Rose Pivée by L`Artisan Parfumeur 2015

Hey there Fragrance Fiends,

Embarrassing story. I was given a 15ml pre release sample of this by Nick from Libertine Parfumerie to review if I liked it. The bottle is simple and nondescript and the writing in gold so since there was so much bigger and boxed stuff in my swag that day I have completely overlooked this one. What a dumbass.

Rose Pivée by L`Artisan Parfumeur 2015

Rose Pivée by Bertrand Duchaufour and Stephanie Bakouche

Rose Privée L`Artisan Parfumeur FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Basil, lilac, carnation, hay, magnolia, may rose, patchouli, violet leaf, amber

Green and sparkling herbal opening that feels a little citric and aldehydic, spicy carnation reacts beautifully with the herbs feeling like the new days dawn and yes, there is a lovely fruity rose creeping in that smells like it’s warming in the morning sun. A crystalised rose, completely unsweetened, cool and sophisticated and I get a flawless lemon blossom that floats through the heart absolutely effortlessly. A creamy lemon silk chiffon scarf drifting through the rosiness and a little hint of breathy indole too.

Rose Privée L`Artisan Parfumeur Pink Roses GeographPhoto Stolen Geograph

Weird, after about 4 hours all I smell is a fluffy white musk that feels clean and fresh like laundry just out of the dryer.

Having read a bunch of reviews now it’s interesting that so many people call Rose Privée a chypre. I get none of the earthy, bitter or mossy dry down you’d expect from a chypre here at all. Clearly my skin or nose is not giving or getting some notes that are completely obvious to noses that I trust much better than mine. All I get is a soft and fluffy musk, clean and neat. BUM!

It’s a shame because the first hour or so is absolutely lovely and as I have my Aunty Tracey here with me too we are both adoring the opening and keep resptitzing so the opening hour can be relived over and again. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon/evening really especially when you add to it a very healthy serve of Take Away Chinese with Jin & Kath in the middle.

Rose Privée L`Artisan Parfumeur Laundry Musks David Goering FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Do I love Rose Privée? No, but I do like it very much. Will I be buying a bottle? I think Rose Privée a little soft and innocent for my tastes though I think it a perfect gifting fragrance or office scent, the quality is lovely and the soft whisper of spring it conjures smells really beautiful on my Aunty. If you like to be subtly scented then Rose Privée  may be a perfect choice for you.

Further reading: Megan In St Maxime and Bois de Jasmin
Libertine Parfumerie has Rose Privée
Parfum1 has $120/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $5.40/ml

Roses, roses, roses! What are your favourites?
Portia xx

16 thoughts on “Rose Pivée by L`Artisan Parfumeur 2015

  1. Wading into the wave that has recently washed ashore of The Sample Sea ooh! Rose Privee. (I deserve points for my adventure.)I just dabbed some on. My nose itches. Will I persevere?

    My favorite rose ever was a Madini oil, “Amina.” Sadly, it was discontinued. I have an eensy smidge left which I wistfully sniff. It might be enough for one wearing if I ever to decide to go nuts. I maintain a fantasy that I will one day go to Madini in Morocco and beg. The Madini gang in Seattle has not (yet) been impressed by my efforts. Plus I’ve been to Seattle, and not Morocco.

    I think Tauerville’s Rose Flash is stunningly beautiful, probably as close as it gets to smelling like pure rose oil.


  2. Hi Porita,
    My favorite roses are still the vintage La Rose Jaqueminont, Olympic Orchids Ballets Rouge, AgarAura Al Jazzab, and straight up persian rose oil. There is a new favorite too, Sweet Anthem’s Red Queen. I also loved and remember the Madini that Holly mentions above. Madini has discontinued at least two other favorites of mine, scents that smelled like they were from a shop in a bazaar far away.
    Azar xx


  3. My favorite rose is still Whips and Roses by Kerosene I think. I need a few more. I’m looking for a cosmetic powder rose scent. I need to try Lipstick Rose. I’m sorely lacking in rose dominant perfumes it seems.


  4. Hey Portia. Thanks for the link. I really liked Rose Privee but I do have a huge soft spot for roses and it seems there are hardly any I don’t take a shine to. Favs – I love Incense Rose from Tauer and his much sweeter Rose Vermeille as well. Fille de Berlin is good too. There are so many – Rozy EDP I adore, Rose Cut from Ann Gerard as well.


    • Heya Gorgeous,
      We love to give some link love to our buddies around here.
      As to roses, you have NO IDEA how many rose frags I have. Neither do I and I’m too scared to count.
      Portia xx


    • When we move house, get them all out of storage and get the cupboards built in the Frag Room I’ll post pics. Promise
      Portia x


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