Deep Dive, Les Parfums de Rosine Bleu Abysse

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.

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Travelling Box of Perfume – Notes from Nancy

As weeks pass by I can assure you that our Travelling Box of Perfume is on the move. Over the last 2 weeks it was resting at Nancy’s house as she thoroughly explored its contents. But she has finished a couple of days ago and while the Box is on its way to the next person Nancy would like to share with you her impressions, her likes and dislikes. Read until end to find out what she’s added!


Your general impression of the box once it arrived…
I was totally in awe of all the goodies in the box! It arrived on a day when I was feeling particularly blue, so I was most grateful to see it in my mailbox. It took a while to just unpack the box….every time I thought I had reached the bottom, there was more to see, and many fragrances were from houses I’d never heard of before.

Favorite perfume in the box…
My favorite from the box is undoubtedly Areej le Dore Russian Oud. It is the absolute best oud I’ve ever tried. It’s a bit balsamic, a bit smoky, but not too much, and is almost chocolate like in the dry down.  I love it from the initial application all the way to the end. I’ve truly never tried a perfume like this before, and now I want to try the whole line RIIIIGHT NOOOOWWWW!

Least favorite perfume in the box…
Annick Goutal Sables was by far my least favorite from the box. I adore the Goutal line, and have several of her fragrances, but immortelle just does not work on my skin. Curry and imitation maple flavoring ran rampant on my wrist. I had to shower to get it off, but hey! There’s more for everyone else!


Mini reviews
Aedes de Venustas EdP. As I’m writing this, it’s early in the morning. I’m eating leftover quiche and drinking my morning tea and loving how I smell. It’s a sophisticated citrus with some spice that makes it very unisex. I have already ordered a small decant of this gem, as the summers are endlessly hot and humid where I live, and this is a cut above the usual citrusy colognes I wear. So happy to have tried this.
Hylnds Foxglove. Hmmm. Started out as a perfectly serviceable fruity floral, but after 30 minutes, it just disappeared from my skin. Poof! Just gone.
Teo Cabanel Early Rose. This is a very realistic and softly done rose, quite easy to wear. It would be perfect in an office situation if perfume grinches are around, or if one works in an open environment. It was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to test several perfumes from this line!
SIP Musc Botanique. Oh dear. I got no musk from this one at all. It was a combination of bug spray and a cooking oil that quite possibly has gone rancid. I’ve never tried anything from Strange Invisible Perfumes before, and I’m very afraid.
Dior Gris Montaigne. This is a beautiful, crisp rose, with a citrus accent, and I adore it. It’s the sophisticated older sister of Grace Coddington, and she’s ready for a night out on the town. Great for late spring or early summer (now), and I need to scare up a decant of this from somewhere. Lovely.
4160 Tuesdays Centrepiece. Honey and green tea at the start, this is a tea perfume I can wear easily. There is something wintergreenish in this, but somehow it’s not cool or minty. Can anyone identify this note? I’m stumped. This has the same characteristic as other 4160’s I’ve tried….it hums along nicely from start to end, maybe not a lot of development, but a pleasure to wear.
PdE Musc Tonkin. I was really eager to try this one. Danger Will Robinson: you only need one spritz. It was overwhelmingly floral and ‘perfumey’ at first, but after 45 minutes it calmed down to a very wearable musk. My favorite in this genre is Musc Ravageur, which has great presence and might be better balanced than this PdE. Then again, I’m not a very experienced perfumista yet, and I may have overapplied!
Arquiste Boutonniere. This is a very well composed gardenia perfume, and I tried it with an open mind. My skin tends to amplify gardenia, but I keep trying them, periodically. They keep hating me, consistently.
Solstice Wilcox’s. I’ve not tried this line before, but I feel a sample order coming on. Very herbal, starts out camphorous, then relaxes into the warming spices. This dries down so beautifully. I need a decant of this to apply an hour before bedtime, because it is seriously relaxing. Really, try this an hour before your head hits the pillow.
April Aromatics Rose L’Orange. Wow. The rose and orange blossom are beautifully blended here. I’ve tried OB perfumes that I had to scrub off (I think it was a Serge?), and BWF’s typically don’t work for me, but the big, beautiful opening somehow works on me. It softens nicely in an hour, but is still detectable as a bit more than a skin level scent. I don’t need a FB of this, probably not a decant either, but testing this perfume was a lesson that a big orange blossom can work on my skin.

I have so enjoyed testing these perfumes. It was a real treat to try perfumes that I’ve heard mentioned on blogs for a couple of years now, but never had the opportunity to experience. Thank you for including me in the experience that is the Magical Traveling Box of Perfume!

Out of the box
1907 Mon Ame decant – this is a beautiful fruity floral that works on my skin, and I love it top to bottom. Jasmine and LOTV are here, but they are perfectly balanced, and the soft tonka in the base is, well, just lovely.
M-A Barrois B683 decant – I had a moment, actually several moments with this one. It’s the most wonderful leather fragrance I’ve ever tried. It lasted a good 10 hours and is delightful throughout the wear, with some patchouli, spices and a dry vanilla to enrich it. I’m saving my pennies for this one.
Areej le Dore Russian Oud decant – I’ve never tried anything from this line, and could be in trouble. I’ve never tried an oud like this one before. It’s an oud, but also a gourmand, and wears comfortably when I first applied it, as if it had already settled on my skin for a couple of hours. Balsamic, some smoke and chocolate. I’m weak for this, and I am keeping it.
La Perfumerie Moderne Belles Rives decant – effervescent loveliness, citrusy, but with some iris in there as well. I might need a bottle of this one, because I could wear it in all seasons except deep winter, which lasts approximately 2.3 seconds around here.
Aedes de Venustas EdP sample vial – I need this to tide me over until my decant arrives!

Into the box
MCG Lankaran Forest – citrus and black tea, plus some spice
Hiram Green Arbole Arbole – lush, earthy patchouli
Ramon Monegal Cuirelle – I have a bottle of this. People need to try this gently spicy, vetivery leather
Phlur Greylocke – vetiver and pine
Diptyque Do Son – white floral
Atelier Musc Imperiale – woody floral with a surprise of clary sage
Chanel Gardenia – very ladylike as you’d expect
Chanel 1957 – I got in on a split recently, and decided to draw off a bit of it for others to try
Guerlain Teazzurra – easy to wear tea fragrance, especially in the dog days of summer
Jacomo Silences – a lovely NSTer sent me this one, and it’s a classic green floral – passing it on so others can experience it, too
Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur – I have a bottle of this one too, and feel the need to pass some on in case others haven’t tried it yet
Maison Margiela Dancing on the Moon – weird white floral with datura in it, I’m sure
Arquiste Nanban – dry oriental with lots of spices and some tea, might be more masculine than femme

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