Unlisted Brand • Jean-Charles Brosseau Ombre Rose • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||68%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Reading the reviews - it's so touching that this scent seems to come with so many emotive story. Here is mine...My mum wore this perfume throughout the 80s and 90s . I was shuffling through her beauty products last weekend (admittedly looking for something to 'borrow' as I am unlikely to pickup my bottle of duty free Chanel no5 anytime soon) and the briefest of sniffs tool me right back to when I was a little girl. Mum would pickup my sister and I after work and the subtle, powdery scent of OmbrÃ© Rose would be warmed through her neck and coat as she gave us a big hug. I love this scent, I love the memories, I love that its understated. Just beautiful!
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I got a great deal on this on drugstore.com, because I was going back to the classic scents I used to wear back in the late '80's and early '90's. Ombre Rose was my signature "office wear" scent. It smelled exactly the same now. A blast of baby powder first which wears off after a couple of minutes to a drydown of a honeyed rose (on me) and a spicy note too. My SO says it smells like a spicy baby powder and it does not irritate his allergies. Really gorgeous bottle too. I bought the 3.4 oz, so it should last awhile. I would buy again if drugstore.com keeps it in stock. I can't stand the fruit salad scents that is so prevalent now. I had to give away those to my nieces who loves them.
Age: Unknown Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Relaxed, Coarse Eyes: Black
I recently hijacked my mother's older-than-dirt perfume miniatures that were in a box that included Ombre Rose, Ombre Bleue, Robert Piguet Fracas and Bandit and Niki de Saint Phalle. The Ombre Rose is one of the best of these miniatures. I don't like strong rose based scents especially if they smell very synthetic and strong because they come across like rose scented Airwick spray but Ombre Rose has a soft rose scent mixed with a bit of a baby powder scent mixed with other notes that I'm not sure of at the moment.
I find Ombre Rose to be strangely wearable in that retro vintage outfit sort of way. Ladylike and vintage as far as this scent goes but not museum and 'ancient'-like. Ombre Rose is almost like a grown up, more complex and more sophisticated version of Love's Baby Soft or something. I think I like, this vintage Ombre Rose find/steal anyway, because it's still very different from the very young and clone-ish new perfumes that are sold everywhere nowadays and if you want very distinctive newer perfumes these days you have to pay a heck of a lot out!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
I'm one of the few lovers of rose scent as it seems most people don't care for them -- I like rose fragrances in all forms (soft, fresh, sweet, oriental chypre, arabian, leather, smoky) except camphorous.
This, to my nose, is more of an intoxicating, sweet, feminine, powdery, slightly soapy, floral fragrance (the rosewood & geranium lends it a Ivory soap aroma) than it is a true rose fragrance. The rose note is there but it is not very distinct.
Rosewood, vetiver, geranium, ylang-ylang, cedar, honey, cinnamon and orris root are more discernible in this perfume than is the note of rose.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Picturing pure white Snow falling on rich Velvet cloth
of Crimson, The Aldehyde Opening of Ombre Rose Conjuring
The Scent of Dry Winter Air Wet Rosewood adds a Tinge of
Cold Rose the drydown Consists of a note of snow covered
ceder steeps though the Air giving a Green Cypress freshness Brisk and awakening Iris Gives Ombre an Old
Soul frozen in time it's Powdery Nuance Conjours Images
of Old Long lost Love letters delicately Decaying through Time like a wing of a Moth or Dark violet petals
in Old Leather bounded Books falling on the lacquered
Wooded Floor in the vast but Intimate Library den in a
large Victorian Home on the outskirts of a Wintry
New England Town.
Musk Opens the drydown With a Subtlety not Overpowering or Cloyish Cinnamon makes it's
presence known but doesn't Dominates like almost
all Cinnamon notes does, Lily note has to be the
shyest in Ombre it generaly Hides behind the others
Like Camouflage, Sweet Heliotrope, And Vanilla
Finishes Ombre Rose L'Original with a Powdery Ending.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I've been on the fence as to how many stars to give this perfume, because I do like it quite a bit. Ultimately I decided on 3 stars, though I personally like it enough for a 4 star rating, but this comes off to many other people as very powdery. I've even had people tell me I smell like baby powder when wearing this. I don't really want to smell like baby powder to other people, I mean baby powder isn't a bad scent but I'd like to smell a bit more sophisticated than that.
