This past June, M. Micallef launched two fragrances as part of their Art Collection; Rouge No. 1 and Rouge No. 2. It’s always good to start at the beginning, so today I’ll be reviewing Rouge No. 1.
WHAT I SMELL: Rouge No. 1 opens with a tangy peach that is quickly overtaken by beautiful ylang-ylang. The peach keeps the florals slightly at bay with a bit of a bite. But Rouge 1 is not shy and it eventually starts pumping out a milky warm and inviting floral bouquet that is thick and almost slightly honeyed, which I believe is the vanilla at play. Wrap this all up with a white musk base and you have a fragrance that doesn’t develop all that much, but provides you with a floral loveliness with some lasting longevity and some pretty big projection.
From the 2013 M. Micallef Art Collection press release:
Head note: peach, tangerine – Heart note: ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine – Base note: white musk, vanilla, benzoin.
Floral-fruity eau de parfum, Rouge n°1 combines delicious yellow fruits and a generous bunch of flowers heart, warmed by the vanilla and white musk base.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The large bouquet in a formal foyer of a beautiful home. It’s beautiful, inviting and welcomes the visitor in.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE ROUGE NO. 1: proper, elegant, warm
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ROUGE NO. 1: As the Micallef Art Collection was released this past June, I was not able to find any other reviews.
BOTTOM LINE: Another beautiful perfume from the house of M. Micallef. There is some similarity here with one of my all time loves, Givenchy Ysatis, although Rouge No. 1 seems to exist in more of a subdued gauzy haze vs. the louder and sharper edges of Ysatis.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Floral Fruity
- Classification: Feminine
- Expense: $245 for 100ml EdP
Sample provided by Hypoluxe, official distributor of M. Micallef products.