Update: Mea Culpa has been discontinued.
Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Marie-Hélène Rogeon reintroduced Les Parfums de Rosine in 1991. The house created several unusual rose fragrances. Mea Culpa which debuted in the 1990s is a departure from this tradition as it is classified as a tuberose scent, and after Rogeon decided to revert to rose scents exclusively, this fragrance was discontinued. Mea Culpa opens up with creamy white roses and a hint of tuberose before losing some of the sweetness and gaining an aquatic quality. Tuberose is never pronounced, although it does become more apparent in the middle. It hides in the background and adds a lush quality to other notes. Jasmine appears soon thereafter adding its rich fruity note. Contrary to expectations, this fragrance is not what I would consider a heady floral, it is understated with floral notes intertwining beautifully. The final result reminds me of aquatic flowers–water lilies resting on the dark surface of a pond, pink lotus raised above the dark surface–due to the cool and fresh notes of the dry down which completely surprised me. Although Mea Culpa deserves a merit of the lightest tuberose fragrance I have tried, after a while it starts to lose its multifaceted quality, softening into a pleasant, but flat floral.
The history of Les Parfums de Rosine is a story of the fusion of fashion and perfumery, when in 1910 Paul Poiret decided to create a perfume line in addition to his fashion house. A luminary in the fashion world, Paul Poiret created Les Parfums de Rosine, named after his eldest daughter. Henri Alméras, the creator of Jean Patou Joy, was responsible for the fragrances, while Poiret designed the bottles. The beauty of the original Les Parfums de Rosine bottles is in their intense fascination with Art Deco trends and a lavish use of ornamental elements.