Quick Review: Rose Absolue (Annick Goutal)

Broadly speaking, there are two categories of rose perfume out there: those that employ the relatively-new "headspace" technology, and those that render the flower the old-fashioned way by using absolutes. Rose Absolue is of the second method, and stands as one of the finest in the genre. I prefer this type of rose scent over the headspace stuff because the experience of inhaling rose fumes from several inches away for a sustained length of time usually leads to a headache. However, the dense, rubbery oil of rose possesses none of the heady green loudness of modern perfumes. The redness is turned a deep purple. The smell is that of raw rose, mixed with ground stems, soil, and burnt mulch. The sweet verdancy of a young rose is nowhere to be found. Rose Absolue conjures the feeling of deep roses, old, ripe roses. The intensity of the absolute is such that granny perfume is replaced with oily, Arabian-like woods and spices. This is man juice in disguise.

Rose Absolue is truly unisex, beautifully made, and worth the price of admission. Wear it confidently during any time of the year, and enjoy the delicious warmth and depth of its composition.


  1. I tried two AG rose scents at the same time and can't remember which was which or much about either, beyond the fact that I liked them both - and one of them was definitely this one!

    Note to self to resniff... Which technology is JM Red Roses, out of interest, if you happen to know? I can't quite bring that one to mind either, except that it was uncomplicated as rose scents go.

  2. I don't know really, but it smells a bit headspacey to me. Red Roses is definitely a good one though, actually one of my favorites. Thanks for reminding me of it, I must do a review.


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