Editions de Parfums by Frederic Malle
Une Rose is the perfume that afficianos pretty much agree is the most perfect representation of the flower – it’s kind of a big deal. Deeply madly rose-y, from the sweet lemony buds emerging from green thorny leaves to rich red velvety petals, even the earthy scent of the garden is recognisable here. Malle worked with french perfumer Edouard Fléchier to achieve an ultra-realism that originates firstly from extravagant quantities of the highest quality rose extract from Grasse. Fléchier refrained from adding anything fruity, instead going to ground with patchouli, vetiver, and, wait for it, truffle.
This is a rose made for a tuxedo jacket and a boardroom, not a damask-decorated parlour and unlike other rose fragrances that sit delicately on the skin, this thing projects, throwing out a rich, almost gothic soliflore for hour after hour.
Editions de Parfums by Frederic Malle Une Rose is $294 for 50ml from Mecca Cosmetica