The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


New Release: La Cologne de Rosine by Les Parfums de Rosine

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WHAT I SMELL:  La Cologne de Rosine opens up with a bright and fresh citrus that feels like it’s splashed with a refreshing tonic.  In a few minutes, a bright clean rose and violet combo give the perfume a pretty persona.  For being a pretty girl, the perfume has some pretty powerful projection, but there’s nothing heavy about La Cologne de Rosine because the “big” is as light as a feather. After some more time, a light musk and wood bring a clean and slightly “bathtastic” brush stroke of powder to the beaming florals which are warmed with the lightest of amber.  In the end, La Cologne de Rosine is a pretty rose tinged with freesia that is lit with rays of sunshine.

From the Les Parfums de Rosine website:

Notes:   Bergamot, Citrus, Tangerine, Rose Essence, Freesia, Violet,  Cedar Wood, White Musk, Amber

Cumulus2WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Large white fluffy cumulus clouds moving quickly across the backdrop of the bluest sky.



BOTTOM LINE:  If you’re looking for a perfume that is clean with a floral radiance, La Cologne de Rosine is the perfect solution.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral
  • Classification: Leans feminine
  • Expense: 105 Euros for 100 ml Eau de Parfum available from the Les Parfums de Rosine website


New Release: Majalis by Les Parfums de Rosine

MAJALISWHAT I SMELL:  This latest release from Les Parfums de Rosine opens with a rush of what reminds me of honey cough drops.  It’s like rich honey dripping down into a hot cup of lemon water.  The honey is thick, full-bodied and incredibly edible; so much so that I just want to lick the honey off of my wrist.  After a couple of minutes a cinnamon note is added to give the honey a little kick of spice.   This literally smells like I have just rolled myself up in a sticky warm honey mess and I keep thinking that I need to wash my hands off so I don’t get my keyboard all sticky.  After around the ten minute mark, the honeyed aspects of the fragrance start to calm down and the beginning bloom of the rose starts to make an appearance.  Due to the spice of the cinnamon and nutmeg, the rose just adds a nice light touch to the somewhat heavy spice which when sniffed fills the back of your throat with a heavy warmth.  But overall at this point, Majalis is almost like a honeyed piece of hard candy as it seems more suited for enjoying in your mouth rather than on the skin.  Again, the rose is there, but it’s really kind of overtaken by the spice.  Thankfully after around an hour, Majalis backs off the super cinnamon aspects of the fragrance, but overall, it ends up being a pleasant and somewhat dry and woody cinnamony rose that should only be worn in cool months.  I can’t imagine what would happen if you wore this in the middle of summer!

From the Les Parfums de Rosine website:

A seductive and sophisticated fragrance

The Rosa Majalis is a rose native from Asian mountains.  This simple flower develops an amazing cinnamon scent.  This is why we name it the Cinnamon Rose, and it is also considered as the “Love Rose” because of its soft and slightly captivating scent.  This natural and exquisite rose gave birth to a new fragrance: Majalis.

Soft Oriental, Majalis offers notes of cinnamon, pink pepper and nutmeg based on a precious wood background.  The rose is of course present. We have chosen a Bulgarian absolute to envelope the fragrance with its both bright and heady scent.

Top note : Bergamot, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Nutmeg, Cinnamon bark

Heart note : Cinnamon leaves, Taif Rose, Tea Rose, Rose Absolute, Jasmine, Black and red pepper, Coriander seed

Base note : Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Amber, Musk

ribbon candyWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Honeyed cinnamon ribbon candy.



BOTTOM LINE:  I really liked the gourmand honey opening, but never having been a big fan of cinnamon I can’t say that this is my favorite rose.  However, if you do like cinnamon and nutmeg, I would recommend giving this a try.  Actually, worn next to a fire with a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter night might make for a very nice warm and fuzzy comfort moment.

  • Bone Rating: 3 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Floral
  • Classification:  Leans feminine
  • Expense:  125 Euros for 100ml EdP from the Les Parfums de Rosine website

Disclosure:  Product for review provided courtesy of Les Parfums de Rosine.


Rose d’Homme by Les Parfums de Rosine

One of the hardest things about loving scents is that since you are dealing with something that cannot be seen, you have to sometimes take a leap of faith and purchase a scent that might sound interesting to you and hope that it works out.  I don’t remember where I read about this fragrance but it really piqued my interest; a rose fragrance for men!  I asked for and received a bottle for Christmas.  I am happy to say that I am in love with this fragrance.  When initially applied you smell the rose, but then as it starts to dry you have a very warm leather scent.  I was worried that it would be too feminine, but it isn’t in the least.  It is one of those scents that you won’t smell for a while and then all of a sudden you’ll catch a whiff of the warmth of the scent.  It really is a happy surprise!  Also note, that this is an eau de Parfum rather than cologne.  And for a parfum it’s pretty reasonable in cost.

The following is from the Les Parfums de Rosine website:

The man who wears it belongs to a new generation of men: sophisticated, multi sensorial and free to choose his own elegance. Rose d’Homme is made with the famous “rose note” created by Rosine. It belongs to the olfactory family: Woody rose.

The perfume was created by Marie-Hélène Rogeon and François Robert in 2005.
It is sophisticated, surprising and vibrant. Rose d’Homme is not composing on a classical structure Head/Heart/Base. The Vetyver-Lavender base is combined with the opulent Rosine Rose and: Citrus, Bergamot, Patchouli, Vanilla, Herbal notes, Jasmine, Tangerine and Leather.