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Golden Tutu, Les Parfums de Rosine Ballerina No.5

There are many thing that can inspire a perfumer to create. There are common themes like travelling, history, famous personas. There is also music but this one can apply to so many different genre. Not just music types as they are but also other things that directly connect to music. Theatre or opera are among ideas of some of the fragrances that are currently on the market. In case of Les Parfums de Rosine, their Ballerina line explores the art of ballet – synergy of music and dance, through scent. Newest addition to this range, Ballerina No.5 was inspired by La Bayadere (1877).

Ballerina No.5 begins with a pleasantly sweet juiciness of mandarin, which gives this perfume not only a citrusy sweetness but also a bit of tang. Orange blossom adds a beige swirl of floral nuances that make the scent more interesting and alive on the skin. After a couple of minutes a candied fruit facet emerges and I wonder if it’s the prickly pear listed as one of the top notes. Rose is very important for all Rosine fragrances and in Ballerina No.5 it plays a role of a leading dancer.

Rose petals in this perfume are inflected with shiny golden threads of gourmand. The rose itself is quite fragrant, aromatic & jammy. The smell of Ballerina No.5 is like a jam made by crushing fresh rose petals with sugar crystals for a very long time. The texture is a bit grainy but the smell itself is smooth. If you like fragrances like L’Artisan Safran Troublant, Lush Rose Jam or even to some extend Phi from Andy Tauer, you might notice a connection between them when it comes to rose.


Heart of Ballerina No.5 still has a lot of plushy rose but candied fruitiness becomes much stronger at this point. My nose picks a particularly standing out, syrupy vibe of lychee – which gives a bit of a tropical vibe to this Rosine creation. Violet petals add a bit of a purple tinge to the scent, introducing more crisp and ozonic feel to the bouquet. The brand lists almond blossom – my only experience ever was with almond blossom face cream from Korres and it has a nice but specific smell, clean and bit aldehydic. Heliotrope gives a nice powdery sensation, with hints of tonka and almonds.

Gourmand element of this perfume smells like caramel in my opinion. It’s more liquid and viscous at first but later on it becomes more buttery & toffee-like. It’s an evident sweetness of Ballerina No.5 that makes it more adult and elegant. Benzoin adds a nice balsamic and resinous quality that also fits in the idea of toffee candy. Gaiac wood provides more substantivity to the perfume but also is responsible for giving some mysterious darkness. It’s a nice effect. Tonka makes the scent more velvety, patchouli and cedarwood make the scent deeper and more dimensional thanks to it.

Thanks to the vanillic, toffee undertone that slowly oozes from this perfume, Ballerina No.5 from Les Parfums de Rosine is more floriental than simply floral. I also liked the word ‘fleurmand’ Jessica used in her review. Perfumer Delphine Labeau created a fragrance that is feminine (it’s actually a bit hard to imagine a men wearing it) but it’s femininity is grown up. It represents a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. It’s a nice choice if you crave something sweet.

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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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