Rose Praline by François Robert for Les Parfums de Rosine 2008

Howdy Crew,

Remember I told you that Michael Edwards (Fragrances Of The World book) had done a wonderful gifting of many of his fragrances, here is another from that generous haul. I saw three Parfums de Rosine bottles and they called to me. The first two I have been incredibly lucky with but Rose Praline skirts the unwearable for me.

Rose Praline by François Robert for Les Parfums de Rosine 2008

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Cardamom, bergamot, rose oil
Heart: Geranium, dark chocolate, rose, tea
Base: Amber, musk, sandalwood, cacao

François Robert, the perfumer, has had an interesting fragrance creation history including five of the Bex London frags, a bunch of the Rosines, Mary Greenwell Plum and Lanvin’s Vetiver.

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OOOH! Green, sweet and warm is how Rose Praline opens, a wet and sticky sweetness cut through by green. They are at an awkward standoff, both seeming to push against the other making the opening a very interesting and surprising start to a fragrance. They have used a note that vintage Dana Ambush used, I don’t know what it is but I find it mildly nauseating, not enough to scrub but up close it is queasy making for me. At elbow length from my nose it’s lovely, a gorgeous waft of dark, rich, spicy rose, up close though it smells like the water left after leaves & flowers have been left to rot in the vase. GACK! Ha Ha Ha! How hilarious, I really can’t stand it up close, it makes me so uneasy.

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Later through the lifespan of Rose Praline a lovely dry tea-ish hint comes through. Like tea pre hot water, a dusty, dessicated feeling in the scent that next to this voluptuous, full to overblown rose is a tonic and calming raft. Like a drum softly beating time to the rest of the orchestra and keeping the crew stable.

It’s next morning and the one thing left on my skin is the weird/funky/sour note from Ambush. I woke up lying on that arm and Rose Praline is still quite intense. Maybe this bottle is on the turn or maybe the stresses of selling, moving and organising and the bad eating habits attendant have skewed my chemistry. Maybe because I haven’t been gluing wrist to nose in writing mode but merely enjoying the fragrance at a distance on previous wears. Maybe I’ve found a fragrance that is less than perfect for me, it happens.

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Parfums des Rosine has €78/50ml
First In Fragrance has €78/50ml
Aedes de Venustas has $145/100ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $5/ml

Have you tried Rose praline? Any of the Rosines?
Portia xx

2 thoughts on “Rose Praline by François Robert for Les Parfums de Rosine 2008

  1. I’ve tried several perfumes from this line while they were available from Barneys and I liked at least several. Currently I own just one – Rose d’Amour – but there are a couple more that would have found their way to me if they were more accessible for testing.

    Rose Praline reminds me of Tauer’s Une Rose Vermeire, I like both and through all my testing of Rose Praline I’ve never had negative reaction to it. I remember that initially I felt “nice but not special” but as I kept trying it, I liked it more and more. Maybe it’ll happen to you once you’re ina less hectic mode?


    • Hey there Undina,
      I have Rose Praline on my desk still. The time to spend another day in its presence will come soon and I will give it a go.
      I think I was almost at the end of my tether by the time I got to write this review, though at the time my observations were true, and I may have been more harsh than the frag deserves. We’ll see.
      Thanks for dropping by, it’s always a pleasure to see you pop up. I hope you are happy and well.
      Portia xx


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