The rose is wrapped in amber and warm balsamic notes, but the start is fruity and bright. Although Rose Absolute has a classical rose character, it is a modern flower. The roses are rendered in vivid and rich hues. Smelling the perfume on skin, I keep craving rose jam; Rose Absolute evokes crystallized petals suspended in translucent honey. The sweetness, on the other hand, is tempered by woods and patchouli. As Rose Absolute develops, it becomes darker, earthier and warmer. It never loses its sophisticated aura, but the character is lighthearted and vivacious. Wearing it is a pleasure.
Also, Rose Absolute is plush. It is warmer and softer than classical rose themes like Stella McCartney Stella and sweeter than a niche favorite Les Parfums de Rosine Ecume de Rose. A generous dose of vanilla makes it mouthwatering, another surprising discovery later in the drydown.
Secrets d’Essences Rose Absolute is available in the Eau de Parfum and Parfum concentrations, both of which are excellent. There is also a fresh, citrusy Eau de Toilette. The tenacity is excellent, with a lovely sillage (trail left in the wake of perfume wearer), and you can be sure to smell it from morning to evening. (Updated 2015: the perfume now appears thinner and less tenacious, but it’s still an excellent budget rose.)
Yves Rocher Rose Absolute contains cinnamon, Bulgarian rose, Moroccan rose, Turkish rose, patchouli, and tonka beans. It is available from Yves Rocher UK. It should be launched on the Yves Rocher US website in the future.