The Scented Hound

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A Valentine Rose: Une Rose Chypree by Tauer Perfumes

Une Rose ChypreeWHAT I SMELL:  Une Rose Chypree opens with bergamot and lemon with a quick move to orange, then back to a “Lemon Pledge” smell.   It’s rather cool, like a spring breeze going through an orange grove.  After a couple of minutes, it warms and the fragrance begins to harmonize.  What I mean by that is that the notes, rather than acting in a singular fashion, start blending together.  After around 5 minutes, I begin to get hints of rose, but it’s so muted that it feels like it could be a combination of any floral.  After around 10 minutes or so, the rose begins to bloom, and it’s mixed with a deep and almost caramel base.  It actually feels a bit gourmand at this point, almost like it would be perfect to add as a mix to sweeten a cup of coffee.  But as soon as I have those thoughts, it then turns slightly lighter and the fragrance becomes a bit dryer with a layer of oak moss and powder. It’s at this point that the fragrance reminds me a bit of Amouage’s Fate Woman, which is a good thing since I love Fate Woman so much.  After a short while, Une Rose Chypree moves out of the Fate Woman stage and the fragrance moves from the light to a deeper and richer stage.  I find the fragrance glorious at this point.  It feels vintage and extremely well blended.  This is a rose that doesn’t say rose as much as it says warm floral. Wait….here, I thought the progression of the fragrance was complete, instead it gets a little spicier but in the end, the spice is tamed by the vanilla for a nice creamy (but yet dusty with the oakmoss) finish.

From the Tauer Perfumes website:

Head Notes:  Soft bay and hot cinnamon complemented by bergamot, lemon peel and clementine.

Heart Notes:  A rich rose chord with Bulgarian rose oil and rose absolute, and Bourbon geranium.

Body Notes:  Dark and resinous labdanum, oak moss, patchouli, vetiver and vanilla.

No my mother was not Lady Bird Johnson...but you get the point.

No, my mother was not Lady Bird Johnson…but you get the point.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  My mother all glammed out in 1965 to include the white gloves.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE UNE ROSE CHYPREE:   substantial, beautiful, proper

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT UNE ROSE CHYPREE:  Smellythoughts, Kafkasesque, Nathan Branch

BOTTOM LINE:  I think of this as a rose for those who don’t want their rose scents to scream “ROSE.”  It’s muted, contained, proper and pretty without being girly.  This is my kind of Valentine rose!

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Chypre Floral
  • Nose:  Andy Tauer
  • Classification: Feminine, but fine for a man.
  • Expense:  $140 for 30ml EdP