Unlisted Brand • Olympic Orchids Perfumes - Rose Chypre • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||100%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Olive, Cool Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Just a note to start, "Rose Chypre" is actually the working name for Ballets Rouges, and I'll add another listing for its release name with the same review as below.
I'm not a rose lover, not by any length of the imagination. So I tried this with trepidation and perhaps bias caution.. and was pleasantly surprised. This perfume embraces all the old world charm of pure unadulterated roses, and perhaps some of the old fashion nostalgia lingers as well. The musk is embracing in this, captivating, but not heavy nor overbearing and the oakmoss in this is an absolute delight, making an old world classic a modern treasure. Unlike other modern chypres aldehydes are not screeching at anyone here (rather thankfully!!), and there is a slightly spicy note, almost like a light, pink pepper that lifts the fragrance beyond the doledrums of other heavy flat absolute rose and pure musk fragrances of note.
Longevity isn't fabulous unfortunately, a few hours at most before skin, and sillage is quite low. Its also painfully linear, perhaps intentionally, but it is beautifully balanced. I don't find this fragrance overtly complex nor evolving to be honest; rose, musk, moss, light aldehydes and perhaps the labdanum adding some spice about says it all. But the quality in the character of the notes reveals at least some depth, and its far from the cliche of "rose = old ladyish". While its not a casual scent, I could easily see younger sophisticated women, or classy carefree ladies wearing this as well.
I've never liked pure rose perfumes in any form, but this beautifully balanced little fragrance is quite captivating and while I don't suppose I could truly love it, I do appreciate it for what it is.