When it comes to leisure destinations everyone has their own preferences. Some prefer mountains, others prefer sea or a lake. There’s even a group that likes to spend their vacation visiting cities they’ve never been to before. I love mountains but any time I would travel to the coast of Baltic Sea (to visit my grandma for example) I would feel good there as well. I like listening to the waves, the feeling of sand moving under my feet and the salty taste in the air. Les Parfums de Rosine recently released a beautiful fragrance that photorealistically evokes the spirit of the seaside.
If apart from being interested in perfume you’re at least a little bit into cooking there’s a slight chance that you held a block of crystalline salt in your hand. And if your curious noses smelled it as well you’d have known that it has a unique aroma. It has a distinctive smell of so-called mineral note. Kind of like a rock that is salty, with a hint of iodine and marine breeze in the back. Bleu Abysse is peaceful and on me it has a calming effect. It’s like standing at the top of sea cliff when the wind coming from the water hums in your ears and occasional droplets of salty water land on your face.
For a brief moment the perfume has a zesty bergamot in the opening which is followed by a glimpse of cassis but neither of those last long enough to record in detail what they smell like in this particular composition. The mineral accord simply takes over too soon. After a while and once the salty breeze facet has fully developed, Les Parfums de Rosine Bleu Abysse becomes more resinous through elemi. But in this case it doesn’t feel oriental but more azure-balsamic, taking on a color between green and blue. It’s like finding a lump of hardened resin while strolling along the coastline.
As it is the case for Rosine, each of their perfume features a rose flower and fragrances in Les Extravagants collection are no different for that matter. Bleu Abysse features Rosa Moschata, a musk rose. It has a delicate floral scent which indeed whispers of gentle muskiness but at the same time it has an interesting clarity to it and almost a crystalline structure. It blends extremely well with the saltiness and brings out the best features of each individual element. Rosa Moschata makes it a perfectly unisex scent – marine notes are more masculine while rose brings a touch of femininity.
After a couple of hours of underwater adventures (would Disney’s Ariel wear this scent, maybe?) we are returning to the surface. Here the green scent of seaweed is blending with a shrub-like, woody dryness of vetiver. There’s a contrast between moist and dry. A hint of oud introduces a dark, balmy woody tone that reminds us of abyssal depths. As swirls of incense float in the air (they actually started much earlier) Bleu Abysse turns into a mystical emissary from the world under the sea. Finally patchouli gives the perfume an earthy depth that lets it linger on skin for long hours.
Bleu Abysse, a part of Les Extravagants collection from Les Parfums de Rosine is a beautiful example of creating a non-obvious and enchanting fragrance. For own purposes I like to classify it as neo-marine scent, a modern fragrance deploying the scents of the sea. In one way or another it’s linked to Gabriella Chieffo Acquasala or to L’Artisan Un Air de Bretagne. Bleu Abysse has a youthful character which is good for the brand that always seemed to aim at mature audiences. This scent was developed by Serge de Oliveira and is an eau de parfum presented in a blue, lacquered bottle.