Comme des Garcons Rose Red Series : Perfume Review



Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.

I love rose. I am drawn to its ravishing beauty that beguiles and fascinates me. My love causes me to seek out rose in as many forms as possible, from rose absolutes and attars to fragrances containing rose notes. Comme des Garçons Rose with its modest ornamentations is what I return to after wearing darker and richer rose fragrances, from Guerlain Nahema to Les Parfums de Rosine Ecume de Rose. It is like a Persian rose sherbet, a refreshing drink, the taste of which lingers pleasantly on the lips.

Rose was created by Yann Vasnier (see an interview) in 2001, in collaboration with Françoise Caron. The initial notes spill into a shower of rose petals, caressing my skin and dazzling me with their opulence. Laced with chili pepper, rose casts an iridescent glow, ranging from rich crimson to pale pink. There I stand in the middle of my grandparent’s rose garden in Poltava, Ukraine, intoxicated by the blossoms releasing their aroma under the hot midday sun. As the composition dries down, lush red petals become layered with crushed raspberries, faintly sweet, warm, and delicate.



  • parislondres: Lovely review dear V! I must confess that I am not a fan of CDG perfumes in general. I have re-test this after reading your review.

    Have a super day.

    xoxo September 8, 2005 at 3:40am Reply

  • Robin: I have not tried this one yet, V. You are lengthening my already lengthy list of things to get to eventually 🙂 September 8, 2005 at 9:30am Reply

  • Laura: Hmmm, another Want-to-Try! Rose scents are so tricky for me. I tend to like the bright and airy ones and not the ones with soil notes used in the composition ;D. I found a bottle of the Perfumers’ Workshop The Rose the other day and bought it because it was deeply discounted. I’d read about this one a lot and was eager to try. Ugh. I felt as though I’d swallowed the whole bush and the thorns were sticking in my craw and the dirt was filling up my nostrils. September 8, 2005 at 5:36am Reply

  • Sisonne: Dear V, I know how it feels like when the nose needs a rest – I had that problem before & it´s not a good feeling at all, believe me 😉 So, be careful & try “to stay away” from all the scents – atleast for the weekend 😉
    As you already know, I don´t love rose fragrances as much as you do, so I´ve never tried Rose from CdG. I would like to find a very soft, warm & tender rose fragrance, but they all get so overwhelming on my skin *sigh* – well, L´Artisan Vouleur de Rose is maybe an exception. September 8, 2005 at 2:07pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Dear N, it is such a radiant lovely rose. I would definitely recommend that you sample it. September 8, 2005 at 11:28am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Laura, this rose is all rose petals, no leaves, thorns, nor soil. A touch of raspberry is a welcome addition, especially since raspberries are fresh and juicy, not sweet and jammy. September 8, 2005 at 11:31am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: R, I have my own long list. This week, I have been testing so much, I feel this is going to be a scent-free weekend. My nose needs a rest. September 8, 2005 at 11:34am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Dear C, try it. It is a very delicate rose that definitely does not overwhelm. I may be biased, because I absolutely adore roses, but I think that this fragrance is a lovely and elegant rose rendition. September 8, 2005 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Andy: I must admit: I do not know CDG’s rose, yet. But after your wonderful description: I will get it (for my nose and then for my mother who is in love with rose scents.)I adore CDG red palisander which still, after some years of looking at its details , is a mistery to me.
    How does CDG’s rose compare to La Rose, Edition Malle in your words? I am curious and I think your blog is great! September 8, 2005 at 3:13pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Andy, thank you for your kind words! CdG Rose is a vibrant, warm rose, subtly adorned by raspberry sweetness. It straddles the line between sun drenched and delicate. Frederic Malle interpretation of rose is darker–a rich crimson rose overlaid by heavily ambered accords and truffle shavings. It opens up with a lush rose and dries down into a wooded amber finish. I like both, but they have diametrically opposed characters. September 8, 2005 at 4:25pm Reply

  • mireille: YES! YES! YES! thank you! I love everything about this description and must find this scent immediately! *puts arm around V in a comradely fashion, as befits one rose lover in the company of another* xoxo September 8, 2005 at 11:42pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: M, what a pleasure to see another rose lover! I would love to hear your thoughts on CdG Rose. It is such a lovely rose, just perfectly lovely! September 9, 2005 at 12:21am Reply

  • Mark: I just purchased CdG Red Rose the other day, and was given a sample as well (to try on my skin first in case I wanted to return the actual bottle–Barney’s only accepts fragrance returns if it is unopened). Funny, it was displayed solely along the Men’s fragrance wall which made me think it’s possibly originally created for males? Unisex? Considering that this is a Eau De Toilette, I would think it’s more work-appropriate since Eau De Toilettes are lighter and fade faster. However, I was wrong with this fragrance. It’s rose dominant, in your face, and lasts long on my skin. To me, it smells like Jo Malone’s Red Roses, except with pepper in the mix. I let my coworker smell the fragrance on my wrist (she is big on fragrances like I am) and she says it’s too sweet. Can someone agree or disagree that this fragrance is too feminine for the male skin? I’ve been trying to find the perfect signature rose fragrance for me (a 28-year old Male). Perhaps I should exchange it for the darker Byredo’s Rose Noir or Serge Lutens’ Rose De Nuit, Frederic Malle’s Une Rose or maybe L’Artisan’s Voleur De Roses. I’m not so comfortable and confident in wearing this unless I can get assurance from other reviewers that it’s male-friendly. So your thoughts would be greatly appreciated! August 3, 2011 at 6:09pm Reply

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