Outside of the baby powder issue, I really like this perfume and think there is more to it than roses and powder. When I pay attention I can smell the different notes through the dry down. I can definitely detect some cinnamon, musk, vanilla, and of course the ever powdery iris. I also get a hint of peach at the very beginning but it doesn't last long, and a bit of woodiness. Like I said, there is more to this perfume than just powder and florals, so I do enjoy it, but I don't find myself wearing it outside of the house much.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Fine Eyes: Green
How happens I have never reviewed this?
This is a masterpiece among rose scents. As Meg has correctly pointed out below, this is the Gold Standard of roses, where you go to compare all the other rose scents out there.
It is soft, powdery and delicate, like a whisper on your skin. It is feminine and elegant. the drydown is about a powdery note, with a touch of vanilla - very subdued - heliotrope.
I loved it 30 years ago when it first came out (1981) and still love it today. I wear it often during the day as I find it subtle and very office appropriate. For comparison: it is in the lines of Bulgari Femme (the first one), minus the violet.
Absolutely a must have for any rose lovers.
top notes: Aldehydes, Rosewood, Geranium
heart notes: Rose, Orris, Lily of the valley, Ylang-Ylang
base notes. Tonka, Vanilla, Cinnamom, Heliotrope
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I bought a full bottle of this when it first came out,loving its soft,rather melancholy,originality and elegance. Sadly, I came to associate the scent with the very difficult and painful time I was going through then and so gave it away. Recently,I wanted to re-experience it,painful memories having been integrated and transformed. It is still lovely,graceful,ageless- a modest and ladylike anchronism from a brash and unsubtle era that manages never to be boring or lacking in allure. An added plus is the beautiful bottle,as so many have commented.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Red, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
Lovely, demure fragrance! There is an initial strong alcohol smell ( I guess it's the aldehydes) but then the sweet rose with a slight powdery note emerges. I always associate rose fragrances with soft and romantic and this definitely falls within this category. It is ideal to wear either with a cashmere sweater on a cold day or with a long, boho dress ( or even a 50s full skirt) in the summer. I wouldn't call it "mature" but rather girly and flirtatious. Good lasting power and not too overwhelming to wear even during the day. Although, it is not spectacular, I would find a good use for a full bottle of this.
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
The gold standard by which all rose perfumes may be judged, delicate, wistful, gossamer, and very lovely. I find it lighthearted in an almost childlike way, neither deep nor complex, and yet there seems to be a soaring quality about it that is emblematic of classical ballet or opera. More than anything it evokes to me the unforgettable cinematic version of that opera of all operas, Die Zauberflöte, so lovingly interpreted and immortalized on celluloid by Ingmar Bergman. Mozart is very difficult to capture on film, and should be virtually impossible to delineate in scent; precariously poised between the worldly and the unworldly, his music is a constant reminder that there is more to life than perhaps meets the eye. However, miraculously, it is also this quality which is the essence of the very aptly named Ombre Rose.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I think the embossed glass bottle is very pretty but I am not nearly as impressed with the juice it contains.
On me it opens with a blast of aldehydes and not of the fizzy, airy variety but of the nail polish remover variety. I would never judge a perfume on it's opening alone because I have some favourites like Paloma Picasso where the drydown is so divine I can ignore the less than heavenly topnotes. This perfume however fails to change my mind and goes pretty quickly to a linear middle/base of flowers, powder and musk, nothing jarring and nothing if interest.
I love rose and expected more of it from a perfume with it's name but I would be willing to overlook that if this perfume wasn't so boring.
