Val the Cookie Queen.
Here she comes, you better watch your step, She´s going to break your heart in two, It’s true, It’s hard not to realize, Just look into her false coloured eyes, she’ll build you up just to put you down, what a clown. Cause everybody knows (she’s a femme fatale) The things she does to please (she’s a femme fatale) She´s just a little tease ……. The Velvet Underground 1967.
Rose & Cuir Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle by Jean-Claude Ellena 2019
Initial impressions after four days of wearing Rose & Cuir. Green. Bitter. Dark.
Crushed bottle-green barbed stems. The rose or geranium, does it matter, lays pink and dewy underneath them. Although peppery and dark, a touch of cassis, maybe some peach, allows a sparkle. All the while the bitter sheer haze of IsoButyl Quinoline is present. Perhaps only JCE could work with that chemical and make it seem light. Although an intense green and bitter leather, here it sharpens but never overpowers, and adds a sultry smokiness. The perfume meanders into a deep virescent vetiver, the fruity rose never quite taking its leave. And as the hours progress, an exquisite powerful smokiness remains. A perfume that is forceful yet sheer.
Top: geranium, blackcurrant, bourbon geranium. Middle: vetiver, cedar. Base: leather accord. (from the FM site)
This is an adult perfume. It is erotic, and fiercely feminine, and elegance pure. Bitchy with class.
Frederic Malle said in his recent presentation yes, there are thousands of roses; there are also thousands of paintings on canvas. Some are Picasso and some are not. This is a new era for Jean-Claude Ellena, and this is his rose.
Pablo Picasso. Woman in Green, Dora. 1944.
Birch Tar Bros, can keep sipping their craft brews. Walk on by, there ain´t nothing to see here.