Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Rose Rouge’
“I wanted to respect the nobility of these extreemly precious ingredients while giving them real modernity”
– Julien Rasquinet, Perfumer
Top Notes: A hint of Pink Peppercorn,
Heart Notes: Turkish Rose, Rose Essential, Blackcurrant Absolue
Base Notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Cacao, Musk
When it comes to roses… I’m obsessed. I’m a self-confessed rose addict. I love roses in my bath, skincare and perfumes. I literally can’t get enough! I’m such a fan, I’ve even managed to convert my sister, mum and best friend into rose perfume wearers, a fact which honestly makes me feel SO happy! The latest rose addition to my fragrance wardrobe comes in the form of Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge which has only just launched this month. As you might expect from this fragrance, the hero accord is Rose, with plenty of other supporting notes to add a little extra excitement and beauty, but make no mistake, this fragrance might sound like it’s a summery fruity floral, but honestly, it’s rose with a little added fun, not the other way around!
Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge opens with a burst of blackcurrant and a hint of spicy pink peppercorn. The rose is apparent from the outset, but at first it’s more of a sweet, pink, pretty rose mixed with delicious, juicy berries, which makes it feel like a very ‘daytime’ rose fragrance. However, after a few hours, it develops into more of a rich, heady, sensual velvet rose fragrance. The sweet notes of blackcurrant will fade and instead the dry vetiver, earthy patchouli, cacao and musk will become more apparent and mingle with the rose to give it more of a darker, earthier, edgier feel. The best way to describe this perfume is to imagine a beautiful hallway with a marble table and a bunch of pink roses in the morning. There’s a bowl of fresh fruits and the morning sunshine bouncing off walls and windows. Everything feels light and airy and fun-filled as the day stretches out in front of you. Now imagine the same table in the evening, this time the vase of pretty pink flowers has been replaced with more opulent and romantic red roses. The sunshine has faded and instead the light radiates from the moon, scattered candles and soft lighting of the rooms nearby. There’s a wood burning stove in the kitchen, perhaps a cocktail or two being enjoyed in the living room and the scent of a mans vetiver and patchouli fragrance wafting around. That’s how Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge feels to me; light, airy and perfectly pretty earlier in the day and later on in the evening it develops into a much more rich and sensual fragrance which is romantic and intoxicating. Who could ask for anything more?!
Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge is out now and available from Harrods. You’re gonna love it!