnamon, I get from cinna-mon leaf oil whose major constituent is eugenol. Eugenol is an aromatic molecule that resembles the smell of cloves and is present in cinnamon, rose and even patchouli. The heart notes will stay on for about 6 - 7 hours.
Base notes: patchouli, Virginia cedar, tonka bean
Rose Absolue lingers on for the rest of the day (up to 12 hours) like a kind of aura around me. Without having any noteworthy projection, it's still there and gives off a nice, powdery amber - vanilla - spice and rose accord that somehow never gets boring or linear. As I move around, there's always one or the other of these notes stand out: a splash of jammy-sweet rose here, a dash of earthy - aromatic cinnamon - patchouli there. It's a light and clean patchouli that only adds a deep, spicy kick to the rose and amber. Though the rose is no longer dominant here, I'm still able to detect soft, fluffy clouds of it here and there that give a sweet and light edge to the drydown.
Rose Absolue is a type of light, floral fragrance that I thought was too light and summery for me having fallen apart when I was wearing it in the heat last summer I now realise it's because it's more suitable for colder months and practically all year round except in a heatwave. The natural essences and the intricate spicy - oriental underpinning make it a versatile, warm and multi-layered juice that is at the same time sheer and soft.
The only downside I find is the fact that it's an eau de parfum with the consistency and staying power of an eau de toilette. However if applied generously enough, it's soft and balanced will stay on for the whole day for yourself and others to enjoy its subtle beauty. I recommend it for any age group if you like soft, juicy true and modern roses with a spicy and aromatic heart.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Available on Yves Rocher's UK website http://www.yves-rocher.co.uk/ for £32 / 50ml Eau de Parfum or on eBay for less. Yves Rocher often do 50% off promotions both online and in shops so that may be a better time to get one.
Thanks for reading.
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I was given a bottle of Rose Absolue earlier this year. It had sat unused in my friend's bedroom for a while, she wouldn't wear it because it reminded her of her grandmother. Not having been traumatised by anybody smelling of roses I was happy to accept it.
You can expect to pay around £40.00 for 40 ml of this Eau de Parfum. It is widely available in good perfume departments of major stores. It is slightly cheaper online but this is offset by P+P! It isn't particularly cheap but a little goes a long way!
The packaging is a simple recyclable cardboard box with the Yves Rocher logo on it. It's part of a range of three other 'Absolue' scents, I haven't tried the others so can't comment on them.
The bottle itself is fairly plain and elegant. The perfume is a pale rose pink which belies the strength ot the Eau de Parfum! The screw off top means you can just dab it on economically. I find sprays are a bit too much with some heavier perfumes.
Rose Absolue is the perfect name for it. It has a fairly strong scent and I use it sparingly. As it is made from two kinds of damask roses it smells, not suprisingly, very, very rosey! I like it but would not wear it every day, I have to be in a flowery summery mood. I wondered when I first put it on, if wearing it in the garden might cause me to be surrounded by swarms of confused bees. Fortunately that was not the case. My daughter did look around the room we were in one day looking for a bouquet of roses. Under the perfume of rose there is a little hint of spiciness which offsets the sweetness perfectly and gives it a deeper more dramatic turn.
The first note is a sweet, strong, slightly medicinal scent. As the perfumes dries and develops to the second note you can detect a hint of bergamot and patchouli. I think this is what elevates the perfume from the ranks of Grannies rosewater. It is quite sensual and the patchouli seems to give the perfume more depth and body. Mind you, as an aging hippy (according to my daughter) I have a lot of good memories associated with patchouli, so I am a sucker for it! There is a touch of cinnamon gently lurking too!
The third note is a bit odd, it seems to change by the moment, one minute it's full blown rose and the next it's a spicey rose. It keeps changing it's mind. (Can perfumes do this?) I have found it lingers on one particular jacket and I just gt a little waft of the scent every now and then from it. Nice!
Another thing that impresses me about this fragrance is that there is no hint of anything artificial about it. For such a strong scent it is also perfectly natural too. It's hard to describe but there is no hint of anything chemical or harsh in there which is sometimes apparent in Chanel 5.
I would never have expected to be so enamoured of a floral fragrance but I love this one. It's strong, sexy and a little bit mysterious. I like it!