Age: Unknown Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This scent is so pretty! The only rose I can consistently wear. Most days I'll use this to soften up some of my stronger fragrances, but it's pretty and light and clean enough to wear on its own to work or school. I'll be keeping a decant of this in my bag to touch up during the day. Often times I'll feel as if this has faded, but I'll turn my head a certain way and still catch a faint whiff. This is a fragrance that people will say, "you smell nice" rather than "what perfume are you wearing?" A great perfume for migraine sufferers like myself who still want to smell nice. I can't think of anyone who shouldn't try this! Please do, you won't regret it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Other
Recently, I've been on a mission to find a vanilla rose perfume that would evoke the taste of Turkish delight. First, I started with Rochas Tocade, which smells like vinyl on me, and then Loukhoum by Keiko Mecheri, which overwhelmed my nose with an inedible baby powder note. Today, I tried Ombre Rose, and this is exactly what I've been searching for! The powder scent in Ombre Rose is not reminiscent of baby powder at all; it's more like powdered sugar and vanilla mixed with a hint of rosewater. In other words, it's the exact scent of Turkish delight.
As it dries down, the vanilla fades out, but I think if I layer this with another edible sort of vanilla like Chopard Casmir or L'Aromarine Vanille, it will keep the yumminess going a little longer.
EDIT: as of April 27, I'm downgrading this from five lippies to four, just because the fragrance does seem to have an inedible baby powder note at times, and I can only cover it up by layering it with other scents.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
i have had a sample of this forever and don't ask me why I never disposed of it, maybel because the bottle was so pretty. As I am now on a major economy drive and busy using up all the thousands of samples I religiously collect I decided to dab some on........amazing......yes it is a very very powdery rose and maybe not a 'stop you in your tracks' scent there is however something very 'chicken soup' comfort factor about it. It is fading fast, but as a Sunday afternoon, glass of wine and tv catchup scent It's good for me.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Soft feminine allure is how I describe this fragrance. I bought it first in the late 1980's after my first child, a son, was born and I wanted something soft but not overwhelming. Friends would say to me whenever I wore it that it smelled like roses and baby powder. And it did and still does. I bought it again many years later and several years ago (after trying heavy stuff like Shalimar and Coco), this time when my son graduated from high school. It took me back to those precious days but it hadn't changed all that much. I am sure that the formula has been degraded (what hasn't in the perfume world) but since it was a soft subtle fragrance to begin with, it only kept the essential essence of a powdery rose.
It comes in the same bottle and I use the EDT and the cost is reasonable. I am not a big perfume wearer (my signature is Youth Dew which causes women in the mall to oohh and ahhhh when I wear it and laugh because it is almost an ancient perfume), but when I want to wear a fragrance with a steady scent which doesn't start as one thing and then move on to other life stages, I wear my Ombre Rose. I was tempted to get the YSL Parisienne as a stronger form of this scent, but it is a fruity concoction that it is nowhere near as wistful and pretty in its effect as Ombre Rose. Frankly, I think sometimes the more expensive the perfume, the more disappointed your body chemistry becomes.
The last point is that I wear this scent year-round, even for evening. There is something romantic about the aroma which I adore.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
Too sweet. Smells like something an old woman would wear. Very claustrophobic scent as it is so overpowering. Emily Howard, from Little Britain would wear this in a effort to be 'more of a laydeeeee!!' I had to chuck the sample away I hated it so much.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
My mom wore this in the '80s, and I really tried to like it then because I LOVED that gorgeous octagonal bottle. Fast-forward 20 years, they're selling it at Marshalls and I try it again. Still no go. I like soft, warm, powdery scents, and this one has some lovely and very feminine notes, but there is a strong peach note to it and it really is too sickly-sweet for me. I would like this scent a lot if it didn't have that syrupy canned-peach note that turns rather urine-like on my skin. Try before you buy!
