La Favorite by Fabrice Pellegrin for Dear Rose 2014

Hey there APJ Crew,

La Favorite is one of six fragrances releases in 2014 by new fragrance house Dear Rose. The two women who own the company are a mother/daughter team. Chantal, the mother, has worked at the top of the beauty pyramid in Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Mayake and Jean Paul Gaultier and was in control when such blockbusters as Opium, Kouros, Paris, Jazz, L’eau d’Issey and Le Male were brought to life. This is a serious player with a real knowledge of what sells. Alexandra, the daughter, has a history in music. two creatives together making fragrance.

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La Favorite by Fabrice Pellegrin for Dear Rose 2014

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Pink pepper, saffron, oud, patchouli

I was given a fabulous Dear Rose Press Sample Set by Nick from Libertine Parfumerie a while ago and life has been so freaking hectic that I’m only getting to them now.

La Favorite is a rose oudh with a twinkle of pepper and a little soft smoothness provided by saffron. I’m pretty sure there’s some citrus and geranium up the top too. Not nearly as in your face as the Montale oudhs, not even as hefty as Juliette Has A Gun’s Midnight Oud, here we have a safe oudh, a mainstream offering that will give a lovely thrill of the harem and a reserved nod to the Middle East to those that love the idea but from the distance of a painting, reading about it in a book or sitting in an armchair watching the Discovery Channel.

This is only the mildest medicinal oudh and I think those that have problems with the note could find La Favorite an excellent gateway frag, the spicy, slightly fruity red rose that’s so dark it verges on purple in La Favorite is beautiful though. There is also a lovely hint of cut rose branches, not the stem for flowers but pruning at midwinter. The patchouli down the back is clean and I get a white musk & amber vibe too but that could be my super sweet skin.

Projection is excellent, one spritz on the back of my hand tonight and not even 5 minutes later my BFF Kath walked into my office and said “Oooh, that’s very nice. What is it?”. So you can put La Favorite on the crowd-pleaser list too because every time I wear it (only three times so far) there have been compliments. Though La Favorite is not a BIG fragrance it does change the air around you and I think is probably too noticeable for work but for everything else I say Go For It. It lasts for hours, I can wear it to work and then sleep and still smell remnants in the morning.

Further reading: Candy Perfume Boy and BaseNotes
Libertine Parfumerie has $210/100ml with FREE Australian postage
First In Fragrance has €125/100ml

Have you tried the Dear Rose line yet? Have you been frightened of oudh before? Coulfd this be your gateway frag?
Portia xx

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La Favorite GIVEAWAY!


This week we will have 1 winner who will receive:
1 x sample La Favorite by Dear Rose
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Please comment with any rose fragrance in your collection and why you love it

Extra Chance?
Tweet:  La Favorite by Dear Rose    


Entries Close Thursday 19th March 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by
The winners will have till Thursday 26th March 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

15 thoughts on “La Favorite by Fabrice Pellegrin for Dear Rose 2014

  1. Roses, I love ’em! Serge Lutens’ Sa Majeste La Rose is well named, it’s an instant rose garden and the most beautifully elegant one at that. While it’s not one I can easily carry off, a sniff of it instantly lifts my mood. I follow by email. 🙂


  2. Rose how do I love thee? Let me count how many fragrances I have tried!
    So I have fallen for Mohur with its soft rose and almondy nuances.
    Have not sampled Dear Rose yet.
    I follow by email.


  3. I love Oud! I love it’s dirty sweatiness and its varnished bloom. Any variation is ok by me. I read your blogs on Aussie Fragrance Network on Facebook


  4. This sounds really lovely – I’ve been looking for a rose that I’ll really love. I bought San Francisco Rose hoping it would be awesome (and because I really liked the cause) but sadly San Francisco Rose proved way to medicinal for me, and is unwearable. But this sounds like it could be just the right touch. Thanks for the generous giveaway!


  5. I don’t own any full bottles of rose fragrances! I have a decant of Lipstick Rose and Lyric which are both beautiful. Also, Evocative Evelyn’s Rose is pretty special. I follow by email.


  6. Rose + agarwood isn’t a combination that worked for me so far but I keep trying 🙂

    I haven’t tried yet anything from this brand but the bottle looks nice – wouldn’t it be great to find a perfume to love when it comes like that? 😉


  7. The rose I have been wearing the most recently is Rose Poivree, which has the perfect lightness for winter as it turns into spring. I also love the cumin 🙂 I follow by email!


  8. I haven’t tried this brand yet – it sounds interesting. My favourite rose is La Fille De Berlin. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about that one that I love so much. It is dark, but not gothic and it reminds me of something I have smelled before but can’t quite place it.

    I follow via email


  9. i think it is great some brands like La Favorite realize strong or dense oud are not always good, thus, they are trying milder approach. thanks so much for the lovely draw. My fav. rose is La Fille de Berlin and Une Rose de Kandahar by Tauer. I am in the U.S. I follow you through email listed above


  10. Dear, Portia,
    I am sooo happy for you! Beyond happy! Elated!
    Like Madonna sings: “I guess I’ll die another day…”
    My latest rose obsession was the one in the link below – Sultana by Pure Attar. But not with a characteristic medicinal oud, I should point out! Probably my favorite rose – Bvlgari Rose Essentielle edp. Fluffy, but chic fruity-violet rose, balanced sweetness, elegant trail, which draws compliments every time I wear it – what’s not to love about it! 4 Reines, Lady Vengeance, Chloe rose edition, Pamplemousse Rose, Agent Provocateur, CdG 2 as well…and many more…I am going rose crazy from time to time.
    Saffron, pepper, patchouli and oud – oh, I would dare, gladly, Dear Rose!
    I follow by email, and on the FB page. Thanks for the chance!


  11. I follow by email and Twitter. Florabotanica by Balenciaga was given to me as a Christmas gift but I’ve only worn it a couple times so far. It just seems like something that is better for warmer weather. It has a long lasting woodsy / floral / rose mix that I really like. So when spring finally arrives in New England I will be wearing it more!


  12. I’ve just discovered you via other perfume blogs that I read and am unhealthily obsessed with. Great to find someone doing this in Australia. I will be a constant visitor. I am signed up for email, for now.

    My current favourite rose perfume, and this is a gun to my head choice, is Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin. Maybe because it’s still summer weather here and I just adore the peppery notes in the perfume that stop it being too sweet. I feel like I’m breathing in the petals, leaves, earth and dew from a rose garden, while throwing back a dirty martini. It’s not a little-girl rose scent. I love it on it’s own or paired with a tiny spritz of Jicky, Flowerbomb or SL Bois de Vanille.


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