The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Voleur de Roses by L’Artisan Perfumeur


Voleur de RosesIn one of my recent posts, I discuss Olfactif and the sample offerings that they provided for their inaugural launch.  The one fragrance out of the three that I seem to be drawn to and keep testing is Velour de Roses by L’Artisan Perfumeur.

WHAT I SMELL: Voleur de Roses goes on bright.  There’s a sweet, plum and slightly citrus bergamot opening with  a minty herbal, almost hay like cedar background.  After a short while Voleur de Roses starts to then move into a warm patchouli rose.  However, this rose isn’t sweet or loud, instead its earthy and feels like a rose-bush that’s anchored in mulch.  And in fact, I almost consider this to be more patchouli than rose as the warm patchouli note dominates the drydown.  The fragrance really doesn’t morph much and it sits close to the skin without much projection.  For being so “cedarish”  it is very much a skin scent.

Voleur de Roses Notes:  patchouli, rose, plum

vintagelinen-chestWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A cedar lined chest with old and waning rose sachets stored inside.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT VOLEUR DE ROSES:  smellythoughts, Perfume Shrine, EauMG

BOTTOM LINE:  I really like this fragrance.  It’s distinctive and comforting.  But I just don’t know if I could pull the plug on a purchase.  I somehow have the feeling that the bottle would be neglected after time.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Woody
  • Nose:  Michel Almairac
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: Approximately $140 for 100ml EdT

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

19 thoughts on “Voleur de Roses by L’Artisan Perfumeur

  1. Voleur de Roses is a great piece of perfume. There are not so many perfumes with rose that actually smells kind of dirty.


  2. Wow. I had high hopes for this but it was a scrubber on me. Awful. There was no rose to be found by me or my hubby (I made him sniff too to check). There was nothing citrusy. It was just very damp, moldy basement. It made me think of when a water main broke and flooded mom’s basement one summer. This was the smell a few days into the cleanup. So many people love this one too, I wish I could smell what you smell but my skin just turns this into something vile. When my husband recommends I take a shower I know it’s not working on me. It smells better on other people. The SA had it on and that’s why I tried it on skin. On her it was lovely.


  3. Interesting that you should review this today. I was told yesterday to try it. Sounds tres moi!! 4 out of 5 bones is good right?
    Portia xx


  4. I love your description “A cedar lined chest with old and waning rose sachets stored inside.” I haven’t smelled this, but you have described it vividly and aroused my curiosity!


    • I have no idea why that picture popped into my head, but it does character the fragrance pretty well. I have read where some people say this is “dirty”…I don’t think it’s dirty as much as it’s earthy. I hope you give it a try. I would love to see what you think of it.


  5. Like Poodle’s experience, this did not work for me either. Musty with a capital M.


    • How strange… I guess there will be plenty of time to smell musty in our old age. No need to speed up the process with applying on! Sorry this didn’t work for you.


      • I was really tempted by your review until I read hajusuuri’s comment because, as we’ve seen recently, she and I have very similar tastes in perfumes… But when I get a chance I will still try it – just in case it’s more of a skin chemistry than the nose.


        • Funny that Poodle and Hajusuuri got such an overwhelming mustiness to this. I can see it, but I found that bit of mustiness to be comforting. If you end up trying it I would love to see how it sits on you.


  6. I haven’t tried it but as I’m not a fan of rose perfumes I guess I could skip this one. I’ll give it a try if it comes somewhere near me anyway.


  7. Dear Hound
    Perhaps The Dandy is alone in this, but I always feel there is something to be said of musty… of your lined drawers, of unborrowed library books and long abo pressed flowers.
    Your review, a exemplar of economy has tempted me…
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy


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