I give it 2 lippies because it is a very well-crafted scent, just not for me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I really like this, for what it is. First on, it's WAY too powdery, as in old fashioned, delicate old woman powdery. Second try and into dry down, it's a guest soap type of rose, velvet powder with a touch of spice. It's actually quite nice for something I expected to be terrible, since it's been a drug store brand for a million years and can be found in every single mini-perfume bottle collection because it's cheap that way. Still, surprisingly pretty. As usual, try it on before investing in a big bottle, because everything is different on everyone.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
Ombre Rose is as soft as it gets. Winter or summer, it just seems to envelop you with its rosey sweet powdery muskiness and it always feels right. Pretty and feminine, this classic and I love how the beautiful Art-deco bottle reflects those qualities.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
This scent is so beautiful. I first smelt it as a child on lush looking grown up beauties and wanted some day to grow up and wear it, to match it in loveliness as the women I saw did. For me as a grown up now, it's as beautiful, seductive, sexy and lovely as ever it was. It is strong but not overpowering, it doesn't leave a skunk trail like some strong perfumes do and they can be offensive. In fact when I sit next to someone on a train wearing a strong scent, I move if I can or feel sick. But L'Ombre Rose is in a class of it's own for me and does have a gorgeous sillage but it is never overpowering or offensive. It is a melange of sweet, heady, warm and luxuriance with a citrus scent too, an aldehyde quality but as far as i know without any actual citrus in it. Like sweet and sour food, like an apple with cheese and red wine, it's a perfectly delicious combination, you get the best of both worlds. It doesn't say vamp in an obviously sexy way, but the ylang ylang, vanilla, rose, peach, iris, lily of the valley (which I usually hate but not here) sandalwood and rich musk give it a juicy, sensual richness and and a quality that almost reminds me of the scent of clean skin, warm bodies, after the dry down as the scent evolves on the skin.
I have tried hundreds of perfumes, but none of them has the strength without overload, the warmth and richness and uplifting hit of citrus and sweetness without sickliness, that this does, combining so well, without being cloying for me, none are as beautiful. Many are lovely, many are sumptuous, but none match this scent, it does everything, like the beauty of Ingrid Bergman in an old B&W movie, her face could portray sister, mother, seductress and this scent on me can be innocent, fine for occasions when one doesn't want to seem as though one is trying to be seductive, but on the other hand it does have an almost erotic undertone, the warmth, evoking bare rosy flesh beneath the clothes, it is very sexy, so the guys say and I agree.
I think it may've been one of the first gourmand scents, if not the first gourmand fragrance, and none does it better for me, if you want a man to smell your scent and salivate, without finding it too much and be nauseated as Angel etc can, this is it, you will smell utterly delicious. I heard this was first inspired by a line of poetry from Proust, 'A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleur.' A romantic thought for an intensely heady and voluptuously romantic scent.
And for those who say it smells old lady, not true, at least not on me, on the contrary, I get tons of compliments from young guys, teens included to guys in their 30's when wearing this, in fact I've known them to swoon over this scent and make 'yummy noises' of appreciation. Another nice thing about it is, one can smell all the ingredients of the scent, pick them out and yet they mix together on the skin like fine layers of silk, I'm wearing this for life, may they always make it, I'll import it if I have to, I love it, guys swoon, what's not to love?
And not only does it seem to be an aphrodisiac for scent challenged males, it also has a comforting quality, it's a real chameleon, perfect, everything I could ever want from a scent in one lovely bottle. I've been trying so many fragrances, thinking that perfection could be improved upon, it can't this is it, besides I wouldn't want to disappoint the guys by changing my scent, what was I thinking of - try it! Actually don't, I want it all to myself, my signature scent, keep off, find your own! But if you really want a lift and to feel gorgeous, I suppose I should share the experience. If your love life cupboard is bare, I get guys follow this scent trail in the street, nice, gorgeous ones too. So I ought to be generous, this is the holy grail, really, if you like the ingredients already, you will adore this and so will the guys around you. And if you;re feeling rotten with flu, stuck at home feeling really drab, fed-up and sorry for yourself, this will cocoon you in warmth, like a lover's embrace, really, I mean it, it's more comforting than a bar of chocolate and reminds you of how female and lovely you can be. One proviso, this is not good for women who like the androgynous, this scent is very much all woman, which could be why some young girls may think it too old, they're not yet, nor ready yet to be a full on siren of sensuality at the height of her powers, well that's what it evokes to me and those who comment. Just wait till you get a little older girls, if you like the ingredients, one day you will enjoy what this does for you! Thinking about it, I don't get compliments from other women when I wear it, they all come from men but I can live with that.