WHAT I SMELL: Bleu Abysse opens with a salty bergamot warmed by the sun which is quickly met with a more mineral accord that is punctuated with an inviting rounded rose. The combination of the rose and the salty mineral facets are quite interesting and I can’t say that I have ever experienced this in a perfume before. However, as it continues to develop I realize that at this stage the perfume is much more akin to mineral salts for the bath. And as soon as I make that connection, I wonder if that is how I would like to smell when I leave the house. As the perfume continues to develop, Bleu Abysse seems to head out to the sea. The brief introduction of the rose makes way for a more intense mineral sea sensation with the addition of vetiver and seaweed and a hint of oud adds a layer of sour to the mixture which seems to dull the minerals a bit. Thankfully, a bit of sweetened patchouli helps to pull the perfume back to the shore making it a bit more approachable. Unfortunately, shortly after a metallic note seems to sweep in bringing in an unwelcomed bite. But apparently that made way for an evened mix of patchouli, vetiver with a light incense that is actually quite beautiful in a very serene way. Too bad that doesn’t last all that long and in the end you’re left with salt and seaweed.
From the Les Parfums de Rosine website:
BLEU ABYSSE is a perfume of contrasting sensations: a deep, yet dry, marine-blue note. Inspired by the French rose, ‘Rosa Moschata’.
BLEU ABYSSE is a fresh fusion fragrance.
In creating BLEU ABYSSE, the young perfumer, Serge de Oliveira, sought to capture waves of euphoria that sweep over us when we are near the sea.
Top Notes – Bergamot, Elemi, Cassis; Heart Notes – Rose, Mineral accord; Base Notes – Oud, Patchouli, Vetiver, Seaweeds, Incense
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Salted seaweed.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE BLEU ABYSSE: salty, metallic, unique
BOTTOM LINE: I will readily admit that I am not a big fan of mineral or marine scents. The sharpness makes me feel detached from these fragrances and it’s as if I’m wearing a “thing” vs. wearing an essence. That said, there are some interesting twists and turns in the development of this perfume, but in the end I just get salty, sharpened seaweed. Thankfully I live not too far from the ocean so that if I want to experience blue abyss, I can just head to the nearest beach for the real thing.
- Bone Rating: 2.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Marine woody
- Nose: Serge de Oliveira
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: 150 Euros for 100 ml Eau de Parfum available from the Les Parfums de Rosine website