Ombre Rose by Jean-Charles Brosseau (vintage)

First off, a huge thank you to Olenska from Parfumieren who sent this. And here is where I have to say that packages arriving from perfume bloggers/enthusiasts are simply the best. You know what you are receiving but there is always something in there you are not expecting that makes it so much more fun.  🙂

Oh, where to start…
I loved this one from the start. I smelled the aldehydes and the rose in the opening and so much more than words can convey.
I love smelling vintage perfume becasue unfortunately, you really can’t smell that anymore today (well, you can but very rarely and it will probably then cost some serious money). Anyway, the thing is, vintage doesn’t always correspond to something you will like/love, but usually it does mean you will appreciate the trip.

I was completely prepared to love Ombre Rose. It smelled to me like the first cousin of Shalimar. Obviously not a sibling, but very close family. Somewhat more proper but with a twinkle in the eye that hinted at more interesting things. Not as powerfully present and strongly opinionated as Shalimar but still having the same beauty displayed in a different manner.

Oh, I was seduced by the rosewood making my association to Shalimar veer off in another direction and giving this spirit of its own. I was so happy to find another friend.

And then we got to know each other better.

Turned out that the twinkle in the eye was only learned from the more experienced cousin but there was nothing afterward to give it credence. The interesting cousin turned out to be a proper little miss smelling of shampoo flowers/rose and not the sexy minx from the introduction.
Unfortunately, we were not meant to associate for long.

Notes: aldehydes, peach, brazilian rosewood, geranium, sandalwood, orris root, vetiver, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, cedar, rose, honey, orris, tonka bean, cinnamon, musk, vanilla and heliotrope.

I do wonder though, how it was possible to turn one into the other, perfumer-wise. It must be a feat.

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8 thoughts on “Ombre Rose by Jean-Charles Brosseau (vintage)

  1. Josephine February 16, 2011 at 03:14 Reply

    I've had Ombre Rose for awhile but have not yet applied it to my skin. I can't get past the smell of the sprayer…One day when I'm feeling brave.


  2. Ines February 16, 2011 at 12:27 Reply

    Josephine, while googling for notes I found that the current version differs from the vintage one (what a surprise!). ;)I wasn't spraying mine but dabbing so no hair spray thank God. 🙂


  3. Vintage Lady February 17, 2011 at 14:04 Reply

    It's always so beautiful to see the vintage Perfumes.. Ombre Rose, mais oui! I had this one, it was very special, very feminine and I liked a certain point of sweetness. I have not gotten the actual version. I only had the old vintage one. Never bought it again. Now if I did I see that it would not be the same exactly..:-(


  4. Ines February 17, 2011 at 15:12 Reply

    Vintage Lady, unfortunately, yes, if you bought it today it certainly wouldn't smell the same. At least you got to enjoy it for a while. 🙂


  5. JoanElaine February 17, 2011 at 18:33 Reply

    Too bad you couldn't rewind the beginning and play it over and over again! I have not smelled Ombre Rose since I was a young teenager. My sister or mother had a bottle. I don't recall what it smells like…


  6. Ines February 18, 2011 at 11:55 Reply

    JoanElaine, I really wish I could. I don't get so excited by the opening often, I'm more into liking the later stages of perfumes.


  7. olenska February 24, 2011 at 03:57 Reply

    Ombre Rose certainly is a quiet one. "Proper little miss" is exactly right! When I first obtained Ombre Rose, I was reading "A Dress for Diana", a book chronicling the process of designing the Princess of Wales' wedding gown. Something about Diana circa 1980 (AND her dress) reminded me a lot of Ombre Rose– a sumptuous fabric cut conservatively, worn by a demure girl whose eyes flashed with sudden appeal.Beautiful review– a pleasure to read, and a pleasure to have shared with you. 🙂


  8. Ines February 24, 2011 at 12:57 Reply

    Thank you Olenska!I can see how this one related to your book. Btw, when it comes to my perfumes, I don't really ever project the proper little miss. 😉 Come to think of it, I never was a proper little anything. 🙂


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